My Ikigai Journey: from slipped disc to jumping out of bed

So how did this lass from Bury, in the north west of England, become so interested in this Japanese concept of Ikigai? Of course, moving to Japan in 1999 with proximity to the culture would be a simple explanation but I did not become aware of the concept until 2017. It was only after I … Continue reading My Ikigai Journey: from slipped disc to jumping out of bed

Lonely old men and ikigai

In November I attended the Mashing Up Conference again. I really love this event because it's "cool". It has a casual vibe and is just a bit edgier than your average D&I "empowerment" conference. The team do try to bring some different ideas to the stage as well as some local legends. I was happy … Continue reading Lonely old men and ikigai

Linked In for Entrepreneur – Lean In Japan Entrepreneurs Circle – July 2018 Event Report

Ah SNS! Which platform? How to optimize? What's the best SNS for my business? Content marketing is essential as an entrepreneur and at the July 2018 LeanIn Japan Entrepreneurs Meeting we had a deep dive session hosted at LinkedIn Japan's Tokyo HQ. Kaoru Jo and Sayuri Nishimoto from LinkedIn Japan showed us how much Linked … Continue reading Linked In for Entrepreneur – Lean In Japan Entrepreneurs Circle – July 2018 Event Report

Celebrate and Innovate

On June 29th, 2018, I’m celebrating the start of my third year in business as a Facilitator and Leadership Coach. I am extremely grateful to my family, community and clients for enabling me to bring so much energy to my work, to help so many individuals improve their own performance as leaders and professionals in Japan. … Continue reading Celebrate and Innovate

Sharing Points of You® at the Japan WIN Conference 2018

The Japan WIN conference has a special place in my heart. In 2016 I joined at a special rate for "women in transition" as I was moving from 12 years in a corporate role to begin working on my calling, my ikigai, to use my energy and passion to help people create and communicate change … Continue reading Sharing Points of You® at the Japan WIN Conference 2018

Glimpses of Mindfulness – Lean In Japan Entrepreneurs Circle – February 2018 Event Report

A sign of an engaging meeting where I am full engaged in the present moment  - a complete absence of event photos! Ann- Katrin Van Schie, Lean In Japan Entrepreneur Circle member, and Holistic Wellness Coach and Yoga Instructor from At Ease, led 4 other members online via Zoom and face to face at Smart Partners … Continue reading Glimpses of Mindfulness – Lean In Japan Entrepreneurs Circle – February 2018 Event Report

Practice Patience Judo – Lean In Tokyo Girls on Fire February 2018 – Event Report

"Patience Judo"? What on earth is that? In her book, Drop the Ball, Tiffany Dufu talks about its importance when you start to delegate tasks to others. "We quickly grow impatient when things on our to-do list aren't done the way we think they should be done." She shared the research that when men were … Continue reading Practice Patience Judo – Lean In Tokyo Girls on Fire February 2018 – Event Report

Don’t accept the default – Lean In Tokyo GOF November 2017 Event Report

10 Lean In Tokyo Girls on Fire Circle members from Australia, Columbia, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, the US and the UK met in November 2017 to get in touch with their creative sides with Adam Grant’s TED Talk, “The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers” as the launching point of our discussion. With Lean In … Continue reading Don’t accept the default – Lean In Tokyo GOF November 2017 Event Report

What is it that only you can do?

As entrepreneurs in the start up phase of business, many Lean In Japan Entrepreneurs Circle members struggle with the feeling of "having to do it all".  Weird guilt about how it is somehow cheating to outsource, to delegate or simply being worried about cash flow stop us from using a vendor! In the October Lean … Continue reading What is it that only you can do?