Improving lives and Ikigai with Henry Seals

We all want to instinctively move away from pain, it’s in our DNA. My guest today is Henry Seals, a man who spends his time helping people to do this and to live better lives. Henry gives us an open and honest account of how he navigated divorce in Japan to achieve the best outcomeContinue reading “Improving lives and Ikigai with Henry Seals”

Let’s Escape! 5th Anniversary Celebration

On July 16th, a group of intergalactic explorers joined me for a virtual escape room in space. Hosted by The Super Fantastic Company (great name!), we had an intense and fun 60 minute experience with code cracking, quizzes and laughter. “Who is the scribe?” “What is going on?!” Sometimes I felt a bit lost butContinue reading “Let’s Escape! 5th Anniversary Celebration”

The rest is the work – the art of “Time off” and your Ikigai with Max Frenzel

Max Frenzel makes his own sourdough. What a guy! He obviously makes time to do this. In Episode 11 of Ikigai with Jennifer Shinkai, he talks about the benefits of rest and something he refers to as (Insert American accent here) “Noble leisure”. If you have ever wondered how you can improve your life throughContinue reading “The rest is the work – the art of “Time off” and your Ikigai with Max Frenzel”

Year 5 in Review – Curating the business

Today marks the start of my sixth year as an entrepreneur. With 50% of small businesses failing in the first 5 years, it is a milestone I can give myself a pat on the back for! I’ve really had a blast this year and am so grateful to my clients for trusting me and inspiringContinue reading “Year 5 in Review – Curating the business”

Finding your Ikigai in your community with Nina Cataldo

When Nina Cataldo moved back to Japan after finishing college she was surprised to find that even though she considered it her “motherland”, having grown up in Tokyo, she was seen as an outsider.  This set her on the path to creating a community for women who identify as Hafu (mixed-race Japanese person) called “HafuContinue reading “Finding your Ikigai in your community with Nina Cataldo”

Upcoming Points of You Workshops: Ikigai and Hello Points

Your #ikigai workshop gave me the push I needed to make a change” It was great to hear this from a podcast guest so I decided to open an online public workshop on June 10th, 9:30am to 12:30pm JST Early bird discounts until May 31st What makes you leap out of bed in the morning?Continue reading “Upcoming Points of You Workshops: Ikigai and Hello Points”

WOOPing up lives with Points of You®

WOOP WOOP! 🙌 Oh, I miss dancing in the club! But the WOOP I’m talking about is a “science-based mental strategy that people can use to find and fulfill their wishes, set preferences, and change their habits.” When I learned about the WOOP from Tokyo based facilitator, Tanja Bach, a few years ago I knewContinue reading “WOOPing up lives with Points of You®”

Fabruary: Make March Matter Part XII|

This free online community was created on February 27th, 2020 as a way to support entrepreneurs, freelancers and small business owners affected by Coronavirus cancellations. Our aim is to provide connection, accountability and inspired action. It is a community that brings smiles, cheerleaders and new ideas. What happened in February? One year on from the birth ofContinue reading “Fabruary: Make March Matter Part XII|”

Finding your Ikigai in Public Service

Noemi Inoue is the first foreign-born woman to be elected as a local councillor in Japan. Originally from Bolivia, Noemi talks about how her ikigai around public service led to her starting an NPO, changing her nationality and then becoming a three-time elected politician in Sumida ward in Tokyo. We had some issues with soundContinue reading “Finding your Ikigai in Public Service”

Ikigai with Jennifer Shinkai Podcast Launch

Did you know that I am launching a podcast about #ikigai?I interviewed the first guest yesterday! You’ve probably heard of the Japanese concept of “Ikigai” but are wondering how you can successfully apply it to your life. How do you start living a life of purpose, jumping out of bed, excited to face the day?Continue reading “Ikigai with Jennifer Shinkai Podcast Launch”