How your Ikigai evolves from the core

Loved talking to the passionate and professional Sarah Liu of The Dream Collective about finding the core of your ikigai and evolving how it shows up in the world.  She also talks about how borderline burnout was the impetus of her side hustle becoming her priority and the importance of saying yes and experimenting. LetContinue reading “How your Ikigai evolves from the core”

Ikigai as flow and identity

Loved talking to Jess Gerrity about #Kyudo and #ikigai in #japan Some highlights of the episode: Jess’s description of flow – being in the here and now The long journey of 11 years from the first view to being an integral part of who she is now Identity transition – from runner to archer, howContinue reading “Ikigai as flow and identity”

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”

Is Kodawari the enemy of diversity?

I was enjoying listening to Ken Mogi talk to Nick Kemp on the great Ikigai Tribe podcast this morning and I had such an epiphany I nearly stopped running (fun fact: having epiphanies is Ken Mogi’s Ikigai!). Firstly, what is Kodawari? “Kodawari is a personal standard, to which the individual adheres to in a steadfast manner.Continue reading “Is Kodawari the enemy of diversity?”

My secret to beating procrastination this month

At the time of writing this blog I’ve edited 12,000 words of my book proposal manuscript. I haven’t touched it since the start of school closures in March but this week I’ve been on fire! The secret to my productive burst? The kids being back at school? It certainly helps but they’ve been going everyContinue reading “My secret to beating procrastination this month”

Rethinking professionalism during WFH

It’s been a month since the schools closed down in Tokyo. It seems likely that this will be extended into early May. As an entrepreneur working from home is not new to me. If I’m not delivering corporate training, meeting clients or attending events, I work from home. Working from home with my kids inContinue reading “Rethinking professionalism during WFH”

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 IContinue reading “My Ikigai Journey: from slipped disc to jumping out of bed”

Finding your Ikigai in an unexpected place

Your ikigai might not be something you expect. What struck me the most about Frances’ story is the way that starting the gym and now building the house was not part of a grand plan, just a series of steps that took her to this point. A great example of the dots joining at a later point. It really shows the importance of being open to opportunities when it comes to your ikigai, to saying yes, and to trying things – done is better than perfect and perfect is the enemy of execution!

Why I’m Leaning Out

After 5 years of moderating a monthly Lean In Circle, I’ve made the decision to “lean out” at the end of the month. For the record, I’m not leaning out because of Michelle Obama, or as part of the pushback on Sheryl Sandberg and her role at Facebook. I’m leaning out because I want toContinue reading “Why I’m Leaning Out”

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 LinkedContinue reading “Linked In for Entrepreneur – Lean In Japan Entrepreneurs Circle – July 2018 Event Report”