In my life, I’ve experience five personal ‘tsunamis’ that threatened to leave me broken, but instead gave me strength and led to the creation of the Find Your Element Workshop, a 12 week creative evening program that takes participants on a step by step journey of self-awareness and exploration.
I was 24 when the first tsunami occurred: my 14-year-old sister came to live with me after my parents’ divorce. The second tsunami happened at age 27, when I bought the modeling agency my sisters and I worked for, but had overpaid. The third tsunami occurred when I had to take care of my mom who developed atypical Alzheimer’s in her late 40s, in addition to caring for my son, my company, and my husband.
The fourth tsunami was my first divorce, when my husband dealt with money issues with his business, and the fifth tsunami occurred when I was divorced for the second time, having retired from running my modeling agency at my husband’s request and dealt with unsuccessful attempts at in vitro fertilization. At that time, I felt so torn apart, and experienced dark, painful thoughts.
But I gained strength from these tsunamis in my life (and then some!), out of which the Find Your Element (FYE) Workshop was born. During these 12-week, bi-seasonal workshops, experts from various fields furnish participants with useful life tools to discover their very own Elements and learn ways to maximize their potential.
I also found my own Element as a Connector thanks to these experiences and the empowering women I met through FEW. FEW is also where I first met women asking for English meditation and other services offered in our workshops. I am so grateful for everything that happened and all the amazing cheerleaders who support this precious organization for the English-speaking community. Now, everything I do is related to Find Your Element, which is so rewarding and therapeutic. I’ve learned that there is nothing we cannot achieve in life– we just have to learn how
Learn more about Find Your Element Workshops HERE
Q&A with Color and Style Consultant Maud Janssen
Leading up to our upcoming monthly meeting on ‘Reinvigoration & Reinvention: Color Your Life,’ we’re featuring a Q&A with Maud Janssen, a color and Style consultant working for the British company House of Colour. The Q&A is modeled on the Proust Questionnaire, designed to reveal insights into the respondent’s personality. Learn about how finding the right colors that suit you […]Published on 9th January 2018
FEW Community Survey 2017 Results
Results of the FEW Community Survey 2017 conducted in the summer have been released. This survey, which was sent to FEW members as well as the wider FEW community, was designed primarily to determine overall satisfaction level among current FEW members and wider community so as to ensure FEW is accomplishing its organizational mission and vision. Of the 158 […]Published on 4th January 2018
The Best of FEW: Fall 2017
Happy New Year from FEW! Thank you to everyone who joined us at all our events since we kicked off the 2017-2018 FEW Year in September. As the go-to place for personal and professional learning, connection and inspiration, FEW is proud to offer various events, resources, and networking opportunities for internationally-minded women in Japan. We look […]Published on 4th January 2018
November 2017 Women’s Start-up Club Recap: Marketing with a Purpose
On November 29, the Women’s Start Up Club hosted Zsuzsanna Jarfas to speak about her experience and run an interactive workshop on “Marketing with a Purpose.” Every business needs a strategy to help define the direction and vision of that business. According to Zsuzsanna, the definition of strategy is “a plan to reach a financial […]Published on 4th January 2018
January Strategic Partner News
Check out the latest member offers and opportunities from our Strategic Partners here! Our Strategic Partners are committed to bringing the best services and products to FEW members. And go to our Strategic Partners page to learn more about all of FEW’s Strategic Partners, who not only support FEW’s activities but also provide professional and […]Published on 4th January 2018
Brunch Mixer at Blu Jam Cafe in Daikanyama
Join us for delicious food and great networking over brunch at Blu Jam Cafe on Sunday, January 28, at a special edition of our monthly midweek lunch gathering.
Women's Start Up Club: Online Presence - How to Create Content Online
Join us on Jan. 31 as Wolfgang Bierer of Endeavor SBC KK shares what online presence tools are available and gives a deeper understanding of the best ones for your particular business needs.