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
May 2018 FEW Women’s Start-Up Club Recap: The Importance of Cyber Security to Entrepreneurs
In our May Women’s Start-Up Club, Nicola Vote of McAfee shed light on how entrepreneurs can protect their customers and also protect their reputation and business online. And she managed to leave us all well informed, alert yet a bit “scared”, too. Let’s jump into some definitions and which aspects are important when it […]Published on 24th June 2018
Special Event Recap – Radical Boundaries Workshop with Sarah Furuya
FEW’s June Special Event Workshop, took place on June 21st, 2018 at H&R Roppongi and was run by Sarah Furuya, FEW Strategic Partner, long-time member and former president who works as a life & executive coach, facilitator and mentor, supporting particularly women in achieving their goals and realizing their dreams. Her workshop “Radical Boundaries: […]Published on 24th June 2018
Q&A with Cynthia Usui, author and Head of Hospitality, Tokyo 2020 Olympics, The Coca-Cola Company
Leading up to our upcoming monthly meeting on ‘Breaking the Mold: Finding New Beginnings at Any Age,’ we’re featuring a Q&A with Cynthia Usui, author of 専業主婦が就職するまでにやっておくべき8つのこと (Eight things Full-Time Housewives Should Do Before Entering the Workforce) and Head of Hospitality, Tokyo 2020 Olympics, The Coca-Cola Company. The Q&A is modeled on the Proust Questionnaire, designed to […]Published on 7th June 2018
June 2018 Strategic Partner Member Offers and Other News
Check out the latest member offers and opportunities from our Strategic Partners and other FEW Community Events 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 […]Published on 6th June 2018
May 2018 Monthly Meeting Recap: Stronger Together: FEW x FAJ
Who knew that our members had so many hidden talents? The first joint event with FEW and FAJ — the group for French-speaking professional women in Tokyo — on May 15 unveiled quite few surprises as we listened to presentations about their work, projects, lives, experiences and aspirations. Members of both associations are involved in […]Published on 5th June 2018
Women's Start-Up Club: Branding with Archetypes
Come along to the final Women's Start-Up Club meeting of the FEW year where we'll discuss the classic brand archetypes and how to choose the right archetype for your business.
Midweek Lunch Mixer
Take a break from work and join us for delicious food and great networking at our monthly midweek lunch gathering at Royal Garden Cafe in Shibuya.
Mentoring Moments Senpai Brunch: Finding Love in Japan
Join us for our next Mentoring Moments Senpai Brunch on dating and cross-cultural relationships in Japan.
The Powerful Sea Nomads of Japan: The Legacy & Lessons of the Ama Free Divers
Join us as Anne McDonald discusses the unique history of Japanese Ama divers and shares insights from these strong women about sisterhood, protecting tradition and the environment, and preserving the Ama way of life.