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How I Got Here: Aya McCrindle

Aya McCrindleIn 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.

FYE Logo (2)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

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Remembering Doreen Simmons, May 29, 1932 – April 23, 2018

Obituary for Doreen Simmons May 29, 1932 – April 23, 2018 It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of one of FEW’s longest patrons and members, the inimitable Doreen Simmons. Ms Simmons died in her sleep in the early hours of April 23, 2018 at age 85. Details of her memorial service […]

Published on 26th April 2018

Q&A with Catherine O’Connell and Naoko Matsuzaki

Leading up to our upcoming monthly meeting on ‘Lessons from the Lawyers,’ we’re featuring a Q&A with Catherine O’Connell, a bilingual New Zealand lawyer and founder of Catherine O’Connell Law, and Naoko Matsuzaki, Director, International Anti-Corruption and Global Intelligence for PwC Japan’s Forensic Services Group. The Q&A is modeled on the Proust Questionnaire, designed to reveal insights into […]

Published on 10th April 2018

Special Event Recap: The Essence of Belly Dance Workshop with Sara Amira

FEW’s March Special Event, “The Essence of Belly Dance Workshop,” was hosted by belly dancer Sara Amira at the Belly Dance Arts studio close to Omotesando, whose team generously allowed us to use their beautiful space for this workshop Sara started by telling the participants about her personal journey and how she first got into […]

Published on 5th April 2018

April 2018 Strategic Partner Member Offers and Other 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 personal services […]

Published on 5th April 2018

March 2018 Monthly Meeting Recap: Celebrating Women as Change Agents in Post-Disaster Tohoku

In honor of International Women’s month and the 7th anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, we welcomed Megumi Ishimoto, Executive Director of NPO Women’s Eye, and Dr. Jackie F. Steele, a political scientist at the University of Tokyo, to share the stories and challenges of the amazing women change agents in post-disaster Tohoku. Neither […]

Published on 5th April 2018

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