Despite growing up in a small town in Texas, I always knew I would live overseas. I was the kid staring at maps, spinning globes and looking out at the field behind my house wondering what would happen if I just started walking into the horizon.
My husband and I first lived in Japan during our first year of marriage, teaching English in rural Yamaguchi prefecture from 1999-2000. Since that time we’ve lived in Northern Ireland, the Dominican Republic and Madagascar. And, of course, now we’re back here…and we’ve added three children to the mix.
It is a gift and a blessing to live around the world. I am daily humbled by the experience of being outside my home culture. The opportunities to grow, to see and to completely immerse myself in the unfamiliar are life changing. And, sometimes it’s hard. Life goes on back home whether we’re there or not.
This realization – that living a life overseas is filled with the constant duality of love and uncertainty, home and far away – is the guiding force that prompted me, in 2013, to shift my career as a psychotherapist into something more portable and to begin my practice as a coach, mindfulness teacher and writer supporting individuals living outside their home cultures.
With World Tree Coaching, I have one mission – to help people find home, no matter where they were. I believe each of us has the brilliance, the insight and the strength to go looking for and to find, exactly where we’re supposed to be.
As an expat myself, I share that journey. That’s why I felt so lucky to learn about FEW from a friend within a month of moving here in 2015.
I immediately knew this was a group I wanted to be a part of. And, when I think about my own personal and professional history, it’s not all that surprising to see why I have so enjoyed being part of the FEW community. FEW creates the very thing I hold most dear – a place to explore, to create, to connect and, ultimately, to find a sense of home.
February 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 personal services […]Published on 4th February 2018
February Community Services Feature: Disaster Relief with Peace Boat & PBV
What is Peace Boat? In October of last year, FEW Japan had the pleasure of welcoming three panelists to discuss multiculturalism in Japan. Among them, Angeli Narandran, International Coordinator of Peace Boat, spoke with the FEW ladies about how to create conversations and environments to foster multiculturalism in Japan. Ms. Narandran regaled us with the […]Published on 4th February 2018
January Meeting Recap: Reinvigoration & Reinvention: Color Your Life
Maud Janssen always has had a passion for clothes, shoes, accessories & make up, and making others beautiful. When she moved to Italy in 1999 she thought she had style, but then she started rubbing shoulders with Italian women, and felt like a farmer’s wife. She started to consider the question of how some women, […]Published on 31st January 2018
Strategic Partner Spotlight: Find Your Element Workshop Founder Aya McCrindle
I was born to a half American, half Japanese mom and a Japanese dad, raised in Tokyo. When I was 27, I bought a model agency with my 2 sisters and another model in order to quit modeling. During this time, I increased the number of models from 4 to 50. I also expanded the existing […]Published on 31st January 2018
February Midweek Lunch Mixer
Take a break from work and join us for delicious food and great networking at our monthly midweek lunch gathering. This time, the mixer will be at Parisian-style salad bar, Citron, in Gaienmae!
Mentoring Moments Senpai Dinner: Mindfulness for Work, Life and Leadership
Join us for the first of our new Mentoring Moments Senpai Dinner series exclusively for FEW members! This month, Jodi Harris of World Tree Coaching, LLC., and Yoga Instructor and Holistic Wellness coach Ann-Katrin van Schie will answer questions on how to find balance and incorporate mindfulness into your daily professional and personal lives.
The Essence of Belly Dance
Join us for this interactive workshop where oriental dance instructor, Sara Amira, will take you on a journey of the origins of belly dance and help you rediscover your roots and spirit through movement and dance.
Celebrating Women as Change Agents in Post-Disaster Tohoku
Join us as Megumi Ishimoto of NPO Women's Eye and Dr. Jackie F. Steele, a political scientist, share how diverse young women are serving as grassroots agents of progressive change in Tohoku as they #PressforProgess.