News

November 2016 Partner Tips

1.) Divya Marie Kato: So You Think You Can’t Draw?afrika-rose-2017

Happy November friends. As summer leaves us for autumn, we’re transitioning too. Nature leading the way with change. A reflective time for cooling down, wrapping up warm and looking ahead to what winter months will bring and brewing plans for 2017.

This year, I’ve been preparing to welcome it with a bit more warmth (I’m a summer girl at heart and love the heat and sun!) So, I’ve been focusing my summer energy on what makes me light up from the inside out: helping people draw again. (Especially those who hate being beginners and are convinced they can’t).

“When it comes to drawing and creativity, what’s your number 1 frustration?” Been throwing this question out far and wide and this answer was the one I got the most:

Drawing: “I suck at it. I can only draw stick figures and a stupid house with a chimney on a hill and it looks like a 6 year old did it. I just don’t think I have what it takes to draw. I’ve tried before and I’m no good. And I don’t like doing things I’m not good at. Some people just have it and some people don’t…and I don’t. I would love to be able to draw things, anything, and I just don’t think I’ll ever be able to learn.”

Creativity: “It’s feast or famine. I’m either on fire creatively and feel great about it, or I feel like I can’t possibly create anything and I feel completely stuck. There is no middle ground and that is frustrating to me because I feel like I can’t sustain it this way. I’m either in a dry spell or I’m overflowing. I wish I could have a way to remain a creative person even when my personal life is falling apart. I wish my emotions didn’t affect my creativity so much.”

Sound like you?

That’s why this photo has me smiling a mile wide. I’ve started a group drawing class in Tokyo – meet the beautiful Afrika Rose Drawing Family 2016!

We discussed how we felt about the blank page:
“I’m excited and nervous!”
“I used to draw when I was younger!”
“It’s been a long, long time!”
“I’m panicking!”

I get it. I also understand that big words like art and creativity can get in the way. It can be scary and intimidating when all the doubts come up and voices go off in your head. Simply looking at the blank page in front of you’s enough.

This is why thinking about these words as labels, ones that can be ripped right off, can be comforting. This is why my approach is different and why I’ve developed a comprehensive drawing tool kit that leaves no one behind.

Showing up to meet the page. After years and years. And WHAT a gift to see what happens. A gift to you. (tis the season after all!)

My reflections on our classes this year came out like this: “We open doors. And… find more doors. Our work is showing up to the blank page and giving it all we’ve got. And then we open another and keep on walking.” Here’s to ditching expectation for exploration.

Ever draws, DMK x Divya Marie Kato | When In Doubt, Draw | www.divyamariekato.com

News

How I Got Here: Tia Haygood

If you were to tell me that I would be an entrepreneur in a country 11,000 kilometers from my hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina, I would have laughed. Yet here I am running my own business, TopTia Photography. I officially moved to Japan in 2011 as an English teacher, biding my time before graduate school. […]

Published on 1st March 2017

History of FEW Series: Illustrating Women in the Workplace

In celebrating 35 years of empowering women in Japan, FEW has been looking back on our unique collection of FEW historical items and information. One of our favorites is the FEW 20th Anniversary Newspaper, which highlights the early years of our organization. This newspaper is full of great mentions, interviews and historical anecdotes, all of […]

Published on 1st March 2017

February Meeting Recap: Lean In: Japanese Women

By Lisa Matsumoto, Public Relations & Communications Intern On February 9th, FEW members and guests leaned in to listen to our guest speaker, Rena Suzuki, co-founder and leader of Lean In Tokyo. Lean In is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping women achieve their ambitions. Lean In Tokyo helps women gain confidence and take an active […]

Published on 1st March 2017

February 2017: Welcoming our new FEW Members

This month, we are proud to welcome five new members to the FEW community! Our members hail from all over the world and have diverse and unique experiences to share with FEW. As the go-to place for personal and professional learning and connection, we’re constantly inspired by our members. If you’re interested in FEW membership, click here for […]

Published on 10th February 2017

Q&A with Rena Suzuki, Co-founder and Leader of Lean In Tokyo

Leading up to our upcoming monthly meeting on ‘Leaning In’ in the workplace, we’re featuring a Q&A with speaker Rena Suzuki, Co-founder and Leader of Lean In Tokyo. The Q&A is modeled on the Proust Questionnaire, designed to reveal insights into the respondent’s personality. Here, Rena reflects on following her passion, the power of connection, […]

Published on 6th February 2017

Upcoming Events