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 client list from 50 to 5,000. Due to the shift in my priorities, however, I no longer felt fulfilled in the modeling industry. So, I started Find Your Element (FYE) Workshop 8 months after my divorce, just a few years after retiring from model management. I’m so lucky to have discovered my own element as a Connector and can share what all I’ve learned from rocket booster friends who are top experts in various fields!
Our FYE community consists of curious, open-minded, motivated individuals who are ready to acquire important life lessons that are not taught in school and most often, not even at home, to be extraordinary. We are committed to making your journey of life absolutely unforgettable and insanely exciting, to live out your Element! We are here to support and cheer you on, to hold space for you without judgment, so you can find your own Element and shine!
Who would you name as your personal role model and why?
Mother Teresa. She knew that her mission was to help others and she did it so well-selflessly, tirelessly, inspirationally and successfully! She was so “rich” in exactly the ways I’d love to be – she could raise lots of money to help the needy, without needing much for herself. She is such an empowering inspiration! I also love that she only died with a pair of slippers and a robe too, while having given so much during her lifetime.
What is your personal advice for staying motivated/ positive when facing a challenge?
I read a lot of inspiring books, attend many motivating, nourishing workshops, make intentional decisions to go out and have fun, and see rocket booster friends. I also make a conscious effort not to spend time with energy-sucking things or people.
Where do you see the biggest challenge in running your own business?
Finding partners/individuals who see the multiple benefits AND the necessity of FYE in our community.
Come and join the upcoming Find Your Element Workshop 2018 Spring Season starting February 28, every Wednesday, for 12 weeks! More details will be announced soon at www.findyourelement.jp and through FEW’s communication channels, so stay tuned for updates!
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
How I Got Here: Jodi Harris
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 […]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.