• Magical Mindshifts

    Discovery your inner power, build a business and life you love. More

  • Sheer Determination

    Kay's NEW book chronicles her 40+ years building a socially responsible business. More

  • Keiko's Journey

    Kay's Memoir about growing up between two worlds and uncovering family secrets. More

  • Yumi's Life Lessons

    Newly revised and updated, Kay's first book of inspiration. More

Summer Gifts for You!

I hope you’ve been enjoying the bright sunny days of summer. In the Pacific Northwest, we are blessed with long days where sun doesn’t set until 9:30. I see this as an opportunity to get more writing done in the evenings.

Another thing I’m excited about is that I’ve been working together with seven smart and powerful women for the past six months. We met weekly and encouraged each other to create gifts that inspire, encourage and support our community.

Our gifts are done! I’m proud and excited to say that we’ve pulled together a great group of offerings for you to enjoy.
We are offering them free for one full week (July 29 through August 5). You can find them here: Transform Your Life Giveaway

I really think you will love these gifts as much as I do. Whether you are an artist, a busy professional, a business owner or a person who is going through transition, you will find something that will delight and inspire you.

Here is what we have created for you:

1. Trust your Gut, 3 Steps to make more aligned and confident choices!. Learn to trust your intuition and feel empowered to follow your truth! No more waffling about decisions. (FYI – This one is mine) 

2. Be Mindful, 7 Days To A More Fulfilling Life. Gain awareness & insight that will gently lead you to more peace and joy. The daily journaling prompts are powerful.

3. Re-calibrate: Client Attraction Made Easy. A step-by-step process to create an energetic alignment with your favourite types of clients. Do this and things will begin to shift for you.

4. Creativity Cure For The Cluttered Mind, Daily Focus Project. Say goodbye to frustration and overwhelm with this elegant and artful focusing project. This is SO unique!

5. Magical Mindshifts Workbook, Creative Ways to Ignite Your Inner Power. Got a giant to do list or nagging self-doubt? This magical mix of inspiring words, true stories and original artwork is the cure. (FYI-This is mine!)

6. Clutter Clearing Secrets: let go with greater ease and confidence . Avoid overwhelm, give perfectionism the boot and finally love your home again!

7. Transformational Pattern Buster Process. Don’t give up on your dream – there’s a way to SHIFT that pattern and it’s easier than you think.

8. Circle of Allies, A guided process to access intuition.  Don’t try to figure it all out yourself, ask  the Allies: The Leader, The Mystic, The Magical Child, The Shadow, The Lover, The Fool, The Wise Elder and The Warrior.

You can download each of these gifts free between now and August 5.

Transform Your Life Giveaway

You won’t be disappointed. They are all brilliant! And the cool thing is, you don’t have to pay for them, they are free.

Check out all the gifts now!

P.S. Don’t keep this a secret. I’d be thrilled for you to share this link with colleagues, friends, and clients. As always, I’d love to hear how you liked the gifts.

Are You a Winner or a Survivor?

I believe that a powerful energy emerges when we learn to translate everyday words to pictures and new meanings. This is a skill that we need to learn to survive through our journey whether we are building a business or life that you love. Please view my video below.

The story I shared in my video came from my book, “Sheer Determination, Swimming Upstream in a Downstream World” Chapter 29: ONE STEP AT A TIME, WITH A STOMACH MADE OF IRON. Here it is for your reading.

One year, I attended a conference sponsored by the Small Business Administration. I sat in a room with 40 local business owners and listened to presentations on topics such as human resources, marketing, and finance. The shock for me came at the end of the presentation on finances. The instructor pointed to the four corners of the room and said, “Now, I want to see how many years each of you has been in business. Please go to your area as I call out the years.”

I wondered what he was trying to prove. I didn’t like being singled out and felt very nervous.

“Everyone, please listen carefully. Everyone who has been in business for three years or less, please move to this corner of the room,” he said.

Around 70% of the people moved to the corner of the room he pointed to.

He continued, “How many of you have been in business for three-to-seven years?” A hand-full of participants moved to their designated corner.

“All of the people who have been in business for seven-to-twelve years, go to that corner,” the instructor instructed. Only two people went to that corner. By this time, I was the only one not standing in a corner.

“The last corner is for people who have been in business for 18 years or longer. I see that only one person is left,” he said as he looked at me, “So how many years have you been in business?”

I was a bit self-conscious, but said, “I’ve been in business for 28 years.”

“Wow, that is a record-breaker!” the instructor exclaimed.

“Everyone, please give this woman a big round of applause. She is a survivor!”

I must have looked stunned, as the whole room clapped. People came up to me wanting to know my secrets for longevity in the business world. 

That moment was when I realized that there are no winners in small businesses; there are only survivors. Many of the trendy, small business owners whom I had envied in the past, had gone by the wayside. And yet, here I was, still standing. 

Now, when people tell me I’m successful, I always reply with, “I don’t know if I consider myself successful, but I know for sure that I AM A SURVIVOR.” 

SURVIVOR: There are no winners in business or life, only survivors.

YOUR TASK: Define the meaning of success. Be willing to climb to the top of the mountain to achieve your personal goals.

YOUR AHA! MOMENT: When you reach the top, you realize how much you learned from your struggles and how much you wished you were climbing again!

Please send me your thoughts and ideas on the word, Survivor. Do you think you are a Survivor? I know you are.

The Wait is Over!

Wow! I’m pinching myself over and over. Has it been year-and-a-half since I began working on this project? It took discipline for me to get up at 6:00 every morning and paint my wooden canvases with artful images. Simultaneously, I journaled meanings and stories to go with each artwork. How did each of the 62 painted drawings match up so perfectly with the words I chose for the card deck? Well, it’s still somewhat of a puzzle to me but it all worked out and I’m jumping for joy!

Tried and True… I took these cards on a trial run. I sat in a quiet place and chose one card, infusing the Magical Mindshifts deck with my positive energy. Lo and behold, each time I went through this ritual and drew a card from the deck, I received thoughts, feelings, and visions that opened creative pathways in my brain, leading me towards a new direction!

I felt like a whole new world opened up right in front my eyes! Can you see what I mean by looking at this poster I made? I swear this is so-o-o GOOD!

These treasured cards are “hot off the press” waiting to be delivered to your home. I always appreciate your feedbacks so please keep them coming.

Many thanks to my Editor Randy and Graphic Designer Tanya for the hours of hard work you invested into this project. Most of all, I want to express my gratitude to all of you. Your support and encouragement gave me the energy and determination to keep going during those moments when I felt like giving up. I hope you will find this card deck to be an important tool to help you achieve happiness and success in life and business. www.artfulgivingshop.com

Mother’s Love

On this Mother’s Day, My heart is filled with memories of my be-loved Mother, Mary Fujiye. She protected me during the chaotic years of World War II and the years after Japan was defeated. She fed my Grandfather and me so that our bodies were kept nourished while she deprived her own body of the nutrition she needed. As a result of her selfless act, her body was eventually attacked by the dreaded disease, Tuberculosis.

She courageously endured the abusive treatment she received from her husband and the people of Japan as they accused her of being an enemy of their country. It is because of her unconditional love and commitment she made to keep me safe that I’m able to enjoy my life in this great country, the United States of America. To learn more about this incredible woman and her journey, read my book, “Keiko’s Journey”.

P.S. – I would be honored if you can share with me a childhood memory of you and your mother. How did she show her unconditional love and devotion to you?

You can purchase this book by clicking the SHOP tab at the top.

Your Golden Goose

I had an interesting mentoring session last week with an owner of a small business. I listened to him intently as he shared about his business and when he stopped sharing, I asked him, “So how can I help you today?” He looked at me with an intense expression on his face and said, “Here’s my P&L. I need you to tell me why I’m always fighting with having enough cash in my business”.

After studying his P&L, I was surprised at the number of trip expenses that stood out on his financials in the last year. When I questioned him if all these trips were necessary, he replied “Well, I work hard for myself and I deserve to go on vacations. After all, this business is ME and I have to reward myself for my hard work”. Judging his defensive demeaner, I knew I would not get anywhere with him during this session.

At the end of the day, I thought hard on how I was going to get through to him. Suddenly, I rememberd the story from Aesop’s Fable – The Goose that Laid the Golden Egg. I decided to use this metaphor to help him to visualize how he was robbing from his Goose. The Goose is his business!

Here is the story from Aesop’s Fabel:
A man and his wife owned a very special goose. Every day the goose would lay a golden egg, which made the couple very rich. “Just think,” said the man’s wife, “If we could have all the golden eggs that are inside the goose, we could be richer much faster.”
“You’re right,” said her husband, “We wouldn’t have to wait for the goose to lay her egg every day.”
So, the couple killed the goose and cut her open, only to find that she was just like every other goose. She had no golden eggs inside of her at all, and they had no more golden eggs.

I painted this beautiful and joyous Goose so I can show it to my client at our next meeting. I was happy to see that the Goose came out exact the way I wanted. I love how the Goose looks … so innocent and gentle. I will definitely look at this painting often to remind myself that my business is this Goose and I will protect and care for her to make sure that she will continue to bless me by laying her beautiful golden eggs.

Can you think of a precious Goose you have in your life? How are you protecting your Goose so she will continue to lay her golden eggs at your feet? I’d love to hear your Goose stories.

PS – This original painting is available for sale here.