Celebrate Young Entrepreneurs

I remember so well, when I was trying to start my business many years ago, I was not able to get a $40,000. business loan. I got turned down by every bank that I submitted my business plan to. When I was just about to give up on my idea of starting a business, an acquaintance told me to go and talk to a SCORE business mentor at the Small Business Administration. To make a long story short, my Mentor helped me to get the financing I needed, called the SBA Guaranteed Loan. My SCORE Mentor held my hand and guided me through the ups and downs of the beginning years of my business.

Well, things have a way of reaching a full circle. I became a SCORE Mentor two years ago because I wanted to give back to the Small Business Administration. Now I volunteer to meet and counsel young entrepreneurs who have dreams of starting their own business.

Watch me celebrate Fan Hong’s recent success!

If you liked Fan’s hand-made Initial Stamps, you can reach her here FantasticGifts2020@gmail.com to place your order. She will custom make one just for you.

Phone Number: 984-439-4935

Instagram: @fan.tasticgifts

Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/FantasticGiftsCo

Facebook: www.facebook.com/FantasticGiftsCo

Hearts, a Meditative Practice.

Today, we in the Pacific NW are celebrating a snowy Valentines Day. Being stuck at home is not a bad idea. I’m at home practicing how to water color loose and flowy HEARTS. Anyone can do this. It’s so intuitive, using no brain power. Just get yourself a cup of hot tea, sit in your favorite corner of your house, dip your brush in the water, drop some color in the puddle of water, and get lost watching the flow of the water on your paper… so meditative.

This is my Ikigai. Enjoying small things, being in the moment, and know that this particular moment will never come again…. breath, breath…

Wishing you all a heartfelt Valentines Day! YOU ARE LOVED!

Just an update on the Artful Giving Community. The members enjoyed two Valentines workshops this month. It was so enjoyable to gather with the members on Zoom and enjoy few hours of self-care, where we let creativity flow. Want to come and join us? Contact me!

The Power of Small Steps

Wow, I’m still coming down from the Kaizen-Ikigai Seven Day Journey that we just finished on Sunday. The lessons were presented in small bite sized videos plus doodling and writing. I was so pleased to meet people from across the continent as well as throught United States. I received many positive feedback from the people who traveled the Seven Day Journey with me. Here’s one from Alice that surprised me but made me happy.

“I never thought washing dishes, cleaning the house and other mundane tasks would be anything more than I wanted to get over them quickly so I can do other things. Learning about the Ikigai philosophy, I now perform those tasks while really enjoying the moment. Just imagine, getting joy out of how sparkly and smooth my dishes look after I wash them with care and love. I say to myself, enjoy this because this moment will pass quickly and never return again”.



On our seventh day, we got together on Zoom and had fun talking, drawing, cutting in a very safe environment. Everyone made a vision board that was very personal to each. I was amazed at the creativity and the affirmations that were placed on each of the vision boards! Here is the one I made as an example. I’d like to show what others made, but decided not to because vision boards are very personal to each one.

The Wait is Over, Artful Giving Community is accepting new members!

Why you should join a community of like-minded people?

You will experience:

  • The joy of being a part of something bigger than yourself.
  • The joy of working towards a common goal of life-long learning.
  • The joy of building skills in art, positive mind-shifts, and making friends.
  • The safety of being vulnerable and navigate challenges together.

Learn more here.

As a member of the Artful Giving Community, these are the things you can expect:

  • Monthly “Make by Hand” art workshops
  • Weekly Inspiration times where I will share with you ideas and projects straight from my art table.
  • Guest appearances of women doing great things in the world.
  • Show and Tell from the members.

Come and join us. Wonderful members are waiting for you inside!

Registration will close on Friday, Feb. 5 at 10:00 PM (PT)

Learn more here.