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.

My video on Abundance

Here is the original card I drew and painted for the word ABUNDANCE. I fell in love with this girl and the dog looking out the window to see the world outside of her house. The bird is sweeping past flying towards the array of opportunities that lay ahead in the wide open world. Can you feel the freedom of opening your mind up and coming up with other opportunities when a door suddenly closes? It will happen for you too!

Coming Soon… I will have some of my card deck’s original artwork for sale in my Artfulgivingshop (or click the SHOP tab above). If you have a request for a specific design, you can let me know by posting below.

A Valentine Message…

Wishing you a happy heart day! This girl is a part of my card deck, MAGICAL MIND-SHIFTS…Ignite Your Inner Power, Build a Business and life you love! Today is a special day and I wanted to introduce this sweet “modern-day Japanese Kokeshi Girl” to you! Pay attention to her powerful message. I always listen to her message because I have a bad habit of thinking that I can change others. I don’t like the stress it puts on me when I think that way. Can you relate?

Here’s the message:
CHANGE… If you are seeking change, first create change within yourself, instead of trying to change others.
Your Task: Ask yourself this question. “What kind of change can I create so that goodness will spill out into the world?”
YOUR “AHA” MOMENT: You realize that you are taking steps to create a better world by reinventing yourself everyday.

How Do You Communicate?

This is my 62nd drawing I finished to be added to my Magical Mindset card deck and I’ve become so fond of this card that I wanted to share it with you its message. The title of this card is APPROACH.

This type of labeling takes place often in my business. I hear someone saying, “She is lazy! She never cleans up her work are”. Can you see how easy it is put a label on someone? It always works out better if you address the behavior by saying something like, “I noticed that you left work yesterday forgetting to sweep your work area. I know that you were in a hurry but I just wanted to remind you so you will remember to do it today. Thanks, I really appreciate your hard work in keeping our workplace as pristine as possible.”

Approach – When a person feels like they are being unfairly labeled or attacked, their first instinct is to go on the defensive.

Your Task – Address the behavior, not the PERSON.

Your “Aha!” Moment – The person acknowledges your concern and understands the true intent of your message. Without being confrontational, you have left their self-esteem intact!


Too bad that we hear this kind of labeling everyday from our government leaders. It makes us all upset when we hear people of different ethnic backgrounds, gender, disabilities and lifestyles being labeled with a negative message. Each one of us can create a more loving world if we are mindful not to put labels on people. What do you think? Do you like the message on this very last card I created? I’d love to hear from you. Please share your own experiences and ideas below.

A Reason to Share…


If you could share some wisdom you learned in life that might help others solve a problem or live a happier life, what would that be?

This colorful and inspiring card deck I’m creating is the result of me asking myself the same question at the beginning of 2018. I’ve worked for a year and created sixty hand painted images, words of wisdom and recommended action steps.

My super-talented Editor, Randy finished the final edits today and I’m excited that the project went off to Tanya Back, my Graphic Designer!

Why did I create this card deck, Magical Mind-shifts…Words to help you build a business and life you love? This comes to you with much love and my desire to share the wisdom I learned from building a business that I absolutely LOVE! People always ask me, “What is the one thing that kept you going through the tumultuous times in your business?” My answer has always been, “I don’t accept how things are. I see how things can become.” I made it a practice to use everyday words and my imagination to develop a positive attitude and take actions that lead me to a better place.

To create a life you love requires clarity in thinking, courage, and discipline.
We have the power to change the way we think by simply shifting the meanings in words we use. When we combine words with our imagination, we can propel our thoughts in a creative direction and force ourselves to focus on what we want to achieve. By putting ourselves on the right track and following our values, we are choosing to live a life of purpose.

I have experienced this evolution in my personal and business life. When I feel discouraged or things appear to be hopeless, I force myself to see things in a new, more positive way. When there is clarity in my thinking, I am creating good choices for myself. As a result, my ideas are centered around what I believe, how I choose to live my life in order to fulfill its maximum potential, how I choose to love and support myself and others, and, most importantly, how I choose to have a happier and fulfilling life. As a result, my life has changed in so many positive ways. I have been able to achieve so many more wonderful things in business that reflect my beliefs, my transformation, and the personal investments that I have made in myself.  

If you start by making small changes, you will soon find that you have more balance in your life and are creating a life that you actually love to live.

I have a special favor to ask you. Do you think the Magical Mind-shifts card deck can serve as a tool for your life-long learning? Do you think learning to shift your thinking on how you interpret everyday words might lead you to a more productive and satisfying life? I’d love to have you post your comments below.