Transformations with Jayne

Jayne Nakata

Jayne Nakata, resident of Japan, creator of the award winning PodLaunch with Jayne, a system for creating and maintaining the podcast you always wanted, shares her learning and interviews women from all walks of life, making it work on their terms. 日本に住んでいる女性のため、No.1ポッドキャスト! 中田ジェーン、ニュージーランド出身、2002年から福島県在住。ポッドキャスター、ポッドキャストコンサルタント。 日本に住んでいる女性を中心にして、子育て中でも、田舎住まいでも、自分の国に住んでなくても、自分らしい人生を手に入るのはできます!

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Living A Purpose-Filled Life with Penelope Thompson
17-07-2022
Living A Purpose-Filled Life with Penelope Thompson
This week on the podcast I talk to one of my very best friends Penelope Thompson. I have known Penny since 1998 when we met at university and lived together for 2 years. It’s my great pleasure to share this special person with the listeners of Transformations with Jayne. As well as being my friend, Penny is also an amazing mother of three very special boys, and Director Group Communications at Māia Studios. Penny has faced some sizable challenges in her life and has lots of wisdom to share with you all about resilience, determination and taking control of your own story. If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a screenshot of yourself listening to the episode on your device, post it to your Instagram Stories, and tag me and Penelope, (@transformationswithjayne) and (@thompson_penelope)  or (send us a message here.) In this episode you’ll hear: How Penelope and I met and became friends many moons ago The big life change that happened four years ago that forced Penelope to completely reimagine and restructure her life About Penelope’s experiences parenting neurodiverse children and children with serious medical challenges What ‘independent parenting’ is and why Penelope prefers it to other terms like single parent or solo parent About Penelope’s current work with Māia Studios, a communications company focused on purpose and making a difference in the world About Penelope: Penelope is Director Group Communications at Māia, which is building a home for kaupapa driven communications in Aotearoa. Penelope leads the workflow of the team and helps to oversee the Māia Cause and Māia Startup pou. Penelope brings more than a decade of experience spanning the full range of communications specialties. Adept at working closely with businesses to link communications with business strategy and impact, she has a track record of calm, skilful delivery of results, every time. Based in Onehunga where she is raising her three boys, Penelope has qualifications in Politics, French, Italian, PR and Communications. It is a love of language and diversity that brought Penelope into the industry. It’s her passion for delivering outstanding communications that shift perceptions and make a measurable difference in the world that keeps her here. Connect with Penelope: Māia Studios Website: ( Studios Facebook: ( Studios IG: ( IG: ( ( with Jayne: PodLaunch with Jayne: (
Living A Purpose-Filled Life with Penelope Thompson
17-07-2022
Living A Purpose-Filled Life with Penelope Thompson
This week on the podcast I talk to one of my very best friends Penelope Thompson. I have known Penny since 1998 when we met at university and lived together for 2 years. It’s my great pleasure to share this special person with the listeners of Transformations with Jayne. As well as being my friend, Penny is also an amazing mother of three very special boys, and Director Group Communications at Māia Studios. Penny has faced some sizable challenges in her life and has lots of wisdom to share with you all about resilience, determination and taking control of your own story. If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a screenshot of yourself listening to the episode on your device, post it to your Instagram Stories, and tag me and Penelope, (@transformationswithjayne) and (@thompson_penelope)  or (send us a message here.) In this episode you’ll hear: How Penelope and I met and became friends many moons ago The big life change that happened four years ago that forced Penelope to completely reimagine and restructure her life About Penelope’s experiences parenting neurodiverse children and children with serious medical challenges What ‘independent parenting’ is and why Penelope prefers it to other terms like single parent or solo parent About Penelope’s current work with Māia Studios, a communications company focused on purpose and making a difference in the world About Penelope: Penelope is Director Group Communications at Māia, which is building a home for kaupapa driven communications in Aotearoa. Penelope leads the workflow of the team and helps to oversee the Māia Cause and Māia Startup pou. Penelope brings more than a decade of experience spanning the full range of communications specialties. Adept at working closely with businesses to link communications with business strategy and impact, she has a track record of calm, skilful delivery of results, every time. Based in Onehunga where she is raising her three boys, Penelope has qualifications in Politics, French, Italian, PR and Communications. It is a love of language and diversity that brought Penelope into the industry. It’s her passion for delivering outstanding communications that shift perceptions and make a measurable difference in the world that keeps her here. Connect with Penelope: Māia Studios Website: ( Studios Facebook: ( Studios IG: ( IG: ( ( with Jayne: PodLaunch with Jayne: (
Adapting & Reinventing Through a Pandemic with Jennifer Shinkai
04-07-2022
Adapting & Reinventing Through a Pandemic with Jennifer Shinkai
This week on the podcast I am catching up with Jennifer Shinkai, ikigai researcher, facilitator and coach, author, and host of her own podcast; Ikigai with Jennifer Shinkai. Jennifer was last on the podcast in 2019 before the pandemic, and since then has experienced a lot of transformation in her working life. Join us as we catch up on everything Jennifer has been up to since the last time we chatted. If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a screenshot of yourself listening to the episode on your device, post it to your Instagram Stories, and tag me and Jennifer, (@transformationswithjayne) and (@ikigaiwithjennifershinkai), or (send us a message here.) In this episode you’ll hear: How being approached to write a book about ikigai led Jennifer to start her own podcast How COVID changed Jennifer’s working life and how she used that experience to build community online with Make March Matter How Jennifer has incorporated more creativity into her life through revisiting her own art practice About Jennifer publishing her children’s books ‘Can Giraffes Swim?’ & ‘Gus’ What ‘conscious incompetence’ is and how it can be a good thing About Jennifer: British born, Oxford educated, Tokyo based Ikigai and Inclusion facilitator and coach, Jennifer Shinkai is the host of Ikigai with Jennifer Shinkai Podcast and YouTube, the founder of Make March Matter: Free Online Community for Business Owners and the writer and illustrator of “Can Giraffes Swim?” She loves leading a rich and varied life and wants more people to find more ways to experience Ikigai regardless of where they live or how they spend their days. Links of things mentioned in this episode: Line Stickers: ( Episode 58: (   Jennifer‘s book: (Author page on Amazon)  Guardian article: (  Make March Matter: ( with Jennifer: Website: (  Facebook: (  IG: (  LinkedIn: (  Connect with Jayne: PodLaunch with Jayne: (
Naming and Claiming Your Space with Michele Fujii
05-06-2022
Naming and Claiming Your Space with Michele Fujii
I love a story of someone finding their way in Japan! Michele Fujii came back to Japan with her husband and found a job, one day realising that although it was a nice job, she really wanted to extend herself and so she started doing just that. If you are wanting to make the most of living in Japan and want to know “how”, then Michele’s story might be just what you need to spark some inspiration for you to take control of your life in Japan.  If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a screenshot of yourself listening to the episode on your device, post it to your Instagram Stories, and tag me, (@transformationswithjayne)  or (send us a message here.) In this episode you’ll hear: How Michele came to be in Japan  The Tale of Genji and how that sparked Michele’s journey of self development The surprising thing that happened at work for Michele when she started taking control of her own career What’s next for Michele!  Links of things mentioned in this episode: Michele’s landing page: (  About Michele: Michele holds a master’s degree in Japanese Language and Culture from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research areas of interest are transculturation and the internationalization of universities and vocational schools in Japan. She has worked as a freelance translator, a Japanese-language textbook editor in Boston, and an English teacher in Shiga Prefecture with the JET Program from 2010 to 2013. Currently, she promotes the Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) Initiative at Kansai University’s Institute for Innovative Global Education, facilitating U.S.-Japan relations between higher education institutions. Connect with Michele: LinkedIn ( (  with Jayne: PodLaunch with Jayne: (
Parenting your way in Japan: Using the power of science and connection with Dr. Laura Gainche
22-05-2022
Parenting your way in Japan: Using the power of science and connection with Dr. Laura Gainche
If you are wondering how you and your child can have a better night’s sleep but you live in Japan and all the “Sleep Experts” are overseas, then Dr. Laura Gainche is here to help. It’s been a while since I was up to my ears in babies and sleep schedules, but you’ll hear Dr. Laura’s ideas on how parents like you in Japan can make your lifestyle work for you, no matter what is going on around you. If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a screenshot of yourself listening to the episode on your device, post it to your Instagram Stories, and tag me and Laura, (@transformationswithjayne) and (@scienceforallwomen ) or (send us a message here.) In this episode you’ll hear: How Dr. Laura came to be a specialist in the science of sleep, and living in Japan Some of the pressures that women in Japan face and the challenges of raising children here Baby sleep! What does it actually look like and what is healthy When should you change your child’s bedtime?Dr. Laura dishes up the info on bed times!! Mums, are you getting what you need too? About Laura: Dr. Laura is a French-Chilean Sleep Scientist and a Holistic Sleep Coach living in Tokyo Japan. She’s also a mother, an entrepreneur, and an ally well aware of her privileges. She has studied or worked in Europe, Switzerland, the United States of America, Australia, and Japan. Laura believes that the third of our life spent sleeping gives us the potential to create the life we want for ourselves and our families. She supports mothers go from sleepless to blissful nights through the power of science and connection. Connect with Laura: Website: ( ( ( ( with Jayne: PodLaunch with Jayne: ( Podlaunch: (
Business Success in Japan with Lydia Beukelman
10-04-2022
Business Success in Japan with Lydia Beukelman
This week on the podcast I talk to Lydia Beukelman, host of the Business Success Japan podcast. Lydia has taught English in South Korea, taught Japanese language and business culture in the United States, and is currently teaching in Japan as part of the Jet Programme.  Lydia’s podcast helps foreigners coming to Japan for business learn about the business culture here, and I will be a guest on the podcast soon, so keep an eye out for that episode at the link below! If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a screenshot of yourself listening to the episode on your device, post it to your Instagram Stories, and tag me (@transformationswithjayne)  or (send us a message here.) In this episode you’ll hear: What led to Lydia creating her podcast, Business Success Japan What Lydia learnt about herself from doing her podcast Some differences between Lydia’s time in South Korea and her time in Japan Lydia’s advice for people coming to Japan for business About Lydia: Lydia is an American who has recently started her next chapter in rural Nagasaki, Japan. During college, she studied abroad twice: once in Shiga prefecture and then in Tokyo. She graduated with a major in Japanese and minor in philosophy, and moved to South Korea to teach English. After returning to the States, she taught Japanese language and business culture to professionals doing business in Japan and started the Business Success Japan podcast as a way to share curated, high-quality interviews on the current state of life and work as a professional working in a Japanese context. She finally made it back to Japan at the end of 2021 and is currently working as a teacher on the Jet Programme. Connect with Lydia: Podcast: ( ( with Jayne: PodLaunch with Jayne: (
Disaster Preparedness with Beth Yokohara
27-03-2022
Disaster Preparedness with Beth Yokohara
Note: This episode’s interview was recorded before the earthquake on the 16th of March, and our conversation about disaster preparedness does not talk about this latest big earthquake. I thought that would sound a bit weird for listeners so I spent a few minutes in the beginning of this episode discussing my family’s experience of this latest big earthquake. We were lucky to not experience any major damage or injury, and thank you to everyone who reached out to check and see if we were all ok.  As we pass the 11th anniversary of the 3-11 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown, it’s a great time of year to refresh your memory of what to do when disaster strikes as well as check your preparations and have discussions with family about what actions you will take. Beth and Jayne have a fun but important discussion about this and how it has helped them to feel less anxious and more in control despite the sheer number of natural disasters that happen in Japan.  If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a screenshot of yourself listening to the episode on your device, post it to your Instagram Stories, and tag me and Beth, (@transformationswithjayne) and (@wanavijapan2011) or (send us a message here.) In this episode you’ll hear: How Beth has transitioned back to living in Australia after 14 years in Japan What is WaNavi and why you should know about what they do Why preparing for disasters actually helps you to feel more relaxed Some of Beth’s top tips for preparing for a natural disaster wherever you are in the world About Beth: Beth is an Australian who lived in Japan for 14 years. After experiencing the 3.11 Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011 as a first-time mother, Beth attended WaNavi Japan’s first charity Earthquake Preparedness Workshop and was inspired to join WaNavi. Beth has been on the Board of Directors since its establishment in 2011. She has a BA in Psychology and a Dip Ed in Primary Education and has worked in Primary school settings in Australia and Japan. She is currently studying Emergency and Disaster Management at Charles Darwin University and working as Primary Teacher whilst residing in Adelaide, Australia. Beth uses her expertise to work with schools, embassies, community groups, and companies in Japan, providing Earthquake Preparedness, Life-skills and Bilingual Cultural Workshops. Links of things mentioned in this episode: (  Connect with Beth: Website: ( & contact@wanavi.org Facebook: ( ( with Jayne: PodLaunch with Jayne: (
Creativity in Japan with Paige Baldwin Ando
13-03-2022
Creativity in Japan with Paige Baldwin Ando
This week on the podcast I’m talking with Paige Baldwin Ando, a creativity coach based in Tokyo. Paige has helped people with novels, paintings, blogs, music and more, through her Whole Self Creative creativity coaching company. If you are feeling creatively stuck in the middle of a project, or don’t know where to start a new project, Paige will give you some great advice on overcoming those creative blocks.  Also in this episode you’ll hear about an exciting new project I’ve started working on with Lawyer On Air host Catherine O’Connell!  If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a screenshot of yourself listening to the episode on your device, post it to your Instagram Stories, and tag me and Paige, (@transformationswithjayne) and (@wholeselfcreative)  or (send us a message here.) In this episode you’ll hear: Paige’s coming to Japan story and why she finds living in Japan endlessly fascinating How a creative block Paige experienced led her to research creativity and eventually get certified as a creative coach Why creativity coaches have a 360 degree vantage point to see things about your project that you can’t The difference between intuition, and the fear-based voice that tries to stop you from doing new things About Paige: Paige Baldwin Ando is a US-born creativity coach living and working in Tokyo, Japan. Since 2012, Paige has helped clients worldwide to overcome blocks and reach their creative goals. With her gentle, reliable support, clients have finished novels, filled galleries with paintings, launched businesses, and much more. Using practical tools to support and guide you every step of the way, Paige relishes helping you make your creative dreams a reality. Connect with Paige: Website: (www.wholeselfcreative.com) Facebook: ( ( with Jayne: PodLaunch with Jayne: (
Building International Careers as a Couple with Kate Galloway
21-11-2021
Building International Careers as a Couple with Kate Galloway
You just never know what reaction your actions in the world will cause! My episode with Kate Galloway is an example of what can happen when you put your hand up for things or just try something. I wrote an article about the lack of women in podcasting for my podcast hosting software, Captivate. Kate saw that article and something about it made her take that step forward she had been thinking about, but not doing. I hope you will listen and hear the rest of the story as well as the wisdom that Kate has around international careers and what to do when your partner comes home and says: “How do you feel about living in Sweden?” If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a screenshot of yourself listening to the episode on your device, post it to your Instagram Stories, and tag me and Kate, (@transformationswithjayne) and (@kategalloway_coach) or (send us a message here.) In this episode you’ll hear: How the pandemic has changed people’s ideas about work and the flexibility they want from their employers How Kate made her way from her hometown of Aberdeen, Scotland, to settle in Dubai How an article written by Jayne about women in podcasting gave Kate a final push to launch the podcast she had been working on About Kate’s coaching of international career couples both as individuals and as a team Kate's advice for women considering an international move, either for their own career or their partners About Kate: Kate is a passionate and effective International Coach Federation ACC coach with 15+ years supporting individuals and organisations in their personal and professional development. Kate is enthusiastic about providing impactful, creative and thought-provoking coaching and development experiences. Kate has coached clients across construction, health, hospitality, professional services, data and consulting, creative and transport industries.  Kate’s intuitive and motivational coaching style enables her clients to find focus and clarity whilst enhancing their personal and professional growth. Prior to becoming a coach, Kate had the opportunity to work internationally (UK, US and UAE).  In addition to coaching Kate is experienced in human resources, cultural competence and organisational development. With professional experience ranging from local government to the world's largest energy companies, Kate is motivated working in technical and non-technical environments and loves to partner in coaching relationships working on career transition and intercultural perspectives. Her professional qualifications in coaching complement her undergraduate degree in Business Studies and Masters in Human Resource Management. She is an expat and with an international client base of whom 80% have been expatriates, she is passionate to support international career couples to align and grow their careers as they live on the move. Links of things mentioned in this episode: Kate’s International Career Couples podcast: (Podcast | KateGallowayCoaching) Jayne’s article for Captivate on Women in Podcasting: (Women in Podcasting (jaynenakata.com)) Couples That Work book by Jennifer Petriglieri: (Books - Jennifer Petriglieri (jpetriglieri.com)) HERE WE ARE – The International Career Couple Handbook by Jannie Aasted Skov-Hansen and Dr.Paul Vanderbroeck (HERE WE ARE – The International Career Couple Handbook – here we are global) Connect with Kate: Website: ( www.kategallowaycoaching.com) LinkedIn:
Creating the community you need with Nina Cataldo
07-11-2021
Creating the community you need with Nina Cataldo
One day Nina Cataldo told me that she has been a long time listener of the podcast. I was floored as I had no idea and had been watching with growing interest at all the great things she has been doing. How funny, and I’m so thrilled to finally have Nina on the show! If you have younger kids who are half Japanese, then you will love hearing from Nina, who is the creator of the Hafu Ladies, an online community that supports people like herself.  If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a screenshot of yourself listening to the episode on your device, post it to your Instagram Stories, and tag me and Nina, (@transformationswithjayne) and (@ninamcataldo) and (@hafuladies) or (send us a message here.) About Nina: Nina Cataldo is the founder of Hafu Ladies and co-founder of the Brave & Bold Mastermind program for Asian Women Entrepreneurs. She is also known for her work as a DEI Facilitator and Multicultural Communications Specialist based in Tokyo, Japan. Originally from Tokyo, Nina grew up in the Pacific Northwest of the United States before returning to Japan after graduating university. In the coming months, Nina will be releasing new programs as an Identity Coach for women with mixed roots and a mentorship program for elementary and teen girls with mixed roots. In this episode you’ll hear: About Nina’s Brave and Bold Mastermind program for entrepreneurial Asian women How and why Nina started the Hafu Ladies community About programs and groups Nina is working on for mixed race kids and their parents  Nina’s advice to parents of hafu and 3rd culture kids Connect with Nina: Personal Website - ( www.ninamcataldo.com) Brave & Bold Mastermind program - ( www.be-bravebold.com) Hafu Ladies - ( www.hafuladies.com) (under construction)/ (www.facebook.com/hafuladies) Facebook: (www.facebook.com/ninamcataldo) IG: (@hafuladies) and (@ninamcataldo) Connect with Jayne: PodLaunch with Jayne: (
Healing yourself with Dr. Mira Simic-Yamashita
24-10-2021
Healing yourself with Dr. Mira Simic-Yamashita
Dr. Mira Simic-Yamashita used her skill in Rapid Transformational Therapy to help me in November and December of 2020. Since then I have seen many positive changes in my life and I wanted you all to know more about this wonderful person we have in our community here in Japan. Dr Mira has a generous offer for listeners so make sure you listen to the end!!!  If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a screenshot of yourself listening to the episode on your device, post it to your Instagram Stories, and tag me and Mira, (@transformationswithjayne) and (@mira_simic_yamashita) or (send us a message here.) About Mira: Dr. Mira Simic-Yamashita is a psychologist, therapist and a university lecturer living in Kobe. She is from Serbia, and has lived in Japan for 18 years. She runs a private therapy practice, helping people in and outside Japan to overcome their emotional and mental health issues. In her free time, she plays the flute, walks her dog and enjoys time with her family. In this episode you’ll hear: Mira’s early life in former Yugoslavia, later Serbia and the mysterious coincidence that helped her make her way to Japan as a graduate student What RTT therapy is and how it can help  Mira’s own experience overcoming serious migraines through RTT Jayne shares her experience working with Mira and what it was like to be hypnotised Connect with Mira: Website: (Home : Mira Simic-Yamashita (mirasimicyamashita.com)) Facebook: (Dr. Mira Simic-Yamashita, Psychologist & Therapist | Facebook) IG: (@mira_simic_yamashita) LinkedIn: (Mira Simic-Yamashita, PhD) Connect with Jayne: PodLaunch with Jayne: (
Amazing Journeys in Life and Writing with Karen Hill Anton
10-10-2021
Amazing Journeys in Life and Writing with Karen Hill Anton
This week on the show I had the pleasure of interviewing author, cross-cultural competence consultant and coach; Karen Hill Anton. She has written an amazing memoir called The View from Breast Pocket Mountain that I highly recommend! She has been living in Japan since the 1970’s, and it was fascinating to hear about how she navigated her way here, motherhood, work and the various cultural differences she encountered. Karen had a lot of wisdom to share about adapting to new situations, dealing with other people’s assumptions and discrimination, and how to build fortitude in challenging times. If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a screenshot of yourself listening to the episode on your device, post it to your Instagram Stories, and tag me (@transformationswithjayne) or (send us a message here.) About Karen:  Karen Hill Anton wrote the popular columns “Crossing Cultures” for The Japan Times, and “Another Look” for Chunichi Shimbun for fifteen years. She is a cross-cultural competence consultant and coach. Karen lectures widely on her experience of cross-cultural adaptation and raising four bilingual, bicultural children. She served on the internationalization advisory councils of Prime Ministers Keizō Obuchi and Ryutaro Hashimoto.  Her work appears in The Meaning of Michelle (St. Martin’s Press) and The Broken Bridge: Fiction from Expatriates in Literary Japan (Stone Bridge Press). Originally from New York City, she’s achieved second-degree mastery in Japanese calligraphy, and has lived with her husband William Anton in rural Shizuoka prefecture since 1975. Acclaimed by reviewers and readers, her memoir The View From Breast Pocket Mountain has been awarded the SPR Gold Prize, and the Book Readers Appreciation Group Medallion.  Links of things mentioned in this episode: The View from Breast Pocket Mountain - A Memoir ( with Karen: Email: karenhillanton@gmail.com Website: ( ( ( ( with Jayne: PodLaunch with Jayne: (
Transforming Your Relationship with Food, with Mayuko Okai
26-09-2021
Transforming Your Relationship with Food, with Mayuko Okai
If you have ever wondered why you can’t stop eating, or you never feel satisfied even though you eat all the time, or you want to be more intuitive in your eating, then this episode might be for you! I have also had a lifelong journey with eating and my guest, Mayuko Okai is someone who can help with all kinds of topics around eating and intuitive eating. One thing most people don’t realise is that carrying around these feelings uses up a lot of bandwidth that could be used for what you really want to do!  If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a screenshot of yourself listening to the episode on your device, post it to your Instagram Stories, and tag me and Mayuko, (@transformationswithjayne) and @mayukookai.rd  or (send us a message here.) In this episode you’ll hear: How Mayuko came to be living in rural Nagano during the pandemic from sunny California What kinds of issues around eating people have and how she helps them with her intuitive eating coaching Some of the things she enjoys about living in Nagano and Jayne tells her what the spiders are about to get up to Mayuko’s message for you if when you are feeling shame around eating or food About Mayuko: Mayuko Okai is a Registered Dietitian, yoga teacher, author and founder of Food Liberation: a coaching program that helps mindful individuals heal their relationship with food and body. While working eight years across hospitals in Los Angeles, Mayuko pursued yoga teacher training, which opened the doors to a world of healing she had yet to explore. This inspired her to leave her career to shift her nutrition practice, incorporating mindfulness techniques with a focus on emotional care.  Today, Mayuko takes delight in leading retreats and guiding clients internationally to find food freedom so they can live their full lives. One of her longterm yoga clients include Marie Kondo.  In 2020, Mayuko left California to follow her longtime dream of living in her home country, Japan. Mayuko can be found practicing yoga, eating to her heart’s desire, and soaking in nature in Nagano, where she now resides. Links of things mentioned in this episode: The Journal for Emotional Eating: A Guided Journey to Improve Your Relationship with Food: (  Connect with Mayuko: Websites: (food-liberation.com)                  (mayukookai.com) IG: (instagram.com/mayukookai.rd) Connect with Jayne: PodLaunch with Jayne: (
Designing your life using design thinking with Brittany Arthur
12-09-2021
Designing your life using design thinking with Brittany Arthur
Brittany Arthur is someone who does not let the circumstances dictate what she can do! Brittany has been running her Japan based business from Mexico since Covid restrictions made it impossible to return to Japan. In the last year, she has also joined us in the podcasting world with her show: Business Karaoke. I love that name and you will love what Brittany has to share about how you can take “design thinking”, what she helps Japanese organisations with, into your own life and apply it to issues you have. I even share a recent Nakata household situation for Brittany to troubleshoot!  If you enjoyed this episode and it inspired you in some way, we’d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a screenshot of yourself listening to the episode on your device, post it to your Instagram Stories, and tag me and Brittany, (@transformationswithjayne) and (@_brittanyarthur) or (send us a message here.) In this episode you’ll hear: How Brittany came to be in Mexico when she should be in Japan What design thinking is and how we can apply it to our own lives as well as the corporate world The importance of the end user who may be your child, partner or co-worker Divergent and Convergent thinking - it’s a thing! What to do when you know you want to make a change in your life but you don’t know “what” to do.  About Brittany Brittany is the co-founder of Design Thinking Japan and the host of the Business Karaoke Podcast and Business Karaoke MeetUp. She is passionate about curating a community of global leaders who exchange stories to modernize the dialogue around business in and with Japan. She also specializes in facilitating Human Centered Design workshops for the Japanese market. These workshops support organizations and individuals to ignite innovation and creativity to achieve business impact in our ever-changing world. Connect with Brittany: Website: (  IG: (  ​​ LinkedIn: (  Connect with Jayne: PodLaunch with Jayne: (