“The future depends on what you do today.”

“The future depends on what you do today.”

“The future depends on what you do today.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

So think about your future every action you make.

Not only your future, it can be everyone’s future.

Each of us has a key to effect this world.

When you do something positive today, it will help creating positive future.

When you do something negative today, it will help creating negative future.

No one wants negative. We all need positive.

But once a while, we make mistakes, we make wrong decision to do something negative.

That’s ok.

We all need to learn to forgive ourselves also.

We all humans, we make mistakes.

Mistakes are ok as long as you learn positive lessons for our positive future.

Then your negative action turn to something positive.

🙂

“Future depends on what you do today”

What good did I do today?

Seems like much… Well, I made my son smile. I made my son feel that he is loved.
I make good meal everyday for my family so my family can be healthy and well, so my son can grow up strong and healthy. I thought about water, so I tried not to waste any water. I recycle everything I know that is recyclable. I meditate for my own peace. I am writing this blog so I can maybe spread little words to people.

and so many more little things.

and these little things will help creating our future.

“The future depends on what you do today.”

Every little things we do everyday is part of our future.

So smile!

Your smile now will help creating our positive future. 🙂

We went to Arches National Park, My son sit under the giant arch, and he learned to appreciate the power and the beauty of our planet Earth. Beauty of our planet touched his heart. He loves nature. That heart will lead him to do something to help save our planet.

This is beautiful cycle of our action.

Little things we do is not LITTLE. It is beginning of BIG. 🙂

Using your creativity to inspire the world

OH WOW!  I always feel that Time fly by so fast.

I need to take every moment of my life as a precious moment. and I can say the same thing to everyone.

We all say “Make every moment count, live life to the fullest!” all the time. You can see it on everyone’s post on Facebook and Twitter… everywhere. But.. how many people actually put it in your life? Not many. Everyone end up being busy forgetting to appreciate every moment. Including myself. ( I cannot lie about that!)

But at least… I have been spending my time working hard on the project to bring something positive to our nation recently. and this project is empowered by Dancing with the Stars, Disney show “Shake it up” teen star, ZENDAYA COLEMAN and PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER and more!

Yes, we are serious and making this project as big as it can be.

 

 “Future Presidents”

 

This is the name of my project that I have been working on for over a year now. It is all about Our Future, Beauty of America, and children from all over America. My partner, my fiance, Matthew Jordan Smith as my leader, we’ve been working on this project to inspire American families and children who holds our future.  It has been a quiet journey!  What is this project about? You can click here to see all about it. We’ve been photographing diversed children from all over America between ages of Unborn baby to 15 years old asking them “What would you do if you were president?”. Each child from different background and shot in different locations.

Children are so pure and beautiful. 

I am saying this with all my heart because I myself have a child. I see him grow everyday every step of his life. I see children as the most precious things human being can have. I am not doing this just for common sense, I am working on this project with my personal passion.

 

Children holds our future. 

They are our future work force,

They can be our future presidents!

 

Yes, it is common to work on this kind of subject at schools. But this is not school work that only stays in school and home. We want to take the faces of children and voices of children to the world. We’ve shot just over 50 children going around 30 states. We have 20 more states to go and more children to photograph. We are doing our best to finish this project asap as our future presidents are waiting for us to take them to the world. 🙂 It has been quiet inspiring to us. We wanted to inspire parents, families and children through this book but we have been inspired by them! and we know they will inspire every person with a heart too.

 

I would love to share personal and behind the scene stories of this project in my upcoming blogs!

 

Creativity comes from our heart.

Our heart wanted to do something positive in the world that led us to start this project.

It is nothing like using our own creativity to create something no one have created before.

Now Children whom we’ve photographed has been our motivation to keep going.

and our creative circle will keep going.!

 

 

Please visit our project page and support our future presidents and be part of our team!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/futurepresidents/future-presidents?ref=

 

 

Find what you love to do in your life and live your life to the fullest.

Qi Art Nozomi "Earth Goddess" Collection Pyrography 2012

Qi Art Nozomi “Earth Goddess” Collection Pyrography 2012

I just had an exciting weekend!

I had my very first ART Show! It is simple step out in Art world, but it was HUGE for me personally as my personal growth.

The event was called “Chocolate and Art Show” held just outside of China town, LA at KGB Studio.

I had never taken my art pieces outside of my home, I had never shown my art works outside of my close friends and family. So what a tickling experience to see many people stare at my wood panels closely and talking about it. I saw many people took my cards,(it has my panel images printed on it, so card itself is small piece of my art ;)), many people took their time just looking all over my panels, many people taking photographs with their phones and many people came talked to me and being amazed how different and beautiful my work was.

I am soooooo grateful.

I stepped into public as an Artist this weekend and I feel confident and I feel so right about where I am.

It is huge deal to me and major life experience.

Because… I had so much  struggle and fights until I came to this point that no one knows.

There are so many people struggling trying to find what they can do to be successful? What they love to do? What kind of jobs or work they can do for their career and they can truly enjoy it.

This is always a major problem and stress for so many people. and for me as well. I am sure some of you who are reading this went through, or going through it now. I know how stressful it is, I know how serious it is in your life, I have been there, and I was there for LONG TIME and yes, I cried for being lost and I just felt so horrible.  But I did not give up keep looking no matter how people was not interested in what I was doing. I kept looking and trying. Years passed, still not found one yet. I’ve tried being Manicurist, got licence, but first day at work, I HATED it. I was stupid enough to think of only beautiful design of nails part that I love, but reality was different. (but I wouldn’t know if I didn’t try it. So I do not regret of my effort.)  I was working at the restaurant just to pay my bills for long time. Working at restaurant was actually so much fun, but I never feel right working as server. But pay was better than most of regular jobs and I continued to working there because I had make living and take care of my son as a single mother.

It was so hard to look for my life time career that I can truly love as being single mother. Because my son was my focus and priority and it restricted me from trying new things and jumping out to risk our lives to do things. I always had to make sure I will be there for him and I will continue to bring money home so my son’s life is taken care of. If I was a college student without child, I probably would have done so much challenge and just jumping into the new world, but things are funny, when I was a college student, my focus was not building my career, it was more trying to make my life set in America.(I am immigrant from Japan) Also, too young to recognize how important it is to have career you LOVE.  I was typical international college kid who was just focusing living in America and learn culture and languages.  But after I had my son and went through divorce and grow older, it is different story. I hit the reality, I had to take care of my son as single mother and can I work at the restaurant rest of my life!? NO! and… especially around the age getting closer to 30 years old, all of the sudden, I felt horrible that I am  grown up age and still don’t have any career I can proud of. Until that point, I put all my time and energy into raising my little son and taking care of my husband and home. I was devoted housewife but I was not being myself. I killed my identity and I became a Housewife.  I really had nothing but Art as my hobby and my son, working at the restaurant. It was very high end restaurant I was working at, so I learn so many great things but at the end of the day, serving job was not the job I want to do in my life. For 5-6 years I was in this journey of “finding myself”.

Going through problems, this 5-6 years is long time. I broke down so many times. I was lost but did not give up. I had my nature I love, I go out to the nature talk to them. They taught me, showed me so much about my life. They helped me to stand where I am today, They helpled me to find my goals and love.

So you, if you are going through this kind of problem, do not give up. Keep seeking. But do not force yourself to do something. Just keep your mind open and do your best to be sensitive to how you feel and what you like. Listen to your heart and follow with energy. Because it WILL come at the right time. In mean time, everything you go through and experience, it is not waste, everything you do in your life has positive affect in your life and you need that experience to learn the lesson, gain knowledge and wisdom.

How my case was…

I knew, I always love art, being creative and make something. I knew, since I was kindergarten, my mother was proud of me because my drawing was outstanding naturally and so many other parents were impressed of my talent.  BUT once I grow up being adult age, no one encouraged me to be an Artist. Instead, people tell me “Oh It is just too hard to make money being a freelance artist.” “Oh Painter? How can you make living?” “Art should be just a hobby. It is not a actual job”. And my family and people surrounded me suggesting me to be an Art teacher, hired comic artist, hired artist for some companies, work at galleries… so on but nothing was my interest and nothing was really creative “my way” to me.

Also, even though I always loved being creative, somehow, I could not find my “Style” that I can  feel so right with.

I painted oil, acrylic, water, I tried cartoon art, I draw using pen, charcoal and different medias, I tried sculpting with clay, I did digital art…

I could not find “MY Style” art. I did not feel right with none of the media I tried. I had good time working with any art, but I did not feel “This is it!!!”.  A couple years ago, some how, all of the sudden, I don’t remember how this idea pop out in my mind,  and it was just a right timing. It was toward the end of my stressful struggling life term of searching of my goals and what I love.  I knew I had the special talent to draw.

Before:  I had artistic talent, but it cannot be a job or I cannot make money being freelance.

NOW:   I have artistic talent and I know, I will be very successful if I put all my passion and “Myself” into my art.

How my view was changed all of the sudden? I met a right person. My boyfriend was a freelance photographer but he was very successful for what he does. He was very professional, he was amazing at what he does, he loves what he does and he was very confident. He is a freelance artist who is very successful, I had never met artist like him and he inspired me and encourage me for the unlimited possibilities for being artist.

About the time I was determined to walk as an artist myself finally after years of struggle, from somewhere, I had wood and beautiful burned color of wood in my mind and I so wanted to try to work this media. I have never tried before and I did not know how this style of art called. I didn’t  even know what kind of tool I use of What was the process of this kind of art style.  Once I searched, I found out, it is called “Pyrography”.

I did not stop, I got cheap tool (I could not afford to buy expensive one especially when I had never tried it and not sure if I would love it), and got some small size wood and started working. and I LOVED it. There must be a reason why this art technique pop out in my mind all of the sudden at such a right time. It must be true universal energy force(or you can call it God) that gives me this idea. I always love nature and woods, rocks…. and this art style is ME, and I created my style of Pyrography, and became today’s my “Earth Goddess” collection.

It is beautiful, peaceful, graceful, earthy, spiritual, soothing, calming, and healing.

I feel so right and so happy to be where I am today. Nothing changed, just myself changed. I found myself. I did not give up. I kept looking and trying. and I know now, for sure, I will do very well with what I do. Nothing is promised, but I just know. I am doing the right thing for my life.

Please do not discourage because of what other people say. Always stay strong with your passion and keep trying and going.

Right thing will come just at the right timing. Everything happens in life is for reasons. Nothing is the waste. It always take some positive role in your life and we need that struggle time in our lives to grow.

Love yourself, and believe in yourself. Be yourself and always try your best to listen to your heart. 

Presidential Election. Conventions and the future America.

I am not political at all.(it does not mean I do not care about the country). I live in United States but I am an immigrant from Japan.

I am born and raised in Japan and I came to this country when I was 17 years old as an exchange student.

I have been living in this country for over 15 years now.

 

I love America.

I love Japan, my home.

 

Right now, there is presidential election war going on toward November. I heard Romney and Obama speaking. And there were so many more amazing speeches by other people as well.

I have no right to vote,  Because I am Japanese citizen.

But I love this country with all my heart. That is why I live here and had my son here. As I am international person, I have much of international view about this country. There are so many things that can be corrected. There are so many great things that no other country in the world have. Every country is the same way. It is just like no person is perfect, no country is perfect. Existence of Ying and Yang. It is the universal law.

 

I truly wish the best for America.

 

Equality every way, Harmony, Peace, Happiness, Health, Rights, Great Education, Taxes, health care, and costs that make senses to people, Best for the future generations, Special care for the  Environment and the Earth, Good leadership to have great foreign relationship, Equal respect for elderly, young, children, rich, poor, middle class, any races and any nationality, LOVE and CARE  and so much more I cannot write all.

I can tell the same thing to any other countries in the world including my own home, Japan.

 

Yes, I am a person who wish we can all live in harmony together under the same roof named Earth, as United Nations of Earth.

 

Most of all, Fundamental part of humanity,  we all should receive equal respect, equal rights, always respect each other and care and love for each other and the Earth that will promote peace and harmony to our lives and the planet. And please, please NO WAR no matter what. War is one of the worst thing we can do as humans. It is simply mass killing event that has no care and love for each other. 100% negative and there is no positive reasons to have war.

I may sound like I am talking about such unreal dream, but I think it is really fundamental part of us.

 

We all live on this one planet, Earth. We all are connected. Out of billions of planets in the space, We all live together on one planet. and we all call it home. We feel pain in our heart when we see children ding other side of the world. When one major country hit economy crisis, rest of the world will be effected. We all depend on each other some way and we all support each other many ways.

 

I simply care about the Earth and people.  and I want all of us to be happy and have a great environment so we can live our lives to the fullest.

I want my son and our future generations to have great lives and I want our beautiful Earth to be healthy forever.

 

 

Do not compare yourself with others. Helpful hint to make your life better.

Have you had experience feeling weird or down thinking of how other people seem to be blessed to have great things and you are not? Have you felt like you are the victim of life?

I have been on my spiritual awakening path for past six years. As I am going this journey of spiritual awakening, I notice a lot of things I was doing or I am doing. Time to time, I realize myself being negative and I meditate to correct the source of it. I do not just release stress doing some fun things. I correct source of problem that lays inside of myself.

I say “Do not compare yourself with others”. When you pay close attention to it, so many people do it all the time without knowing and make themselves feel bad, start hating others, or make other side of people feel bad. That always causes trouble.  There is two different ways of people’s action regarding comparing with others. One is making themself feel miserable and the other is making others feel disrespected. Some may be both.

For example, first one’s case, It starts from childhood. I see my son ( 9 years old), he saw his friend had Ipad and the cell phone. He told me he wants them too and asked, if his friend can have them, why he can’t have them. He is comparing himself with his friends and making himself feels like he is less than his friend because he does not have Ipad or cell phone. When… He has so many amazing things in his life he has so much that his friend does not have. It always balances some way. We are all equal.  He become blind of other amazing things he has and he started only focusing on comparing himself with his friends negative way.

In common adult’s case, some people may admire others for having amazing talents, some may envy others for the beautiful appearance, I have heard someone say “I wish my parents were rich like his parents. He was born rich and he has everything. He never has to struggle financially.” and it can go on and on and on… People tend to compare themselves with others and feel bad or miserable.

Second one’s case, Many people use this comparing habit as the tool to be the victim of the life. For example, saying… “Oh it must be nice that you have a great job and great pay, My paycheck is not good and I cannot do things i want to. Oh how nice, your life must be fun and exciting, mine is not. I have so much stress and struggle.”  Now, this do not make the other person good. and actually, it is very disrespecting because this person who is saying this, do not know everything about the other person and talking like this person’s life is nothing but fun and exciting when it may not be really true.

or I have my friend said “Oh She always meet good men and I have no luck on finding a good man. I always get wrong men and end up being hurt. She is lucky.” I feel, it is not about “Luck” about the finding the good man. It is about what you really want and how you find them. She should not compare herself with her friend by simply using “Luck”.

I had someone told me something similar. when we were talking about divorce, “Oh you are lucky you and your ex-husband is doing great as friend. My divorce was very bad and I went through much more hardship than you did and still bad now.”   I felt like this person was easy looking  hardship I went through. Because of my spiritual understanding, I did not get angry at this person, but I had to let this person know not to compare that way. This person does not know how much effort I made to come to this point. That effort was extremely hard and I was in enormous pain everyday for years but I went through it and only vision I had as goal was to establish great new family friendship with my ex-husband for our son. The best for our son was to be in marriage however when I realize it was impossible to keep that way, next best thing for our son is to be able to have both of his parents close to him and show him that we all care and love each other and we are family, and we all love him, we are all there for him. and I made it happen after years of trying and struggling.  Stress killed me then, but it made me open the door to amazing spiritual journey. Now I am thankful for that hardship. Because of that hardship, I am where I am now.

I felt very funny when someone easily said “Oh you are lucky, my experience was harder than you.”  I would never tell anyone “My experience was harder than yours” nor “You are lucky”. Because I know behind every story, there are so much more than I know. I will not under-estimate what the person go through on this person’s face.

 We are all equally given some good things and hard things.

In our lives, we all go through hardship. Not matter how it seems at a moment, through out our life, everyone is given equal good and hard.

Also, important fact about this hardship is…

Hardship is NOT the negative experience.

It is amazing experience that holds the key to make your life better. I almost can say… without hardship, your life will progress slow. But with hardship, your life will fly to have much better life as long as you are able to get the correct message from the hardship. So you should not be upset going through hardship. Use it as the tool to make your life amazing. If you simply take it as negative and be the victim of life, you will never gain amazing wisdom to make your life better.

The more hardship you go through, the more your life become rich. 

It is up to you.

You have to believe and activate your ability to gain wisdom through hardship. 

So do not use your energy and precious time on comparing yourself with others, use them to gain wisdom to make your life better and enjoy the journey of amazing life.

Love yourself, Be yourself, Be proud of yourself. All the positive things will follow you!

Let me tell you Who I am… and I want you to do the same, write down who you are for yourself. Or you can even share on your Facebook or social media you are using to share about who you are.

I (or I am)…:

Love nature, Love beauty of spirituality, Love self discovery, Love earth, Love friends and family, Love my man, Love eating good food!, Love being alone sometimes, Love going out, Love ART, Love photography, Love being an artist, Love silly jokes, Love being silly, Love to laugh, Love outdoor activity, Love positive people,  Enjoy reading great books that educate me and help my life, Enjoy inspiration from good people, Not good at negative people, Not good at math, Not good at studying from text books, Not good at narrow viewed surroundings, Not good at being on the computer all day, Not good at greedy people, Not good at selfish personality, I am multi cultural, bilingual, international, immigrant from Japan, have great global view, I am a mother, Have a beautiful son, I love my little boy with all my heart and soul….

Can’t describe myself all… It is endless!

People, don’t forget your identity.

You are who you are and you should be proud of yourself for who you are no matter what others tell you good or bad.

If you have hard time loving yourself, sit down and close your eyes. Forget about physical and material world for a moment. NEVER compare yourself with others because everyone is so different, you cannot compare with each other. Everyone has their own positive and negative. Just face your soul and think of all the positive things you have and have done. If you feel like nothing is positive in yourself, you need to look deeper. The fact you are making effort to think of positive things about yourself is positive side of you.

More than anything else, Be truly truly truly HAPPY for who you are. Believe, you can really be happy about yourself without changing any material or physical world simply by practicing to see positive things about yourself. Everyone has positive side and negative side. When you are  lost and not being able to feel confidence in yourself, it is hard to see the positive things. But it can always change by having your heart strong and keep practicing to see all the positive things you have in your life.

Yes, I have been lost and have felt like I am nothing a few times in my life.

Yes, I still get lost sometimes occasionally.

It is normal. We, as humans, it is simply the flow of life. Everyone goes through some down time and feel lost.

So if you feel lost, you are not alone. Look at the person next to you, this person go through the same thing in his/her life. You just don’t know.

Practice loving yourself. It will work. Believe in your inner beauty and strength. Believe in yourself.

When you are truly happy for who you are, everything else will follow in positive way. 

Way to the happiness. You can be the happiest person today right now!

Imagine, if you have everything you need there right now.

Imagine, everything you need to give you happiness is right there with you.

Close your eyes and just imagine.

Because it is true.

We, people make ourselves