Finding “Yoyu” [Excerpt 12]

During those weeks in Hiroshima, I spent a lot of time thinking about my future. Even though I was extra busy with the household chores, being in a different environment gave me space to explore how I felt, especially about my business.

So much had changed in the previous two years and I was still trying to find my footing.

I leaned on spirit guides and healers to help me connect to a greater purpose. Not surprisingly, my business started benefitting, too.

In retrospect, I can’t believe how self-absorbed I was. By the end of the summer, I had turned a corner. My mind was full of how to grow my business and not of how to care for Okasan or Otosan.

Listen to the excerpt above to hear how and why, for a few months, my focus shifted from my in-laws to my business.

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About the book:

A few years ago, we moved my husband’s parents from a rural part of Japan to live with us in Tokyo in our tiny 800 square foot (73 square-meter) condo. My book, Finding “Yoyu,” is about what it took to decide to move them. It’s also about navigating the Japanese health care system and finding an appropriate nursing home for my mother-in-law while helping my father-in-law transition from a lifetime of farming to retirement in the big city. It’s about how we discovered he had Alzheimer’s and my husband had stage 3 colon cancer. It’s about how I managed to support these two men and keep (or find!) my yoyu all while going through a career change.

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About the Author:

Hi! I'm Marci. When I'm not writing, building websites, or coaching clients, I love walking the streets of Japan and discovering spirit in all shapes and forms. Here on the blog, you'll also get a peek into what it is like to live with and care for my Japanese father-in-law who has Alzheimer’s. Enjoy!


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