“Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

― Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne


Over he past several days I`ve been pondering this quote and all the truth it holds. I believe both NPO Living Dreams and Mirai no Mori, truly are capable of effectively expressing and instilling in the hearts of the children that they work with a sense of bravery, strength and belief that they smart and capable of contributing to others lives and in this world. I am really proud of what has happened at all the camps this summer here in Japan that I'm  a part of.


Earlier in June, I participated in the Ironman 70.3 Japan race as charity racer to raise funds with the generosity from you to provide children living in institutional homes the opportunity to attend one of the amazing summer camps held each summer by Living Dreams and Mirai no Mori in July and August.

As an Ambassador for both Living Dreams and Mirai no Mori, I am passionate about the summer programs that both these NPOs have created that provide avenues of possibility for the children`s future.


LIVING DREAMS Designing Artist Academy Summer Camp

The Designing Artist Academy camps are focused on providing children with opportunities to connect and collaborate with artists around Japan from various professional backgrounds. The children are given opportunities to express, create and most importantly are introduced to various types of creative professions that are available to them as well as mentors to look up to that plant seeds of possibility in these children`s lives.

Through cooking, dance, music, painting, photography, digital creation as well as various interactive hands on lectures the children had a great time with all the amazing professionals that volunteered their time to impact these children`s lives. A very special visit and surprise gifts at the Twitter office in Tokyo and an upcoming visit to the Omotesando Apple Store for a special interactive presentation help make these camps unique for these children who otherwise wouldn`t have these kind of opportunities to experience and be exposed to what is possible for them. All of this and the amazing people and organizations who have been committed to empowering and enabling children living in institutional care homes are part of what makes Designing Artist Academy special each and every year.



Bear bells, camp songs, making bracelets, new hair braids, campfires, the mixture of fear, astonishment and a sense of accomplishment on the faces of the campers as they re-emerge from under water after their jumps off waterfalls, a magical unicorn and dinosaur, camp chants of “we did it!”, lots of bugs, laughter, rain, sunshine, the sound of nature and a sky full of stars. Those are a few wonderful things that help to create a special outdoor camp focused on helping the children to break through their current self-limiting beliefs, challenge themselves in new ways and build solid connections with others at camp.  Mirai no Mori use nature as the vehicle to empower and enable the children to experience awe, wonder and a new sense of belief in themselves and others.

I had the privilege of participating as part of the Mirai no Mori summer camp staff this summer and had an amazing time connecting with the children and watching them step out of their comfort zones and challenge themselves in many new exciting ways.

I really want to say thank you again to everyone who helped send a couple more children to camp this summer and for being a true co-partner this summer as we contributed to impacting their lives.

“Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” ― Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne



We are excited to start sharing interviews, research and collaborations starting in September.   Talk to you soon.

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