What’s on your bucket list? What’s holding you back? Retired psychotherapist, author and entrepreneur Jeanie Okimoto has ideas for those who want to follow their dreams

What’s on your bucket list? What’s holding you back? Retired psychotherapist, author and entrepreneur Jeanie Okimoto has ideas for those who want to follow their dreams – no matter your age or how busy life is! Okimoto is one who has followed hers and knows of what she writes and speaks about. Below are the tips and a bit more Okimoto.

Jeanie Okimoto is available for phone interviews throughout March. She is fun, inspiring and can kick start you and your dreams. Please contact Kimberly Plumley at Publicity Mavens at 250-390-9285 or via email at kim@publicitymavens.com. I would also be happy to send a copy of her new book, The Love Ceiling (a novel about women, aging and creativity). For more details check out http://jeandaviesokimoto.com/

Following Your Dreams, No Matter Your Age or How Busy You Are

Retired psychotherapist, author and entrepreneur Jeanie Okimoto doesn’t understand the meaning of the words, “No, it can’t be done.” When she was denied a reprint of her children’s book Blumpoe the Grumpoe Meets Arnold the Cat in the past, she set up her own publishing outfit and did it herself. She decided to do the same when she recently couldn’t find age-appropriate books dealing with life after 50, creativity, mortality, inspiration and loss. The result, “The Love Ceiling”– billed as “a coming of age story for women over 50, 60, 60, 80 and 90!” published by her own publishing house- Endicott & Hugh Books.

Here are some of Okimoto’s Inspirational Ideas for Women (and Men) who Want to Follow Their Dreams but Can’t Seem to Find the Time:

  • Re-define success– In a culture where success is often measured by fame and fortune, it’s
    important to define success in terms of the gratification that comes from the joy of creativity itself, the personal pleasure that comes from finishing the poem, the painting, or the musical composition. Emerson’s classic definition of success is one Okimoto recommends to help keep the forces of our celebrity culture at bay.
  • Honor the process– The Buddhists teach to detach from outcome, a very difficult concept in our success driven, results oriented culture, but it is one that Okimoto feels is important to keep in mind when pursuing one’s creative passion. It is the process of writing the poem or painting the painting that matters above all, not if anyone will like it, whether it will sell, be produced or performed.
  • Think small- Thinking small is difficult in a culture which emphasizes bigger, better, faster, more, more, more. But Okimoto feels that looking at the creative process in the smallest increments is critical if one is to weave their passion for their creative work into her/his everyday life. She has examples from her own life as to how she was able to write numerous books while pursuing her career as a wife, mother, and full-time psychotherapist.
  • Carve out, then guard the time- To pursue one’s passion for creative work, it’s essential that a person take themselves seriously and that means making a serious commitment to carving out the time. It doesn’t have to be huge blocks of time, but finding a half-hour a day can happen. And then it’s important to guard that time as if your life depends on it, and it does… the life of your soul.
  • Find your family of support- The forces in our culture against making time for creative pursuits
    which most likely will not result in fame and fortune—are so strong that it’s important to find a family of support. Some people are lucky to find this in their own families with a spouse or partner, but others need to find support elsewhere. Creativity thrives on encouragement and it’s important to find others who are engaged in the same struggle to weave their passion for creativity into their lives, to make time to be together and support each other whether it be a writing, art, craft,
    quilting, theater, or musical group.

Okimoto practices what she preaches saying, “On the back cover of my book, it says “The Love Ceiling
is the story of a daughter, a wife, a mother and grandmother, and a journey into creativity.”  For me starting Endicott & Hugh Books has been journey back to where I started, returning from a delightful thirty-year detour in children’s books to publish my debut novel for my own age group.”

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To Interview Okimoto or for further information about Love Ceiling, please contact Kimberly Plumley at Publicity Mavens at 250-390-9285 or via email at kim@publicitymavens.com.

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