The Ikigai Workshop is designed to tackle the questions, "What are my true priorities+ How do I find better alignment between my actions and priorities?" Although the questions loom large, the curriculum uses simple, effective tactics to demystify heavy concepts like purpose to reveal insights with depth and meaning. Participants will leave with an approachable, practical framework to live with more intention. Find inspiration in unique stories from local Austinites who are living their ikigai.
Sam Ushio For 20 years, Sam Ushio climbed the corporate ladder in financial services. Working with thousands of financial advisors provided a unique perspective into the wealth management industry that eventually revealed an increasing dichotomy between financial growth and personal growth. Sensing this contrast on a personal level, Sam took the entrepreneurial leap. His quest for purpose led him to the story of his great-grandmother, Taka Ushio, whose ikigai preserved a family legacy in US and Japan before/during/after World War II. Her determination inspired Sam's commitment to empower himself and others to discover, plan, and live their ikigai.
Eric Silverstein from the Peached Tortilla, will discuss his journey from law to food truck to restauranteur. Born in Tokyo, Eric became immersed in Japanese food culture as a child. When his family moved to Atlanta, GA, he fell in love with Southern cooking. Silverstein eventually pursued a career in the food-truck industry, and has since been featured in The New York Times, People, Kiplinger's, Food & Wine, and Details, as well as on Live! With Kelly & Michael, Food Network, and The Cooking Channel. Silverstein opened his first brick-and-mortar restaurant, The Peached Tortilla, in Austin, TX, in 2014 (named by The New York Times as “One of the Five Places to Go in Austin”). In 2016, Silverstein opened Peached Social House, a one-of-a-kind event and catering space, and in 2018, he opened The Peached Tortilla’s first fast-casual restaurant in Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
Erin Mursch from Organized For Good, Austin's first Certified KonMari Consultant, will discuss her journey to helping people transform chaos to order with Marie Kondo's famous decluttering method. In addition, Erin will share insights into how she helps clients put their life in order while gaining clarity on their values, priorities and purpose with the KonMari Method™ of home organization.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Health Alliance For Austin Musicians (H.A.A.M.), a non-profit organization that provides access to affordable health care for Austin’s low-income working musicians, with a focus on prevention and wellness. H.A.A.M. is helping Austin's musicians live their ikigai!
What's an "IKIGAI?"
Ikigai is a Japanese phrase that translates into "your purpose". Everyone has an ikigai, but we often neglect to take the time to discover and live it. Although western interpretations often associate ikigai with a job or work, ikigai can simply be the purpose that brings you joy and gets you out of the bed in the morning.
Ikigai is credited as a key element fueling longevity for some of the longest living people in the world. Understanding your ikigai can promote lower stress, increased productivity, and a more happy, positive outlook.
0930-1000 Coffee + Networking
1030-1145 Ikigai Defined. Who, what, when, where, why, and how.
1200-100p Taste Ikigai; Eric Silverstein, Peached Tortilla.
100p-215p Perspective on Perspective: Learn through the lens of others
215p-300p Ikigai and Joy of Tidying; Erin Mursch, Austin's First Certified KonMari Consultant
300p-345p Build Your Ikigai Roadmap
345p-400p Closing Remarks
What will I get out of this?
Rarely, do people hit pause on the chaos of life to ask themselves simple, insightful questions. This workshop gets you into the right mindset to reveal quality insights by creating an environment with the right balance of focus, community, and momentum. If you're slightly skeptical, that's not a bad thing; You'll walk out energized and committed toward taking action that aligns with a greater sense of purpose. If you're super-skeptical, then at least you'll get lunch and meet some cool people. (In reality, you'll get more out of this than most, but we'll keep that our secret.)
Who's leading the workshop?
For 20 years, Sam Ushio climbed the corporate ladder in financial services. Working with thousands of financial advisors as a management consultant eventually revealed a dichotomy between financial growth and personal growth. Portfolios were growing, but there was stagnant professional growth and surprisingly limited personal growth. Sensing this tension on a personal level, Sam made the entrepreneurial leap on July 4th, Independence Day. His quest for purpose led him to the story of his great-grandmother, Taka Ushio, whose ikigai preserved a family legacy in the US and Japan before, during, and after World War II. Her determination inspired Sam's commitment to empower others to discover and live their ikigai.
What does the fee include?
Curriculum, materials, and lunch from Peached Tortilla!