Ikigai Stories showcases the quest for alignment between actions and priorities.

Host Sam Ushio interviews people who have taken intentional steps to discover and live their ikigai. Each episode features inspiring stories that highlight the journey toward a living a life filled with purpose.

Episode 0.  Introduction to Ikigai Stories. Host Sam Ushio describes the goal of the Ikigai Stories, his personal journey to discovering ikigai, and context behind the first three episodes labeled “Rational Right Brain.”

Rich Sasaki, Founder, iKokua

Ikigai Stories, Episode 1.

Sam (re)launches the podcast with Rich Sasaki, founder of iKokua, a platform that allows you sell goods and send the proceeds to your favorite non-profit. They discuss Rich’s path from a lettuce farm, to a moped in Hawaii, through Seattle tech heavy weights, to the meaning of "kokua."

Danna Redmond, CEO and Co-Founder of HeyThrivy

Ikigai Stories, Episode 2

Sam talks with Danna Redmond, founder/CEO of HeyThrivy, a concierge service for your home at a flat monthly fee. Highlights: Danna's corporate background, how to stay true to your purpose in the face of too much advice, and the importance of slowing down."

Joshua Monuteaux, Artist 

Ikigai Stories, Episode 3

Sam talks with artist Joshua Monuteaux about his creative work that celebrates life in the face of a stage 4 cancer diagnosis. Josh discusses his journey from manufacturing to art, how the two worlds intersect via lean techniques, and his mantra "time is a commodity." 

Eric Silverstein, Founder, Peached Tortilla

Ikigai Stories, Episode 4

Sam talks with Eric Silverstein about leaving a lucrative law career to open a food truck fraught with challenges, eventually finding traction and becoming one of the leading hospitality companies in Austin.  Eric shares candid insights about growing up in Tokyo and Atlanta, his leadership philosophy, the balancing act between work + home, and his upcoming book, The Peached Tortilla: Modern Asian Comfort Food from Tokyo to Texas.

In this episode, Eric shares candid insights about: 

  • Leadership:  You're not a good leader if you're not willing to bus tables.
  • Growing up "Japanese"  Born and raised in Tokyo with a Chinese Mother and American Father. 
  • The balancing act between work and home
  • His new book, The Peached Tortilla: Modern Asian Comfort Food from Tokyo to Texas

Erin Mursch, Founder of Organized for Good

Ikigai Stories, Episode 5

Sam talks with Erin Mursch about her journey to become the first KonMarie Certified Consultant in Texas and the experience of participating in the first global cohort to learn directly from Marie Kondo.  Erin shares insights into her work that does much more than tidying one's home, she provides a tangible framework for self-discovery one item at a time. 

In this episode, Erin shares candid insights about: 

  • The KonMarie process. Erin provides accountability and support to help people lead transformation. 
  • Mind shift.  Rather than thinking about organization as MORE storage products, take a closer look at what's causing clutter. 
  • Spain x 2.  Learning about life and people through the lens of living in Spain on two separate occasions. 
  • Physical Medium. Clutter can be stressful, but the emotional attachment to items often carry more stress. 
  • Identity.  People tend to identify "things" as a reflection of their identity. 

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