Hi I’m Emi! Thank you so much for stopping by and read about my story and my why.
I’m a mom of two little girls (8 & 4 as of 2018) and I have been married with my wonderful husband for over 10 years now. Family means everything to me and I am so grateful for what I have.
I’m a full time working mom and I’m super passionate about help realizing other awesome moms that we don’t have to choose “one over the other”. As a career women, so many people are asking me…
“how do you do it?”…..
My story of Motherhood vs. Career
My answer is…. I simply don’t. I mess up all the time. I’m not anywhere near this peaceful and pinterest perfect mom!! My house is filled with kids toys… plus having not so organized husband really doesn’t help much. BUT instead of seeing this as a mess, I try to see things as a positive way. It is my motto to focus on what I can control and embrace the life that I get to live in. I’m a lifelong learner and I didnt’ have this type of mindset before and I’m super excited that I get to share my journey of being a mom and a career woman.
As a working mom, I face so many challenges and guilts, and I’m sure you can relate many of my stories.
One time, I was trying to do more work and pushing my time to leave the office… then I drove over 1 hour and 30 minutes of my commute time to pick up my daughter for her dance lesson. I was so mad myself that I didn’t leave the time that I should have left and I was just rushing my daughter to get her in and out for a class. She ended up having only 15 minutes dance lesson (nomarly a 45 minutes). I knew my daughter would say “mom, why were you so late…” instead, she said, “thank you mommy for picking me up”. I could not stop crying and this was my turning point and told myself, there is a better way!!! I almost give up and I was just going to focus on one… motherhood… but then, I also wanted to be a role model for my daughter since my own mother was a working mom who was also involved with school and volunteer.
That’s when I told myself, I don’t need to choose one over the other! I can have it all…. But not at the same time and not by myself!
Now, I’m still an engaged full time career woman + active at my daughter’s school as a class mom + giving my time into a Japanese community of San Diego, and being part of San Diego and Yokohama Sister City Society as a volunteer member.
Raising bilingual my children: English vs. Japanese
I was born and raised my first 20 years in a city called Yokohama, Japan. My hometown Yokohama is such a beautiful city. If you have been there, let me know 🙂
There are so many life changing moments but one of my biggest life changing moment happened when I was 16 years old. I was chosen to be a part of exchange students from Yokohama city. I came to US, San Diego to be exact, when I was 16.
Long story short, this is where I met my husband and now we have two daughters. When I became a mom, I knew I wanted to raise my children to be able to speak English and Japanese. Not only that, I also wanted my children to be able to appreciate both culture and be able to recognize the beauty of diversity.
My first older daughter is fully bilingual both in English and Japanese. However, as she is getting older, she is in English speaking environment more and she started to say things in English. I am still consistent and really strict about mixing words. I don’t answer until she asks me in Japanese.
Let’s talk about the experience with my younger daughter… it is a whole different story. Her English is so much stronger than Japanese. BUT I’m not giving up yet.
There are so many families who are bilingual or even multi-lingual! If they can do it, I know I can do it too. I will be sharing more about my journey of raising my children as bilingual.
Lastly, about myself…
I originally came to US as a university student in 2003. I got my Bachelor’s degree in 2005 and Master’s degree in 2010 in US. I got married and officially living in US since 2007. Yup, I’m a Japanese mom or you can call me an immigrant mom.
With that said, there are so many challenges that I have to go through. English as a second language itself is a challenge… yeah a big one… Because I didn’t grow up in US, certain American cultural activities at my daughters’ school are challenging. Thank goodness Pinterest! Being a woman of color at work is also a challenge as well.
Through my blog, I want to share my journey and lessons that I have learned as a bilingual working mom. I may see things differently from other moms who are “native” to this country. Yet, there are so many moms who are immigrated to US and are raising bilingual children while establishing her own career or her business. I hope I get to connect with moms who are like me.
Some of important promises that I will keep with you in blog:
- I will be true to myself and be authentic
- I will not be afraid to be unique and be different
- I will put my family first