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(10 Questions 2B Answered)

What do you do best?
What makes you the best?
Biggest success?
What are your aspirations?
Most challenging moment?
Favorite Motto?
Favorite People?
Favorite Places?
Favorite Products?
Current Passions?

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Brandi-Ann Uyemura: Life Coach & Writer

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Brandi-Ann Uyemura has a masters in counseling and health psychology. For the past ten years, she's worked as a freelance writer writing about everything from small businesses and parenting to spirituality and psychology. Her latest endeavors include coaching people to rediscover and pursue their passions, and working on her first book. She writes The Inspiring Bee which aims to inspire people to live creative, meaningful lives and would love to hear from you at

What do I do best?

As a kid, I used to wake up in the middle of the night full of questions. The common responses I’d get is, “Why do you ask so many questions?” and “You think too much.” While being a curious cat hasn’t always made me the most likeable person, I see it as a blessing now that I’m older. New ideas come easily to me and that’s a great thing when you’re a writer, have two young kids and want to help people find their purpose. When you’re always looking at the world with, “What ifs,” and “Whys” your mind stays young and fresh.

What makes me the best version of myself?

At my core, I’m a highly sensitive person. This means I get hurt easily, but it also means I’m intuitive, compassionate and able to understand people’s perspective at a deep level.

What are my aspirations?

My professional goal this year is to inspire others to become more of themselves. Whether this is through coaching or working on my book, it’s my life’s mission because I truly believe everyone has a purpose and voice that’s needed in the world. Every time someone decides to conform to the majority or stay quiet, the world suffers.

I’m also working on being less hard on others and myself. This looks like listening, finding common ground and practicing acceptance with people who have different opinions from me. Watching loved ones suffer is difficult. I need to constantly remind myself I don’t always know what’s best. Sometimes pain is a part of the process and someone’s individual path.

My Biggest Success?

If you asked me this when I was younger, I might list professional accomplishments like getting my graduate degree or being an online columnist for The Writer. I’m also proud of the fact that a few of my ghost written pieces got picked up by US News and Mind Body Green. But to be honest, my greatest success involves the less sexy feats I’ve tackled such as raising two young sons while juggling an autoimmune disease and taking a risk by pursuing my mission of coaching others. In a sentence, my biggest success is I’m closer than I’ve ever been to living authentically.

My Most Challenging Moment?

Returning to Hawaii has been my most challenging moment. There’s a reason for the phrase, “You can’t go home again.” It’s difficult for people who knew you then to embrace who you are now. I’m still trying to figure how to reintegrate myself in my childhood home and find new ways of looking at a place I know so well.

My Motto?

You have a reason to be here. It’s a privilege not a right. Don’t squander your unique purpose and mission.

My Favorite People/Role Models?

My husband and kids continuously teach me about love, acceptance and forgiveness. And I’ve always looked up to Oprah for having the courage to be herself and her desire to keep growing and help others to grow along with her.

My Favorite Places/Destinations?

I used to live in Northern California. I love it there. Some of my favorite places to write are in Monterey, Point Reyes and Mendocino.

My Favorite Products/Objects?

While I prefer experiences, I do enjoy things that elevate my every day experience. I bought myself a trampoline this past Christmas and rediscovered the childhood joy that comes with jumping. Plus, it’s an easy way to sneak in a little bit of exercise while taking care of my two young sons. I’m also a huge fan of podcasts. While driving through Hawaii’s infamous traffic I can learn about design, health trends and writing tips. The third thing I love is my bicycle. I love it for the same reason I love my new trampoline. When riding, I feel like a kid again.

My Current Passions?

I love baking, crafting, cooking and making my own cleaning products. Basically anything that involves creativity. My latest obsessions involve helping people rediscover their passion, which I’m doing through writing and coaching. I also found a newfound love in writing stories to help children feel less alone.