Hello, I’m L’Shawn, that’s pronounced “La-Shawn.”

I am a black woman living and working in Japan. I’m originally from the United States, but I’ve spent the better part of my adult years here in Japan. My husband and I moved here two days after we got married, and since then we have had two children.

This is my second attempt at maintaining a blog. My first blog was more about my life in Japan, but now I’m focusing mostly on my journey of self-empowerment and the reclamation of the disassociated parts of my psyche with the aim of self-acceptance and unconditional love.

My vision for this blog is that it will chronicle my journey and along the way maybe inspire others in a similar situation to find their own process and path to self-acceptance and self-love. It is my sincere belief that it is through these fundamental states of being that the world can be made into a better place. Every man, woman, and child needs to know what it means to be loved and accepted completely and unconditionally. This starts with ourselves and we pass this down to our children by example and through careful and deliberate guidance.

If you are here for the long hall or just for a quick visit, I welcome you. I hope that you will take something of value from this record of my experience. Despite the fact that it is a very personal endeavor, I believe that we all have something to learn from each other. I hope that you will leave comments and follow my journey. I have no idea what we will find at the end of this, but I am sure it will be a beginning of something brilliant.


Note: This is an updated version from the original post in April.

Updated July 9, 2016





3 thoughts on “About

  1. Your story is very intriguing and comprehensible – I’m sorry to hear that you had to go through all that when you were younger, but I’m glad you’ve found someone with whom you can be yourself. You sound like a strong woman and I’m sure you’re reach your goal of loving and respecting yourself! All the best to you x


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