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YouTube Inspiration

I have days when I’m down, too. I don’t think that there’s anyone out there that feels strong all of the time.

And when I’m down, I often turn to YouTube. The ease of uploading videos has led to so many great, amazing artists posting their work and sharing it with the world.

After not getting any comments on my last post, I was thinking that maybe I’m going a little bit too fast. Maybe there’s too much to read, and you (and me) just need a little break. A video break. I know that when I am feeling overwhelmed or stressed, I go to YouTube and pull up some of my favorite videos. They make me dream, imagine what’s possible. 。o@(^ゝω・)@o

First off, I have a channel, and it’s here. There are a few interesting videos there, but it’s not my own channel that I turn to when I need inspiration!

As you know, travel is something that I love. It’s something that I will do much more of in the future. From the moment that I saw the video, I was an instant fan of this guy. It just resonates with me like you would not believe.

More videos under the cut!

I want to make my own video like this. Soon. As soon as I am on my feet and able to travel. Or maybe even before (This video of his also amused me recently)!

I found this next video today, and it reminded me of my mother. When she complains about her life, I offer suggestions that might help, and her first word after is always “but.” But, but, but. She bases her life on what other people do, never daring to do something uncertain or unknown, or even for herself. She never takes a chance, and I see her so depressed every day that sometimes I feel helpless. I hope that she watches this video and doesn’t pass it over.


It’s been years since the Charlie’s Angels movie came out, but doesn’t this scene just make you smile? This is one of the most “me” moments that I’ve ever seen in a movie. I need to go buy some underoos, pronto!


“The miracle of the mind is that you can see the world as it isn’t.”
“We can change the world, if we defy the impossible.”
Truer words have never been spoken.

Do you ever walk down the street and imagine what this exact spot looked like millions of years ago? Or what it might look like, bu we can’t really see it? That’s me! Is it you, too? Why not?


An oldie, but I used to have this song set as my ringtone. Perhaps I will do the same when I can afford a cell phone again. <3


And another version, just to keep the love going.


Please, share with me the videos that inspire you!
I hope to make my own, too, this year! As you know, inspiring others is what I want most out of my life. Inspiring others to reach for their dreams, like you have inspired me.


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Hi! This is Jamie Lynn Lano! I am a Washington State (USA) native who: ☆ Holds a Bachelors of the Arts in Media Arts & Animation from AiPx. ☆ Worked as an assistant mangaka in Japan for Konomi Takeshi on The Prince of Tennis. ☆ Was an essay columnist for Asahi Weekly from 2008-2013. ☆ Was the star of Asahi Pop'n Press on Asahi TV (Japan) from 2009-2013 ☆ Was a write for Metropolis magazine in 2010. ☆ Has kept a blog foreeeeeeeeever! First and Current blogs.


  • Samuel Starobin

    “Become a dentist”, my mom tells me. “You get comfortable vacations, you can visit other countries, you can live a stable life”. When you are lying in a hospital bed with an IV up your arm at the age of 80, will you be proud of what you’ve achieved in life? I want to move to Japan and live my dream. They all say “no”, how can you draw for a living? It’s not just the end goal, but the experience getting there that matters. Sometimes, a little motivation can go a long way. These videos are just what I needed to brighten my morning. Thank you so much, your blog is very inspirational!

  • Jessika

    Also forgot to mention, there’s a show called The Buried Life where three guys set out to fulfill a list of 100 things they want to do before they die. In return they help someone fulfill one things they’ve wanted to do before they die in each episode. Maybe you’ve already heard of it but it’s very inspiring.

    Here’s a trailer:


  • Victoria

    What?!?! I thought my comment had gone through on yesterday’s post :'(
    Question: if I get a bachelor’s or masters degree in music education, what kind of working visa would I need to apply for to be a mangaka’s assistant? And eventually and mangaka? Just thinking/planning ahead 🙂

    Thanks! *^~^*

    • Jamie Lynn Lano

      Yaaaaay, comments! I love you! 😀 I don’t know why it didn’t go through yesterday. ;_;

      Wow, what an awesome degree!!! Making music is amazing– more so than being a manga artist, I think! Or maybe they’re both equally awesome. 🙂

      To answer, though, I’m not sure. You can’t apply for a working visa without an employer willing to sponsor you, or enough work to sustain yourself already (but you can’t work if you don’t have the visa, so you can only apply for a self-sponsored visa after you’ve already had a visa). Once you find an employer, then you just go to the consulate with the paperwork and ask them what visa you will have to apply for. They can advise you better than me. ^^

      Or, you could get a spousal visa, if you’re married to someone Japanese, or someone non-Japanese who has a working visa in Japan. Japan even gives spousal visas to same-sex marriages, as long as they’re legal in the country they were performed in (same-sex marriages are not legal if performed in Japan, though). I don’t know your marital situation, but since you’re thinking ahead anyways. 😉

      Oh there is one way around this if you are from a country that has working holiday visas and you qualify for one. You can get one of those and go over looking for work easily, from what I understand. 🙂 The US doesn’t participate in that plan, though, so I don’t know a lot about that option. 🙁

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