This week’s Weekly Wishes doesn’t need a fancy graphic, because CURRY. CURRY ALL DAY EVERYDAY.
Before I get ahead of myself, last week my goals were to make progress on my yearlong goals, to go out and explore my town more, and to eat alone. I’m happy to say that I was successful on all my goals! I studied a lot of grammar and vocabulary words throughout the week, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to review over the weekend. I’ll have to do a little reviewing tomorrow before I continue on in my book. I’ve learned some words just by listening to my co-workers, so I think over time I’ll pick up a lot from them. I know they really want me to learn quickly, so I’m feeling a little bit of pressure to study harder.
I went out and explored an area right next to our town hall. It was a nice and peaceful park, and I will definitely be going back there soon. The library and a foot onsen are there! The library is a perfect place to go and study and cool down. When it gets cooler, it’ll be really nice to dip my feet in after work. And lastly! Be proud of me! I did it. I ate by myself. If you read my post last week, I was freaking out about looking like a total loser if I ate by myself. I was craving curry yesterday and I was like, “You know what, Mallory? Suck it up and just go eat your curry because you’ve been craving it since you got here!” So I did. I walked a mile to eat curry and it was totally worth it. Eating by myself wasn’t that bad. There were a lot of other people eating by themselves (a lot of middle aged men…). But I could get used to it because I WANT MORE CURRY.
Okay, enough about the curry talk. What are my goals for this week?
This week, I will continue to learn more Japanese, improving little by little, each and everyday. Yes, I do feel pressured, but I need to keep pushing through and keep motivating myself. I will start by trying to find a conversation partner, so that it’ll be easy to spark up any random conversation I can talk about rather than trying to talk to my co-workers. Another thing I need to work on is to answer in complete sentences. I usually end up answering with one or two words because I’m quickly searching for grammar rules in my brain and can’t figure them out. The more I try to use the grammar, the better I’ll get at speaking.
I also need to clean my apartment and unpack. This is my third week here and half of my clothes are still in my luggage. My floor is gross and some of my plates, for some reason, are really oily… I need to find some time to do this though. I’m going to be busy this whole weekend, so I may be spending my Friday night cleaning. Yay!
And my last goal for the week is to start managing my time better. After I got home from my orientation, I wanted to do so many things and could have probably accomplished them all if I had stayed focused and didn’t procrastinate. I ended up getting only one thing done (which was writing this post), but I also wanted to study Japanese and watch my drama. I ended up spending three hours online surfing the web and talking to my friend. Kind of, sort of productive, but I didn’t get my study time in for today. Ah! I’ve never been the best at managing my time, but now when I have a ton of time after work, I need to start making good use of it.
I hope you all have a great and productive weekend!