Hi everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend! I went to Osaka over the weekend and had a ton of fun. You’ll probably be hearing about my trip within the next couple days, so be on the look out for that. Last week, I didn’t get to post for Weekly Wishes, since my internet broke, but I tried to make progress on my Japan goals for the year. The major goal I’ve been working on is studying Japanese each day. Once I start teaching, I won’t have time during the day, so I’ll need to make time during the evening to get at least an hour of studying each day.
Two weeks ago, my goals were: study Japanese, clean my apartment and unpack, and manage my time better. How did I do? I realized during the week last week, that I should focus more on vocabulary than trying to perfect grammar. I think it’s more important to know more words so can better piece together what people are saying. Also, without any vocabulary, how will I even be able to use the grammar points I learn? I have about five pages worth of vocabulary that I’ve been adding to since the beginning of the month. I need to make sure I memorize these and continue adding onto these.
I cleaned my apartment! This week, I need to clean my bathroom and shower and… finally unpack… Someone commented that I should reward myself for unpacking. I do need to do this with some bread, ice cream, or milk tea, because it’s pretty bad that I still haven’t unpacked. And managing my time? I honestly can’t remember if I did this or not. Okay, for sure I need to get on this. Fingers crossed.
What are my goals for this week? Along with continuing to study, my goal is to cook every day this week with the exception of Friday, since I have plans, and to find a budgeting system that works for me. I did a lot of thinking over the past week, especially after I read Nicole from Treasure Tromp and Chelsea from Lost in Travels’ posts on the envelope budgeting system. This is my first full time job and I’ve never seen a paycheck so big before the other day. I know what my long term goals are that involve money (car, house… you know, those adulty things) and also my short term goals (travel, food, and clothes galore!). How will I be able to save money and also satisfy my urge to travel and buy clothes? I decided that I need to really involve myself in a budgeting system and get into the habit of it now. Right now, I started filling out a budget spreadsheet to see how much I’m spending weekly, but I honestly have no idea what it all means. It just looks like a bunch of numbers floating around. I hope over time I’ll be able to figure out what it all means and become a lot better at splitting up my money into different categories.
I have a lot of trips plan within the next few months, so I’ll need to somehow save up and factor all these things in together. Ah! It can be so overwhelming! Anyway, back to my goal of cooking every day this week… it’s all part of my big plan to save money. And I also want to learn how to cook more Japanese recipes.
I wish everyone the best with their goals this week!