Weekly Wishes #8

Weekly Wishes

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.

Weekly Wishes

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!



  1. Angela Wiebe

    Good Luck with the budgeting goals!! Money is always the hardest thing to figure it out! I wish you all the best in your week!!

  2. Naomi Eleanora

    I’ve noticed that languages other than English have less ridiculous grammar guidelines. It’s great to build up your vocab! :) And good luck with budgeting! I’m working on that as well.

    • Mallory

      I know right! In Japanese, the order doesn’t really matter, as long as the verb is at the end of the sentence. They also don’t always mention the pronoun so you have to do a little guessing. Thank you for your sweet comment!

  3. Amber

    I’ve been thinking of trying out the envelope system for budgetting after reading Nicole’s and Chelsea’s posts as well! I’m excited to find a system that works for me. I struggle with packing and unpacking, and one thing I find that works for me is making so that being unpacked SERIOUSLY INCONVENIENCES ME!! For example, before I left for work this morning, I took clothes from my suitcase and laid them all over my bed. Now, when I get home, I HAVE to put those clothes away so I can go to sleep… or sleep on the couch.. but I’m hoping the former happens :) haha

    Also, I’m LOVING the photos of Japan you’re sharing. They are all so bright and colorful, and filled with unique character.

    • Mallory

      I’d probably be that super lazy person that just throws my clothes somewhere else haha! And thank you so much! I’m glad you like them. It means a lot to me :)

  4. Kayli Schattner

    I’ve heard some great things about the envelope system and it seems like it’d be definitely worth a try if you’re looking for a good budgeting plan! I also love that you’re trying to learn another language- I’ve always wanted to and it seems like such a valuable skill to have. Especially in today’s world! I hope you have an incredible week and good luck!

    • Mallory

      It’s one of my goals to become fluent in another language, but it’s so hard sometimes to keep motivated because it can be really hard to remember everything. It is such a valuable skill to have and I hope that if I do end up learning the language, that I’ll be able to use it in the future.

      I hope you have a great week!

  5. Pinja

    I tend to be really bad with unpacking as well. I might have stuff in my suitcase for days after I get home from my trips. Procrastination is my worst enemy! It’s probably why I haven’t created a budget for myself, either. It’s definitely something I need to work on too, so thank you for sharing those links. I have a feeling they will be very helpful :)

    Good luck with your wishes this week :)

    • Mallory

      You’re welcome! Those are great posts and they actually made me excited about starting a budget. Trying to keep with it and figuring it out is a totally different thing, but at least I started one haha!

      Thank you and have a great week!

  6. Dee

    I am trying out the envelope system too! There’s an actually an app for it, and I use that as well as another expense tracking app. Good luck!

  7. Kristyn @ Milk + Crown

    I think it’s great you’re trying to find a budget system! That’s so important, especially when you live by yourself. I made a budget spreadsheet for myself this summer and have barely used it! Definitely need to get on that haha. Also, great point about learning vocabulary instead of grammar. I’m always afraid to speak in German to others because I don’t want them judging my grammar, but if you don’t know enough words to get your point across, the grammar doesn’t matter in the first place ;) Hope your week goes well girl!

    • Mallory

      Thanks so much girly! :) I’ve been trying to make myself to record every yen I spend just to get into the habit of keeping track. It’s so hard!

      When I speak, I usually don’t speak in complete sentences. It’s just a phrase that I think answers their question haha. Like today, I tried to say ‘I make food’ but I said ‘I use food’ instead, but they understood because the word ‘food’ comes before the verb haha.

      Thank you so much! I hope you have a great week back at school!

  8. Elizabeth Than

    There’s a lot of budgeting system and expenses tracker available. You can check out Pinterest for that. I have yet to try the famous envelope system, but will loved to in future. Right now, I set aside a fixed percentage of my pay after deducting fixed expenses (like allowance to my parents, bills, insurances). Maybe you can give that a try first. Good luck!

  9. Erika

    I’m so glad that you’re making progress with your language goals! Like you said, vocab is important for right now — grammar is for perfecting it and that can be done later on! :))

    And good luck with cleaning, unpacking, and figuring out a budget! Money stuff can be so overwhelming but I’m interested in the envelope project too! Being a grad student has forced me to look at money really differently — which is a good thing. It also helped me to see that a lot of the things I thought I needed right away or whatever weren’t necessary. I still have a lot of growing to do in this area, but I’m so happy with the strides I’ve made. I hope you can come up with something that works for you. :)))

    • Mallory

      I’ve been looking at money in such a different way now. Well, mainly because I’m making and spending my own money now. It’s a lot more painful to go to the ATM now and see how much I’ve been spending. There are so many things to think about for the future! I remember reading an article about this blogger who taught in S. Korea and how much she saved in a year. Right now, I’m trying to follow her model of spending/saving. She did have it a lot easier though. She didn’t have to pay rent (sighhh!).

      I’ve also been straying away from the things I don’t really need (well kind of… I hate you bread for pulling me in!). I’m so proud of myself for not being tempted into buying clothes over the weekend.

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