It’s been a while since I’ve taken apart of Melyssa’s Weekly Wishes link up and since it’s the beginning of the month, I’ve decided to set some goals for October. The weather is finally cooling down and I’m getting more and more accustomed to life here in Japan. I’ve finally gotten used to waking up early (I wake up at 6:30 on the weekends without an alarm now… who would have ever thought? I’m a who loves their sleep too) and have gotten into the routine of having a full time job. Sometimes I still can’t believe that I’m actually making money. There are times when I feel like I’m still at an internship, working to gain experience for free. I honestly wouldn’t mind not getting paid because I love this whole experience so much, but of course, it is nice to have money. *enter a weird, shifty smiley*
My Goals for October
- Make a study plan and stick to it – I’ll be honest… studying Japanese hasn’t been going very well. I usually study when I have some free time at work, which doesn’t get me very far. I’ll study one grammar point every now and then and a handful of new vocabulary words every week. When I first started working, I would be sooo tired when I got home and wouldn’t want to do or think about anything. Nowadays, I’m getting more used to my daily schedule and don’t feel like crashing when I get home. I need to use my time wisely and get at least an hour of studying every other night.
- Budget, budget, budget! – I’m also getting used to recording every cent I spend during the week and I’ve been doing a pretty good job remaining within budget. However, there are times when I go over budget in some categories or I don’t plan correctly. I need to take the time to think about my expenses and not forget to include some payments. My Seoul trip is coming up in December and I need to start saving for that now! I’m so excited and can’t wait to go back, but I also have an Osaka trip planned the month before, a possible hiking weekend, then Kyoto right after I come back from Seoul… Ah! That’s a lot of spending, so I’ll definitely need to buckle down on my spending. I hate you Japanese bakeries and all your amazing, heavenly bread.
- Try to talk more with my students – I’ll admit. It’s pretty hard to talk to my students at lunch. But I can see why they probably don’t want to talk to me during lunch. They don’t know English and they have no idea what to ask me. I also don’t know what to talk to them besides, “What food do you like? What color do you like?” But I will find a way.
- Always keep learning and improving myself – This is kind of vague since I’m not exactly sure how I will do this, it kind of just happens over time. One of my biggest things is to always be learning new things, whether it’s more about Japanese culture or more about how to communicate with people, there are so many things out there to be learned. Learning and growing go hand in hand and I’m always looking to improve myself to be a better person each and every day.
I hope you all have a great and productive week!