On My Mind + Fresh Face Blog Hop


On My Mind:

It’s amazing what a conversation with your loved one can do.  Literally right after I poured my heart out with all these emotions, I felt so much better and happier.  Mark is the greatest person to ever step into my life and I’m so excited that in ten days we can celebrate our two year anniversary together.

I need to cut back on spending.  Lately I’ve been throwing my money everywhere: last week I went winter clothes shopping and this week, food.  In total, I didn’t even buy that many things while shopping, but HOLY GUACAMOLE, adding up all my receipts was painful.  I also had a lot of unforeseen expenses this week which cut into my budget.  I need to go back to strict saving, because I have all my travel plans in the winter!

Motivation, where are you?  I’ve been having a hard time getting myself to study Japanese.  I had a two hour break yesterday and all I did was stare at my notes.  Yes, I was staring.  I don’t know why, but I’ve been lacking the motivation to continue learning.  I need to revisit my goals and remind myself that it’s on my bucket list to become fluent in another language.  Plus, being able to speak and understand Japanese will make my life so much easier here.  Ganbarimasu!  がんばります!

Sometimes a good cry can make you feel so much better.

I found out, first hand, how much I dislike materialistic people.  No, I did not come to Japan to go shopping everyday.  I want to see sights, experience the culture, learn more about my background, about the culture and the language.

Speaking of finding out more about my background, I would like to start finding more photos and talking to my relatives about the history of how my dad’s family came to the US.  I hope to make a trip to the towns my great-grandparents came from, before I leave Japan.  I think it’ll be a great experience, even if it’s a tiny town with nothing to it.  It’ll be amazing to be in the same town where my great-grandparents were born.

This year is going by so quickly.  I can’t believe we’re almost in the double digit days in November.  Soon it’ll be December, then January 1st!  I can’t wait for Mark to step off that plane.  Those three days after I return from Seoul are going to be the longest days ever.  I’m just going to want to skip over to the new year and welcome Mark to Japan with a great big hug.

I think a ‘year two’ in Japan is in store for me.  I love it here and there’s definitely not enough time for me to do everything I want to do.  And there’s another reason, but you’ll find out about that super soon!

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  1. Kate Hall

    I feel your pain over learning Japanese… unfortunately I’ve done the same with German! I did great with learning French whilst I was in France but I’ve lost all motivation since I arrived in Germany. Some down to things I couldn’t help and some down to life just getting in the way.
    But, I have found just being in this culture is great for helping me to understand the language better.

    • Mallory

      Being surrounded by Japanese 90% of the day has definitely helped improve my Japanese (suuuuuuuper slowly), but most of the time I’m just nodding and smiling since I have no idea what people are saying. I find that I have an extremely hard time speaking. Even if I learn certain grammar points, I can’t think to use it during conversation, which ends up with me saying simple sentences… Ah!

  2. Erika

    Ah, it’s so nice catching up with what you’re doing, Mallory! Sorry I’ve been a little MIA! I hear you on budgeting stuff — I’ve really got to put a plan in place myself, especially with the holidays coming up! I’ve been doing better than I normally do, but still there’s so much room for improvement! And you said it — learning a language sounds good in theory but can be draining and boring and difficult in practice. I guess the best thing to do is to continue to try to make it fun??!! Make little games out of it if you can! You can do it! And I’m excited to hear that you’re enjoying Japan and that a year two is already a possibility! And that other reason you’re talking about — can wait to hear what that is! :)

    • Mallory

      Hi Erika! I’ve also been MIA lately too! I haven’t had the time to sit down and catch up with everyone’s blog posts. Hopefully I can catch up with you soon :) I need to find ways to make games out of learning Japanese. I did find that learning vocab with cute little pictures attached to them, helped a lot. My coworker made these vocab sheets for the Spanish speaking students to learn Japanese and they were helpful! I learned a lot about school vocab words.

      Thanks! Hopefully that announcement will be up on the blog soon! Stay tuned for it ;)

  3. Happyeverafter_Bride

    Asian languages can be so difficult to learn! But being immersed in it must help accelerate it a little somewhat.
    I think it is amazing that you have decided to learn more about your Dad’s background. I strongly believe we are more centered no matter where we are in the world if we know our roots. I look forward to your adventures into the past and yippee for almost being with Mark again! I’m not too far behind you myself… reunited in Early Feb.

    • Mallory

      I’m making it one of my goals to find out more about my family history, because I think that’s such an important thing! Hopefully I have family members that have info to pass down to me. As for Japanese, I feel like being immersed in the Japanese language is helping my listening skills a lot. I mean, I’m slowly improve (probably at a snail’s pace), but I think I can understand more than I could when I first got here (yes!). Speaking is a totally different story. I think it’s really hard for me to put sentences together so I end up saying super simple sentences. I think if I just keep practicing speaking, I’ll also slowly get better at that.

      Awesome! I’m excited for the both of us to be reunited with our loved ones :) it’ll be such a great feeling!

  4. Kristyn @ Milk + Crown

    Yes, sometimes a good cry (and a good talk) is exactly what you need! Staying focused on goals is hard. Life gets in the way, and you just have to refocus and refresh and start again. I’m glad you’re figuring out what’s most important to you. And I’m excited to hear your other reason for staying in Japan for a second year ;) Happy weekend!

    • Mallory

      Yes! I need to step back and reevaluate my goals and find that motivation again. I know I can do it! Stay tuned, hopefully the announcement will be out soon ;)

      Hope you’re having a great weekend!

  5. Anna

    New reader here! :) I am also living in Japan at the moment and really need to try harder to save money, its just so easy to get carried away and go on a shopping spree! And concerning the Japanese がんばて ください!! I have been learning Japanese for 4 months and also find myself just staring at my notes! Interested to find out your other reason for staying in Japan


    • Mallory

      Hi! That’s awesome! I hope we can keep in touch and I’ll definitely check out your blog so hear about your adventures :) So far for the month of November, I’ve been spending like crazy: shopping, eating out a lot. Definitely need to get back to budgeting! I want to do all these trips, but if I don’t have the money… ah!


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