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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