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!
I haven’t really posted anything for the past week, because I was having a rough week and I wasn’t feeling very inspired. But that lonely week did inspire me to start a new project which I will probably post really soon, so please be on the look out for that! I hope you like it and are able to contribute.
I chose this picture for Weekly Wishes, simply because I miss Mark (and him playing basketball. Can you find him in this picture? Air hugs if you do!). He hasn’t had internet for the past three days, so we haven’t been able to talk. It’s be SOOOO HARD, since this is probably the longest we’ve ever gone without talking to each other. I have so much to tell him, so I hope he gets his internet back soon!
Now onto my goals. Last week, my goals were to read more and go to bed earlier. I was kind of successful with reading more… I didn’t get to translating my Japanese books, but I did start Guns, Germs, and Steel and it’s definitely a book for me. I love the topic because it deals with people and how societies were formed and how differences arose. I have a horrible attention span though and start reading right before I sleep, so I barely read anything. I definitely need to fix that or I will never finish the book. And going to bed earlier? I didn’t have to try very hard on this because work is making me so tired! Teaching five classes a day to elementary school kids is sooo tiring. I think it’s even more tiring that I have to make an effort to talk very slowly. I feel myself slowly losing energy when I do so. It’s only 10pm here, but my eyes are slowly closing. Need to get through this post… haha!
So what is my goal for this week? Be happy and be positive. I was having a tough weekend and you’ll read more about it once I start my project, but I had never felt so lonely and sad. I had so many negative thoughts that I really didn’t want to think, but they overpowered me. Nothing anyone said made me feel better. I want to try my absolute hardest to have a happy and positive week/weekend and go back to the person I usually am. I have to immerse myself with positive thoughts, readings, and conversations. I would like to make a positivity wall, but I will have to hold off on that until next week since I’m traveling all weekend. That’s a new project I would love to start and finish! If you have ideas of what I can do, let me know! I’m totally open for suggestions :)
What are your goals for this week? I hope you all have a great and productive week!
If I could take a three month break from my life and do anything in the world, what would I do? Easy. Travel. As of right now, I feel like I’m one giant travel adventure, being an expat in Japan. I’m always doing and learning new things. I’m always faced with cultural differences as well as similarities. It’s amazing. I love it and I can’t get enough of it. However, I’m sure there will be a point when this life will become comfortable. This place will become a place I call home and my wanderlust will be on overdrive. I will feel the need to escape.
The first places I would visit are right outside my city. There are so many places in my prefecture and in Japan that I want to visit and I somehow need to find the time (and money) to go and experience all those places. Not only did I come here to gain experience teaching, I also came here to tour this country. Japan is a BEAUTIFUL country and I’ve only scratched the surface visiting places here. My goal one day is to visit every prefecture in this country. There are forty-seven of them and I’ve been to about five.
If I had to take a break from this life, I would also like to branch out to other countries. Lately, I’ve been thinking about life after teaching English, even though it just started. I feel that it is good to keep your mind and options open to other opportunities that come up. An idea that came up was to take time off to travel; to escape the eight hours a day working life and go see the world. I really loved the idea of taking two to three months and renting an apartment in another city. I would be able to live like a local, while visiting different sites and cities. It would be such a hard decision to choose where I would want to stay though. The ideal situation would be to take a year off, live for three months at a time in a few different cities, while doing weekly travels in between.
At the moment, my top travel destinations are Thailand and Vietnam. Since I’m living in Asia, these countries are the closest to me and after taking classes on Southeast Asia in college, it heightened my interest in visiting those countries.
Just posting these pictures are making me excited about traveling. I hope that this will happen within a few years of being here, because that would be so fun. I really can’t wait to explore and see what’s out there in the world.
What are some of your top travel destinations?