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New Year’s goals, 2017 edition

December 14, 2016


It’s the time of the year when I start looking back on my goals, to take stock of what I’ve done. It’s a bit harder this year than last year, as the death of my friend is really messing with me at the moment. Nothing seems that important or necessary. But I’m still alive, so […]

One of my favourite places in Tokyo is considered cursed. And I love it.

May 6, 2016


As I’ve mentioned in the past, I work in Otemachi in Tokyo. It’s like the Wall Street, business and financial district in the city. There are other parts of Tokyo that ALSO handle a lot of business, like Shinjuku and Roppongi, but they aren’t located next to the Imperial Palace, at the center of the […]

New Year, New Goals

January 5, 2016


When I look at the list of things I wanted to accomplish in 2015, I see some high expectations and a very rosy idea of what lay ahead. A year later, I am feeling far more pragmatic and have a better understanding of the amount of free time I actually have. Last year, I wanted […]

the Thousand Cranes are finished.

November 1, 2015


They’ve actually been finished since December 8, 2013. It only took 2 years since completion to get them hung! Since completing the project, I’ve had to talk about it a lot with my students, because we often talk about it in lessons. I started the project just to see if I could do it, honestly, but […]

Life goals: I need to cut some down for now

October 25, 2015


I was really, really, ridiculously productive when I lived in Germany: I had a boyfriend (now ex-boyfriend) who was gone on business trips 5  months out of the year, huge openings in my daily schedule that allowed me to do crazy things like go home, go for a run, shower, and THEN go to teach […]

My new listening/reading/studying regimen. Kind of.

October 17, 2015


I’m right on track to read 40 books this year, and I’m really excited about that. ALL I want is to reach 40. And I’ll be happy, since then I’ll have beat my number from 2014: 39. With that in mind, I should really be reading or listening to books as often as I can. […]

Every day that goes by, I wonder ‘is this the day I’ll be ok with it’?

September 16, 2015


August 5:  On my birthday last year, I bought myself a new daruma. For those of you not familiar with them, they are many, many things, but most often they are used by people who want to accomplish a goal. The idea is that you make a wish or set a goal and fill in […]