Pinching Pennies

I am at the grocery store, waiting for the clerk at the register to ring up all my food. He scans two heads of broccoli. The price of one was at ¥211. Wait a minute, I think to myself. Those are supposed to be ¥198 each! I frown, but I hold my silence. I have my pride. I’m not going to argue with him over … Continue reading Pinching Pennies

Triggered

WARNING: Political Rant so please skip this post if this makes you uncomfortable. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me. Ralph Ellison, Author Invisible Man I am shaking, shaking, shaking. I don’t know where else to air these feelings out, but I figured I’d do it on this blog. It’s not just about personal finance, after all. Part of this blog … Continue reading Triggered

Back to Work

Children are crying, trying to run away from me. Parents are screaming at their kids, and afterwards apologizing to me. The school staff is peeking through the classrooms, worried expressions on their faces, making sure that I’m doing okay. I’m trying to juggle props and remember my lesson plan. What am I supposed to do next, again? Oh, the joys of work. No, really. It’s … Continue reading Back to Work

Feels Like FIRE

58 Days. I haven’t been working for 58 days, which is about two months. I still can’t get over that. In a way, it really feels like I’m living the financially independent lifestyle. I get up and do whatever I want. I can choose to read or write a blog. If I want to go for a run, I lace up my sneakers and zip … Continue reading Feels Like FIRE

The Personal, Not the Finance

Is it bad to admit on this personal finance blog that recently, I have not been thinking about money? Honestly, though, I could care less about the finance part of my life. Instead, I’m focusing more on the the personal side. I’m more concerned about my family, or my sister in particular, who is still working to care for Covid patients at her hospital. I … Continue reading The Personal, Not the Finance

Free Time

I haven’t been working since the third week of February. It’s been six weeks since I’ve been teaching actual students. We’ve had meetings and informal sessions at work, but I haven’t been back in the classroom to interact with any of my students.  And to be honest, I don’t really miss it. I think I really am ready to move on from this job. Which … Continue reading Free Time

Wooh!

Short post today. I am still reeling. Whelp. March was brutal, and I’m not talking financially. Personally, I had to take a step back from blogging or anything online related. Every time I logged on, I just kept seeing how horrible it was getting in the US. I looked at the red dots on the US map darkening, and I worried more and more for … Continue reading Wooh!

Celebrating Women’s Month

March is women’s month and I am making it known to hubby as often as I can. Just kidding. But in light of what’s been going on around the world, I wanted to celebrate all the awesome and empowered women in my life and also hope that others do so. This is just a commentary on what I’ve observed here in Japan, but there has … Continue reading Celebrating Women’s Month