In the Beginning, Part 2

I came to Japan in 2003 for the first time right after I finished college. It was meant to be my gap year. Funny how things turned out. In college, I double-majored in Political Science and Journalism with the intent of becoming a reporter in Washington, D.C. once I graduated. I thought that being a journalist  was the ideal job for me. (I was going … Continue reading In the Beginning, Part 2

In the Beginning

I’m having a lot of trouble organizing my thoughts. I’ve got a lot of ideas for blog topics, but they seem to be all over the place. I’ve been keeping a running list to help with my goal of writing 100 posts, but it’s difficult to choose the most relevant one. I guess the best way to keep things clear is to start from the … Continue reading In the Beginning

Success

What does success mean to you? It’s taken a long time to come up with a satisfying answer, but to me, success means being able to control my time. It means being able to do the things I want to do and avoiding the things I don’t want to do. Right now, I’m only working part time and earning about $2000 a month. And yet, … Continue reading Success

Savings Experiment

One of the things I tried when I wanted to just start saving was socking away actual bills and coins. Round 1 The first step I tried was to save every ¥1000 bill I had in my wallet at the end of the week. Basically, if I had any bills that were ¥1000, I would put it in a canister that I had bought from … Continue reading Savings Experiment

Personal Finance: Personal Growth Through Finance

When I was younger, I truly believed that rich people were bad people. I thought that people with a lot of money were always corrupt and used their money to do more harm than good. Because of that, I was determined to grow up and become a poor do-gooder. My income wouldn’t matter. As long as I was doing work that I loved and I … Continue reading Personal Finance: Personal Growth Through Finance