Agency

What do you do when everything is uncertain and your life is in limbo? So many unknowns in this world… Or maybe I am just making this all more difficult than I need to? I need to get down to the basics and keep working on what I have to do. The Game Plan still hasn’t changed: the goal is still financial independence(FI) and establishing … Continue reading Agency

Hiatus

Whew! That was a long break. It was an unexpected plunge into the world of falling out of routines. Because of the pandemic, my regular routine went down the drain. It pretty much left me floundering as I lost the anchor to my daily life. I didn’t do the usual exercises and activities I did in the morning and it showed. I was irritated most … Continue reading Hiatus

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

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

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

A Moment of Silence

March 11, 2020. Today is the anniversary of the Great Tohoku Earthquake that claimed the lives of thousands of Japanese people. Events had been planned to remember the lives lost this day, but they’ve been canceled due to the coronavirus. Instead, we’re asked to observe a moment of silence. It’s very sad, but unfortunately, that’s how life is. Still, that moment of silence is all … Continue reading A Moment of Silence

More Coronavirus Woes: Lessons I’m Learning

I’m struggling to keep balance. Things are happening at a rate that I can’t keep up. But I’m attempting to keep a level head with all the panic happening around me. The best way to do this is to list what I can learn from this experience: Having multiple sources of income is important I’ve lost two weeks of work. On Friday, around 6pm the … Continue reading More Coronavirus Woes: Lessons I’m Learning