So I am in Tokyo Haneda Airport right now. I am on vacation–finally! Hooray! I’ve been looking forward to this trip so much because I can finally let loose and let my hair down, so to speak. However, a part of me can’t really do that, because I’ve learned my lesson from the last time I had a long break away from work. Last time, … Continue reading Working While on Vacation
I’ve never called out of work. Knock on wood. And I hope I never really have to. I’ve mentioned before that I just don’t like calling out because I hate leaving my school in the lurch, especially with so many students coming and going. I also don’t want to leave our already over-worked Japanese staff in a position where they have to cover for any … Continue reading Being Valued at Work
It is a Saturday and I’m supposed to be working. Instead, I’m watching TV, but I don’t find it particularly restful. I feel antsy, like I should be doing something else. Something inside me wants to be up and about, doing some kind of productive work. Is it the coffee I just drank? I’m not really sure. Saturdays are usually my busiest days. In the … Continue reading On Work and Disasters
I am at a crossroads. I’ve been working for my school for almost ten years now. I started teaching English to these kids in 2009 and working for this company is still going well. I love teaching. Watching my students grow up is the best part of this job. I’ve had some of my students since they were babies. Now they are spunky little pre-teens. … Continue reading Part-time or Full-time?
What keeps people motivated? Is it the goal? Is it the journey? I’ve been asking myself that recently because I’ve found myself so distracted. We just had the Golden Week break and before the week, I was excited with the prospect of the free time I could devote to my projects because I won’t be working. Of course, that was before the break. Plans always … Continue reading Motivation
The school year has started, which means that I’m working more consistently again. I am back to getting up early to get ready for work. I am taking the train into the city and thinking about my students and the million things that needs to get done to get my kids speaking English. Even with work, I am still working on my unpaid passion projects, … Continue reading The Power of Schedules
Return on investment. Savings rate. Annual inflation rate. Multiple streams of income. All these terms are running through my mind right now and I’m trying my best to understand and internalize all of them. I think I’ve gotten the grasp on a lot of financial terms and how they can conceptually relate to me and my life. This is hard, considering I am not really … Continue reading Passion Project