Our Insurance Lady

“How much do you weigh?” the insurance lady asks me. I give her a number in kilograms. She waves the number away and proceeds to give me advice on how I can approach this application with the best way to lower my monthly rates. If you do X, your rates will increase next year. If you do what I tell you instead (Y), then you … Continue reading Our Insurance Lady

Shuukatsu: End of Life Activities

I went a funeral this weekend. My husband’s 86-year-old uncle passed away. We heard the news on Sunday and spent the weekend with family. While the funeral itself was somber, it wasn’t as tearful as I’d expected. Pretty much everyone knew he’d been at the hospital being treated for cancer. Everyone was emotionally prepared for his death, had made their peace with him before he … Continue reading Shuukatsu: End of Life Activities

Fall: Rebirth and Renewal

Oh, the irony. After my last post about being consistent at writing, I drop off from publishing on a regular schedule and miss basically a month of blogging. Sigh. But such is life. The good thing is that things are cyclical and what I love about fall the most is the feeling of rebirth that it gives me. This is my favorite season because it … Continue reading Fall: Rebirth and Renewal

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

Affirmations

I am becoming financially independent. I am creating multiple streams of income that will be sustainable and that will generate at least $10,000 a month. I am taking the steps that will lead me to this goal. I live a life of purpose, humility, gratitude, and kindness. Every morning, before I start my day, I say these words out loud to put myself in a … Continue reading Affirmations

Hobbies

What are you guys’ hobbies? Are they expensive? Do they take up a lot of time? Why did you guys decide to pick it up? For the past two months, while I was busy working for my school and just being a wife, I fell into a hobby I never thought I would get into: writing fiction. And I’ve published my stories anonymously and gotten … Continue reading Hobbies

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