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

Catching Up

It’s funny how work always gets in the way of the things I want to do. The last few weeks have been very busy for me. As an English teacher here in Japan, I had to prepare for our special Christmas lessons at school as well as other End-of-Year activities. I think every educator knows that preparation is key when you’re in the teaching field. … Continue reading Catching Up

Five Things I’m Grateful For This Thanksgiving

Today is Thursday, November 28, 2019 in Japan. In the US, it is celebrated as Thanksgiving. In that spirit, I wanted to write about things that I’m grateful for.   I’ve written before how gratitude is my superpower. But I wanted to re-visit it today. It only seems fitting. So here are five things that I’m grateful for this season: Knowledge I am grateful that … Continue reading Five Things I’m Grateful For This Thanksgiving

End of the Year

So we’re coming up on the last two months of 2019. Frankly, I have lots to do on my list, and I feel like I’m bowing to the pressure. For the past few weeks, every morning I wake up, I review the things that I have to do for the day. I start the day motivated and then I lose steam later on. I become … Continue reading End of the Year

Non-Conformity

In my twenties, I was all about experiences and hanging out with friends. I spent most of my time traveling everywhere and eating out with the people I know. I tried to be fashionable and bought brand-name goods that I really have no business buying. I did what I thought I was supposed to do. In general, though, most of the personality tests I’ve taken … Continue reading Non-Conformity

39

This number seems so ominous. So close to forty, but not. Actually, that’s how old I am right now. Wait a minute–that does look really bad, now that I am staring that number in bold black print. Maybe I should just forget about this post… But I need to reel myself in and focus on the point: It’s been a month since my birthday and … Continue reading 39

Wantrepreneur

A wantrepreneur is someone who wants to become an entrepreneur but is not really doing the work to become one. Basically, they’re all talk with nothing to show for it. That’s me to a t. Somehow, the desire is still there to become an entrepreneur/business owner. The flame is alive and it’s still burning. However, taking the steps to get there is really lackluster. I … Continue reading Wantrepreneur

No TV for Six Weeks

Growing up, I’ve been schooled in the Catholic tradition of Lent. According to Wikipedia, most Christians spend this time getting ready for Easter Sunday. This means that a lot of people spend their time reflecting on their lives through penance, prayer, and denial of vices. My memory of Sunday school teachings is shoddy at best, but the one thing that I do remember is that … Continue reading No TV for Six Weeks