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

The Personal, Not the Finance

Is it bad to admit on this personal finance blog that recently, I have not been thinking about money? Honestly, though, I could care less about the finance part of my life. Instead, I’m focusing more on the the personal side. I’m more concerned about my family, or my sister in particular, who is still working to care for Covid patients at her hospital. I … Continue reading The Personal, Not the Finance

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

Point Cards and Stamp Cards in Japan

I am at Fujiya, our local cake place, choosing which cake to eat for dessert tonight. I make my choice and take out the money for this purchase. The lady pauses for a moment before she rings up my order. She seemed to be waiting for something. And then, “Do you have your point card?” Oh! Whoops! With an embarrassed laugh, I whip it out … Continue reading Point Cards and Stamp Cards in Japan

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