After Leaving Japan… What’s Next?

Hitachi Beach: "Japan will forever be in my heart"
Hitachi Beach: “Japan will forever be in my heart”

It’s been just over two months since I left Japan and moved back to southern California. Two months of eating Mexican food by the bucket load. Two months of rediscovering my home country, reconnecting with friends and family, and finding my feet. Continue reading

Hiking in Japan!

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Bowing to shrines on mountaintops

Spring is coming. I feel myself starting to maybe almost begin to sort of thaw out and now I’m anxiously awaiting the beginning of hiking season!

I started hiking in college, I was in a really beautiful area full of super outdoorsy people and I caught the bug. There’s just something about challenging yourself in the serenity of the great outdoors that appeals to my adventurous side! While most of my hiking experience in the States was in California, I have noticed some pretty big differences in the hikes I took back Continue reading

The Spirit of Omotenashi (お持て成し)

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Kamakura Daibutsu

There are a million and one things I love about Japan; I could go on forever about the convenience stores and the food and the festivals and the food and the history and the food. Did I mention the food?

But if you ask anyone, no matter how long they’ve been here for Continue reading

My Japanese Apartment- 5 Ways to Make a House a Home

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Christmas decorations in my Japanese apartment!

My apartment in Japan changed quite a bit over time. As some of you know, when you don’t live in a Leopalace like most English teachers here do, your apartment comes very very empty. As in no stove, oven, lights, curtains, or appliances of any kind empty. As in some small cabinets by the kitchen sink, walls, floor, and a roof empty. That’s a whole lot of space to fill and basic necessities to get! Continue reading

Interac Pre-Training: Your First Lesson Prep

The end of training!
The end of training! Still alive!

UPDATE 03/18/16: So not all branches do the pre-lesson thing. You lucky ducks don’t have to worry about this!

When Interac hires you, a few weeks before your departure date they email you a few assignments. Lucky you! I was given a Continue reading

The Great East Japan Earthquake-5 Years Later

Japanese flag at half mast on 3/11
Japanese flag at half mast on 3/11

March 11, 2011 may not be a date that means anything to most of you. Maybe it’s a birthday or perhaps an anniversary. A day like any other. But for Japan, March 11th marks the day when families were suddenly torn apart, communities were destroyed, and life would never be the same again. Continue reading

6 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Coming to Japan

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Torii gates in Sapporo

Ever do something and realize your expectations were so completely different from the truth they weren’t even in the same orbit? Yeah, that was me moving to Japan. And while some of that can be attributed to the fact that it was also my first time ever leaving the U.S., a lot of it is just stuff that all the YouTube videos and blogs in the world can’t prepare you for. This is a list of some of the things just like that! Continue reading

The Top 8 Things I’ll Miss About Japan

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Kashima Shrine, Ibaraki, Japan

Having lived in Japan for two years now, there are many things about the country and culture that I’ve grown very attached to and that have become a part of my everyday life. It’ll be strange having to revert to being an American in America! So I thought I’d share with you just a few of the mile long list of things that I love about Japan, and that I’ll miss the most when I go home. Continue reading

How to Turn Dreams into Goals-Video!

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Hey all!

So this video is a continuation of my previous post 100 Life Goals- Why You Need Goals In Your Life and explains in more detail how to create the attainable, measurable goals I encourage you to turn your dreams into!

As well as an example of me creating this weeks “Weekly Goal” of trying to wake up at a decent hour (though let’s be honest, anything is going to be better than the time I roll out of bed right now!).

Thanks so much for watching and let me know what you think of this video! It was very entertaining to make, sitting in front of a camera is unusual for me! Subscribe, comment and tell me what your goal is!

Have a great day! Dream big, work hard and live well!❤

Thoughts on Leaving Japan and How I Hate Change

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This is the official EverywhereToBeFound announcement that I’ll be leaving Japan and moving back to California sometime in early April 2016. I’ve put up a moving checklist for people in the same boat and for people who are curious about what it takes to move back to your home country after moving here (hint: it’s a lot of work!). But I didn’t originally announce anything earlier for a few reasons. Continue reading