Hey all! So today I thought I would go and let you all know what to expect from applying to one of the main providers of ALT’s in Japan. (That’s Assistant Language Teacher for those of you who missed my first ever post!) Interac Co., […]
It’s unbelievable, but one year ago today I left the United States for Japan! Tomorrow marks my 1 year anniversary in Japan (crossing the International Date Line, it’s confusing!) and I honestly can’t believe how fast this year has flown by. Time’s been moving at […]
So I was skyping with my sister in America earlier this week and my trip to an onsen in Hokkaido this past weekend came up. She was telling me about the hot springs they have in Santa Barbara but she was concerned her swimsuit might […]
So, I’ve been thinking, and really, I’m not that cool. Really, I’m not–just ask my sister! But inevitably, in conversations with people I’m getting to know, questions about our past work or past living situations come up and this brings up the topic of Japan. […]
Well, hello! Long time no see, and I must say I’ve missed you all! I’ve chatted with a few of you in this extended downtime but I want to know what everyone else is up to, please let’s have a catch-up. I’m not really […]
I’m sitting here wondering how I can do justice to not only my old college town, but my grandfather’s old college town, a family favorite vacation spot, and the well-known “Happiest City in America”! Whew! Pressure! There are many things that make San Luis Obispo, […]
The only thing stranger than moving to an exotic foreign country alone with two suitcases and little to no knowledge of the language and culture… is leaving it. Leaving Japan and all the people there almost fourteen months ago is probably the hardest thing I’ve […]
It’s such a cliche everyone, and I know I’m guilty of saying it quite often in the past as well, but I truly mean it when I say living abroad is a life changing experience. Travel in itself changes you, but not like being completely […]
Oh my gosh you guys! It’s been an absolute mad time, and not in a good way, for me personally lately but I found these three videos on my laptop that kind of helped. Two are videos from my first days working at my school […]
Hey ya’ll! Awhile back I had written a post sharing my 100 Life Goals, ten goals in each of ten different areas of my life, to accomplish sometime in the next ten years (by 2026). I’ve gone back to review those goals recently and chosen […]
There are days when all I want is to jet off to somewhere new and exciting and there are days when all I want is to curl up in bed, pull the blinds, and do nothing all day. Either way there is an extensive list […]
Hello all! How strange to think that three years ago today I started this blog because I was in the middle of applying for a job in Japan and was kinda excited about it! I hadn’t ever really traveled before, I hadn’t met some of […]
Hey guys! So I just wanted to write about something that’s been bothering me lately. The world is not looking its best right now and with everything in the news and at home I’ve been frustrated by the apathy and selfishness that surrounds us today. The […]
Hey there! I'm Kendra--a teacher passionate about travelling and learning as much as I can about the places I go and the people I meet. I lived and worked in Japan for two years and now I'm a part-time traveler in sunny California! Where should I move to next? Learn More About Me…
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.
I’m going to school to earn my California Multiple Subject credential and officially become an elementary school teacher, hopefully internationally. I’m job hunting and trying to get my health and fitness on track for a healthier lifestyle. I guess you could say this is my year of transformation!
It was hard for me to leave Japan and the constant excitement of being there with new things all around to trip me up and make me grow. Coming back to the utter familiarity of my hometown, old friends, and family is a challenge all its own. I have to try harder to leave my comfort zone, I have to look for new excitement and adventure in all the familiar places, and I have to fight to stay the person that I became in Japan, instead of reverting to the person I used to be before that experience. I love who I grew to be in Asia; more open-minded, more comfortable with trying everything, more independent and strong.
It’s hard knowing that no one here knows what it was like there and I have to figure out how to condense two years of incredible and completely foreign experiences into an appropriate answer for “So, how was it? Tell me everything!”. I can’t just use the words “shinkansen”, “onsen”, and the like in conversation, instead using the English equivalents plus an explanation of what that actually is and why I get so excited about it!
But don’t get me wrong, I love spending so much time with my family, actually going to the graduations and parties instead of just hearing about them, and catching up with all the friends I missed! I’ve driven across the country to visit my grandpa in Alabama and spent the weekend in Arizona with my best friend and her new husband and house. Some of my friends from Japan who had also left this year came to L.A. for a day on a layover and I got to play tour guide in my home state!
There have been a million great memories made in California so far, it’s simply an adjustment similar to the one I made when I moved to Japan in the first place!
So what’s next for this blog? I still get a lot of emails from people moving to Japan asking questions about the various places and how to do certain things and I can’t tell you all how much I love getting those emails and answering them!
My adventure doesn’t stop here, it’s only changing into a U.S. based travel and lifestyle-sort of blog! I’ll tell you all about southern California and the places I go and the interesting things that happen in this life of mine! I’ll also probably expand a bit into recipes, teaching in the U.S., my foray into health, and the checking off of my 100 Life Goals list!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading this blog and all your support and lovely comments! What would you like to see from this blog in the future? If there’s anything I can do for you never hesitate to ask!