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Reverse Culture Shock–It’s a Thing!

Reverse Culture Shock–It’s a Thing!

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 […]

How Living Abroad Changes You

How Living Abroad Changes You

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 […]

First Day Teaching in Japan!-My Video Diary

First Day Teaching in Japan!-My Video Diary

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 […]

My 2017 Life and Travel Goals! (100 Life Goals Update)

My 2017 Life and Travel Goals! (100 Life Goals Update)

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 […]

My Top Travel Inspiration: Movie Edition

My Top Travel Inspiration: Movie Edition

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 […]

The 3 Year Blog-iversary! + The Blog Move!

The 3 Year Blog-iversary! + The Blog Move!

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 […]

Silence Is Not Always Golden

Silence Is Not Always Golden

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 […]

After Leaving Japan… What’s Next?

After Leaving Japan… What’s Next?

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 […]

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

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

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 […]

2 Years in Japan- Looking Back (in Pictures!)

2 Years in Japan- Looking Back (in Pictures!)

Two years. That’s half of college. My entire Jr. High school career. An Associate’s Degree. The time it takes to earn a Master’s. It’s the time it takes for a tiny, innocent newborn to talk and walk their way into the “Terrible Two’s”. It’s the […]