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100 Life Goals- Why You Need Goals in Your Life

So you've finally made it! You've saved and worked and sweat and worked some more, done all the research, and you're there. Your dream-turned-goal has been realized! Congratulations! But what happens next? This has been plaguing me in those quiet moments before you fall asleep and those stolen minutes you take a step back to … Continue reading 100 Life Goals- Why You Need Goals in Your Life

How to Teach a Speech- Going to the Ibaraki Prefecture English Speech Competition!

Every year in Kasama City, Jr. High students from all over Ibaraki come together with their teachers and their ALT's to present their own unique 5-minute speech. This year 78 students participated, split into 2 groups. Yeah, that means before lunch we sat through 39 five-minute speeches! This doesn't include those given in the opening ceremony … Continue reading How to Teach a Speech- Going to the Ibaraki Prefecture English Speech Competition!

Kairaku-en, Ume Matsuri and the Return of the Volunteer Tour Guides!

Located in Mito City in Ibaraki Prefecture, Kairakuen (偕楽園) has been designated as one of the three most beautiful parks in Japan. And lucky me, I only live about 40 minutes drive south! In general, Kairakuen is a pretty park, but I’ve seen much more breathtaking places in my Japan Journies. I do like to … Continue reading Kairaku-en, Ume Matsuri and the Return of the Volunteer Tour Guides!

Taking the JLPT in Japan- How I’m Learning Japanese!

I’ve now been living in Japan for a year and a half and I have yet to write anything about learning Japanese! Shameful! The truth is, my Japanese ability is pretty embarrassing. When I thought I was leaving last March I stopped studying over the winter, thinking it wouldn’t matter, and ever since it’s been … Continue reading Taking the JLPT in Japan- How I’m Learning Japanese!

A SoCal Girl’s Guide to Surviving the Seasons- Part 2: Fall and Winter!

Here we go! The year is moving fast and it's time for a new survival guide! Hope it helps and let me know if you have any more questions! Fall Ah, the fall. My #1 most favorite season, especially in Japan! Summers humidity is gone, it’s not too cold yet and the colours! My gosh … Continue reading A SoCal Girl’s Guide to Surviving the Seasons- Part 2: Fall and Winter!

Bored in Japan: What To Do When You’re Stuck in the Teachers Room

It's happened. You're in Japan. You finished all the training. You have all your materials and your Survival Kit is ready for anything. You're ready to teach up a storm! Ready, Set…. Sit in the Teachers Room. Not every day as an ALT is terribly exciting. In fact, I’d go so far as to say … Continue reading Bored in Japan: What To Do When You’re Stuck in the Teachers Room