Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Head banging in a karaoke booth & 2017 New Years Resolutions.

My New Years Eve was spent in a karaoke booth with my best friend, head banging and singing to Avenged Sevenfold, System of a Down, Slipknot, Jimmy Eat World, Panic at the Disco!, and way more. Then we went to her house and watched the sunrise. It was a while since I've had a good New Years.

I'm still unsure about what 2017 has in store for me, hoping good vibes tbh. I was looking back at my 2016 resolutions and I was able to do half of them, not bad. So what are my resolutions for this year?

Continue to get my tattoos. I got several of my tattoos but I still have several more to get. I probably won't get as much as I did last year but I hope to keep getting the ones convenient for me. 
Travel out of Japan. My first year I did a lot of traveling within Japan but I really want to go out. Another part of Asia, Australia, New Zealand, heck Europe would be nice too! 
Work hard to find a job I really want. This will be hard and I probably won't be able to do it in a year but I hope I can get a step closer to finding a job I really want. 
Make the most of my time by making memories and appreciate what you have. Sometimes I get frustrated because I no longer know what I'm doing, but I need to put that aside, appreciate what I have, and enjoy the time I have with my friends because everything is good to change.

I decided to cut out the exercise more for this year because living in the inaka and exercising is too hard for me. Will have to put that on pause. Hope to fulfill the other resolutions though!

Friday, December 30, 2016

It was nice knowing you, 2016.

With 2017 around the corner, I can't help but be excited. Many people have been saying that 2016 has been a horrible year and they want it to be over. But I notice people say that about every year for some reason. Besides some political crap going on in the world and a rough start due to my parents, 2016 was a good year for me.

I had quit my crap job at the car dealership and enjoyed my last few months in California with friends and family. I even got to shoot with one of my favorite models, Alysha Nett and was able to capture some of my most favorite shots ever. And then, I set off to Japan working as an ALT and an English teacher at a private school.

I've met some students that I really love and some that really bug the shit out of me, but that's kids for you. I love my bosses, and I love my friends and my life in Japan.

I've been getting my tattoos, traveling within Japan, meeting up with old friends and making new ones. And being here in Japan has helped me learned more about what I want for myself in the future. I really loved 2016, I was hoping to make the most of it and I feel like I really did.

Some lessons I learned this year and advice for the new year?

It is all about timing. You can meet someone that is everything you ever wanted in a relationship but if the timing is wrong it won't work out. It's sucks, but it's okay. That's life, and you learn from everything. Just appreciate what you have and never forget to settle for anything less now that you know it's possible to receive unconditional love. Don't be so hard on yourself for not being in the right frame of mind to settle down, it isn't you, it's the timing. 
Putting yourself first does wonders. Not having to run your life by anyone and just living it without anyone's validation is something you should strive for. As long as you are not hurting anyone and you're doing it in a healthy way. Being able to think about your life choices without anyone putting their unnecessary opinions makes thing so much easier. Try to remember to do this when you no longer have the distance to help you do this. Remember to live your life for yourself, always.
Don't compare your life to others. People want different things. You tell yourself this all the time, so just listen seriously. This lesson will probably take forever to learn and will be a yearly thing but I will be here to keep reminding you. Do what you want, don't look to see where other people are in life. It's not a race, and no one is the same. Chances are, you guys don't even have the same goal. Just do what you feel is right for you. And as long as you're happy, nothing else matters. 
Give big decisions the time they deserve. Don't stress or over think. Just give it the time it needs, especially since this decision can change the rest of your life. It may seem like common sense, but sometimes you are so worried you're wasting time you tend to stress and think about what you should be doing. But my dear, you will waste more time making a rash decision and regretting the choice later. So, take your time.
It's okay to not have it all figured out. I know, another common sense one. But you're used to having a goal and having a plan of action to reach your goal. This is the first time you're unsure about your future. All you know is you want a job you enjoy, an apartment of your choice in a city you like, your tattoos, and a motorcycle for a small escape, and you know what? That's enough. You'll figure out the rest. You always do. Go with your gut instinct as always, and be patient. Enjoy what you have now.

I'm so grateful for 2016. Looking back on what I wanted last year was I wanted to make the most of 2016 and become more of the person I wanted to be and I have done that. I'm content with where I am in life. For 2017, I just want to solidify my plans for my future, make some good memories, and make the most of my time in Japan.  I'm looking forward to 2017, though I'd be lying if I wasn't a bit scared for what's in store. All I can do is hope for the best!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

秩父夜祭り





December 3rd was Chichibu's Night Festival. It's one of the few festivals that are held during the winter time, and it's Chichibu's biggest festival. I went with Lyy around 5pm and we took several pictures of the float and ate, ate, and ate some more.

We ate chicken skin, yakisoba, custard pancake thing, cheese french fries, and I'm sure we ate more but I can't remember. One of my favorite things is the food during a matsuri.

Around 8 or so, my friend Shayla met up with us and we ate more. It was nice. Lyy also got some hot sweet sake. As the night went on it got chilly, so when we went home we had nabe to warm ourselves up.

The night was filled with talks till the morning as usual. It was a nice weekend.