How’s your 2018 so far? Hopefully, you’re just taking some time to have a good rest to mentally prepare for the year ahead. Before anything else, I hope & pray that all of your goals & plans this 2018 will come true! 🙂
I decided to write about what happened last 2017 today because tomorrow, it’s literally my own “new year”! Cannot believe how time flies! A few years ago, I was just relaunching this blog when I moved to Japan when I was 20? (or 21? lol). Tomorrow, I’m already going to turn 27 and oh man, my 26 yr. old self endured a lot last 2017!
(Uhm ,is it just me or does it feel weird to describe 2017 as “last 2017” when it was just a few days ago… haha)
2017 was a really challenging year for me (I’d probably say this sentence every year haha). It was kind of my first time to really tackle “adulting” in a whole new level. I promised to myself that I would document my progress / journey everyday through my creative outlet: kawaii journaling.
When things happen all at the same time, it is natural for anyone to have a blurry vision especially during the small / big moments that he/she should be grateful about. And this is probably why I decided to commit to journal regularly. My past self kind of predicted that this type of self-care hobby would help me a lot by saving myself from the unnecessary anxiety caused by the overwhelming feeling of impending tasks. Thanks to my TN / Hobonichi / little diary notebooks, I’ve survived many challenges in 2017 (and more years in the future)!
2017 was the year I decided to go out farther from my already-uncomfortable zones. To fuel and sustain my everyday life here in Japan (and to help my family back home if I do make extra), I applied for part-time jobs (English teaching). For some people, they find it boring and very usual for foreigners living in Japan to have the same job (I literally get comments “isn’t it boring to be an English teacher” lol).. but for me, I am very proud to be called a sensei. I’ve always wanted to teach (this is why I write long reflection papers on my blog because I want to share my knowledge on certain things) and after 2 months of continuous training, I’m finally starting fresh this January.
Omg, long time no blog?!
November was such a CRAZY month for me and I couldn’t just unload everything as I had a special event every weekend. But before I tell you guys about what happened these past few weeks, let me just share some pictures (preview yay) of a super special video coming SOON on my youtube channel!
If you love Japan and love traveling here, make it extra special through creative / kawaii journaling! I’m going to show you how you can setup your current journal so that it will be travel / Japan-ready by the time you start your adventure here, hehe! You can also do #throwback journaling like what I did before when I went to Hokkaido (and I did the journaling 1-2 years after lol).
Anyway, more on that later! Now, I want to share my overwhelming experience in preparation of my first ever 21KM run (that I had to finish in 3 hours!)
This year, I’ve been doing a lot of effort to get fit! There were of course relapses during this fitness journey but I know that I would always come back stronger and more determined! I guess one of my biggest motivations besides my personal health goals would be my partner-in-crime, Aki! Aki would always do some physical activity after his usual company work every week and that inspired me to make more time to go to the gym, do home workout, or run around the neighborhood. He would exercise at least 3 times a week (on his own.. because Tokyo boy, and I’m local girl from Saitama haha), and I would also do my own thing on my own when we can’t meet each other during weekdays (both busy people lol).
I actually shed off some pounds and became more lean after I really made more effort than before. Though I’ve been having an active lifestyle for 2 years by jogging / running & occasional gym visits, I only got to really achieve my ideal healthy body goals this year! Hopefully before this year ends, I can share the simple adjustments (HEALTHY eating habits!) I did to lose that 5% body fat. I was around 27% before and now, my percentage ranges from 22-23% (each body is different and I’m a bit short too so these numbers might be too much for others). If you want to get to know more about what this “body fat” means, click here. It’s not the actual weight that most people think! My ultimate goal is from 18-20%, which means that I have to have a lot of remaining fat to be converted into muscle. Aki’s body age is 18 (he’s 26) and that’s also my goal lololol. I’m also 26 and my body age is 21/22. I hope that through my fitness story, I will be able to inspire others to become more active and try running (goodbye social media for an hour!) We are all not growing any younger and our metabolism really drops over the years and I really believe that it’s one’s responsibility to take care of his / her own health at the best of his / her capabilities. I am making more conscious decisions now when eating because I don’t want to go back to my very unhealthy body when I had problems with gallstones and to my declining mental health brought by severe PMS (PMDD). Now, I feel much better and I could feel the 18 yr. old energy in me to radiate from within! ^^ This 2018, I hope we will all have a healthier body, spirit, and mind!
Just gonna leave a quick update here on my blog before I finish tonight’s assignments!
For the past 3-4 weeks, I’ve been compiling videos about the Train Stamp Rally / Where To Find Eki (No) Stampu video for my youtube channel. Hope you guys watch out for it! 🙂
See you folks this weekend! I’m gonna reserve my energy for socializing just for these 2 days! lol
A few weeks ago, I downloaded an app called “Gudak“. And here are the photo results of my first “developed” gudak film featuring snippets of my daily Japan life.
Thanks to Armaine & Abbey for letting me know about this!