Tokyo Vacation, Looking Back & Ahead

@Nezu Shrine

I’m back from my Tokyo vacation with Monster and it was so much fun. I don’t feel like I saw enough of Tokyo, but what I did see was amazing. The most important part though is that I got to spend a wonderful week with Chris. I feel his absence so strongly now. I’m super glad that I only have 3 months left in Japan. As much as I will miss things about living here, I’m going to be happy to be home. The thing is, I’m not here as a tourist. I have done tourist things, but I’m not going out everyday and seeing different parts of Japan, traveling is EXPENSIVE and I’m still in grad school so a lot of my time is gone too. I’m making a short list of things I want to do in the next 3 months and I think it’s totally doable as long as I make the plans and follow through.

I sent an email asking about a job at a private school in Austin. It seems like the perfect place for me to work. I really like their philosophy and methods of teaching and I want to be a part of it. My resolution this year is to get a job in a library helping kids. Knowing what I want to do now is so strange and empowering. I’m not sure if I want to work in a single library forever, in fact I know I don’t, but it is something that I want to do for the next 5-10 years. I want to work at one place, learning and growing. My career goal is to help as many kids as possible and I want it to start this year.

I didn’t reach my reading goal last year, but I did make it to 19 books which isn’t half bad. I could have more easily met my goal if I played less video games or watched less tv, but the point isn’t to stop doing other things I love, but to read more. Right now I’m reading Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality. It’s a really well done fanfic and I need to be okay with letting myself count the different ways of reading. Books are great, but they aren’t the only way to “read” and I need to be more open about that. I’m going to keep my reading goal at 24 books, but I’m not going to feel terrible if I don’t reach it. I might have better luck this year though because next semester I’m taking 2 literature courses, and I might just meet my goal in 1 semester.

I learned a lot this year too. Living in Japan since March, I’ve become a better teacher and I’ve become more self-reliant than I ever have been. I’m so grateful for my experience here and I know that it will be useful to my future adventures. I was a little annoyed about having to postpone my graduation by a semester, but now the only thing that annoys me is the prospect that employers might look down on my not having my MLS quite yet. I think though that anyone who does hire me will be lucky, because I’ll have more classes under my belt than other graduates. I’m psyching myself up here, because I’m actually very nervous about being able to find a job in my field. My dedication and willingness to learn only matter if the employer decides to look beyond the fact that I won’t have my degree until December, and I think that might be a bit of a long shot.

Anyway, I have a lot of stuff to get to, like finishing my Japan travel list. I love you and I hope you have a wonderful new year.

My Library: https://rikikikitaco.libib.com
Currently Reading: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality by Eliezer Yudkowsky (http://www.hpmor.com/)
Currently Playing: Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee/Switch
Coming Up!
Reading List: Hearts Unbroken by Cynthia Leitich Smith, Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot, Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
Playing List: Wonderboy, LoZ A Link Between Worlds, Culdcept Revolt, Bayonetta, Stella Glow

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