Do you ever start a project and your lazy, self-doubting personality gets in the way of you finishing it? Yeah, that was me.
I spent WAY too long wondering whether people would make fun of me for making a vlog. But guess what? I DID IT ANYWAY!
Hallelujah! It feels so good to finally finish something. I had a lot of fun making this. It’s a much better use of my time than Netflix (shh, Netflix, I still love you). And you know what? From just ONE VIDEO, I’ve learned so much about vlogging and YouTube.
So here it is. I’m so happy to share this with everyone. My first ever vlog/travel guide taken during my travels to Hong Kong.
I hope 2017 will bring more vlogging and videos. I think 2017 is going to be a big year for me and it’d be great to have it recorded.
I’ll be heading to Japan in 3 days for Christmas. I can’t wait to see all the beautiful illuminations and to spend time in one of my favorite cities on earth, Tokyo.
Have a great day y’all.
I first traveled to Japan back in November 2014. It was my first trip as a solo female traveler.
While my girl friends glamorized the idea of solo traveling, I thought it sounded awful and swore to never do it. But when my best friend could no longer come with me, I had to make a choice: give up on a trip I had been planning for a year and dreaming of for decades, or travel alone.
I tried to keep my anxiety at bay by planning, researching, and creating all kinds of lists. I had screenshots of maps, PDF guidebooks saved to my phone, Japanese dictionary apps… Backup copies of my passport and all my hotel bookings. Backups OF THOSE backups. I went a little overboard. But I think most people do on their first trip abroad alone.
I’m so happy I came because I gained so much more confidence in myself. And that trip was what ultimately let me know that I could live in Japan on my own.
While working on a video today, I found an old edit I made of my first trip. I don’t know why I never posted it but here it is. It’s been long enough that the shots all feel dreamy and nostalgic.
Right now, the biggest news in my life is that I’m moving to Yokohama next month! I’ll be staying with Interac and starting a new contract with a few elementary schools for this coming school year. I can’t wait to explore Yokohama and discover a new part of Japan. And I can’t wait to be closer to the madness that is Tokyo. I always dreamed I would live near Tokyo and now that’s a reality.
Dreams do come true kids.
Hey blog world-
Sorry I’ve been ignoring you. Today was our big JLPT Japanese exam. There was a little more guessing involved than I would have liked, but at least now it’s over. Now we can wait in blissful ignorance until we get our test scores back next year.
I finally sat down this weekend to edit my October video. It’s already giving me the feels because some of our ALTs are heading home this week (tear). I still feel like we just arrived and our little family is already changing.
November video coming soon (hopefully).
I forgot how much joy there is in simply making something. When I was in college, I use to be all about creative pursuits. Writing, painting, making videos, crafts, playing music… Even if the skill wasn’t for me (like that time I made a “scarf” that was only the size of a coaster), being passionate about learning and trying was what mattered most.
When I moved to Los Angeles to work in a creative field, that all sort of stopped. I became a giant consumer of media without actually outputting anything. Not a video not a story not even a sketch in a notebook. And that bummed me out. I don’t know where that passion went.
I have friends in LA who work 12+ hour days AND have their own side business AND create beautiful projects just for fun AND have time to hang out with me. Those people are my heroes & I admire them so much.
A friend off-handedly dubbed my time in Okayama my “renaissance year” but that phrase has stuck with me. It’s given me a new motivation to spend my free time wisely. I’ve been pushing myself to get back into writing, learning Japanese, and making videos, all the things I use to love in college. I’m also trying out new skills like photography.
Taken in Tokyo
So much happened in the first month here that I usually forgot to take out my camera. With what I did capture, I was able to put together a montage. It was all shot on my iPhone so the footage isn’t spectacular but what’s most important is that I had fun putting this together.
When you stop caring about what others will think and just start doing things for you, that’s when something magic happens. Here’s to having fun & maybe learning something too.