We did it! We made it a year. A year ago I found out we were moving to Japan and I started this blog to keep up with all the adventures. Along the way I have met some amazing people, experienced awesome adventures, lost loved ones, and discovered things about myself I didn’t know.
A year ago I was just a fiancee trying to plan a wedding and living in North Carolina. Now I am a wife living in Japan but I have become more than that. I am a blogger and soon hopefully I can call myself a writer. I discovered I am an adventurer and that I am more willing to try new things than I thought. I’m learning to not be so shy and to talk to people even if we don’t speak the same language.
One of the things that have changed recently is my job. I am no longer teaching the class in Hikari. I loved my job and loved my students and their families. I looked forward to each class and loved watching them learn something new. Unfortunately what I signed up to do was not what I ended up doing. I had originally signed up just to help with the crafts and to teach the children English three hours a week. In return I would be paid about $40 a week. It quickly turned into where I was the one coming up with the craft, the instructions, purchasing the supplies, finding a book to go with the craft, planning events for the families to come take part in and much more. While this may not seem like much all of my classes and the books had to be as interesting to my oldest students (12 years olds) but easily done by my youngest students (3 years old). I was working 12- 20 hours week and driving over an hour one way to work. My boss used my being there to attract high school students and new students to begin attending the school. She even had a reporter come for an interview about the classes I taught to attract even more students. Through out all this I was still only making $40 a week. The breaking point was when she wanted an in depth syllabus for the entire year (crafts, instructions, book, theme for the month, phrase of the day, supply list) by the next class. She didn’t care that it was New Year’s weekend. After long talks with my mom, Jeremy and friends and reflecting on what I wanted, I realized that while it gave me happiness for the 3 hours I was there, it was interfering with my time with Jeremy and time I could spend exploring Japan. So I left the position. Its been a couple of weeks now and I still miss it but I am happier, less stressed and was able to catch up on the things that I have been wanting to do but didn’t have the time to (i.e. blogging again, decorating my apartment, cooking, exploring Iwakuni, spending time with friends).
I also now have time for a new adventure. I am the president of the spouse club for our unit! Its similar to the officer’s wives club but all ranks are able to attend it. We have activities for the spouses, their families, and single marines. We also do out reach events to included Nationals in Iwakuni or with an orphanage that is near here. I’ve never been a part of something like this before and I have never had a board seat before but I am up to this challenge. I hope I can lead this club to doing great things.
I’m excited to see what the next year of “I Do And Adieu” has in store. I have adventures I am already planning. Also my mom and hopefully my sister are going to coming out for a visit this year. I have goals that I want to work on and hopefully accomplish.
What do want to see in “I Do And Adieu” over the next year? What did you like best about this last year? What did you like least? Any suggestions for adventures here in Japan? Please let me know. If you don’t want to say it publicly, please feel free to email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also feel free to email just to say “hi”. I love my readers and appreciate the time y’all take to read my blog and to interact with me via emails and comments. Y’all are amazing.
Cheers to great first year!!!