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Where I’ve Been (6 months post-JET)

I recently hit the 6 months post-JET program landmark. (To be fair, I’m getting closer to 7 months now. Time is flying by too quickly for me to keep up!) For my 6 month mark, I wanted to get a blog up reflecting on how I’ve adjusted to life back in the U.S. and how things are going.

But, as you may have noticed, I haven’t posted a blog on Hasami & Glue in a good while – 3 months to be exact. The lack of blog posts hasn’t been because I lost interest or ran out of ideas. In fact, I have so many things that I want to do and say on this blog!

Basically, my sudden disappearance just comes down to this: I’ve been too crazy busy.

So, what have I been crazy busy doing? Here’s a quick rundown of what I’ve been up to the past 3 months.

  • In late November I accepted admission into a Master of Science in Elementary Education program and started a part-time job working as a server.
  • December was full of job training and crazy hours on my feet – it was the holiday season, after all! On top of my server job I was also busy working as an online freelancer. I had a few small jobs editing a book and creating online ESL lessons. Grad school was also already keeping me busy – I had a nice, long checklist of things that I needed to get done before starting classes. (Including shots! :[ )
  • In January, I started school! For the past 5 weeks I’ve been busy with my full load of classes and weekends at work. I also have kept up the freelancing and have recently started my first classroom observation (at my old elementary school!)

So, unfortunately I don’t have as much time to write here as I used to (a.k.a. when I was unemployed and could make green smoothies, do yoga, and blog all day). But, I really do want to keep it up as I not only enjoy it, but also desperately want to hold onto my connection to Japan – even as my life transitions into a different phase.

The future plan? I hope to get up at least one blog a month starting now. Less frequent blogs equals more interesting and better crafted blogs (or at least I hope it does!)

More importantly, will it actually happen? Yes, I hope! Although it’s always possible that it won’t. (Let’s be honest…)

So, until next time, take good care!

Matta ne!


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