PNW raised, Japan saved

HAPPY JUNE!! May 1, 2020 (I’m currently finishing up this blog and it is now June 9th…this blog is events from the past five months.) Hey you! Stop, collaborate and listen…I’m getting older so if you don’t finish that line-just consider it a generation gap. ICE IS BACK WITH MY BRAND NEW INVENTION. Happy, healthy, free, beautiful and safe. This has been the words I’ve … Continue reading PNW raised, Japan saved

Happy, Healthy, Safe and Free 愛 

私はレイちゃんです。 私はひまわりが好きです 。 Do you know I prefer to go by RayChan レイちゃん Instead of RachelSan レイチェルさん Sounds more like LayChan. Chan ちゃんhere is used for children. San さんis used for adults. Of course I prefer Chan. It’s only natural. I even got it on my new dentist card after insisting it was what I like to be called and convincing the staff to put … Continue reading Happy, Healthy, Safe and Free 愛 

Buzzed and Happy

It has been quite some time since my last post! Summer break has come to an end. In Japan, teachers have 5 days off for summer break. I was able to make it home and refill my heart tank…like gas tank. Looking back through my calendar where I try to take quick notes of what I do each day…I’m smiling as I go through my … Continue reading Buzzed and Happy

Because I have changed

4/10/2019 Entrance ceremony was today. If you have never heard of or seen an entrance ceremony, you need to google it. The gym is decorated and parents, students and staff welcome new students (1st graders). The band is playing, everybody claps for an extended period of time while the new class members walk in. There are flowers, music, clapping, and speeches to welcome the new … Continue reading Because I have changed

Memories in the making

3/12/19 These are some quotes I have come across, that made me feel something. Hugging is the most beautiful form of communication that allows the other person to know beyond a doubt that they matter. It is hard for me to understand why people don’t hug here. To hug once a day would improve the mind, body, and soul. If you want something you’ve never … Continue reading Memories in the making

Beverly Hills, 90210

Time…the only thing that never stops. A flyer was hanging in the staff room where I was teaching third grade. That was 2.5 years ago when I applied to be an ALT in Japan. The first year, I did not get the job. I was devastated. January came around, 2018 and I thought…I’m going to try one more time. I applied and interviewed for the … Continue reading Beverly Hills, 90210

Waiting for Tragedy

January has come and gone with a quickness that most months do. Some days go slow, but the weeks go fast and the months disappear without notice. I’ve spent (the shortest) 6 months of my life in Japan. This being said, 6 more months was not going to be long enough for me to accomplish all that I hope to. I am excited to say, … Continue reading Waiting for Tragedy

Gas Tank Full of Freedom

12/10/18 + At the top of my TO DO list for Japan, I have: Fall in Love. Above all else, while I am here my goal is to fall in love, with myself.  Oh my goodness. It has almost been a month since I went home to the USA. Since I have been back-it has been a whirlwind. I’ve been talking with my friends and brother … Continue reading Gas Tank Full of Freedom

No one can take away your pain so never let anyone take away your happiness

11/27 I’ve been rockin’ and rollin’ the past month. Quick recap-the beginning of November I SAW MONKEYS! Yuko journeyed with me to Arashiyama to admire a bamboo forest and the beauty of fall.  I’ve been talking about seeing a monkey in the wild since I arrived in Japan…so when we saw signs saying watch for monkeys-I was like a kid on Christmas morning. This is … Continue reading No one can take away your pain so never let anyone take away your happiness

A little Sparkle in a Big World

This blog is a bit scattered. My anxiety has been keeping me up at night and my brain has been running in circles thinking about issues close to my heart, problems close to the community and universal tragedies that I cannot change. This has been in the works for over a week now… Memories. . . I remember being eight years old. You were looking … Continue reading A little Sparkle in a Big World