*Stargazer*It’s been a minute

Oh man, sorry guys, it really has been a minute! I got back from my trip in Tokyo last Friday, and have been trying to settle back in with school, work, and life in general. I have been meaning to write, and now I finally have some time I think I will. The trip to Japan was amazing of course, and everything I had always hoped for plus more. It’s the trip I have always dreamed of doing, and never thought I actually would. It definitely wasn’t long enough, but that’s why we will definitely be going back. There are a lot of places I want to travel to, and I can’t to see all these new and wonderful places. The world is huge, so much bigger than we think, and there are so many different cultures to explore! It’s all really exciting when you think about it, and traveling has always been something I have wanted to do. I don’t want a typical life of working everyday and staying home and settling there is too much out there in the world to do that. So Japan was the first start of it, and that already made us want to just skip coming back home and make a life there. It really was fantastic, and even though we just saw Tokyo this time it was really amazing. It’s totally different there, and you never realize how different something is until you experience it. I am already excited to be able to go back and explore more of Japan. We stayed with AirBNB which was awesome, and our hosts were awesome and really helped make the experience even better. I would totally recommend using AirBNB to anyone who hasn’t yet and is traveling to other countries or areas. It really helps make you feel like you’re living there, and you really get the full experience instead of just a hotel. We did the typical tourist things, and there was a lot of walking. That’s basically all it was except for when we were on the train. I got a nice big blister on my pinky toe, but that didn’t stop me! There was also a lot of sweating from the humidity, and I am pretty sure I lost 20 pounds of body weight in sweat. It was so horrible, and after living in the desert for a couple of years now, you really start to notice the humidity more. I mean I was born and raised in humidity, always used to my hair frizzing and puffing, but now that I am used to it not doing that because it’s so dry, it was definitely another experience. I hate when my hair get frizzy and gross, that’s definitely one thing I don’t miss about the humidity. I also didn’t realize my hair was still capable of doing this because I am already used to the dry air where I live. I do miss though being able to breathe and not having to wake up to a stuffy nose every morning. When I am in a humid place I can breath through out the night, the morning and the day. When I am in a desert, I constantly have to blow my nose, use an inhaler, and barely can sleep because my nose is so stuffed. Anyways, we actually had really good sunny days also, a couple of rainy days that ended basically when we left to go explore the areas. So it ended up being pretty perfect, I just wish we had more time. Next time though for sure we will have more time, and it will be even better! I will show some pictures now!

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See how awesome everything is! I took lots of pictures, and gained lots of memories, and this has me so ready to travel even more! This was my first big, out of country trip and it has already opened my eyes. I have gone to the Bahamas before, but this was nothing like that. Well that’s that for now, I have to go back to normal life until I travel again. Next trip will be back home, which isn’t a big trip, but that also depends. We are trying to save up for our big trips, and I am hoping to go to Ireland next! We have someone we work with who really wants to go to Ireland, and I think it would be cool to plan a travel trip together, so we will see! For now it is back to life, reality, and school and make sure I keep my grades up and pass all my classes. I got to sit down and focus more on my Japanese, especially since I don’t see it everyday or hear it everyday, so I have to work extra hard at it! So until next time!

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*Stargazer*First Week of Class

So I finally survived my first week of classes! It all went better than I thought, and it gave me some good insight of what the semester will have in store for me! Which is why I dropped one course, and switched for another one! Ha-ha. Mainly just because I work full-time, and I knew I wouldn’t have the time or energy to put forth the full work I know I am capable of towards this course. I wanted to know that I was doing my absolute best in this one class on all my projects. I need to have the time for that, and it’s a new software I am learning so I definitely want to make sure I have the time for that. It won’t hinder me at all, I will still be taking the same credit hours, it will just help me focus more on my other studio class and do the best I can in that one. So I will save it for another semester when I can better plan everything out, and focus on what I need to focus on. It also doesn’t help that I am taking Japanese as my foreign language since I know that’s extra hard, but it is super awesome! I am so excited to take this class, and it is super exciting when you have things memorized and realize you can start reading things in another language! I love that feeling of accomplishment, and this is a language I have always wanted to learn, so I know I will be extra dedicated to it. Which is super important,especially when learning a new language, because you have to be interested in it in order for it to fully stick I think at least.

Anyways though, yes I finished my first week of school, and look I am able to write a blog post about it, yay! I’m not that busy yet, but I have already had homework, I also have to think of an idea for a cut out animation. I struggle sometimes when it comes to ideas, because I want to keep it simple so it can be an easy process, but I always complicate it. That’s just how my brain works, I come up with these great ideas just to find out, I am going to make my life a living hell if I attempt that. Mainly just because I don’t have the time to do something over the top creative. I guess it can be a good thing I think of these things instead of always just simple thing, but then again I think the simple things are good as well. For this situation, I need simple, and for some reason that’s just so hard. I have been searching for ideas, and some have sparked me, but again I just make them more complicated, but eventually I will come up with something! I also have just had my Japanese homework which is awesome though because I have been making sure I am doing it every day so I can continue to remember what I learned. It’s always harder to learn a language when you know you will never use it. I told my boyfriend I wish he would have taken it with me so we can talk to each other, because otherwise how am I going to keep the language if I can’t talk to anyone! So now I have to find a language buddy so I can keep everything I learn. I have met one person at least in my class, and she seems really nice, so for now I will have her but only in class. Maybe we will become a little bit closer or just have each other to talk with. I think she has some people in her family though that can speak Japanese, so luckily she has that, I’ll still have to find someone.

Speaking of Japanese though, it is officially a week from today that we leave for Japan! I will be able to read some of the stuff while I am there, and that is exciting. What’s more exciting is the fact that I will be in a whole other country, and one that I have always wanted to go to! I am so excited to experience the culture, language, food, and beauty, and I just can’t wait. I am wondering if I am ever going to want to leave, but that may be a good sign for me! I am of course nervous as well because it is another country, where I barely know the language, so it will definitely be an adventure. That’s what makes it exciting though, not knowing anything and just guessing! Figuring out the trains and everything else will be interesting, but there will be so many awesome sites to see, and it will be crazy to think I am in a different country and different time zone. We also have a layover in China so we get to be there for a little bit to rest and eat before we leave again for our flight to Tokyo, so that will be interesting as well. I am little more nervous for China than Japan, but still that will be awesome as well! Two countries in one is a big accomplishment for me, and I have a feeling this will be the best start off to my traveling adventures. This is totally going to have me wanting to travel more a lot sooner than I am supposed to be. Which may become a problem, but hey, I only have one life and I am going to live it how I want and do as much as I can! There are no time limits on things, and if that’s how life is supposed to work out for me then so be it! I will make sure to update while I am there since I have to bring my laptop for my homework anyway and I will even add pictures!

So that’s my update for now and how my week went and what I am looking forward to. Lets see how this second week of classes are, especially since I will have my new class I just added this week. It will all be good, I like all my classes for far, until I get stressed out and hate everything, but until then lets just enjoy it! Until next time!

Everything Is Starting

Oh man guys, school is tomorrow, and I am just not ready for it. Summer always goes by way too quickly, and I always want to tell myself just take another semester off, but I can’t. Well at least I shouldn’t, I have taken way too many to begin with, hence why I am still trying to get my degree. Besides that though, I am just not ready to have to wake up early, and go to classes. I am not ready for all the homework and big projects. I also know I am taking classes that are going to be leaving me with a lot of projects and I am not excited about that. I am also taking a Japanese class for my language class, and I already know that is going to be so difficult. I did it to myself, but that’s a language I have always wanted to learn, so I know I will be more dedicated to it. I just am not sure how well I am going to do while also having to focus on other classes. I’m already looking forward to break and classes haven’t even started yet. Yea I know, pathetic, ha-ha. On a positive note though a week in a half and I am going on my trip to Tokyo! That is super awesome! I have been looking forward to this forever, and it is finally happening! I just hate that it has to be happening while I am in school so I could look forward to it more. I was so excited for this day to come, but not as excited because I knew that meant school was starting as well. But Japan is coming up, and I am super excited! I just need to get through this week and most of next and then I will be in another country! I am super excited to experience another culture, especially one I love so much, and just soak it all in. This is basically my first real overseas trip to another country and I couldn’t be more excited! Until then though I have been trying to get everything together for the trip and for school. Luckily school is basically done, it’s just a matter of attending class and getting the stupid small stuff I will need. Of course it all costs money and I always feel like there is more and more that needs to be bought. Once I get into the groove of school though I’ll be a little bit better. I am definitely going to miss my freedom, but as long as I get this degree done then I can have as much freedom as I want. Hopefully I finish it, ha-ha, I am usually pretty random and will make decisions based on where I am heading in my life. If I am heading in a good direction where not continuing my degree is possible then I will take that road, if not then I continue to stay here. I haven’t written too much in a while, and I haven’t been able to have very much creativity either. I do have some things typed out on my computer that I just need to continue. I’m trying to make more time for everything, and it definitely is true when people say there is just not enough time in the day. Maybe while I am doing my animation homework and projects I’ll have a huge creativity spark for a story of some sort. We will see! Anyways, I will try to continue to be one here and write even if it is something small, and wish me luck on my first day of classes tomorrow! Until next time!

*Stargazer* Keeping Busy

I now have school coming up in a couple of weeks, and I am totally not ready to go back. I just really don’t want to. Summer always goes by to quickly, and a lot of the time I am ready for school. I am excited to going back to having something to do all the time and learning new things, but not this semester. I am ready for my degree to be finished and just done with school, but I keep putting it off. I am also even thinking of changing my degree, which seems to happen a lot. I never know what I really want to do with my degree because I never wanted to work a typical job. I have always wanted nothing more than to travel and experience life while not being tied down, but I never knew what kind of degree that entailed. I don’t think it really does entail one, but the problem is, is that money is still needed to do these things. I have never wanted to be tied down to a job, and I am sure most people don’t like to as well. I have always just wanted to do my own thing on my own time. Experiencing the world of travel is what I definitely want to do, and I am slowly starting that at least. I have a trip to Japan coming up in a few weeks, and this is a good start. The only problem is, is that I have to come back home to reality. I just keep telling myself this is only temporary until I finish my degree and can figure out where we want to go, but it always seems so far away. It also doesn’t help when I think about changing up my degree as well though. I don’t think changing it would affect me to much seeing as how I don’t want to look for a typical job anyways. Having a degree period will help me, despite what it’s in. I don’t know though, it is very complicated and still a hard decision to make.

It also didn’t help when we watched a movie last night, which is called The Way, and it was actually a very good movie. Of course it starts out sad, and it kind of is throughout the whole movie, but it is totally a good movie. Basically a dad walks the Camino de Santiago which is a catholic pilgrimage route to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain. He meets people on the way that are also doing this, and everyone is doing it for their own reasons. I don’t want to spoil the fathers reasons just in case anyone wants to see it. Even though now days you can just look it up on the internet and it will tell you, it may even just be in the trailer, but oh well. Seeing him do that though really makes you want to get out and kind of do the same thing, if you’re into traveling of course. It’s really exciting and all the different people he met and became friends with is just an awesome experience, and that’s something I would like to experience. So yea reasons like that are why I would like to travel, besides learning the different cultures around the world, and of course the food. I love food, and I love to try food, so experience other countries food is a huge bonus.

Anyways I have been so busy trying to plan our trip to Japan and getting everything planned out, tickets bought, and hotels and what not. Then on top of that trying to figure out my classes, buying books, and finding out where my classes are going to be. Making sure I have all the supplies I need basically, plus I have a friend visiting for a couple of days, and my boyfriend has a friend visiting for a few days. Too much going on for my liking sometimes, and it’s all approaching when I will continue to be busy with school work, so I feel like I am not having any personal alone time. I write my blogs at work because I don’t have any other time. I’ve started working out also so I had to add that into my schedule, but that’s a good thing. I am doing really well with it and keeping on track so hopefully I stick with this. I have the motivation and I need to keep reminding myself what the motivation is and why I am doing this. It’s hard to do, but it will get easier and once I start seeing results I think that will help as well. I am excited to see results because I am tired of complaining about my weight, but never doing anything about it. So I finally decided to improve myself and no more complaining. So yea, I have been kind of busy, and all I really want to do is just sit, relax, and watch some shows or even read. Writing at least helps me keep connected to myself at least, and I did write a short story finally after forever of not writing anything creative. Even if it wasn’t anything super awesome, the fact that I wrote something creative after being so absent from it, is awesome to me. Hopefully I can keep this up with school work and everything, then again maybe it will even help my stay focused on it. That’s my life for now though, busy, busy, busy, but super excited for our trip to Japan! I will make sure to post pictures and talk about my trip as well, but I still have a few weeks until then. For now, that’s how the cookie crumbles!