Happy New Year!

The start of a new year! I’ve been spending a significant amount of time journaling in my Hobonichi Techo and working out my priorities for 2019. I recently also found out about YearCompass, a lovely little booklet product of an initiative to help people sort out the previous year and plan the year ahead. I printed it last Monday —thanks for the help Libby!— and am working through it in a few sittings. It has allowed for some reflection on the past year and helped me to celebrate victories that I might otherwise have not given much thought. So if you feel that you could use such a tool, by all means go check out the website.

And now, for the big life update!

I have been blessed to spend the last year and five months living in Japan while on the JET Program. It has been a life-changing experience that has opened my heart and mind in a myriad of ways. Besides all the special connections that I’ve made and all the beauty that I have witnessed, my stay in Japan has given me time, to reflect and contemplate on life. At this point, I feel that the time has come to move on, so I have decided to leave in August, at the end of my contract. It’s scary to say goodbye to my life here as well as everything that comes with it. However, I have faith that it is the right choice and I am ready to let the Universe step in and guide me to the next chapter. I’ll be spending the next seven months making the most of my remaining time here.

I want to leave you with some words by Neil Gaiman that came into my life, like so many things these days, at just the right time. I’m certain that someone else will enjoy them as well.

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.
— Neil Gaiman