I've been living in Japan for 6 months, going on 7! The following post is going to be about a lot of things: my new planner, stickers, some quick notes about depression and my transition to life here... but makeup isn't really one of them. I've been wearing it so little, I really think makeup might become a bit of an afterthought on my blog. I one hundred percent forgive you if you find it boring, but please be nice to me! (And I do have some fun Etude House products I plan to write about soon!)
So first off, there really seem to be only two ways to feel about an international move: Extreme immediate elation, or extreme depression. I went the second way.
Don't worry, though! I have friends, hobbies, and a positive outlook again!
I don't want to get into the details of being sad, as this post isn't meant to elicit pity. I brought this up, though, because I wanted to say that it's normal to feel lost and confused if you uproot your entire life to move to another country. Being suddenly functionally illiterate and unable to get in touch with my family and friends during my normal waking hours was no picnic. It took me a long time to realize I wasn't alone because, like me, everyone I came with put on a brave face.
My advice to anyone struggling through this situation is this: Everyone is struggling, even the people who don't look like they are. Even if they're not struggling anymore, they have in the past. Some people have more trouble than others, and there's nothing wrong with feeling worse or showing it more. Reach out to literally anyone, even if all you can think to say is, "Hi, I need to make friends."
They will get it.
I'm honestly in a better place now than I was even in NYC. As they say, nothing grows in your comfort zone.
Now, one of the weird hobbies I've picked up is being obsessed with my planner.
|My, look at all the plans I have!|
I love the cover aesthetic, especially. It's very Kate Spade. The thing about the format, though, is that there's less room for my best laid plans on the weekends. That's actually when I have more going on, not less! The typical weekday, for me, is an 8:30-5:00 work day with very few things that need special notation hour-by-hour. I like that there's plenty of free space, though. As you can see, I often append information on weekend or special events in the leftmost area.
The monthly view also offers free spaces around the fringes. I do a lot less with this. The weekly is much more my jam.
There are subway maps of the world and a long diary section in the back. I don't use these at all, except for making notes on my budget.
Tokyu Hands also offers a huge selection of planner stickers and little deco-tape rolls, which I'll probably talk more about in another post. I have quite a bit of free time at my job, and sometimes I'll pass the time by sticking stickers and organizing my life outside of work. I like doing things like budgeting and planning meals beforehand