Endings & New Beginnings

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Photo was taken from the Tadiama Japan Website.

New Years time is in full swing in Japan.

The week leading up to New Years in Japan can be a bit like the full-on wild ride the week before Christmas is in Western culture. It is a time of the year when people are traveling all over the country, overseas, or they are out shopping for the festivities that will take place in their homes during the New Years holiday.

Christmas in Japan has always been a bit of a challenge for me. I am not sure if I should try to celebrate the holiday, work, or just roll up in a ball and cry because I miss my family back home. I usually end up doing a bit of all of the above.
Christmas Day is just another day in Japan.
Some foreigners do go back home to visit their families and the rest of us take advantage of the Emperor’s Birthday on December 24th and make that Christmas Day for their family. If I want to have a Christmas in my home it is all up to me to make it happen. I do my best for the kids.

This year-end I have been doing my best to stay off social media and take the time to reflect back on 2018 while also working on my goals for 2019. I have had some time to curl up with my Passion Planner and write out what worked well for me in 2018 and what did not work at all. How I can learn and grow from both the positive and negative of 2018. I have also been working a lot this week because this is my time off from teaching English and it gives me the time to get things done with my other projects and doTERRA business.

I hope you all can carve out some YOU time during these last few days of 2018.

Wishing you a beautiful New Years time from my heart to yours.

With much love & gratitude
Heather

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