Homesickness

It’s now been a little over a year since I moved to Japan. The year has simultaneously crawled and flown. If someone told me that I’ve only been in Japan for a month, I might believe them. That’s how unfamiliar it still feels to me sometimes. For the first time…

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I’m Highly Sensitive

I found out that I’m a Highly Sensitive Person.  This is an actual category of being, like being left-handed.  HSP’s brains work differently and therefore we experience the world differently. So far, I identify more with being HSP than any other personality categorization or temperament scale I’ve seen.  Before, I’d…

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Hiking Mt. Kanetsukido

A swell of emotion came up to strangle me.  My throat felt tight and constricted.  I was in the middle of a 5k run.  This has been happening to me, lately.  I’ve been supressing stress and anxiety and letting it build too long without release and it comes up unexpectedly…

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My Wounded Voice

Can we talk about my fear of using my voice?  I have been learning about it, lately. My lesson began while I was working on an essay that talked my ability to speak up.  I had trouble because I hadn’t explored the issue enough myself. As I contemplated this, I was…

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Ruminations on Gratitude

You may have noticed that there was a pretty large gap in my blog posts this past year. A year ago I got engaged. We decided that we didn’t want to wait too long to get married. We’d been living together for six years at that point and were completely done…

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Get Warm and Heal with Turmeric

Since spring seems to be taking its sweet time getting here, I thought I’d share something that’s been keeping me warm this winter.  It’s warming, it’s tasty, and it’s healing. I’m sipping it as I type this.   Sometime mid-winter, Sarah from Holistic Habits posted a video (posted below) on how…

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