And I Thought I Would Never Be Happy Again

Sunday, October 22, 2006

I posted some old entries from October 9th, 10th and 11th. Go back and read!!

Seriously, there were times when I thought I would never feel this way again. I would never be Euphoric Nina again. But it's finally happened and I finally become happy where I am. I blame the Internet :)

And that doesn't mean that I don't have low moments but they are much less frequent. I'm slowly getting my unstoppable confidence back and man did I miss it!

Anyway, let's see...where did I last leave off?

So I got the Internet and things have just been flying uphill in ways of improvement since. I have gotten a huge drive to study Japanese even when I'm tired, I've started talking more and more to the teachers in my office and I just feel better overall!

Something happened at my English conversation class that I never thought would: We sat around and talked about random things for the entire class and I never actually got to use my lesson plan. WOW that's fantastic! If this keeps up, I'll never have to plan anything ever again! I'll just be able to converse with the class easily which really is the point in the end.

I also decided to start taking Yoga on Mondays. Tomorrow is my first day so we'll see how it works out. I could always use the relaxing exercise and maybe I'll make some friends too!

It's like a domino effect. When I was unhappy, everything seemed to follow. I couldn't do anything and it just started to layer up until I almost couldn't handle it. But now that things are improving, they are just compounding and everything seems to be going my way!

The better I feel, the more Japanese I speak even when I don't have to. The more Japanese I speak, the more the other teachers want to talk to me (even though we still use English). I guess it makes them feel more comfortable around me. They don't feel so spastic around me. I should start using the phrase "zen zen kaman" which means "it's totally OK" in slang.

Friday night, I went to a drinking party with the first year teachers. It was a small party but the teachers enjoyed teaching my some Japanese and I really REALLY think we are all starting to enjoy each others company :)

Saturday I went to an English camp with Minami High School again. This time, it was Junior High School instead of Senior High. The students were significantly different. They were way more open to talk about anything and to do wacky things.

For example:

In both camps, we were given stickers to give the kids when they spoke English outside of activities. The Senior High students didn't really make an effort to get the stickers and it didn't seem to matter to them. On the other hand, the Junior High students kept coming up to me and saying "Nina, you pretty!" "Nina, you are beautiful, the best, you are genius!" and they always ended with "Give me sticker!" I couldn't help but shower them with stickers. :)

Also at this event, I got to run up and down a mountain. My legs hate me right now. Nina needs to work on that a bit more. I also played a bigger role this time around because I felt like I knew what I was doing and I wasn't afraid to stand out like I'm supposed to. The students were really a pleasure to work with this time around.

I stayed one night up in Ino where the camp was held and I'm back home now. The school festival is this weekend and so are the many Halloween parties that are going to be held in the city. I can't wait!!! I have a costume and everything!

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jessica said...

YAY!! The old Neenah is back....I love you so much and am so happy that everything is starting to go right....What's this Halloween costume you speak of?? I'm going to be a Ghostbuster (I'll send you pictures) and I'm making Drew's costume (yikes!)...Okay back to the point I love you and remember that wherever you are is the best place to be because you're in it!!

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