Konnichiwa from Japan! The past week has been an incredible whirlwind of planes, bullet trains, taxis, subways and fun, fun, fun. With 14 hour flights, three hour train rides, and endless subway rides, I’ve had plenty of time to listen to some of my favorite podcasts.
Well, today’s the big day! I’m on my way to Japan. This trip came together so last minute, and it’s really been a whirlwind ever since we booked our tickets. I’d be lying if I said it hadn’t been a stressful planning process. I’ve had so much going on at work, and I haven’t had as much time to devote to planning this trip as I would have liked.
The good news is that I’m not an anxious traveler. While I don’t love unpredictability in my everyday life, I thrive in crazy situations and travel is always a perfect opportunity for me to rise to the occasion. There’s plenty about this trip that we’ll figure out on the go. One thing that I did spend a lot of time planning though was what’s going to go in my carry-on.
The only part about travel that makes me anxious is flying. It’s not that I’m scared of the flying itself. Heck no. I’ve been flying back and forth to Tokyo since I was less than a month old, and take off, landing, etc are as natural to me as breathing. What stresses me out is the discomfort of long flights. I have had terrible insomnia my whole life, and international flights really exacerbate my sleep issues. My greatest fear about travel is that I’ll get zero sleep on my way to my destination, leaving me exhausted and cranky for the whole trip. So, as soon as we started planning this trip, I began to mentally pack my carry-on. My coping mechanism is to make flights seem as luxurious as possible in the hopes that’ll make it easier to sleep.
When I’m on the go, I often forget to eat. I’m not really a breakfast person, and on weekdays I’m usually too busy to stop working and eat lunch. I frequently look up from my computer at 5:00 p.m. and realize I haven’t eaten a thing all day. Since I work on a college campus, there’s also always junk food (pizza, cupcakes, cookies – you name it!) lying around my office, and it takes so much willpower not to give in to that temptation on a daily basis. So I’m always on the hunt for healthy snack ideas.
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I made a really conscious effort to keep up with my reading this month. Like I’ve said before, I aim to read 52 books a year. It’s a pretty manageable goal, but it does require some work. I use Goodreads to track my reading and share book reviews, and I love their ‘reading challenge’ function. It lets me know whether or not I’m on schedule to meet my goal each year. At the end of February, I realized I was really behind schedule, so I picked up the pace this month!
I’ve now read nine books this year, which is still behind schedule, but not too shabby! I’ve got my iPad loaded up with eBooks and I’m planning on getting a lot of reading done on the plane to and from Japan this month, so check back in April to see if I’m back on track to read 52 books this year!
I’m pretty much the queen of navy and white stripes. Striped dresses, sweaters, t-shirts – you name it, I’ve got it in triplicate. So, imagine my excitement when I heard about the new holiday that J. Crew just invented. National Stripes Day. Today is the first annual celebration, and let me tell you, I’m all about it. I’m traveling for work today, so I can’t go to a J. Crew store to celebrate in person, although that’s probably just as well. I’m trying really hard to slow it down with my shopping since I recently binged on casual spring dresses. However, that doesn’t mean I can’t join in the fun from afar! While I don’t mean to be an enabler and suck you into my addiction, you’ve got to check out all these adorable striped pieces.