English Builders Eikaiwa School Open!

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There are only beginnings

There are only beginnings, no endings save the final end and even that is a new beginning for others. We set goals for ourselves to complete, but everyday we start them anew, maybe from a different starting place, maybe the same. Completion of a goal opens us to our next step, our next phase, or our next project.

I’ve finally reached the end of a major goal, completing a 200 hour yoga teacher training, to find that it really only marks the beginning of my journey as a yogi. I have some new tools to work with, and now I have to use them to make many new beginnings from here on out:

Implementing what I learned in my daily practice,
Learning verbal cues in Japanese,
Practicing leading others in Japanese,
Finding students,

I think it all goes back to the iterative cycle of business, which is life. And one of the most important things I took from the teacher training was the Niyama called Santosha, the moral observence of contentment. I have to be content in this fact of life. I think I am, and when I’m not, I know where I need to begin my exercises.

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Freedom vs Self-discipline

For the first time I think, I am in a period of my life where there is no outer authority to whom I have to report. No teachers to submit work to, no employers to work for, no clients to serve. I am at the moment anyway, working only for myself and that is immensely freeing, and at the same time remarkably difficult.

In the past month I’ve accomplished quite a lot, and at the same time one of the things that I wanted to do most during this period, I’m finding the most difficult. That is writing my novel. I have successfully written everyday since I’ve been here, but often what I write is unsatisfactory, and it is almost always less than I feel I should be able.

I am undoubtedly encountering what Steven Pressfield, in his wonderful book, The War of Art, calls Resistance. I’m probably going to re-read that book, as it was one of the most inspirational works I’ve ever read and helped me to chase this dream of writing in the first place.

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4 Month Career Transition

As of August 1st my work as an ALT in Japan will end. And with it’s ending comes a great period of transition for me personally. I will shift my teaching focus to private lessons outside of the school environment. I will spend my mornings writing so that when I return to Japan I can attempt to publish several books. Lastly, for 21 days between October and November I will also go through an intensive yoga teacher training.

When I return I will be attempting to live several dreams I’ve had. It may take some time before I can make them viable, but I’m taking steps towards doing so. I won’t waste this period of opportunity!

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Izakaya at Home

Izakaya style dinner
Sometimes you’re hungry for izakaya style food… but you really just want to drink your beer out of a jar. When that happens, you’re pretty much left to do the cooking yourself, unless you’re brave enough to bring your own jar to an izakaya… let me know if you’ve tried that. For the time being, I’ll share with you how to produce an izakaya style dinner at home. Continue reading

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Homemade Chicken Sausages

14. Finished product

Ingredients

  • 700 grams ground chicken thigh meat
  • diced onions, garlic, or leeks
  • 1 egg
  • sage
  • black pepper
  • salt

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Laptops, Desktops, and Tablets, Oh My!

I currently have a few devices used for my various computing needs. I have a 2009 Mac Mini running OSX 10.9 Mavericks and virtualizing Debian Wheezy, a 2005 Dell Inspiron 2200 Laptop running Debian Wheezy, and a 2012 Nexus 7 running Android 4.4.

These devices accomplish all I need them to, but not without complaint from me. The Mac Mini is my home desktop, the Dell I use at work, and the Nexus 7 is for when I’m on the move.

I use all of them for web browsing and media consumption, but I’m going to detail the more niche uses I have for each along with my main complaints and why I’m thinking about replacing this or that. Continue reading

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