The best thing I did for myself last year was push myself to learn basic Japanese.
Teaching myself Japanese made me a more confident person by accomplishing something I wasn’t sure was possible. Especially trying to balance taking care of the house and family and small business stuff. I wanted to quit at least a dozen times, especially when I started grammar. Ha! I so thankful I didn’t give up.
And even though my Japanese skills were (and still are) incredibly remedial, they were plenty good enough to make memorable and meaningful connections with the people I met during my one-in-a-lifetime trip to Japan in September.
The only problem is I’ve been bitten by the travel bug.
And well, traveling again like I did in Japan isn’t something I’ll be able to do again without some pretty strategic saving and planning, and quite possibly some bribing if I plan on going solo since I’m not so sure how my husband and five kids will fancy the idea of me leaving the country again. LOL!
So, language learning it is.
At least, for now.
Specifically, Japanese, German, and Spanish.
Here’s to a new year, new languages, and dreams of new adventures!