As you can see from the title, this post is an update to all of you on what I am currently up to for this year. I am excited to share this and fondly look forward to the process of pursuing these aspirations. I will attempt to make this as simple as possible. My goals for the remainder of this year are:
1) Healing & Development
a)physically (nutrition, exercise, chiropractic, detoxification, meditation)
b)emotionally/socially (communication, outreach, correspondence, the arts)
c)intellectually (writing, reading, concentration exercises)
d)metaphysically (meditation, prayer, devotional nonduality)
This could be construed as a selfish undertaking. However, I believe each person must perfect themselves constantly in order to help others. “To help another, you must first put yourself beyond the need for help.” I will also endeavor to help and guide anyone who reaches out to me for assistance in any of these areas in every way I can.
a)Written (hiragana, katakana, kanji, study grammar)
b)Spoken (conversational, slang, philosophical)
c)Listening (comprehension, speech patterns, logic style)
I plan to get to a lower intermediate level in this language by the end of this year. I will be largely doing self-study, but welcome anyone who wants to join in this with me! I am planning on being in Japan for some time in 2017 and would like to be at a decent level before departing. Resources I am currently using are the free ‘Japanese Audio Flashcards’ created by Roger Lake (http://www.japaneseaudiolessons.com/) for grammar, Moses McCormick’s ‘FLR’ method (http://flrmethod.com) for practical speaking, WaniKani for learning Kanji (https://www.wanikani.com/), Real Kana for learning kana (http://realkana.com/), the textbook “Japanese for Busy People 1 (Kana Version)” for practicing reading kana, and chat resources such as GoSpeaky (http://www.gospeaky.com/?origin=170388) and SharedLingo (http://sharedlingo.com) to talk with native speakers.
I’m planning on recording and releasing a musical project by the end of this year, focused on composition/ songwriting. Details TBA.
a)Obtain Nutritional Balancing & Hair Mineral Analysis Certification
b)Teaching (private tutoring & lessons)
c)Writing (this blog)
d)Musical (gigs, sessions, lessons)
These are the main areas of work I will be focusing on this year, some of which will involve monetary compensation immediately, and some of which are a long-term investment.
So much for this personal update! What are your aspirations for 2016? I’d love to hear from you!!