Thinking Out Loud #11

I haven’t done Amanda’s Thinking Out Loud post for quite some time, but seeing as it’s Thursday night for me, and Thursday morning for those of you on the other side of the world, I decided to throw one together for a little update.


1. If you haven’t already figured it out, I’m in Japan.  I’ve been here since January 2 and I don’t head back to the United States until March 18th.  My husband is doing a 10 week study abroad at the business school here, and I came along for the ride.  While I am seeing a lot of interesting things, my preference would have been to take a vacation here rather than be here for 10 weeks.

Japanese Beauty Product Haul

2.  While I’m ready to come home, I will say this.  The availability of products in a few of my favorite shopping genres over here is awesome.  I have found some great beauty and skincare things that can’t be found in the US.  Sheet masks are very popular here.  I’ve tried 3 or 4 different brands already.  I am also amused by how many brands are the same (Maybelline, L’oreal, etc), but their product offerings are different.  I did an entire post on part one of my Japanese beauty haul, incase you want to know more.


3. The other genre of product over here that abounds is of the stationary genre: washi, embellishments, journals and pens. OMG the PENS!!  I got an amazing set of erasable retractable pens (that I just wrote a thorough review on) imported to the US before I came.  Turns out they’re in almost every stationary type store I walk into here..and for a much better price.  I’ve also managed to find awesome stickers, and of course, fabulous washi tape. My Filofax is drooling and my EC Life Planner is jealous. It’s a planner enthusiast’s dream come true!


4.  Going along with the planner theme, I also took the plunge and got my hands on a Midori Traveler’s Notebook while I’m here.  Since everything is so much less expensive I got inserts and accessories too. Now I just have to figure out what exactly I want to use my Midori for.  Do any of you have a MTR?  How do you use the different notebooks?


5. Okay, now to discuss the food.  Adapting to a new way of eating has been….interesting.  There is SO many carbs in everything that my body doesn’t know what to do.  Rice, noodles, and Italian pasta dishes are everywhere you look here.  There’s sushi, yes, but that still involved a lot of rice.  Two of my favorite discoveries are okonomiyaki (shown above), which is a “Japanese Pizza” made out of primarily cabbage, eggs and other randomness, smothered in something that resembled BBQ sauce.  Amazing!  The other thing I’m loving: Mochifuwa Pancakes from 7-11.  I’m not kidding..

6. Because the food has been so heavy and the weather has been so cold (I don’t like walking in cold), I’ve completely lost my mojo.  I wrote about how I feel like I am on this non stop journey on the struggle bus just so I could get it out in the open.  Have any of you ever felt that way?


7. The good news about that is it encouraged me to sit back and reflect on how I achieved my weight loss back when I was on track.  The result was this Top 10 Habits for Successful Weight Loss post.  Some of the responses I’ve gotten have really encouraged me and helped me realize that we all go through these imperfect seasons.  It helps to know I’m not alone.


8. Ok, so the craziest thing I’ve seen here so far has got to be the Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku, Tokyo.  Imagine all of the loudness and bright neon colors of an action anime come to life.  Ok, now multiply that by 10.  It was CRAZY.  You can learn more about that experience here.  There’s video that won’t disappoint, I promise.

9. It’s almost Valentine’s Day!  In Japan, the tradition is the women spoil the men with love and chocolate, and the men do it in March on a day called White Day.  Kind of crazy.  Whether you are single or happily married, I think it’s always a good idea to spoil yourself a little bit on the day of love.  I put together a luxurious gift guide with a few suggestions.

10.  That’s all I’ve got for now.  My day is pretty much spent trying to accomplish something here on my blog, reading, and trying to get some sort of fitness in my day.  I hope you all have a great Thursday!


6 thoughts on “Thinking Out Loud #11

  1. Amanda @ .running with spoons. says:

    I couldn’t imagine being away from home for 10 weeks, so I definitely understand what you mean about preferring it to be a vacation. But… washi, and stickers, and pens? Eeee! The planner junkie in me would -adore- that. I never used to care so much about it, but then I got my EC Life Planner and there’s no going back 😆 I’m obsessed with that thing and everything that comes along with it.

    • divaandthedivine says:

      A Midori Travelers notebook is essentially a rectangular piece of leather. lol It folds in half to this kind of oblong shape and theres an elastic band that runs down the center of it where you slide in blank notebooks. I currently have 3 different ones in mine. The possibilities of a Midori are endless: journal, inspirational book, planner, fitness tracker. Once I figure out exactly how mine is going to work I will be doing a post on it, so make sure you’re connected with me on social media to know when that goes live. 🙂 It’s huge in the planning/journaling community, so I figured I’d give it a shot while I can get it for cheaper than in the US.

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