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Update: Not dead

I’m aliiiive!

Sorry for not posting in a while. But I’m still in Japan. And only having my phone with me doesn’t exactly make for the easiest time typing out my usual pieces. But also I’ve been taking in the country and getting as much as I can out of it.

Im having an absolute blast over here too. Monday to Friday is a little boring, but on weekends I tend to go out exploring Tokyo with my coworkers.

Anyway, I’ll try and remember to post a long blog entry when I return closer to the 25th. I haven’t forgotten about you readers! Hope the last few months have been going well for you guys!

 

Brian

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That one person

When you see that one person, and your heart skips a beat

When you see that one person, and you can feel a sigh of relief

When you see that one person, and you know you could have a never-ending conversation, but they take your breath away

When you see that one person, and they inspire a passion in you that you never knew you had

When you see that one person, and they just seem so…right.

When you see that one person, and you don’t even know how to tell them.

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A whole new world

Hello! It has been a few weeks since I’ve been here! Life does get busy real quick. Being back at work does that to you.

Today’s daily prompt is the word ‘Exposure’. I love when the Daily Prompts give you a relevant word to write with!

So if you have read any of my previous entries, you know I work in a factory. And it is not the greatest. That’s just life. But in the early part of the new years, my work had a whole slew of new jobs to apply for. If in the mean time I’m gonna be there, I may as well apply for a different job that doesn’t put so much stress on my body, right?

I hastily grabbed some papers and started filling in applications like mad. Hectically filling out all the required information to set myself up for a winning application. After I was done scripting my qualifications, I proceeded to hand them into the HR Drop off box. Huzzah things are looking up! Now we play the waiting game…

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DEAR LORD THIS GAME SUUUUUUCKS. Almost two weeks go by and I haven’t heard a thing. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Big ol’ goose egg. But yesterday (the 19th) I was pulled aside and told to go to a meeting room for an interview. Yanked straight off the work floor! I’ll admit, it was a little intimidating at first because I thought I had done something wrong! Who ever thinks they have done something good when people from the front office come out to get you though? So I was taken back into a room and given an interview for one of the positions I applied for! Despite being caught off guard, I gave the best answers I could. They were pretty simple really. I would assume any in-house interviews would mostly be like this one due to there being a file of employee work habits/feedback from your immediate superiors too. 10 Minutes after I had sat down I was told I would get an answer either before that shift ended or the next day. Awesome! Love the very little wait time there. Seeing as I didn’t have an answer as I left for my car, I awaited excitedly for this news. No time wasted at all, 10 minutes into my shift I was told I had the job! SUCCESS!

Now Brian, why would you be making this long post about a relatively boring part of your life/job you say? Well here is the twist you NEVER SAW COMING WOOOAAAHHH

The training takes place in Japan!

JAPAN!!!. I am going to Japan for this training! I am beyond excited for this opportunity. I wont lie, this job was starting to seriously get tedious to do. I had very little motivation to get up at all and head to work other than a paycheck. Now there is something seriously interesting to look forward to. I have only ever traveled to English speaking countries. This will be my first full exposure to a non-english speaking country. Not going to lie, I am quite nervous about that aspect of it. But it is going to be a growing experience for sure. This feeling of optimism is what is pushing me to better myself. I want to have these experiences so I can tell these stories and guide other people with what to do. The only way to do that is to jump head first into it sometimes.

Most of this week will be looking up travel tips and touristy stuff to do. I will try and share some of the photo’s when I am back!!

 

Brian.

via Daily Prompt: Exposure

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Infinite

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Right now, there are an infinite number of snowflakes blanketing my city. As mentioned in an earlier post, I love this weather. This photo doesn’t do it justice though, seeing as it was just taken on my phone.

I was supremely excited today to wake up to almost white-out conditions. Layers upon layers to keep me warm, coffee shop around the corner, and supremely thick work boots which have since become my winter boots because they are THAT warm (Seriously, I am not exaggerating when I say my feet have NEVER felt the cold in them). I can walk around in this seemingly forever. I spent an hour and a half in it today. Only came home because I needed to eat and prep food for later (Also write this).

Hate driving in it, love walking in it.

via Daily Prompt: Infinite

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Grief and those who are gone

I never understood grief until my twenties. If only the rest of us could be so lucky right?

The sudden passing of my grandpa was my first dance with the reality of death. A diagnosis in August, gone by November. I find it amazing what we can do when we apply ourselves, and the harsh physical punishment we can endure all while being so fragile. The human body is one of the worlds most intriguing machines. I hope to study it more.

My second dance came during last years May 2-4 weekend. My former boss/friend passed in a tragic home accident. While it didn’t quite hit me all at once, the outpouring of love and support threw me over the edge. I have never refreshed a Facebook page so often. I was awake by 6:30am, got the news around 7:05am. Had my battery drained by 9am. I just kept refreshing, hoping this news wasn’t true. But all I could do was accept the fact that she was gone.

The feeling never goes away, but you do learn to live with it. There hasn’t been a day that goes by where I don’t think of either of them. To the people out there who have lost people much closer, I wish nothing but the easing of feelings on ¬†your heart.

I’ll make a more positive/happy entry tomorrow.

Brian.

via Daily Prompt: Gone

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Photo Challenge: Resilient

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This is the first ever Starbucks.I took this photo back in September when I was visiting Seattle, WA.

For those who don’t know, I was a 3 year barista at Starbucks. This job, while at times can be tedious, was one of the best jobs I’ve ever had.

Starbucks started its journey in Pike Market back in 1971, just a simple store selling spices, coffee and tea. When you walk into this store, seemingly nothing has changed since it opened. The desks are scratched to high heaven from over 30 years of inventory being moved around. Original wooden counter tops don’t even get some TLC that they deserve. No expansions into other adjacent properties, no modern face lifts, nothing. Just the simplicity of when the store first opened. It doesn’t feel like a ‘Starbucks’ if that makes sense, it feels like an old ‘Ma and ‘Pa coffee shop you would find off the beaten trail of Route 66. And that’s what makes you fall in love with it even more.

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. A true sign of being resilient.

via Photo Challenge: Resilient

 

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