New Year in Japan is filled with food, festivals, shrine visits, and of course mochi. Red and gold decorations can be seen everywhere. The theme of the January 2023 Bokksu is Shinshun New Year. With plenty of red and gold packaging, this Bokksu highlights the flavors of the Japanese New Year. This is a great way to start the year, with traditional Japanese snacks. Having a box of traditional Japanese snacks arrive at my door every month has been a wonderful experience. Being able to experience the flavors, scents, and traditions of Japan from the comfort of my own home is something I look forwardRead More →

The final month of the year has arrived! It’s hard to believe that 2022 will be over soon. Some months flew by and others passed slowly. This time of year is filled with the holidays, family time, and of course plenty of winter weather. It’s also the opportunity to finish up any larger goals that you have been working on over the course of the year. I have really been enjoying setting monthly goals over the last few years and feel that it has made a huge difference in my life. Each month is full of possibilities but by setting goals I find myself toRead More →

November was meant to be a busy month and because of that, I didn’t expect to read much. However, life can throw curveballs your way and in an odd twist of circumstances, I found myself with more time to read than initially expected. This allowed me to put another small dent in my ever-shrinking TBR. Reading is by far my favorite way to spend time. Each book I delve into allows me to explore new worlds, learn something new, or simply be entertained for a few hours. My November 2022 reading wrap-up is here to go over the books I read this month and myRead More →

Bokksu is wrapping up another year. Bokksu is a monthly subscription box that brings traditional Japanese snacks straight to your door. The December 2022 Bokksu theme is Hokkaido Wonderland. Hokkaido is known for its dairy and produce. It is also an area known for plenty of winter activities. This is the perfect way to celebrate the winter season and enjoy some holiday snacks. Let’s dive into what was included in this box and enjoy the flavors of Japan in the winter. Want to try Bokksu? Use my referral link to get $15 off your first order. December 2022 Bokksu – Hokkaido Wonderland Morimoto Cookie: HaskappRead More →

For the last four years, I have been working hard to get through all of the books I own. As a reader, I fall victim to the allure of new books and it’s easy to buy them faster than they can be read. This year, my shelf went through a good purge, where I removed a number of books I had lost interest in. It would have been nice to have read those books but at some point, you have to admit that the books that have been sitting there for 10 years are no longer what you want to read. It’s time for aRead More →

The second last month of 2022 has arrived and it’s hard to believe that the year is nearly over. While the impending new year may not be on many minds, it is on mine. However, we first need to get through the next two months. November is no different than any other month when it comes to goal setting. It’s another 30 days worth of getting stuff done. However, the one difference will be the number of goals this month, which is greatly reduced. This will be a relaxing month for the most part. Before we get into my November 2022 goals I’d like toRead More →

Another month of reading has come to an end. Each month I set out to read a number of books to help reduce my TBR. Some months I read very few books. While others I get through a surprising number. I had expected October to be light on reading, as I knew it would be a fairly busy month, yet I managed to get through more books than expected. This was a nice surprise but also meant I was reading a lot of enjoyable books, as once I pick those up I tend to have a hard time putting them down. With each month thatRead More →

Bokksu has quickly become my favorite subscription service and I always look forward to the latest Bokksu each month. Bokksu is a monthly subscription service that sends a box filled with traditional Japanese snacks. Every month focuses on a different theme and highlights various regions and snack makers throughout Japan. Some of these businesses have been running for over 100 years! The theme of the November 2022 Bokksu is Autumn Kouyou. Kouyou is the shift into autumn colors on the trees, a sign that autumn has arrived. With it, comes the seasonal autumn snacks. Want to try Bokksu? Use my referral link to get $15Read More →

It’s hard to believe that it’s already October. We are now firmly in the final months of the year. The weather has been rapidly changing here, with cold nights and chilly days ahead. October is our opportunity to get the final few outdoor projects done before it becomes too cold or snowy to easily work outside. Because of this, it will be a very busy month and my goals will reflect that. This is one of the reasons why I change my goals on a monthly basis. What works for me in June may not work in October. Keeping this in mind and knowing IRead More →

September was a strange reading month. It started off strong, getting through 4 books in the first week. After that, I found myself with less and less time to dive into my books. Of course, September was a pretty busy month, so this isn’t surprising. In the second half of the month, I didn’t even touch a book. While my goal had been to read 10 books this month, I didn’t quite get to reaching that. Even so, I did put a small dent into my still fairly large TBR. My September 2022 reading wrap-up covers the books I read during the month and whatRead More →