Sakura season is a major event in Japan that is celebrated with sakura viewings, festivals, and plenty of sakura-themed foods. While these are plentiful in Japan, for those of us outside of Japan, it can be hard to experience the sights, smells, and flavors of cherry blossom season. However, thanks to companies like Bokksu, we can at least get the taste of all those wonderful spring flavors. Bokksu is a monthly subscription box that brings traditional snacks from Japan to your door. Each month is a new theme, highlighting different flavors and areas of Japan. The April 2022 Bokksu brings the many flavors of theRead More →

With my year of writing and milwordy challenge over, it’s time to reflect on the entire process of writing for a year. While I have spent a large chunk of my life writing, I have never focused as heavily on it as I did in 2021. This was the year I wanted to truly push my writing to a new level and challenge myself to write 1 million words. It was an insane goal, but I was willing to give it a shot. The year was filled with ups and downs, and a whole lot of words, yet in the end, I hit that loftyRead More →

In the blink of an eye, the third month of 2022 has arrived. March ushers in the arrival of spring, at least in some parts, and with that opens up an entirely new set of possibilities. For where I live, winter still has a solid presence in the month of March, so it’s a bit too early to embrace spring. However, that does leave plenty of opportunities to work on my goals for another month. Creating monthly goals has been one of the best decisions I’ve made as it keeps me on track for working towards bigger goals. Sharing those goals here also gives meRead More →

February was a crazy reading month. I did not plan to do a ton of reading and yet life threw me the opportunity. Our modem died at the end of January and wasn’t fixed until mid-February. This led to a lot of free time and so I turned to books. In fact, most of these books were read in the first 10 days of the month. Honestly, in a way, this was fantastic because it allowed me to truly tackle my TBR in an unexpected way. As with most months, I read a pretty good mix of genres in February, as I find sticking toRead More →

Gather your throw pillow, accent pieces, and artwork. It’s time for the March 2022 Use It Up Challenge! This month we are focusing on decor. Whether you live in an apartment or a house, the need to decorate it can be strong. But what happens when you have plenty of decor items but aren’t using them? That leads to clutter-filled closets. It’s time to tackle that clutter in a different way. Instead of getting rid of those items, let’s put them to use. so let’s gather those items, channel our inner interior decorators and use those items. By the end of the month, our homesRead More →

Snack-filled subscription boxes are a fantastic way to try something new from different regions of the world. Bokksu, a Japanese snack subscription box highlights traditional snacks of Japan. Many of the companies contributing have been around for more than 100 years. Having tried a number of Bokksu in the past, I was excited to dive into the March 2022 Bokksu. This month’s theme is Spring Otozure – which means spring arrival. With spring comes a whole new set of flavors to dive into, coming from different regions of Japan. If you want to explore the flavors of Japan from the comfort of your home, thenRead More →

February is here and while it is the shortest month of the year, it is just as important as all other months. Despite being a few days shorter than other months, February can be just as productive. By creating a list of monthly goals, you can set yourself up for success and tackle those smaller items that you may have been putting off. Having made monthly goals for a few years now, I can attest to how much of a change they made in my life. Now, I have the accountability needed to get stuff done, and by sharing it online, I have extra motivationRead More →

With February solidly in place, it means my reading time in January has come to an end. Over the last few years, I have dedicated my reading time to tackling my massive TBR, which luckily has shrunk quite a bit. Not only do I love to read, but I also love to share what I have read with others. In fact, oftentimes, I pick up books because I have seen others talking about them and that has piqued my interest. Some of those books I enjoy, some I don’t. This January 2022 reading wrap-up showcases the books that I read during the month along withRead More →

Subscription boxes have grown in popularity over the years. With subscription boxes for just about everything, you can find one that corresponds with your likes. Personally, I think snack boxes are the way to go. To make it even better, there are subscriptions like Bokksu, which allow you to enjoy traditional Japanese snacks from the comfort of your own home. Every month, Bokksu sends you a themed box featuring snacks from different prefectures in Japan. As an added bonus, many of these companies have been around for 100 years or more, truly highlighting these traditional snacks and their makers. The booklet also includes the historyRead More →

Writing for an entire year is easy. Writing one million words in a year is a completely different beast. However, wanting to truly push myself to write as much as possible and see where my writing could take me in a year, that was the goal I set for myself. My year of writing would focus heavily on finishing old projects, along with exploring new ones and new ways of writing. And then there was the one million word challenge as well. As much as I love writing, this challenge was certainly a struggle. Being behind meant that I needed to tack on an additionalRead More →