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07 March 2008 @ 09:42 pm
The difference a day makes ♪♪♪  
When I walked out of my 'main' job yesterday, I couldn't stop smiling. It's because... it's OVER! I will never again have to return to that place. Aaaanyways, OWARIMASHITA!! ♥ I'm free free free!!

It wasn't all that bad. As in, it's a good job. Decent pay for the amount of time that you put in, and ever so easy. But it was not for me, and I found myself come to resent it gradually, especially during the last of the three years that I worked there. I am happy, happy, HAPPY to move on! It's kind of amazing, the transformation in my attitude that appeared as soon as I was able to let go! One job less and two richer, the future is looking good!

Speaking of which.. yesterday after I got out, I went straight to meet a few people that I am going to be working with. It looks like I'm definitely going to be writing something professionally quite soon--yey! ^O^ More TBA :D

After that great meeting and a really great new experience, I went to a preliminary meeting for my baito in Akihabara, and with the coworkers that I just adore, I was very light and fluffy, and felt more like myself than I have in more than a year. Add that to the discoveries that I've made about what makes me happy this year, and somehow... I feel like I'm a tiny bit closer in discovering who I really am, deep down inside. Who I am without the ego, as Eckhart Tolle would put it. Speaking of which, I read the first few chapters of his book, A New Earth, because of all of the hype surrounding it. It's an interesting book, in the way that it points out completely logical things, in the way that it makes them sound like new, revolutionary ideas. The things that he's writing about are many of the same things that I've came to realize myself this last year. I hope to have the time to finish it soon.. (as soon as I finish A Feast for Crows, I'll get cracking at it.) Then maybe I can recommend it to others... ^-^

So, it really is amazing the difference that one or two events can make in your life... ^___^ I would say that, for me, yesterday is evidence that if you take the right steps, you can really change your life! I feel a little bit like I should have known this already, but.. ^^;; It never hurts to remind yourself just how much you can do in your life *musters up confidence from somewhere*!

Well... also, I want to mention that I did something AWESOME. I started a running program!! Seriously!! Me!! I cound never run before. There is something dangerously wrong with my breathing, and stairs and the like have always been pretty tough. But somehow, this is a program that I can do! I DID IT!!! I feel so accomplished, and though it was really hard, I feel so good! ♥ Just wait, I will be able to run miles one day!!

Oh, and I'm also going to start volunteering sometime in the next month or two. I am just hinging on finding the right organization, which isn't as easy as it sounds.. If anybody has any suggestions, let me know! ^o^ I'd like to do something involved with hunger/poverty/the environment. Really, something that will help people feel better directly. I've been meaning to do this for a while, actually, but it was watching Oprah's new tv show, The Big Give, and hearing about Drew Barrymore's World Food Programme project that really inspired me to get up and do something!! None of this sitting on my butt anymore!! My favorite actress has been working hard, while I've been doing not a thing for others. So this year, with the new and improved me, comes a new and improved world, even if it's just in one tiny way. It's a start!!! ♥

This is my 'studio'.. ^^ Or, where I would ideally sit down and do artwork and a lot of my creative things. ^_^ My computer is in here. Notice how there is no art desk, though.. ;o; Donate monies to help me buy a desk? ;o; Okay, I'm just kidding, but one day I hope that I'll have enough money to get one.... Note the new and completely gorgeous carpet.. I'm so happy to have a carpet, finally!!! ;o; <3<3<3

Nessie the photogenic. ^_____^ She is currently playing with Melissa's kitty, Kyu-chan. They get along so well now ^___^

This is the other member of my small family: Miaka the plant. ^___^ (same intelligence level? ^^) She's been a little bit of problems being eaten by Nessie, but I moved her to a new place so that she's a little bit safer and has the chance to heal #^__^# *luvluv*

Miaka's new friends, Amiboshi and Suboshi.. They're little peach-blossom branches that I got from the train station for free on Monday, which was Hime-matsuri! (a celebration for girls of a certain age ^^) I'm not sure if they're supposed to flower, or if they're going to live long, but I hope so!!

Special feature on my camera. ^___^ It's a pretty lame feature actually, but it looks kind of... interesting? ^^;;

More Nessie baby! =D

I really like this portrait close-up ^___^


Awwwww ^_^

She loves the outside, but isn't allowed out! It's the first time that I've had an indoor-only cat. But it's kind of a must in Tokyo. -_-;;

Mwahahaha, devil kitty!

I've looked better, but it's late now... =D HELLO!!

Which picture do you like the best? ^^
Current Music: Blake Lewis - How Many Words
Momokoxelloss_poo on March 7th, 2008 01:05 pm (UTC)
Yay!!! ^___^ Congrats!!!

*laughs* Nessie sure is growing up. :) Such a cute little kitty.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん): Caramelldansen - Sadakohinoai on March 8th, 2008 12:30 am (UTC)
Your icon... so mesmerizing!!!! :O
(no subject) - xelloss_poo on March 8th, 2008 12:35 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - akibare on March 8th, 2008 04:09 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - hinoai on March 8th, 2008 02:24 pm (UTC) (Expand)
百加☆nitaspitas on March 7th, 2008 01:16 pm (UTC)
Otsukaresama deshita~ Nessie's gotten so big since I last saw her! I was actually just thinking of running in the shower today ^^ That running program looks really good. How long have you been doing it?
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 8th, 2008 12:31 am (UTC)
I've just started this week. ^__^ I'll be going on my third time tonight (since it was raining last night I couldn't go). You should give it a try, I bet you could do it! ^O^
Kira_Shadowkira_shadow on March 7th, 2008 01:33 pm (UTC)
I'm already excited that I will get to meet a "new jamie" if I come over again? (and I am definitely coming...*saving up like woah*)

mh...ok I actually do not have anything else that is too intelligent to say... *chu*

except maybe... fancy some easter eggs?
=D (the chocolate kind)
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 8th, 2008 12:32 am (UTC)
Awwwwww, I really wish that you lived here sometimes!!

Oooooh, easter! Mmm, you know I always love chocolate! =^__^=
(no subject) - kira_shadow on March 8th, 2008 10:04 am (UTC) (Expand)
内出血死の蜂鳥: KuruGirlcrystalplumage on March 7th, 2008 02:01 pm (UTC)
Kitty Cute !
Shes a bob tail .
The cats there have this as their dominant gene...

And your apaato is nice !

But what kind of job did you have ?
Was it teaching,as that was one of the things that also made me balk .
As i so didnt want to teach English for my VISA.
It burned out so many of my friends .

What will you do now ?

As I was watching a news show,and Eric Bogosian,(hes an actor.He plays the police chief on law and order criminal intent now.
was doing an interview with .
And he said his son was in japan studying to be an anime artist ! which actually surprised me.
Are those classes done in english at all ?

As i was thinking of going to acupuncture school in Japan,but not all schools have classes in english .
And my japanese is ok ,but that is kind of technical stuff ,so .....
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 8th, 2008 12:35 am (UTC)
Re: Kitty Cute !
It's true, they're mostly bobtail here! =D But Nessie's not. She just had curled up her tail in the picture. ^^

Mmmm it was a teaching job of a sort. I know lots of people who enjoy it, it just depends on the person. Some people, it's like a dream come true and they can do it for years and still love it. ^^

I'm going to be doing a lot of things this year-- stay tuned for them! ^o^

I don't know if there are animation classes here, but I imagine that you can find them somewhere! Keep looking, you can probably find an acupuncture one here too!! ^^ But it's Chinese, right? So maybe it's better to find a class in China?
Re: Kitty Cute ! - crystalplumage on March 8th, 2008 12:44 am (UTC) (Expand)
Yuvi: Hmmmyuvi on March 7th, 2008 02:20 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on moving on to new and exciting things ^_^ and you do seem much happier and that is fantastic!

Nessie is just too cute!!!
akibareakibare on March 7th, 2008 02:33 pm (UTC)
Kitty porn!!! :D

I like the pics of your apartment, the light is really nice in there.
(no subject) - hinoai on March 8th, 2008 12:35 am (UTC) (Expand)
Linstarrbeam on March 7th, 2008 02:37 pm (UTC)
awww tess is too cute! and you too XD
oh how far are you from fuchuu?
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 8th, 2008 12:36 am (UTC)
I'm pretty close-- about 20 min on train or so? ^^ Why do you ask?
(no subject) - starrbeam on March 8th, 2008 12:41 pm (UTC) (Expand)
キモさ満々♡ 미친 외국인: druuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuugzdilettantka on March 7th, 2008 02:56 pm (UTC)
HiNA matsuri XD

lol at the pictures of Nessie licking her crotch.

and yeay for running!!! what is wrong with us, the world has gone mad...
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 8th, 2008 12:37 am (UTC)
Oooops, that's what I meant!! I swear??? ^_^;;

I know, it's crazy. But this is definitely going to be a really amazing year, and the year of change!!

PS: Been catching up on Gundam and... I like your boy! ;o;
(Anonymous) on March 7th, 2008 03:23 pm (UTC)
I love all the pictures! I miss you like crazy! Remember our cat "Kitty"? She had an even shorter tail than Nessie. Good luck and best wishes on your future plans (jobs?). "GO WOMAN GO!!!" I'm so proud of you for having the courage to follow your dreams! I'm also curious on what kind of jobs you have planned now. Have a great Day! Love you! Mom
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 8th, 2008 12:38 am (UTC)
Of course I remember Kitty!! I miss Kitty.. Nessie actually doesn't have a short tail, it was just curled up in that picture. There is a little crick in the end of it, though, but that's all.

Awwww, thank you. ^^ I will write you about my plans as soon as I have a chance. ^^
Lisalilitufire on March 7th, 2008 03:41 pm (UTC)
I recommend uTube bird videos :D

I am glad you sound so positive and genki, may the new beginnings be all that you hope!

Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 8th, 2008 12:41 am (UTC)
Bird videos? Do you mean like watching birds??? :D
(no subject) - lilitufire on March 8th, 2008 03:50 am (UTC) (Expand)
The Lonely Princesspalesister on March 7th, 2008 04:05 pm (UTC)
Aw, your Nessie is absolutely adorable! I can't have a kitty here at my girlfriend's house (we live with her parents, which would be why I'm not allowed), and I miss having one. And yours is just... AWW. ^___^

I love your studio! It looks so comfy and nice. ^^
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 11th, 2008 01:47 pm (UTC)
Awww, thank you! =^__^=
+: chandler rabbitbabymoss on March 7th, 2008 04:49 pm (UTC)
lol i like the one of Ness standing at the window on her back legs ;o)

Aww, i want to see a pic of ness playing with Kyu-chan ;ob

Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 11th, 2008 01:48 pm (UTC)
^___^ I will try to take one! It's hard to get pictures of Kyu-chan because he doesn't stay out in the light too much. But hopefully he'll become less and less shy and I'll be able to get him out! =D
Kyo-chan: TRC - Fai sweetkyofujimiya on March 7th, 2008 05:00 pm (UTC)
This post has made me very happy to read. At some point, it would be great to chat with you, either through email or whatever... Though I think it's probably late for you now. XD Congratulations on all the joys in your life, particularly being able to move on and do something more suited to you. Keep going, girl, full speed ahead!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 8th, 2008 12:41 am (UTC)
Do you have skype? My roomie's been using it a lot and now I'm really intrigued, we should try it!
(no subject) - kyofujimiya on March 8th, 2008 03:14 am (UTC) (Expand)
gyabooo: [Full Metal Panic] Chidori is lovekucheekybadkuya on March 7th, 2008 05:49 pm (UTC)
Wah, Nessie's grown so much, glad to see her doing well ^^ I love that lamp on the left in the last pic btw, it's so cute XD Good luck finding an organisation to volunteer with - there are heaps that always need help, just a matter of finding one that's the right fit =)
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 8th, 2008 12:42 am (UTC)
Thank you! I will try hard to find one! =D

The lamp is Melissa's, but my room is so dark I've appropriated it temporarily. =D
Mewgokumew2 on March 7th, 2008 06:58 pm (UTC)
WOW! The room looks so different now!!! X.DDDDD Looks GREAT! No more cardboard boxes and wires everywhere. X.DDD

Btw, since I think there's a better chance of you reading LJ comments than emails, 'bout the store... I had been selling the way I described on eBay and it's worked out quite well. (I recently made ~$40 profit on eBay this way.) And since orders on Amazon wouldn't be placed til there's an order for that item, it's not like we'd lose anything by trying, ya know? Will you give it a shot with me? If it works then hooray! If for some reason it does not, well, like I said, we wouldn't lose anything. You'd just have to receive packages (they deliver using delivery services so I think you have to be home to sign for it) and send them out. If you don't want to go to the PO every time, maybe like just once or twice a week. What d'ya say?
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 8th, 2008 12:43 am (UTC)
Sure, why not? Sign me up, so to speak! Sorry about not replying via email, I just get too bogged down in mails and sometimes it's pretty discouraging. ^^;
(no subject) - gokumew2 on March 8th, 2008 03:12 am (UTC) (Expand)
illuminesce on March 7th, 2008 11:05 pm (UTC)
So cuuute~

...and I really did laugh at the Miaka the Plant (same intelligence level?) thing. .__. Man, I was such a Fushigi Yuugi freak back in the day. Eeee, but I'm so glad you're happy!!! *huuugs~* Let's meet sometime this spring break, okay?
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on March 8th, 2008 12:44 am (UTC)
Miaka is happy now that she's not Nessie's dinner all the time. :D

Yeay, let's meet up!!! ^O^ ^O^ ^O^
(no subject) - illuminesce on March 8th, 2008 10:32 pm (UTC) (Expand)