Japan Time

Monday, November 10, 2008

"two drifters off to see the world - there`s such a lot of world to see..."

Just wanted to post a quick update before I go to training this morning.
Since I am the only one training in Nagoya this week, it`s been intense. Yesterday, I was at Honbu (main office) from 10 am - 7 pm (with an hour lunch break). My brain is pretty overwhelmed with all the info I`ve been listening to and reading. And tomorrow I teach my first lesson to real students - and I`m nervous. I know that once I`ve been here for a while and have a ton of lessons under my belt, it will be second nature and no big thing. BUT until then - nervous.
Today was the first day that I didn`t wake up at 4 am (Breakfast at Tiffany`s was on TV last night, so that helped me stay awake).
Ans of course, there`s the homesickness, which I anticipated would be lurking around. It hits me mostly in the mornings, when I have an hour or two before I have to start my day. I know it will subside (but not disappear completely) when I get settled at my school and feel more like a resident than a tourist.
But, truly, I consider myself blessed to have the opportunity to be back in Japan.
Sorry I haven`t posted any photos - my laptop is out of commission until Saturday.
So, friends, if you could send a little prayer up for me, it would be so appreciated. Please pray for calm nerves, a clear voice, and slow speaking during my lessons, a joyful heart in the mornings, and thankfulness.
Much love from the Far East!


Kris Locker said...

def. praying for you. I love you and what an amazing opportunity for you! I'm here pulling for you!

Wendy said...

Praying for you!

ETV said...

We are so glad to hear that you made it safely! You are going to do a wonderful job teaching, don't worry about that. Thanks to your gift of gab, before long Japan will be filled with all sorts of English-speaking gabby Sally's! Oh, and every time you get homesick, just picture Mike's face. That ought to do it.

Michelle said...

Love you and praying for you!

pamjean48818 said...

Hello daughter-of-mine. Looking forward to hearing/reading all about this new chapter in your life. I know you will do great! Give yourself some time to catch your breath. Love you, miss you. Sooo Proud of you and your courage and drive to pursue your dream.

Nathan said...

Praying friend.

Aunt Sheila said...

Hello my oh-so-smart and beautiful niece! I am amazed at how much you know and all that you do. Your time in Japan will be wonderful, and your students will love you. I have no doubt.

patrick and mandi said...

Somehow, in the craziness of the past few weeks with Maya arriving, I somehow missed that you had left Michigan and were in Japan! I knew it was around now, but alas I am a bad friend and didn't realize that you were there already. I am super excited to hear stories and see pictures... I am saying lots of prayers for you that the transition goes smoothly, you'll meet some awesome people to keep you too busy to be homesick, and that this is more than you could have hoped it to be!

Kori said...

We're all praying for you Bri! I know you'll be phenominal in all you do. It's hillarious when God calls you to do something with your life, he gives you the power to do it! So no fear. Can't wait to see pictures. Tell Japan I say hi, and if you find Kakashi will you please send him to me? I know he's a cartoon character, but I love him, lol. Have fun!