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Hello from AJET” January 2015

Akemashite Omedeto!!! Happy New Years! Congratulations on the closing of one great year and the opening of another. While it is the start of the new calendar year, for most JETs, we are reaching the halfway mark in our contracts. Those of us who are first years have most likely fallen into their groove. But all of us are susceptible to the culture shock swing back and may become homesick. Similar to last month’s recommendations to fight SAD, keep up the good fight against homesickness. Remember what Kylie said last week about staying happy and healthy this winter season.

In addition to the threat of the living abroad blues, the pressure of re-contracting is also upon us. Soon, we will all decide to stay or leave, if we haven’t already. It’s a difficult decision to make and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Please take time to consider options. One of the best pieces of advice I ever received is to not dwell too much on it. If you stress over the decision, it makes it even harder. Try checking in with yourself at the start or end of each day, even if you don’t think about it for the rest of the day. Over time, you may see a trend you didn’t know. Most importantly, enjoy where you are now. We are all really lucky to be in a job position that provides some amazing experiences. Take advantage of it and try something new. What about skiing or snowboarding?

This winter season, it is said we are in for a lot of snow. A great way to stay active in winter is to take part in winter sports. Did you know Hyogo has some of the best ski and snow locations on this side of the country? Why not come up north for a while and give it a try. The Hyogo AJET ski trip is a great opportunity and no experience is necessary. If anyone wants information on the Tajima snow sport scene, contact me anytime.

anastasia wHere’s to a new year full of many experiences to come!









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