Wednesday, February 3, 2010

New Year's Resolutions, Updates And Our Anniversary!

I can't believe it is already February!! Where did January go? Anyone still working on their New Year's resolutions? So far we are! One of ours was to walk 5-6 times a week when I get home from work and we are still doing it! It is pretty cold (I think I have to give up my Canadian passport as I'm sure many Canadians would laugh at me!) but it just feels so good to walk! We walk around 10:30 pm (sometimes earlier and sometimes later) for 25-40 mins right now. I am planning to increase that so that by sometime in March we are walking closer to 1 hour per night. I can't believe I am saying this but I miss it if we don't walk. We chat a lot about our business, our dreams and sometimes we stop for a minute and look at the stars (we walk in kind of the countryside so we can see lots of stars!).

A few of our other resolutions are about our businesses and our finances. These take more time but we have started making some changes. It is amazing to me how every year we learn so much and I am learning how to follow my gut on things. I'm still watching the Suze Orman pod casts, reading books about money, business etc. I'm trying to find as many interesting and suitable pod casts, blogs etc. I want to learn as much as possible so that I can make the right choices. Last year, one of the most important things we focused on was advertising and it has paid off. This year I guess is it about "focused growth". The thing is ....Japan has so many things we could sell but after 2.5 years in business we are feeling like we are finally figuring out what we want to sell...and what actually sells-what people want to buy and what products or product areas are growing. It feels good to reign it in a bit and focus on certain things and listening to our customers etc. Anyway, enough about resolutions....though I'm curious if anyone else is still doing theirs!


In other news....I just found out that one of my pics of Niagara Falls (from our trip to Canada last summer) was included in the online Schmap guide of Niagara falls. You can check out the picture here -it is the picture in the upper right corner and it has my name, Sofia Takami, under it http://www.schmap.com/niagarafalls/sights_lewiston/#p=254735&i=254735_319.jpg I just thought that was pretty cool. My hubby submitted the photo and they picked it!

Saturday is our 1 year wedding anniversary! I can't believe one year is already gone! We are planning to go into the city to our favorite yakiniku restaurant http://www.tsunaya.co.jp/nurubon/hakata/index.html If you click on the buttons under the "menu" you will see more pictures of delicious food!!

And on Sunday his parents are taking us out for Chinese for lunch http://www.8000.co.jp/rest/koga/index.html I love Chinese so I'm very happy about this too!!

Hopefully I will remember to take some pics and post them later!

4 comments:

Craig said...

Congrats on the wedding anniversary!

As for resolutions I haven't learned the piano yet but I've managed to stick with taking the stairs at work at least once a day - 13 floors. :)

janine said...

happy anniversary ♡

i love yakiniku!

how nice that you get to enjoy a wonderful view of the stars in the countryside during your walk..

FromJapanWithLove said...

Hey Craig! Thanks! And good for you!! 13 floors...don't think I could do that yet!!

Janine-thanks! The stars really are beautiful!!!

Maddi Makes... said...

Hello - I love reading your blog, I used to live in japan and really miss it. I always love seeing your photos and hearing of little Japan-isms. I would really like to award you with a Sunshine Award (details on my blog http://maddimakes.blogspot.com/ )
Maddi (Makes) xxx

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