January 2019


How strange it is to write 2019. It has only been 5 days into the new year, and I cannot believe 2018 has officially past.

In 2018 I have …

  1. Graduated from four years of Veterinary School.
  2. Traveled to South Korea and Japan for approximately 2 months.
  3. Obtained a job where I can officially introduce myself as Dr. Moon.
  4. Opened up three reputable credit card accounts.
  5. Made new friends and reconnected with old ones.
  6. Started payments on my veterinary school loans (this one hurts).
  7. Had more meals with immediate + extended family than I have had in the past 4 years.

The list above is what I immediately thought of while typing. Looking up at the list, it honestly does not seem like much at a glance, but if I remember the time and energy it took to accomplish or experience any of it, I count my blessings.

In 2019 I will …

  1. Travel to at least five different states.
  2. Travel internationally to a country I have never visited before.
  3. Meet up with old friends that I have lost contact with.
  4. Be conversational in Japanese.
  5. Get in the habit of exercising.
  6. Make a significant financial purchase.
  7. Cook or bake at least 10 different foods and blog about it

This list is also what immediately comes to mind when typing. I am sure I want to accomplish more and can accomplish more in 2019, but I want to set realistic goals for myself.

Speaking of setting realistic goals, today is Day #6 of the gallon challenge for me, and I will honestly let you all know how I feel about it.


I started the gallon challenge because I realized I only went to the bathroom once when I got home from working 10 hours in the veterinary hospital. This realization shocked me and led me to the gallon challenge. I do not like drinking water on a regular basis, so you can imagine how hard this challenge may be for me or for others who are not used to or like drinking water. My observations thus far are that I have to go to the bathroom more frequently and I want to eat less (mostly because I am full from drinking all this water). I cannot say with full confidence that I can feel or know of any lasting obvious improvements in my life because I have only drank a gallon of water for the past 5 days (I am drinking my gallon of water as I am typing up this blog). However, there may be improvements to be seen at Day #15, #20, or #50? I am kidding. I do not think I will be consuming a gallon of water for 50 days straight, but 30 days is the goal. If anyone wants to join in on the gallon challenge here is a link to the gallon jug shown in the picture above. Good luck and let me know how it works out for you. 頑張って(ganbatte – try your best)!


Update on FluentU:

If any of you recall, I have been using the site called FluentU to re-learn Japanese. On this site you can set up a daily goal for yourself once you set up an account. For example, you can set your goal to completing 10 mins of lessons everyday, and then FluentU will try to encourage you by letting you know how many days in a row you have completed your goal. I have not been completing my goal of 20 mins per day. When I tend to have time, I do lessons in bulk, but I am going to try to aim to do less everyday. I think I am forgetting things that I have learned in previous lessons, but do not let that turn you away in case you are debating whether or not to use the site. The past lessons you have completed will go from green to orange when a certain time has passed, so you will know to go back and review it. If you are slightly OCD like me, you will want to see all those bars return to green and review.

Also, I never posted any pictures of my travels, and since I do not see myself writing a travel post anytime soon, I will drop random pictures in my posts here and there.

Here is a picture of Shinsaibashi in Osaka, which is a shopping district with numerous duty free shops that feature airport delivery. Do not forget to take your passport with you if you plan to go shopping. Shinsaibashi is very close to Dotonbori, which is one of the main tourist attraction sites when visiting Osaka. There are lots of different foods to eat in Shinsaibashi as you are walking and shopping.

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Below is a picture of an egg tart that cost me approximately $2.50. This is from Lord Stow’s Bakery, which originated in Macau, but now there are bakeries all throughout Asia. Is the egg tart expensive, yes. Is it worth the money, yes. It was delicious, and honestly, I was so full the whole time I was traveling, I appreciated small snacks even if they were a bit pricey. A trip to Japan does do damage to the funds because most foods that you may want to try are not cheap.


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This post has gotten very long, so I will leave it as is. I am not sure what my next post will be about, but I hope it is about something exciting!


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