About

Okay so here is a little bit about me.

I’m Canadian and was born and raised on the east coast in the province of New Brunswick and later on lived in Nova Scotia. Currently I live in Ontario close to Toronto with my husband, daughter and best friend of about 19 years. I married and started my family when I was pretty young. My husband and I have been together for over 11 years now and our daughter is already 9 years old!

I enjoy doing many things like: photography, reading, art, playing violin, sightseeing, learning languages and experiencing different cultures. I would love to be able to travel more and see new things.

My interest in Japan started when I was a pretty young kid. I remember sitting and watching a show about Japan and thinking it was the most beautiful looking place I had ever seen (well on T.V. anyway). I wanted to learn more but that would come later on when I was probably close to being a preteen. When I met my best friend she introduced me to anime and manga and we discovered that we both had this fondness for Japan. I was always a cartoon and comic lover so I took to anime and manga right away. At this age I wanted to travel the world and would still love to but Japan was always at the top of my list.

After growing up, getting married, having a baby and making the leap to live in Ontario I finally had the chance to start taking Japanese lessons in Toronto since it was only a short train ride away. I loved my language classes and my teachers are amazing. I was doing really well and my friend and I even did an impulse two week trip to Japan. Everything was pretty great. However tragedy hit my family pretty hard not once but twice. Shortly before my trip to Japan I lost one of my younger brothers and five years later I lost another. Their deaths hit me pretty hard and I slowly just fell into a deep depression and later on anxiety started affecting me badly too. So during this crappy time in my life I just stopped everything. No more art, no more learning Japanese.

However…

That has all changed now. While I still suffer from depression and anxiety they no longer rule my life. I decided to get back into my hobbies and interests. It can be hard at times and a little frustrating that I forgot so much of the Japanese I had learned but I’m determined to work towards my goals. I’m even considering university in the near future. My little girl is now learning Japanese so it makes it even more fun to share that with her.

So that’s pretty much it for me. ^_^ My goal is to keep this blog and write about my experiences with learning and possibly any advice I can offer to other learners. I’m even considering writing about the odd festival in the Greater Toronto Area I could end up attending as well!

Thanks for reading!

Cheryl

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