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Every year I go back to my roots – my native hometown in southern California to refresh & rewind. It’s always an exciting prospect when I think about visiting my friends and family from back home, and it’s great to be away from Tokyo even if it’s only for two short weeks. A chance to actually breathe in a more open space, a chance to reconnect with people who make me feel comfortable, a chance to access life away from the life I’m continuing to build in Tokyo.

一年に一度は私のルーツである南カリフォルニアに戻っています。今の自分のホームは東京であっても、ルーツに戻ることによって、身も心もリフレッシュ出来る気がします。家族や友人に会ったり、昔よく通っていた場所を訪れたり、まだ行ったことのないところを楽しんだり。もっと広い空間で深呼吸して、馴染みのある顔と再会し、今現在歩もうとしている道を東京から離れている場所で再確認する。2週間という短い時間だけど、毎年自分にとっては必要で大事な時間でもあります。

Accepting the unexpected

Now that it’s been almost 6 years since I removed myself from the comforts of SoCal, I wonder more often these days, especially during my current trip home, if I could ever re-establish myself here in the future. I am asked quite often if I will stay in Japan “forever,” but is there even such a thing as forever? How am I, a tiny speck in the place called Earth, supposed to know what the future will hold? I do have goals I’d like to establish 6 months from now or a year from now, but I also can’t see where I’ll be at a month from now. One of the biggest life lessons I learned in the last couple of years is that anything can happen at any given time. I kid you not. Even the past few weeks have proved to me that the good, fateful winds can suddenly blow gently in my direction in the least expected way. The unexpected has taught me to let go of the stress of trying to plan my life and to accept that it’s okay to go with what is meant to happen in life sometimes. While it can be worrisome to even consider leading a life that way, what is meant to happen will happen whether it be good or bad. And the best lesson of all is what you can take from any experience and apply that precious knowledge to make better decisions in the future.

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地元のカリフォルニアを離れてからもう既に6年が過ぎようとしています。最近よく思うのが、いつかカリフォルニアに戻るとしたらまた新しい人生を始められるのか?今回も地元の友達に良く聞かれたのが、「ずっと日本にいるの?」という質問なんだけど、「ずっと」や「いつまでも」って本当に存在するの?と私は聞きたい。私だっていつまで日本にいるか、いつまたアメリカに戻るか分かりっこない。例えば、半年後、一年後までにこなしたいことは沢山あるけれど、一ヶ月後私がどこにいるかなんて分からない。日本にきてから学んだ一番大事なレッスンはいつ、どこで、何が起こるか分からないこと。ここ数週間の間、ありがたいことにこれから人生を少しずつ良い方向にプッシュしてくれる新しい風が吹いてきました。いつも思い通りじゃない人生じゃなくても大丈夫なんだと、改めて思いました。いつも計画的に進まない毎日じゃない方が心配かもしれませんが、人生何が起ころうとそれには意味がある。そして、一つひとつの出来事から学んで次に活かすことが一番大事なレッスン。私はそう信じています。

And life goes on.

As I continue my own journey of growth, empowerment and constant self-reflection, I hope I can share with you my experiences and what I’ve learned from each one. Seeing old and new faces during my two weeks in LA & SoCal have been truly refreshing and I’m actually looking forward to my daily grind in Tokyo. I know that new beginnings are coming my way and I am ready for the challenge.

私もまだまだ未熟者だし、これからの経験から学ぶことを沢山シェアしていきたいなと思います。地元で過ごした2週間の間、私にとって大切な人たちに会えてとてもリフレッシュ出来ました。また東京での生活、新しいチャレンジに向き合いたいです。

 

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Wearing Yent Tokyomade top, Levi’s jeans, Vans sneakers, zeroUV sunglasses, Bershka fanny pack (novelty), RKT necklace.

Photos by xjenn3.

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It’s so amazing to hear that you were able to take a risk and make a move to Japan! I honestly wish I could do that but I feel very at home in NYC which is why I compensate that by traveling so much. The best part is that we don’t have to be strapped to one location and it’s great to explore. I can’t wait to follow your journey of life and see where you end up and what you end up doing.

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Loving this edgy look darling! Those sunglasses are so unique and look great on you. Frames your face beautifully! Have a great weekend xoxo

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i love this. i’ve been on that life motto recently aswell!

and you look amazing!
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There is nothing like going home to make you think about moving back but also realising why you left, even if it is for a short while. We are so lucky to have the freedom to move and be our own driving forces to create an amazing life and that is what I always think of when I see your posts.
xx Jenelle
http://www.inspiringwit.com

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Words of wisdom, Samantha, words of wisdom xo

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Dope look Samantha! And you’re right, life can change for the good at the blink of an eye. You never know. We just have to keep putting good vibes out there and see what happens. I can see you living in Tokyo for half of the year and Cali for the other half. You seem to free to stay put in one area.

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I really admire any one who moves across the ocean to pursue their goals and dreams or even just go with the flow. It is so scary to leave the comfort of your old home and friends and surroundings. You make new friends and contacts daily and this is the exciting part of being in a new city. Your new shorter do is very edgy and chic and has that old Audrey Hepburn charm as well.

xo Sheree
PoshClassyMom.com

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I always enjoy reading your post and looking at your beautiful images. It is so true that life is constantly changing and challenging in unexpected ways. The best we can do is to accept and go with the flow sometimes. I find it so exciting you move to Japan a created a new entire life! and also it is a great act of bravery. Love your look and style! xx. Gina

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I love that you’re releasing the stress about the need to know what future holds. Nobody knows what will happen. I think as a society we’re “meant” to plan ahead and know who we want to be and where we want to live, but as I grew older the best thing is taking one step at a time. Let it flow 🙂

Tatyana x
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First off, love your short hair and outfit. You are still continuously growing. We never really know where life could take us, but it’s great that you roll with the punches and go with the flow. The best you can do is make an informed decision when major life-changing decision comes. 🙂 Hey, you might end up in a completely different part of the world, too right??
Have a wonderful week!

Xo,
Miki

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I can so relate to this post. I found, in my own life, that it wasn’t until I released all expectations that things started to turn around for me and positive things began to flow my way. It’s a strange thing, isn’t it? I’m happy you enjoyed your time at home, it must be wonderful to return every year and reconnect!

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Very nice to read this post. Love your force to be motivated and going forward with your reflections and plans. Love your haircut and the shades. Nice top darling the color is great on you .xx
Eva
http://www.themermaidfashion.com

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I really loved reading this, and I needed it. I’m at a point in my life where I am unsure about what I want and I’m freaking out because I always have a plan. This is the first time I don’t, and it’s stressing me out. But reading this helped me calm down a bit. I’m bummed I couldn’t see you when you came 🙁 family stuff came up and are still going on. Hopefully next time you come out to California I’ll have more of my stuff together and we can catch up!

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Great post!! That top look nice on you!!
I have struggled because I can’t do all my plan, but I’m relieved after reading your blog!!
Thank you so much, Mariko san <3
akiko

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