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Every year I go back to my roots – my native hometown in southern California to refresh & unwind. 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.


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.

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. Click To Tweet


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.



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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.


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


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

and you look amazing!


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


Words of wisdom, Samantha, words of wisdom xo


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.


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


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


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


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!



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!


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


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!


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

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