Bianca here. Remember how two weeks ago my focus hasn't been top notch? Yeah, it definitely has seemed to be in a standstill.
When I'm watching a show? 10 out of 10, it seems that I've got 20/20 vision with that stuff. My brain is on POINT.
But with regular and important stuff? My brain skipped a heartbeat and a town because it apparently isn't working.
So as I was looking at previous (and unpublished) blog posts that have never seen the light of day, I laughed with tears. I had a Miraculous Ladybug blog post where I was going to scream about Hawk Moth (probably still will). Charisma even did a full-blown post about 90's anime that she hasn't posted (but it's been in the works since 2018 ... I'm going to ask her to publish that one). Another one is about Japanese Sign Language, which I absolutely love and I will definitely talk about that in the future.
But that's been about it. Life has been a roller coaster (of enjoyment, I have been thoroughly enjoying my time) and I have been able to do a lot more than I thought I could (like crochet), so I'm really grateful for that. And that's all about me :)
Anything new happening with you?
Stay Safe, Stay Home and Until Next Time My Friends... Adieu
Hello again, Twisters!
Sorry it's been a bit since we've updated. Though it's nothing new, us disappearing and not updating, it's not something good. We honestly do say, "Oh, you need to update the blog this week...", but it never ends up happening. As bloggers trying to collect an audience, I believe it's important to try and be consistent. Sure, missing a week isn't terrible, but whole months without a word? That's not the best.
But anyways! On to more enjoyable conversations!
With our last post, we were working on the comic. We had plans on getting it out that month, but that never happened. We are still working on it, but we've decided to get a few pages finished before we start publishing it. Hopefully we can get it out before the year is over!
We're using a (lovely) program called Clip Studio Paint. I didn't buy it, but I got a Wacom Intuos and it had the application already attached. (I'm still working it out to see if I have to pay for it in the future, but for right now, it's free.) I've played around with the application to generally understand how the basic functions work. While on the other hand, Bianca does not. She's tasked with doing backgrounds (as I suck at them), but she struggling with how to do them, what's the best way for her, how to use the tablet, etc. It's a slow journey, but we'll get there!
Around the time we were trying to push this out, we weren't working. We had been accepted at our jobs, but they hadn't scheduled us in yet. Now, we're scheduled in, working two part-time jobs, so we have to juggle that and making the comic. It's not the easiest, but it's definitely not the hardest thing to do. We made it so that each job has their own separate times to schedule us, so overlapping jobs isn't a big concern. They schedule us at most four to six hour shifts, which is quite nice and the people we work with our amazing. Every time we work is a fun time!
It's quite nice getting jobs that are fun with nice co-workers! I've heard lots of stories where people say their fist job was terrible, or another job had a terrible boss and co-workers, or another job was amazing and the people were amazing, but this one high up person just made it horrendous for everyone, etc. And sure, there is always going to be that one person who isn't fun to work with, but I haven't had those experiences. My first job at Chick-fil-A was amazing, loved it and would gladly recommend it to anyone. My two current jobs are also amazing! I love my bosses and co-workers, we're all here to do our best and make sure we're all working as a team.
You can't go into a job with the mindset of "I'm here to work, get money, then leave." No. That's not how it works. You can definitely use money as a motivator because we all need money, but you can't put the bear minimum in your work. At all. That's what's going to get you scheduled low hours or get you fired. You have to go in wanting to do your best. Show it off to your co-workers and boss, but not rub it in their faces that your amazing. You want to feel as if you're being rewarded with the money that you're earning. Try to make it as one of the happiest jobs in the world. You are not there just to earn money. You're there to better yourself, grow your capabilities, your understanding, your knowledge. Grow as a team with others also willing to put their best in their work. And, you know, eventually get that well earned money.
Anyways, I have a lot to say on jobs and how you should be working a job that makes you happy. Hopefully that becomes a blog post in and of itself, because this one is getting kind of long.
But last topic!
You all know that Bianca and I are learning Japanese and that we've set our sights on going to Japan. Well, after years and years of wishing and dreaming, it's finally going to become reality! We're super, super pumped to share with you all that we're going to be going to Japan!
I'll probably do a complete blog post dedicated to all the information and planning that's going to be happening. In short, since we haven't finished learning Japanese, we've decided to go study abroad to learn it in Japan for three months. We're using a site (that will be in the dedicated Japan post) that shows a list of Japanese schools. We're going to be applying for one hopefully by Wednesday. That's the plan, at least.
Also, Twisters! Next Monday is going to be a special update, because it'll be our blog's anniversary! We'll have been making blog posts for a total of six years! Which is honestly mind blowing. We were eleven when we started this and now we're seventeen and still rolling. It doesn't feel like it's been that long, but time seems to be flying anyways.
Thanks for sticking with me for this super long post, Twisters! It's actually a really quick life update, but we'll get back into the swing of things.
Catch ya later, Twisters!
No Twisters. We did not get a guest blogger (even though we do need one of those sometime).
I was going through my long, long, LONG list of bookmarks when I stumbled upon Koichi's blog post. (Okay Twisters. We're going to spiral out for a minute. But I don't think you all realize what I mean by "long". I could literally make a YouTube series of me going through my bookmarks and it be more than 5 videos because that's how many bookmarks I have. It would be a good time. Me and Bianca, just chattin' away at how bad I am with bookmarking things... Anyways! Back to the post.) Koichi's post was titled "Why You Didn't Get the Job". I had read this previously, but now that I actually have a job and such, I wanted to see how much it would help me when I change to a different job.
And boy. Is that advice in there valuable.
First, go ahead and take a minute to read it.
Here, I'll give you the link again:
"Why You Didn't Get the Job"
I'll sit here and wait until you've read it.
*Leans back in a rocking chair and opens up a manga*
Take your time, I'll be here. Don't worry.
*Slowly flips the pages*
Doo do do dooo...
Oh! You're finished already? Okay then! We'll start off!
So, if you had read the post, then you know that Koichi was talking specifically about the Tofugu Internships that were going on. But in all honesty, all of what he said applies to any job. ANY of them. There are a few more things that could be added to his list, but what he's covered is pretty spot on. I'm going to touch on a few that I believe are the most important from his list and that need to be reiterated.
Don't Compete. And like what he said, "Stand out and don't do something people have already done. Do something original." Now, if that were me reading it, I would be stumped and confused. How and where was I supposed to go and find something "original" to do? Well, we're going to use the Tofugu Internship as an example. In short, Tofugu specializes in giving accurate/detailed insights on Japan, its culture and its language. So, what's something original that you could do? Well, if you live in America, then you could participate in the National Association of Japan-America Societies where, if you're chosen, you can become an ambassador representing America in Japan. That's a pretty hefty thing to go up against if you had that on your application. Not only would those at Tofugu see that you've been to Japan, but they would see that you went to Japan as an ambassador. Now, if that's too daunting of a task (like it would be for me, haha), then go and do things where you would be exposed to Japanese related things. You could help out at a Japanese-speaking school (they do exist, you just have to look, Bianca and I had a hard time locating them), help a Japanese teacher, be a Japanese tutor, something! But you HAVE TO put yourself out there. You have to leave your comfort zone and try something new. Trust me, it pays out in the long run. It's difficult and hard a lot of the time, but the experience and knowledge that you'll gain is tremendous. So every second is worth it.
You Didn't Know the Company. Okay. If you're applying for a job, the people want to see that you've actually gone out of your way to see what they are all about. And it would greatly benefit you to know what they do, when they started, their views and opinions, etc. Sure the opinions part will change with the people working there, but if you know what the company stands for, then you can back that up.
The last one we're going to touch on is You Didn't Put Effort in the Project. People. We are here to impress. In order to impress, you have to put your complete effort plus another half. If you really want that job, you'll work for it! Especially if it's your dream job. If this is a job that you really, really want, then work your butt off for it! What do you think your going to be doing in your actual job anyways? Just lazing around? No! You're going to be working your butt off, but doing something that you love. Like I said, if you want it, put effort into it. Now, I completely understand if it gets tough.. My mom is in college taking courses to be a doctor! Learning all this science and math is crazy difficult. There are times when she wants to give up. I know this because she's told me. There are also times when she's cried. I also know this because she's told me. But you know what? She hasn't stopped. No, she's kept on going and hustling through because she knows this is what she needs to be doing, no matter what it takes. So she's putting her all. Every. Single. Bit. She's putting that in.
MOST IMPORTANTLY! Even though this wasn't on Koichi's list, it's still important.
Don't take rejection like it's the end of the world.
Sure, you might not have gotten into your dream job. Sure, you might have worked your all for that job. But what's most important is that you got that experience. Oo, that didn't sound as epic as I had wanted it to. Let me rephrase.
When you worked your all, when you went out of your comfort zone and did new things, all that adds up to experience that you can now put on you "Achievements" list. Not only have you gone and developed yourself to be so much more awesome than you already were, but you now have that experience to go and try out for a different, maybe even better job!
Keep going! Paradise is always in reach.
Anyways, that's all I got for you today!
Catch ya later Twisters!
Are you wanting to learn Japanese but don't know where to start? Well, I've got a GREAT resource for you then!
As Bianca and I started learning Japanese, we didn't really have a place to start and didn't know what to be learning first. Somehow, Bianca ended up with Tofugu.
Tofugu is such a perfect place for beginners. We learned ひらがな (hiragana), カタカナ (katakana), and also learned which resources would be the best for learning more Japanese! We've also learned a lot about Japanese culture, lifestyle, etc. from Tofugu. I can't express to you how valuable and amazing Tofugu is.
Here are the pages to Tofugu's useful posts! (They're all useful; these are just the ones that we used...)
Japanese Learning Resources Series
They also have some other great resources like WaniKani, which helps you learn the many Kanji that exists, TextFugu and other places that I don't know their functions to! (Me trying to be helpful, but NOPE // SORRY)
All in all, Tofugu is a wonderful resource for learning Japanese. Bianca and I excelled a lot because we were learning from Tofugu (and other places).
We might open up a Japanese section, but that's only once we get our life schedule figured out, which will take a while.
A long while.
But have you heard about Tofugu? Do you like their content? Have they helped you in any way? Tell us in the comments!
Who We Are
We are twin sisters who like to do almost anything! Inspiring people to get out their creativity is our forte and we strive to travel on magnificent journey through words on a page. Exploration is the doorway to opportunity and the endless possibilities of helping and reaching out to others is something that we endeavor to create. This crazy blog of ours is one of the many ways we hope to achieve that goal.