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The World of Tokyo Day 3

Now, the reason I say the “World” of Tokyo. Is because Tokyo shouldn’t even be classified as its own city. It should be its own country, because it is its own world. I can’t say enough good things about how much I love Tokyo. It didn’t matter where we ate or where we went, the food was always amazing and there were endless possibilities of things to do. Remind me, why do I live in the United States?!

There were so many times on the trip where I would stop notice something that was just absolutely BRILLIANT and then it would really resonate with me. Often times I’d shake my head in amazement and say to myself “no wonder why I do that.”

Back story for those of you that don’t know me. I’m Japanese American. Half Japanese. I’m fourth generation so I’m very Americanized. Not only do I not speak the language fluently but the majority of my family doesn’t either. (Think World War II internment camps and how the Japanese American’s loyalties were tested. This means forcefully Americanized and encouraged to “wash away” their culture and language. Which in turn means very few of us, if any, by fourth generation actually know fluent Japanese through our parents or grandparents. The way we learn is just like everyone else…through classes.)

Now jumping back to what I was saying originally, I learned so much about myself from visiting Tokyo. There were inventions for things that I would LOVE to have here in America. Little nuances that just clicked with me and I realized “no wonder why I am the way I am.” Do you ever grow up thinking, “why the hell do I do this? None of my friends do it, I must be weird.” Yup, thank you Tokyo. You just answered so many of my questions or concerns about myself.

On day three we visited The Japanese Sword Museum. It was very difficult to find. We got off the train station and wandered to a residential neighborhood. In that neighborhood was the museum.

Mini garbage truck. Everything in Tokyo is small and cute!

Mini garbage truck. Everything in Tokyo is small, cute and efficient!

Hung's favorite. The sword museum

Hung’s favorite. The sword museum

Pictures weren't allowed in the museum, so this is the best I could get from an outside lobby display before entering the museum.

Pictures weren’t allowed in the museum, so this is the best I could get from an outside lobby display before entering the museum.

As we were leaving the sword museum, a lot of commotion started going on. Not sure what it was, but a celebration of some sort!

As we were leaving the sword museum, a lot of commotion started going on. Not sure what it was, but a celebration of some sort!

For our next stop we decided we would go to the Tokyo Sky Tree. This place is so amazing! There’s a six story mall/market. Think mall meets tourist shops, meets farmers market, meets restaurants, meets tourist tower destination. That would be this place.  We easily spent a half day here.

Hung was excited for the takoyaki!

Hung was excited for the takoyaki!

All the food around Tokyo is amazing

All the food around Tokyo is amazing

Tokyo Sky Tree, easily one of my favorite places!

Tokyo Sky Tree, easily one of my favorite places!

They had a Totoro shop!

They had a Totoro shop!

Again, more displays of food

Again, more displays of food

Hung LOVED this green tea place. I had a red bean drink, it was pretty good, very sweet though!

Hung LOVED this green tea place. I had a red bean drink, it was pretty good, very sweet though!

For all of you HK lovers out there, this is for you!

For all of you HK lovers out there, this is for you!

Tokyo Sky Tree

Tokyo Sky Tree

The view from Tokyo Sky Tree

The view from Tokyo Sky Tree

The Curry Lab, this place had amazing curry snacks!

The Curry Lab, this place had amazing curry snacks!

After a long day of walking around and exploring we tried some amazing katsudon

After a long day of walking around and exploring we tried some Katsudon and Katsu Curry

To be continued with day four. I was going to include day four in this post, but we did so much that day that it deserves it’s own. 🙂

Thanks for reading! Have any of you been to Tokyo? What are your favorite places?


The World of Tokyo Days 1 & 2

Well, it looks like I’ve been slacking. Considering after my last post about my quarter life crisis I noticed that my first post was in January. Clearly lots has happened between then and now (about 11 months later). I’m not going to waste your time to “play catch up” on my life (nor would it be that interesting to the average joe). So as to stick to topic on a Wandering Millennial we’ll discuss my travels to Tokyo, Japan! This will be multiple posts. Not because I was in Tokyo for an insane amount of time (although I wish I could move there), in fact it was a short 9 day trip (two of those days dedicated to traveling to and from), but because Tokyo alone is like it’s own country. It’s amazing, immersive, and there’s so much to do and we did so much while we were there.

Upon our arrival in Tokyo, we were quite confused and frustrated. Mostly because it was late at night, we were exhausted from the travels and we were trying to figure out where we were supposed to go without having any know how of how to navigate the train systems. Once we arrived at our hotel in Shinjuku we quickly went to bed so we could wake up early enough the next morning for a full day of adventure.

One our first day we still had no knowledge of how to navigate the train systems so we set a destination. We would head towards the metropolitan government buildings that had a free observation floor. This was on the other side of town and we could explore the city a bit on our way there.

Our first meal in Tokyo was this little ramen shop we stumbled upon. We had no idea how to order or pay for anything. Since they were just opening up a gentleman walked out to assist us. He could only speak Japanese, but he showed us how we could use the kiosks to the left to select and pay for what we wanted. We would then get a ticket and then hand it over to one of the guys in the shop and select our own seat where they would bring the food out to us.

First meal in Tokyo. Ramen.

First meal in Tokyo. Ramen.

This Ramen was the best ramen I’ve ever had. Granted the only place I’ve had ramen is in multiple shops around the Seattle area and possibly Vancouver as well. I miss this ramen. It’s rich thick and flavorful broth is to die for!

Ramen

Ramen

While walking around some more, we ran into this temple. We weren’t sure which temple this is but I was excited since it was my first in Japan that I’d seen. I soon discovered it’s not that difficult to run into them.

Japan Day 1

Stumbled upon a temple on the first day in Tokyo

While exploring further with eyes bright and amazed we couldn’t just look at ground level. Floors extended five, six, seven levels up each with various other non-related shops all just waiting for us to visit.

Tokyo buildings

Tokyo buildings

After an exhausting trek (much further than I believe either my boyfriend or I had anticipated) we made it to the Metropolitan Government Building.

Metro Government Building

Metro Government Building

The views out of the observation floor of the Metropolitan Government Building

The views out of the observation floor of the Metropolitan Government Building

The views out of the observation floor of the Metropolitan Government Building

The views out of the observation floor of the Metropolitan Government Building

Our next adventure would be the Meiji Shrine. After a long walk from the Metropolitan Government Buildings we arrived at Meiji Shrine.

Meiji Shrine

Meiji Shrine

If you gave $5 you could write a prayer, wish, or hope on a board and hang it up.

Prayer Boards

Prayer boards at Meiji Shrine

Before entering the grounds, you’re encouraged to wash your hands and rinse your mouth. We studied up on the correct etiquette before proceeding of course.

Before going near the shrine, it's customary to rinse off your hands and wash your mouth

Before going near the shrine, it’s customary to rinse off your hands and wash your mouth

We then paid to visit another area in the “park” like area of the shrine grounds. We went to go and see Kiyomasa’s Well. My only advice to anyone going into this area is to lather or spray yourself with plenty of bug spray. These areas are generous enough to provide bug spray. Typically mosquitos aren’t obsessed with me like they are my mother, so I lightly sprayed myself and off I went. Boy did I regret that. Apparently I missed the tops of my feet and my ankles. By the end of this exploration, I had about 11 mosquito bites just in these areas.

Kiyomasa's Well

Kiyomasa’s Well

Entry to Meiji Shrine

Entry to Meiji Shrine

Barrels of Sake

Barrels of sake at Meiji Shrine grounds

After leaving Meiji Shrine we had no other plans for the day other than start heading back to the hotel and during that trek we would just come across a place to eat dinner and maybe run into some other unplanned adventures. Sure enough we did. We ran into Takeshita Street. It’s a lively, fun, and young street with music blaring out of stores, bright clothing displayed on the front window mannequins, and young Japanese locals and tourists mingling and shopping.

Takeshita Street

Takeshita Street

The first full day in Tokyo was a success and we were able to cover a lot of ground. We easily walked an exhausting twelve plus miles and my feet (mostly due to my lack of proper travel shoes) were incredibly sore. How would I ever continue on with the remainder of the week.

Stay tuned for the next post on the amazing beauty that is Tokyo (continued)!

Thanks for reading!!

Britt


Just Another Quarter Life Crisis

Paralyzed, I lay there staring up at the ceiling. The nagging feeling of what must be accomplished today pulling for attention at my brain, but I’m busy trying to pay no mind to it. The big twenty-seven. Friday was my birthday and as I’m looking blankly at the corner of the room for some sort of answers to hit me….nothing does. What am I doing with myself? Where am I going? What’s my calling? These questions have been persistent throughout my 20’s and I always tell myself I’m alone in thinking of these questions over and over but then I remind myself there are literally billions of people out there…. tons of millennials. I’m definitely not the only one that goes through a quarter life crisis more than bi-annually over the past 5 years, am I?

I need some deep personal soul searching.  I’m blessed in that I know what I want out of life. I know what my passion is, and that’s the first dilemma I was lucky to figure out in my early twenties by accident. I’m hoping my late twenties blesses me with stumbling upon how to achieve it. I know what I need, but can’t figure out how to do it. I need travel. I need a creative outlet. I need something to push me towards more. This day to day monotonous life is more than enough for some people, but I need something else. I need that ledge, that fear, the uncertainty of the unknown, the challenge.

The thought that the big Three-Oh is inching near makes me fear I’m going nowhere in life. What have I achieved? Where is this going? How do I regain control of my life as it’s slipping through my fingers. Does anyone understand this feeling or is it just me?

My life goal is figuring out the world and where I fit into it. How can I leave a positive impact in this world and also lead a career path that I’m able to come home each night and feel fulfilled. One day, I will be at peace with this…hopefully. On the plus side, I have options. I have a world of possibilities and most of the issues arise from making up my mind as to what I want to pursue.

Until next time, thanks for putting up with one of my quarter life crisis. Be forewarned, these easily happen bi-annually so it won’t be the last 🙂


Welcome Millennials!

Happy New Year! Am I little late on that one? Oops. Well I hope that 2014 is a better year for many. Let me introduce myself. I am Brittany Danyelle. I’m a 26 year old wandering millennial living in the beautiful city of Seattle. I was born and raised in Utah. After discovering a bit more of the world and how much it has to offer I soon decided the little city of Salt Lake wasn’t big enough for me and my dreams. I moved to Los Angeles for school which I graduated in Digital Media and found a job and internship up in Seattle. I love it here. I’ve lived here since 2010, I had a short 6 month spurt when I moved back home to Utah after I was laid off but once again found a way back up to this majestic city.

You could say I haven’t followed the traditional path of most (or many) millennials my age. Many millennials (especially in Utah) graduated high school, graduated from college (and some on a mission), then immediately began their families. I would say I’m a true wanderer. I graduated high school with almost my Associate’s completed but I had no idea what direction I wanted to go into for my major. I took classes at the University of Utah and still didn’t find what I was “passionate” about. Finally after two years I decided to go to attend art school (FIDM) in LA. It was difficult. I had homesickness all the time. I started taking online classes with the University of Utah (the U) again. I then decided to move to Seattle since I wasn’t the biggest fan of Los Angeles. I had a part time job and a part time internship both in digital media. Digital media wasn’t something I was passionate about. I felt I needed more people interaction instead of sitting in front of a computer all day.

I gradually followed more opportunities and “fell” into marketing and event planning for a corporate company producing our company presence at some of the biggest tech trade shows in the nation (CES, E3, MacWorld, PAXWest, GDGT, etc). I finally found myself. THIS was what I wanted to do. THIS was my passion and my love. After a short year and half of employment the company decided to “trim the fat” with the economic down turn of the times. Most all of the marketing & sales department was laid off. This was in 2012. Ever since that time, I have been struggling to find another great opportunity doing what I finally found I was passionate about.

For two years I volunteered as the Marketing/PR Chair for a local professional development non-profit. It’s been the most inspiring time of my life. My term ended in December (2013) and I was elected as the new Event/Program/Gala Chair for the next two years (2014-2015). I’m excited to take this opportunity and really grow and learn from it.

I say I didn’t take the traditional path because well, I’m 26 and I’m still working on my Bachelors (I know, I’m a failure don’t get me started. I’m about 45 credit hours over what’s needed to graduate. I’ve just procrastinated a few necessary classes)  and also because now I’m enrolled in a Marketing Management Certificate Program at the University of Washington. I just love to learn and can’t imagine “just working.” I’ve always done both or overloaded myself with LOTS of work or LOTS of school. I like to keep busy and my mom always tells me to slow down and enjoy the moment.

I’m currently job searching for something stable with good benefits to achieve the American Dream that fewer and fewer millennials believe is achievable. I’ve done the networking conferences, galas, mixers etc. I’ve done the professional development workshops and continue to do so. I volunteer. I do everything all the “gurus” tell you to do to get to that dream job. I’ve spent weeks, applying to multiple jobs every day, in fact, I like to say that it’s my part time no pay job. I’ve received job offers (twice) that somewhere fell through and I never heard from the company ever again. I’ve had positions dissolve after I interview and the company decides to change the role. I’ve dealt with going to interviews weekly, panel interviews, group interviews (with 30 other candidates & 6-8 hiring managers), 6 hour interviews, interviewed for jobs where the job description followed my resume experience perfectly. I’ve flown to another state for an interview, interviewed for almost minimum wage jobs, interviewed for jobs that only require I’m 18+ and have a GED or my diploma. I’ve interviewed for jobs where the HR personnel were trying to talk me out of the job because they told me it would be monotonous and boring and I’ve achieved so much at such a young age am I sure I wanted that job…(sometimes I feel I’ve done it all). In fact, most interviews I leave feeling as though it went over really well and almost as if it wasn’t an interview at all because we were laughing, conversing and “talking shop”. I always send thank you letters and follow up. Dealing with this continual rejection is difficult, depressing and hard to push on sometimes. I’ve cried over jobs I wasn’t even passionate about, but it’s all because I was hurt and wanting to give up.

I just sometimes don’t understand. I don’t feel entitled to a job, I know it takes hard work and I’m willing to put in the hard work. What I don’t understand is that I think I’m a pretty likable character. I have an educational background, I have corporate, retail, managerial, customer service, volunteer, marketing, event, social media experience and yet I get no where. Scratch that. I always make it to the “final round” of the interview process but I never quite get that job.

 You know what response I get from many millennials is? “Hey, at least you’re getting interviews.” WHAT? Is this the norm? Are many well educated professionals (friends I’ve met up here) who have also been laid off not even getting interviews? The solution that many have told me, start my own business doing marketing and planning events. Maybe one day, lets take it a step at a time. Blogging was intimidating to me and now that we’ve got this started…there’s a world of possibilities 😛 

If you’re a millennial, or even if you’re not but you can relate. There’s many of us here in this mess with you. Hang in there, because sometimes I feel I need the support too. Now I didn’t say all of this so that I get the pity. I say all of this so that eyes are opened to the still difficult economic times that our society is in. So that people understand that “just going out and getting a job” isn’t the easiest task and probably one of the most hurtful things people who have never endured this struggle can say to an individual in a situation like mine. Please understand, all millennials are not the self-centered, entitled, spoiled brats that every other generation thinks. We’re trying. We’re trying our best. Because the thing that drives me the most insane and pains me the most is knowing I’m not returning the favor and providing for my grandparents and parents as I wish and thought I could be by now.