For the last two years.

I finished writing my travel log on Aomori trip last week and it made me very impressed. Actually I did the similar thing two years ago too. I wanted to introduce places I visited in Japan. I rented a server, got my own domain and made my website. I started writing blogs. But I couldn't continue to do at that time. Looking back at that time, I just too focused on "writing in English". Gradually I started to feel stress and tired after writing. "I'll have to write in English again" I ended up thinking so. In the end, I quit.

Six month later then, I visited Spain as a homestay for a month in order to spend all my payment holidays. This experience changed my mind for English. I decided to study English from now on. Also I got interested in learning cooking during the homestay. I started to work as a cooking staff in an elementary school. They hire people even with no cooking experience. It was lucky for me.

I worked from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Since the elementary school was close to my house I could be home by 5:30 p.m. I got more time than before. I started studying English. Sometimes I would take a nap instead of it as I had to go to work earlier in the morning!

Luckily, the English program I chose was good for me. I suppose it's one of the reasons why I've been able to keep on.

At the same time I often watched YouTube videos of Mentalist DaiGo who is good at psychology. What impressed me most was the saying "Habits make you". I couldn't agree more. I thought I should put studying English on my routine. I set a ground rule "Do study English at least 30 minutes everyday".

After a year and half, it's now, I started doing some writings again as you know. In comparison with before I can write faster and with no unpleasant. (Once a blog disappeared due to an Internet error, I got mad at it. haha) My mind for doing this has changed that here is a place I use my English I learnt. It's probably a big matter I got rid of my thinking "I've got to study English". Now whenever I think what I'm going to right now then doing something English comes to mind. That's good for me.

That's why I strongly think to make things your habit is really important. Now I still have a ways to go. Three steps forward and two or more steps back. I've been keeping on it. But I'll never give up.

 

Bye!

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先日、青森県の旅行記を書き終えた後とっても感慨深くなった。実は2年前にも、「自分が旅した場所を英語で紹介したい」と思って、サーバレンタルして、ドメインも作って、ホームページを作って書き始めたんだけど、その時は続かなかった。「英語で書く」ということに意識が行き過ぎて、強制的にやっている感覚になり、書いたあとは疲れちゃって、「また英語で書かなきゃ…」という考えになってしまい、段々書かなくなっていって。

しばらく更新していないまま時が過ぎて、去年の1月に有給消化で1か月、スペインにホームステイした。その時に改めて英語への意識が変わって、もっと英語勉強しなきゃと思って。スペインでのホームステイを通して「料理を勉強したいな」と思って転職先は給食調理員を選んだ。未経験でも雇ってもらえるから。

給食調理員の朝は早くて7時に出勤、でも16:30には上がれた。勤務先の学校が家から近かったから17:30には帰宅出来た。前よりも時間が増えたから、英語の勉強を始めるようになった。朝早い分、寝てしまうこともあるんだけど^^;

でも、英語を始めたときに選んだ教材の、カリキュラムも運よく私に合っていた。だから続けられたのかも。

同じ時期に、メンタリストDaiGoさんの動画もよく見ていて、一番心に響いたのが「習慣が毎日を作る」と言う言葉。本当にその通りだなと思って。英語勉強も習慣に入れてしまえば勝ちだなと思って、「毎日英語に30分は触れる」という目標を立てた。

それから1年半。また、旅行記を書き始めたんだけど今回は全然違う。前と比べてすらすら書けるようになった。苦も無く書けるようになった。(上手く保存出来ずに書いた文章消えた時はファッxxとなったけど。)新しく覚えた表現をアウトプットする場所、みたいな捉え方になった。「英語を勉強している」という感覚をなくしたのが大きいかもしれない。「勉強しなきゃ」と思わなくなったし、今日はなにしよう→自然と英語のコンテンツを選ぶみたいな流れになってる。私にとっては良いことだ!

だから、やっぱり習慣化は大事だと思う。今はまだ、3歩進んで2歩下がる、時には2.5歩下がるときもあるけれど、一歩ずつ、一歩ずつ、頑張ろうと思う。

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