№ 8: Some Talk of Numbers

Some things help keep me focused and happy: tea and film cameras are major players
Tea and film: regular parts of my day as I  construct a better life for myself. 

Let’s talk about some numbers. Specifically, the income numbers and other related numbers that are critical to my getting out of teaching at Company X. The fact is, getting out of my currents company, making more money, and keeping my visa status is all a numbers game. Embedded in these numbers is the code to unlock the door to better work and a better life in Japan. These numbers have become even more important since my last post, too, as I have informed my manager that I will be quitting no later than December 31. Why then? Because I’m beyond sick of this situation and need a hard deadline for getting out.

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№ 7: Back in the Bog, With Protest

A short-ish post, written mostly on the train on my phone. Clearly this blog has not thus far been what I originally intended it to be, and so far I have not made the progress I wanted in changing my situation overall. That’s not being pessimistic, that’s just the truth so far. So far. Pressing on with all of the above, however, because like hell I’m giving up. So for today, an update. Continue reading

№ 3: Challenge Set for January Transition

Daruma
A Japanese Daruma doll. When you set a goal, you color in the left eye. When the goal has been achieved, you color in the right eye. I bought this and colored in that left eye on 2017-12-12. I will color in the left eye when I have officially resigned from my day job at Company X.

Post № 3 was originally going to be something about the specific challenges I face in trying to get out of full-time EFL and into deriving the bulk of my income in Japan from creative work. That will probably become № 4, as more pressing matters are at hand. Facing going into another year of this insane work schedule and having the life drained from me daily has been stressing me out as the end of 2017 approaches. A full year of the EFL grind is not something I’m going to do again. As such, I have decided to switch to part time at my day job starting January 18 (that’s just when I have the option to officially change my contract, no other reason for that date). This means that I will be required to work at Company X just two days a week. I may work more for extra cash if I desire, but my contractual obligations will be confined to two days per week. Continue reading

№ 1: Something of a Manifesto

My aim is to get to the place in my life where two critical things begin to overlap: living where I want to live and doing the work I want to do. I have accomplished the first, in that I am finally settled in the Tokyo area after many years of detours. I am now working to bring the other element in line. The Convergence Factor is a first-person blog documenting the process of clarifying my aim and working my ass off to reach my target. Continue reading