Thursday, June 7, 2018

More of My Japan Travel Journal

Hello there. Hope everyone is well today. This is senior week at school and almost the end of this year school so it's been a little crazy in my world.
I am joining in with Gill's Inspired by Challenge over at Art Journal Journey today. This is a spread from my Japan Travel Journal that I have been working on lately.  I was inspired by some of the sights I saw while traveling and also some  classic Japanese images we are all familiar with.
Here's the side I made with some markers and paint to remember my visit to the bamboo forest. 
And on the other side of the spread I used  the envelope to a hotel room that had my key as well and some classic Japan images.
 For some reason this tag didn't want to photograph with the actual color. 
Red it a tough color to get right.
I stamped this envelope to make it a little more exciting.
I'm on a roll with my Japan Travel Journal and haven't been working on much else. In 2 weeks I will have a lot more time to spread my art wings and I am looking forward to that. :) Tomorrow night is graduation at my school so even though it makes a long day it is nice to see such a happy finish not only to the school year, but to say goodbye  kids I have known for  a few years. I have also decided to put in for retirement in 2 years. I think I will at least-it's such a tough decision-there's so many factors besides the job to take into account. I need to put in so early because I have a lot of accumulated and unpaid sick days which they spread out over 2 years of my salary. I guess there is part of me that is ready to go now and part of me that isn't and it is hard to plan 2 years out because so many things can change.
Any of your retired folks have anything to say about that?
Thanks for visiting. I always appreciate your visits.


Valerie-Jael said...

Love the journal pages, you really have Japan in your blood just now! Enjoy the graduation ceremony. Retirement is never easy, and I wasn't sure I was doing the right thing when I took an early retirement from teaching, but it was the best thing I ever did! Hugs, Valerie

froebelsternchen said...

I love your bamboo forest - so cool and the page with the envelope is lovely as well! You are a pro with journaling and scrapbooking skills my friend!
I just can applause you.
Thanks a lot for another fabulous entry linked to Gill's AJJ theme! You rock again even if you are working hard! I appreciate this very much my friend!
Each day earlier to become retired is a gift least in my eyes!
I stay at home long now meanwhile - but I will get nice money as I have made nice money for over 20 years and just have to wait
2002 days until I get my first retirement money then. And it will be quite a fair sum as they pointed out.
I am just so happy about every single day that is mine - alone mine!!!

So - I just can tell you: A good decision dear Erika!

Hugs, Susi

kathyinozarks said...

Good morning, I am really loving your Japan journal entries! Loved the bamboo forest-this will be a wonderful memory journal of your trip
Hugs Kathy

CJ Kennedy said...

Wonderful spreads. I really like the bamboo forest against the florals and on the opposite page.

Himself just retired. the school/state offered him a package that was too good for him to pass up. They are giving him a lump sum of his unused sick time. He didn't have to put in early for that, but maybe MA and NH have different rules. Even though he has retired, he will still be teaching. He's doing Summer I which will end at the end of June. Then back in Sept. for his full class load. (How is that retiring?!?!) He will lose his full time Prof. status to become an adjunct prof. He's happy as he will no longer have to attend meetings or being on committees. I'm thinking once the Winter semester comes along, he'll skip that so he no longer has the long commute made worse by weather.

So even though you retire from teaching school, you still can work and do other things if you want.

Enjoy graduation and have a great weekend

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Your Japan travel journal is looking really good. I love the Bamboo Forest. Your bamboo looks perfect. I really like that you saved your key card holder from one of the hotels you stayed in. That was something I would do, too. It's a great entry for Art Journal Journey, and I'm so happy you shared it with us today.

My friend Sally is retired and we have had numerous talks/discussions about things like her decision to do so (it's been about 10 years, now), her spending habits, and living on a fixed income. At first, she wanted to get a part time job, but quickly changed her mind. She said a lot depended on her tenure and number of years she put in at all the schools she worked in (she was a school psychologist with a master's degree, and not a teacher).

Divers and Sundry said...

I remember how I felt when I saw your photo of the bamboo forest, and your art beings that feeling back. I can almost feel what it must have been like to be there.

I'm guessing you'll miss your work but that you'll have no trouble finding constructive and creative and relaxing ways to spend your time. It would be hard to make the decision so far out!

Caty said...

This is a fantastic page Erika !! I love the bamboo forest, and the hotel envelope with all the details is just fabulous. Lovely!
Sometimes we have a hard time making some decisions that affect us as deeply as retirement, even if it is anticipated. The good thing is that we have a lot of free time to do many of the things that we have pending, and enjoy a little more of everything. Decide what you decide, all will be well Erika.
I wish you a very nice evening, big hugs, Caty

Lenie said...

Another beautiful page Erika! Your Japan Journal will be wonderful 😀

Meggymay said...

Two fabulous journal spreads Erika, I love the bamboo forest and you used a wonderful stamped image on the envelope.
When I read that you planned to think about retiring in two years time, I felt very happy for you.
Its never an easy decision to make, but I can say not having to go to work is one of the best choices I have ever made. I have been retired for a long while, the days are mine, they are full, I am never bored.
Yes you have to make adjustments to your lifestyle and health is an important factor as we get older.
OH is also retired we are free to go out, travel, stay home. So yes I can recommend retiring. It is the beginning of another adventure in life's journey.
Yvonne xx

Astrid Maclean said...

Your Japan journal is going to be such a fantastic keepsake full of memories, - The bamboo forest really portrays the atmosphere of it (I feel very fortunate having been there too). I adore the other page too, great idea to stamp the envelope and it really balances the page out! You are so clever incorporating all those things. (Many of mine are still sticking in the front pocket I added to my journal as I failed to incorporate them, because I filled it up with too much writing)...

Retirement: I retired almost a full year ago now after over 30 years of teaching. About 10 years ago I went part time, which made it a more gradual transition, no doubt that helped adjusting. Having said that, I have not regretted my decision for a second, and specially at this time of year I often wake up feeling truly blessed that time is all mine to do as I please, and like Yvonne above, I have not been bored for a second, - the journey continues, with art, reading, family, friends and travelling. I had planned to also do some voluntary work, but to my shame I have enjoyed my freedom so much, that I have still not done so....

Gibby Frogett said...

Fabulous spread Erika - a lovely way to remember the bamboo forest and a great way to use the lovely ephemera that you collected on your travels.
Retirement? mine was through redundancy and it was an awful job by then
so I was glad to be away from it - and health is more important than money... but everyone is different, esepcially if its something you love. Of course there's a lot to consider and think about ... decisions decisions... whatever you do - it will be right for you :)
Have a lovely day and evening at the graduation..
Gill xx

Jeanie said...

I love your travel journal to the max. And I can't wait to have more pages and happy you'll have time to work through them.

I love every second of my retirement (oh, you didn't know that, did you!). So, if one can afford it (and that's always a biggie)I say do it sooner rather than later. But if you think you might miss teaching or something concrete, a couple of suggestions -- sign on as a sub; find an organizations you love and become a docent (loads of teaching with that if it's the kind that offers tours and such). There are scores of books to read, art projects to create, recipes to try and experiences to have and we're not getting any younger, (even though I know you are way younger than me!)

sheila 77 said...

Hello Erika, I love your Japanese art, it is something different and interesting to us.
Only you can decide whether you want to retire or not, but I have actually never met anyone who regrets it. I think you have to have something "to do" (as well as a lot of loafing about of course!!!) but from what I read on your blog I don't think you will be struggling on the something to do front.

Let's Art Journal said...

I'm loving your Japanese pages, I guess you may know that already 😉. The bamboo forest is amazing and just as breathtaking as the real thing with all the beautiful colours you added. Isn't the key envelope wonderful, I like the way you embellished it and the tag you added with the washi tape is so pretty too. I hope you had a lovely week and wishing you a Happy Weekend! J 😊 x

Rike said...

I really like your bamboo forest! The whole double page looks very Japanese with all the details!
If you know what to do with your time after being retired then do it!

Dianne said...

I really love that Japanese (Geisha?) stamp that you used on the is really classic! Your travel journal sounds amazing...a wonderful way to remember your trip. Beautiful work!

Cath Wilson said...

Ooh, you got to visit a bamboo forest? Wow! What an experience.

More lovely ephemera and another great memory page in your lovely journal.

Cath x