Two days ago, I have registered as a freelancer at a local tax office.
There, having expected to see many documents and countless blanks to fill in, I was intimidated.
In the end, it was so smooth. The whole process took only 10 minutes or so.
I have never imagined myself being a registered freelancer.
Next, I bought some insurance policies which was requirement before signing the contract of a European company.
Anything could happen.
Through this process, I owe a lot to one of my friends in Europe. To show my appreciation and friendship, I decided to sent some fun present.
Yesterday, I brought this small package filed with Japanese rice crackers, green tea and so on. ” Can I have that “Fragile” sticker?” I asked, Apologetically（I doubt this is the right word..) she said “We do not have that system for international shipping.”
It did exist long ago while I was studying in the U.S.
“O.K.” I answered, imagining all the rice crackers demolished into pieces. No, maybe the hardest ones which could crack your teeth would remain O.K. I hope so.
I wonder if they regard these pieces as my appreciation.
Life is filled with both regrets and new experiences!
Tomorrow, I am going to hold a workshop which is a part of “Get familiar with thinking strategies”. Using VTS(Visual Thinking Strategies) and visualization, the learners enjoy a few types of discussions.
The topic this time is “Mindset”. I chose this because I was stunned when I found I had a fixed mindset. Loving to learn new things, I had never regarded myself as a person with that mindset.
Nevertheless, the more research I did, the more description fits my personality or value system. It took me a while to face the reality before I started to change my habit.
Now, I want people like me to go through what I have without the pain I had experienced. VTS allows us to reflect on our mindset safely, since, seemingly, we are just talking about a work of art at least overtly.
Tomorrow’s workshop is for employers. Last one was for marketing research analysts. Next month, it is for mothers.
I must focus on concrete and handy takeaways for every learner.
One of my favorite TV programs is “Paradise of your life”
It is a documentary of a retired couple, most of the time. They quit their job, do some training and start a new professional life.
Most of them are a couple in their 60s and after 2 years of training, they open an Italian restaurant, Soba (buckwheat noodle) restaurant start farming.
One thing I noticed is the lightness of the way the TV program handle the training period. There is no photos for the understandably harsh period. Instead, the narration goes, “After two years of training at a local Italian restaurant, they opened this nice Italian restaurant in this countryside. Then the drama starts from the appearance of the building. Wow, how fast!
Yes, I must admit that I liked the way they put the dark period for a few seconds in narration. I did not want to know any harsh reality.
Nevertheless, now I feel totally different. I want to know how many times they cried. ..as I did. I want to know how desperate they were…. as I was. I want to hear them using Subjunctives, especially of past perfect： I should not have started this, as I repeatedly used.
Two days ago I got an offer from a company I love,
Just now, I can feel that my two and a half years was over, finally. I will have never lived the two and a half years by the end of my life.
I have offered workshops for more than 50 times in addition to 30 years of experience as a teacher. I have found they are totally different.
Now, almost all of my workshops include VTS discussions; however none of my workshop is same. I need to design it every time.
At last week’s workshop, the audience was all marketing research analysts. VTS is about learn to see, see to learn. Naturally, they were very good at it, sharing their observation with logical reasoning.
For this weekend, I have been designing one for another client who joined my workshop with their employees two months ago. This time she wants to take it alone, which is my first experience. To design this which is more like graphic interview, I needed to design a whole new workshop.
When taking a new approach, I go back to basics. Namely I look up the word: workshop in my Merriam-Webster then start looking for a few good books to get insights. It is almost like checking the inventory of knowledge in my brain.