Tara Kamiya


Yes, today is my birthday.

Pregnant woman
Pregnant on my Birthday!

In Japan I am a day earlier than those of you in the U.S.

I am 36!

Funny, I had no idea that I would be living this life. When I first became a young woman I was grooming myself to be some big shot at a prestigious company with a husband equally successful if not more so. I was thinking that he would be a black man, handsome and cool. I would be living the American Dream in chocolate. I also figured that I would be living in a suburb somewhere shopping my butt off, traveling, and doting on my 2 kids and dog.

My… how far that is from my reality.

As I continued to grow and learn about other cultures and travel I learned that the life I was planning would be boring to me. Not only that, but it was a life that I did not believe in or could even do once I left  my 20s.  I discovered that working is not for me and that I’d better start my own business or become a housewife quick. Luckily for me both happened.

I also learned that a life of excess in the states is great, but that is not the only experience that I want to have. Well, I am getting what I asked for. Winter in Japan kicked my butt!! The good news is that when I become an old woman I have stories to share.

I have no idea what we will do from here. Now that I have a family I usually refer to my life as we. We have been in Japan officially 1 year in April and we are thinking about how long we will stay in my husband’s home town. Perhaps we will leave his town. Perhaps we will come back to America. Who knows.

The great thing is that I am here, and every day I have a chance to decide what I want my life to be. I hope all you guys have a great day. I already am.



6 thoughts on “My Birthday!!!

  1. Happy Birthday! I’ve been following your blog and I really admire how confident you are in what you want in life. I’m in my early twenties, and I feel I’ve learned a lot about life and what’s possible from reading your blog. Thank you, keep writing! 😀

  2. Thanks for reading. I always hope I can inspire someone to live their dreams! Be Well.

  3. OMG! Can’t believe you are 36! You look like a little girl. I love the hair.

  4. Hello again,

    Thanks for the great insight on life in Japan, marriage, motherhood, and even fashion. I agree with the first comment. I learn so much from visiting your blog/youtube page.

    It really hits home what you said. We do carry “picture perfect” perceptions of what we are supposed to be like and how our soul mates are suppose to look like and do. I believe your situation is a result of being open to great possibilities.

    How did you finally realize that corporate America is not for you? I am still struggling with this topic of career/life path.

    And you’re right. You have so many interesting stories to tell since you chose a life that is more interesting then the norm.

    Congratulations for your new baby. You seem like a wonderful mother and person.

    Good luck to you and your family~

  5. I hope that like you I’ll be able to look back at my life and be as fulfilled and happy. Thanks for always sharing.
    your youtube subbie

  6. Thanks so much! I realized that the working thing was not for me after years of fails. I’ve had low paying horrible jobs and it seemed like there was no end. Then when I did have a decent job it was thankless. You will find your way, sometimes the path is presented to you when you least expect it. Thanks for reading! Luck and Love to you!

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