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Formerly generalwhitey

PLEASE NOTE. This journal is now friends-only for many reasons. Please comment to be considered. If you think we'd make good LJ friends, let me know why.

I'm Lauren. Recently, I became an adult. You can take that to mean what you like, but I think it's about the most accurate thing I can tell you about myself right now. In 2010, I left the US to move to a small city in southern Japan with my husband, who is a native. I am teaching English at an English immersion school and I'm building a life here. Sometimes it's stressful, sometimes it's hard, but I'm happy to finally be at this stage of my life. The last three years were filled with a lot of things that really changed my perspective about this world, but I am learning to put the past where it belongs and I'm optimistic for whatever comes next.

A decade of my life in recorded here, and I still update regularly.

I keep a public journal at morethansushi about my life overseas and the culture shock I am experiencing . My related tumblr account is here, and my related youtube account is here.

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