As any regular LiP readers know, I have been taking Cebuano language classes for more than 2 years now. Recently, I decided to take a little break.
It’s actually been about 4 weeks already since I stopped taking classes! At first, having some time away from my studies was a bit of a relief. It sort of felt like the pressure was off a bit. I had been experiencing a problem, because I didn’t have enough time to properly study. Every week, as each day passed, I felt guilty because I knew that I had not taken care of my homework, and had not practiced learning my new vocabulary words as I should. As each day passed, I felt worse about it. Then, on Wednesday, which was my regular class day, I always felt badly because I knew I had not been living up to what I should do.
The reason that I had not been able to study was because I was very busy with some business things. Over the years that I have lived in the Philippines, I have been blessed that business has been good, and I never really had to work too many hours on any given day. Just 2 or 3 hours per day, and it was all I needed to do to keep business moving good, and earning good money. However, in the current economic climate, I have found that I needed to work a lot harder and a lot more hours in order to earn a decent amount of money. So, when it came down to a choice between studying language or keeping my businesses going, the choice was a simple one.
So, about the first week or November, maybe the last week of October, I talked to Bebe and told her that I was going to take a break from my lessons. Bebe was very nice about it, and I was happy about that. I told Bebe that I was planning to get back to my language studies just after the first of the year.
This part of the year is by far my busiest time, business wise. Most of my businesses do most of their sales during Christmas season, so right now I am really concentrating on business, and hoping to have a successful Christmas season!
Over the past few months, I have seen ups and downs in business. Sometimes I see spikes in business, and I feel that the recession is finally coming to an end, and people are getting back to their normal buying habits. Then, after a week or so, things slip back to where they have been. I still feel that the trend is slightly up, though, and I hope that as the holiday season comes, things will continue on the upward trend.
One thing that is kind of funny about this whole story is that lately, I find that I am missing my Cebuano classes! I find that I am wanting to study more, wanting to practice and such. I miss it! I think that taking a little break was a good move, and it helped me get my focus back! Now I am really looking forward to getting back to the classes right after the New Year.
By the way, speaking of holidays… Happy Thanksgiving to all Americans who are reading this. I hope you had a great Turkey dinner. Feyma and I, since moving to the Philippines, have always celebrated our Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday. The reason is because Thanksgiving is not a holiday here, and the kids are in school. By shifting the holiday to Saturday, we are able to include the kids in the celebration!