Announcing ArmadilloAmore.Blog

Dear Reader Friends,

I am expanding this blog, which used to be, to now become ArmadilloAmore.Blog.

It will be the blog for all ventures related to my sticker shop, Armadillo Amore. I am planning to have six categories of blog posts including:

  • Tarot & Oracle Cards
  • Astrology
  • Eastern Religions
  • Japanese
  • Creativity (Writing and Art)
  • Entrepreneurship
This blog is expanding!

Each of these topics, except the last, can already be found in Armadillo Amore stickers. (I am planning to add entrepreneurial stickers and resources as I blog about the topic.)

I have wanted to write about so many topics related to our stickers, but things have held me back.

A simple word for what has prevented me from blogging is fear.

Luckily, I went to art therapy this year, which helped me to face my fears. Mainly, my art therapist helped me to see:

  1. It is ok to make mistakes.
  2. It is possible to change and make new choices.
  3. I am only one human being.
  4. I have limited time and energy.
  5. Repeat.

While I have wanted Armadillo Amore to be a professional and robust company, since completing art therapy, I realize that I have been unrealistic in my vision.

β€œAnd now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.”

John Steinbeck, East of Eden

Armadillo Amore is my creation, and inevitably, it is part of me. I am not perfect, nor will I ever be. All I can be is me.

As I have “worked on myself” through therapy and begun to accept myself more, so too has my vision for Armadillo Amore begun to change.

In one of my favorite movies of all time, You’ve Got Mail, there is a great contrast between Meg Ryan’s “Shop Around the Corner” and Tom Hanks’s “Fox Books.”

Specifically, Tom Hanks’s character loves to quote The Godfather, saying, “It’s not personal. It’s business.” On the opposite end of the spectrum, the philosophy of Meg Ryan’s character is, “Whatever else anything is, it ought to begin by being personal.”

I have often struggled with how personal I should make Armadillo Amore.

I enjoy creating personalized packaging, including free stickers, and making every effort to make our customers feel appreciated.

But how much do I really want to share of myself and my ideas?

In a recent post on my personal blog,, I discussed how being neurodivergent has prevented me from sharing my thoughts with others out of fear of being classified as “weird”.

A part of me is still very scared to share things that are so personal and precious to me.

However, it also reminds me of a story.

In my economics class, our professor taught us that the only way an economy can flourish is if cash is flowing through the system. According to him, the “Great Recession” in 2008 was primarily due to large corporations sitting on their cash.

The interconnected nature of economics

The economy is a sort of financial ecosystem. We are all dependent upon each other. There is a broader web of connections, just like a food chain in the natural world.

Perhaps Pocahontas says it better in Colors of the Wind – “We are all connected to each other in a circle, in a hoop that never ends.”

Being part of the web of connections means both giving and taking. Sharing and receiving.

The things that are precious to me that I am going to share on this blog, they were all given to me in the form of reading and learning from other people.

So in a way, it is selfish for me to hoard these things to myself, when others have been so generous in their sharing their knowledge in the form of books, lectures, articles, etc.

I know from my experience as a student over the years that the best teachers are the ones who are the most passionate and enthusiastic about the subject that they teach.

Their enthusiasm makes you feel enthusiastic, even if you did not particularly find the subject interesting before.

My intention for this blog is to share some of my enthusiasm about these six topics with you. My hope is that you gain something useful and ideally, inspirational from reading these posts.

Thank you for taking the time to read this!

All my best,


New Resource – Uchisen

My dad has also been learning Japanese and he found this awesome website that I want to share with you called Uchisen.

If you are just a beginner like me, you will probably want to start with Uchisen Preschool.

They have an excellent explanation of the three Japanese language writing systems!

There are also drills for Hiragana and Katakana where you type in the romanji (English) letters that represent the kana syllable. See image below.

To see my full video showing how I used the Uchisen Preschool Hiragana and Katakana Drills, see my instagram reel here.

Once you feel comfortable with Hiragana and Katakana, Uchisen also provides excellent lessons on Kanji as well. Below is an example.

The visual design of each page is so approachable and friendly! It even includes a GIF with the stroke order!

I have had a book called Japanese Kanji Power for about 10 years and it has just been sitting on the shelf because I was so intimidated and overwhelmed by it. Below is the explanation for the kanji for tree.

There is no doubt that Japanese Kanji Power is a fantastic and useful resource – but I think combined with the approachability and user-friendliness of a website like Uchisen, a student of Japanese language would be best served by using both!

New Hiragana Stickers!

Getting started with Japanese pretty much always begins with learning hiragana, one of two syllabic alphabets.

This is because all words in Japanese can be written using hiragana. Even if you don’t know any kanji (Japanese writing based on Chinese characters), theoretically you can communicate exclusively using hiragana.

After practicing Japanese for 6 months with Duolingo, I can recognize almost all hiragana characters with relative ease. I am still a beginner at Japanese, but putting in even 2 minutes a day definitely makes a difference!

Our original Hiragana Stickers are a bit cost-prohibitive / expensive.

Our NEW Hiragana stickers are much more economically priced with two sets of the alphabet per sticker sheet and an increasing discount as you purchase more sheets. πŸ™‚

These stickers can be used with flashcards, in your notebook, or anywhere that might assist your Japanese studies.

I have included “desu” ですand “desuka” ですか in the last column as these are common phrases in hiragana used by beginners to express simple concepts.

“Desu” です is the present tense of the verb “to be” and “ka” か is used at the end of the sentence if it is a question. There are no question marks used in Japanese. How about that か

Konnichiwa! こんにけは

Welcome to Learn Japanese with Armadillo Amore!

In this blog, I want to share my Japanese learning experience. Along the way, I would also like to share resources to help anyone else who is also learning Japanese.

The main resource I am currently utilizing is Duolingo. Currently I am on a 158 day streak. My username is Armadillo Amore, and my profile can be accessed at the following link if you would like to be friends on Duolingo:

Japanese Language Stickers

I run a sticker shop called Armadillo Amore. Currently, we have Hiragana and Katakana stickers available for purchase. I plan on increasing the variety of our Japanese language stickers as I learn.

You can view our Hiragana Stickers here:

You can view our Katakana Stickers here:

Japanese Art Stickers

We also have two Japanese Art sticker sets available for purchase.

You can view our Hokusai Mini Painting Stickers here:

You can view our Hiroshige Mini Painting Stickers here: