Tuesday, December 27, 2016
One year ago today I landed in South Korea, beginning one of the most amazing and yet trying years of my life. In February, our monthly Band of Bloggers post asked us about our goals for the year. I said I wanted to move forward. In short, I think I'm succeeding splendidly. I've done so much this year - things I would have never dreamed of doing before coming here and using this place as a stepping stone to work on life!
I went to weekly (at times daily!) Hanji papercraft lessons.
I hiked Namhansanseong Fortress.
I attended a Lotte World night parade.
I shopped at the Dongdaemun night market.
I accompanied Michael on a fantastic weekend adventure to Daegu.
I ate delicious bingsu.
I shopped in Myeongdong.
I ate tons of delicious food.
I participated in a Pathfinder campaign.
I've soloed Korea's public transportation system.
I adopted two sleepy, adorable little hamsters.
I celebrated nine wonderful years with Michael.
I'm learning a new language, and frequently use those new skills to help us navigate the city and communicate with other people.
I'm taking time to work on myself and that has in turn changed the way I perceive the world around me - for the better. It's not as hard to reach out to others and reciprocate this funny thing called friendship. :) I'm willing to accept my shortcomings while still working on them. I'm learning that it's okay to put me first, and a little pat on the back every now and then isn't all that bad.
This year has done so much for me. I can never fully explain it. I hope sharing a few of my favorite moments helped, though. Thank you for following me on this journey and letting my horribly inappropriate sense of humor keep you company.
Stay tuned for a special (and first time) giveaway on January 1st!