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We were 16 going on 17…

 

Okay so HAPPY NEW YEAR! I haven’t posted much in the last few months but I have many reasons, not all good but reasons none the less. Honestly, I had the full intention to write this post before New Years, but then I got distracted and with what little free time I had (work, friends, family) I was sleeping. The holidays really do take a lot out of you. This post is just going to be a quick catch up, and I’m going to discuss 16 good/not so good things that happened to me in 2016  (that haven’t been discussed on here yet, I don’t think!).20161216_174442.jpg

  1. I got a full-time job in Toronto! I commute every day on the GO train. It’s not easy, I’ve always got something school-related on my mind and some days my kids drive me nuts BUT it’s a full time job in my field and I could not be happier.
  2. I went to New York City! At the beginning of September my boyfriend and our two friends (and I) drove to Morristown, New Jersey. I spent Saturday and Su20160903_133153.jpgnday in NYC and it was wonderful.I also went to Trader Joe’s for the first time: I am forever changed.
  3. In relation to #2, I saw my first show on broadway!! I’ve been to broadway musicals (Evil Dead, Last 5 Years, Book of Mormon, Cinderella) but this was my first actual show on actual broadway. I saw Waitress and I became OBSESSED. If needed I can perform, at mediocre level, the entire show.
  4. In relations to #2,#3 etc… I’ve become obsessed with HAMILTON! Yes. The musical. Yes it’s amazing. No I’ll probably never get tickets to see it on Broadway.
  5. I’m still playing Pokemon go. Every day. (This is me.)
  6. I had to fight the camp I worked at for my last pay check :’) 0/10 do not recommend.
  7. I went back to the store I was working at, over Christmas, just to help them out. It was nice to see everyone again J
  8. I fell down some stairs at the Dundas subway station on a particularly rainy day and bruised my butt.
  9. I went on a shopping adventure in Michigan with some friends and went back to Trader Joes.
  10. I saw Moana (amazing) and La La Land (amazing) – Two of my favourite movies from 2016.
  11. In relation to #1, I’ve created and developed 3 whole curricula in the last two months of 2016. It was challenging and fun but great!
  12. I started Bullet Journaling and using a Happy Planner. I’m hoping to stick with it 🙂
  13. I fell in love with a new part of Ontario and I hope to go back in 2017 (just for me, not for work!)
  14. I’ve successfully cohabited with my boyfriend for an entire year. It’s been amazing.
  15. I have also started a 2nd job in my field, but a different part of my field (standardized testing!) It’s different, but fun! 
  16. 2016 was a shit year for a lot of people. I’m scared and excited for 2017
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2016 went by in a hazy death-filled blur. I can hardly believe I’ve been home from Korea for more than a year (I miss you dakgalbi from Yeonsan and pumpkin pajeon… I might have to come visit Hannah so I can get you…). I haven’t been on an airplane since 2015… It’s crazy to me! I desperately want to travel again, even if it’s not by plane. I loved my little trip to NYC. I want to see more broadway shows, I want to explore more of the earth! I’m excited for 2017 and all the hope a new year brings. I haven’t had a resolution for a long time, but I have yearly goals that I keep to myself. I recently found my 2016 goals and though I did not reach them, they seem more attainable in 2017…

I hope your year was good as it could’ve been, and your 2017 is bright and happy. So many things are in the works for so many people I care about…

I can’t make any promises of when my next post is coming. I have ideas but I’ve been so blocked creatively lately.

I hope I can get back to my old blogging self, some day soon.

My posts will always stay up! And I’ll still respond to emails if you send them!

I hope the best for all of you!

Until next time,
B

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Friday night thoughts…

I’m back everyone! My computer is back home and repaired, and I’m off of work! On day three of my staycation in Busan, and enjoying a day at home. I have felt pretty poorly all day and I just thought I’d take the time to write out some of my thoughts.

I love reading blogs about people’s personal experiences and I did a lot of research before I came over to Korea to teach. I’d like to take the chance now to thank all those blogs I read. I know a lot of people start blogs when they start a new chapter in their lives, and I thank them for giving the world a chance to see their experience. That’s what I’m trying to do here too! I’ve always liked writing, but I knew I was not going to make a career out of it. To be honest I have wanted to teach ESL abroad since I was 12 years old. A lot of things in my life changed but that goal never did. People come to Korea for many reasons, but mine was a lifelong goal and dream and I’m here and it’s a little scary. I often question myself saying “What’s next? You did it. What do you want to do next?”. To be honest, I’m not quite sure. I know I love going to work every day, even Tuesdays when I have 6 straight classes in a row… I just know I like connecting with the students, be it my almost high school boys who like to make up English nicknames for each other, or the lone student in my class of 8 boys that actually wants to learn… It’s something I’m extremely passionate about. I put my whole self into my lessons, and I try to make connections with my kids that will make them want to learn English. A lot of my students are there simply because their parents force them to be there, I want them to enjoy the time we have together. Learning a language can be stressful, but it can also be really fun. I love being able to have full-out conversations with my kids, and teaching them new things… I really, really, like teaching. And I hope to do it for a long time. I don’t know where I’ll be, but I hope wherever I end up, I’m teaching.

I know this post was a little different from the usual, and I do have some more “regular” posts coming up, but I just wanted to share my thoughts with you guys. And as always, I’m thankful for each and every one of you. Thanks for your time, even if it’s just a simple click because of a Google search.

Any way, I’ll be posting about my Seoul trip and something else exciting! I hope all is well with you wherever you may be, and that you have a Happy Lunar New year!

Woo, year of the ram right now! My calendar year! 😀 (Also my last year in my early twenties, isn’t that scary? D:)

Until next time!
-B