Bliss + Resolutions Follow-Up

Just wanted to toot my own horn a bit in this post.

So, I had mentioned before that I’m not really a resolutions kind of girl.  I like to see what opportunities arise and then go after whatever come up.

However, my NY Resolutions for this year have been something that I had been aiming to achieve for awhile now.  I also knew that to make resolutions happen, they’re supposed to be short and very specific.  Not: “lose weight” or “spend less money”, but rather something you can track and actually make progress toward.  Anyway, that’s what I did with mine and so far so good!

Updates: I’m London-bound in March.  It’s a very short trip and one that I knew I really wanted to do before I got back home and essentially got tied down again.  I’ll be staying with friends the whole time so I’ll be saving massively on accommodation and I’ve already done the touristy stuff, so it’ll just be seeing friends mostly.  AND I found a great deal on a flight.  (It helps when you watch flight prices for months…)  SOOOOO yeah, pretty pumped.
Then back to the work life afterward and I’m 100% okay with that.

Also, this really isn’t anything to write home about, I guess, but one of my resolutions was to be able to do a handstand by the end of the year.  I’m not sure how realistic that is, but it seems do-able.  I actually need to edit that and make it “freestanding” handstand–that is, away from the wall. (Eeeee!!)
I tested it out last week at some point and it’s pretty difficult.  I’ve been using the wall for support, and have been practicing both yesterday and today.  So 2 for 2 then.  😀
I’m doing 3 sets of 30 seconds per day.  My hands are…about a foot and a half from the wall, but I’m able to support myself, so that’s pretty exciting.  Just gotta keep at it.

The reading 20 books resolution is…going…but at a turtle pace.  I’ve recently finished A Christmas Carol and have started on Throne of Glass, which is book 1 of a series.  Maybe I can knock out some more books on this book challenge on these international flights.

AND…I’ve registered and began part 1 of 3 of my Pediatric CPR/First-Aid course (the title is longer, but that’s all I can remember off-hand).  It’s a requirement for most pre-school or teaching jobs back home, plus a nifty life skill, so I’m excited to get that finished.
I’m doing part 1 online and then parts 2 and 3 have to be done with an instructor.  Those are the practical/exam portions.

Let’s see…I’ve got my resume updated and ready and have started selling off possessions.  I still have a lot of furniture though, so it hasn’t really hit yet.  It sort of comes in waves that I’m leaving.  It’s very bittersweet though.  I’m sad to leave the people I’ve met and my students (not looking forward to the last day with them…going to be a waterworks…), but I’m feeling very ready (or, as ready as I’ll ever be) and excited for this next chapter in my life to begin.

It also looks like I have an interview with a preschool back home as well.  I’ve been on their website and I’m so in love with what they’re doing at the school.  It looks like such a fun place for the kiddos, and I’m sure the adults too, ha.

Anyway, I’m just trying to take it a day at a time and to keep focused.  I’ve got all my to-do lists going in full-force and I feel like I’m keeping on schedule with everything, so yeah.  *exhale*

I just feel so…happy and content with where my life is going at the moment.  I was so worried for the longest time about adding in that trip to London honestly.  I kept second-guessing myself and wondering if I should be traveling so soon after returning home (two weeks after, actually), but now that it’s done, I wouldn’t have it any other way.  I’m going to be able to see some friends I’ve met while in Korea but during my early years.  So, it’s been about 3 years since I’ve seen some of them, but we’ve kept in contact the whole time.
I was just so nervous that I’d return home, get my car and my job and not be able to save or break out of the routine and make the trip anytime soon.  Now, I just feel relief and excitement.
I’ll be home for Easter and the Fourth of July and just…bliss.

I’ve found peace among the madness that is going on around me.






I’m not really a New Year’s resolutions girl, but I’ve also heard that it helps to visualize where you’d like to be to help you get there.  So, I’m going to put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard and get out some solid goals to help make my 2016 as productive as possible.

1. Do my first pull-up

2. Do a handstand (Bonus: a handstand push-up)

3. Get $15,000 in savings by the year’s end–a lofty goal, but if I keep at this saving thing, it could happen.  Plus, if I want to move abroad again, money in the bank is a requirement.  A bit nervous as buying a car will suck up a lot of my savings, but let’s put those excuses aside and see what kind of magic I can work this year.

4. Get back to England to visit friends before year-end–this works against #3, but it’s important to me, and where there’s a will, there’s a way.

5. Read 20 books. (I have a Kindle!  Send recommendations if you’ve got them!  Ideally a series that I can get into.)

I wanted to have something career-related, but I have a lot of things up in the air, so I’ll work on solidifying that goal after I get back state-side.  Right now, I don’t have something solid in mind that I can make into a resolution.

New Years Thoughts and Resolutions 2014

I know it’s a bit cheesy, but I wanted to make a little to-do list for 2014.  To-do list/resolutions list 🙂

*Get better at cooking and get at least 2 go-to REAL meals.  
Not just parts of meals, but 2 real meals that I feel proud of.

*Buy a better camera. 
I’ve had the same point-and-shoot camera since high-school and I’ve really been wanting a new one.  IDEALLY a DSLR.  *swoons*

*Finish my Korean book  (Korean 1)
I’ve been working on my Korean book pretty steadily, but it’s easy to fall out of habit or to give up.  It has 30 chapters and I’m on Chapter 6.  A bit overwhelming, but…would be AMAZING.

*Pay off credit card
I’ve already decided that this year is going to be my saving year.  (So don’t expect as many travel photos over on the old Facebook).  I saw a lot of amazing places and did a lot of incredible things last year, but this year is my year to really save and get focused.

*Travel to 3 new Korean cities

*Spend less time on my phone and social media 
Korea has been a bad influence on me.  Need to get off the cell phone.
Thinking about picking a week out of the month and not going onto Facebook.  Not like much changes from day-to-day anywa

*Spend more energy on a hobby.  Get back into the gym or sign up for a dance class.  
I’ve been meaning to do this, but finally getting to the point of financial stability again after changing schools and such, and I really want to take better care of myself physically.

*Read 5 new books
I hardly read anymore (largely due to lack of English books where I live…and they’re expensive here), but I have some that I haven’t read that I can definitely dive into. Also largely do to me being lazy.

*Make an effort to stop chasing affection
I think this is because I’m 27 and I have a lot of friends that are starting to get engaged or married now…and here I am, still single.  This might be one of those “the grass is always greener” times as well.
It’s hard because I enjoy my own life but I keep wondering why I’m still single.  I want to make an effort to stop trying so hard…or…willing it to happen, and to just learn to trust in the process.  I enjoy my freedom, but I also want to be able to share my life with someone as well.

*Volunteer more
We have an awesome group here that arranges trips to orphanages and such (especially around Christmas) and I want to make more of an effort to get involved with them.

I have more that I could add, but for a year’s worth, I think this is a pretty good (and do-able) list.  Some are more things to strive for, but I think overall, it looks pretty good.

I made this one for 2012-2013 when I was in my hostel in the Philippines…drinking wine with hostelmates and watching the city light up with fireworks from the rooftop. 🙂
12-13   13-14

Still fun to look back and see what I’ve been up to.  I usually have to scroll back through pictures on Facebook… 😛

I went out with some friends last night for an “End of the Year Celebration” sort of thing.  We wanted to have a nice dinner where we could all get dressed up a bit.  It was really nice and it felt good to get dressed up to go somewhere other than out to a bar.  (Not like I get super dressy going out to a bar anyway, but you get the idea).
Daejeon is also fairly small and doesn’t have the…atmosphere?  environment?  structure?  for the dressy sort of vibe.  There aren’t many high-end restaurants or theaters here…most of that sort of thing is in Seoul because it’s a bigger city.  Our city is known more for its universities and research centers than a booming nightlife sort of thing.
Going to hofs, bars and clubs tend to be more of the social norm here from what I’ve seen.  I’m sure it’s similar in Seoul, because it’s in the culture, but there are other options because it’s bigger.  (A bit too big for me though…I get annoyed too easily if there are people everywhere.)

Anyway, goodnight!
See you in 2014!