Hey, everyone! It has been far too long since I have updated this blog, but now that things have finally settled down, I can start again! Since it’s been such a long time, let me share a few updates!
My birthday was in November and I had an amazing dinner with my boyfriend at a nice restaurant near the Lotte World amusement park. We shared a steak and some spaghetti with red wine, and later he gave me a beautiful strawberry cake with cream cheese frosting and a lovely burgundy handbag. He said it matched my hair perfectly.
We did our best to spend time together and enjoy each other’s company, but it was a bit difficult as he was applying for schools and doing exams and interviews while I was working on my online publishing course. It was very challenging at times and I was trying things I had never done before, like marketing presentations and coming up with research topics without any specific direction. I intended the course to be a Capstone for my Professional Writing Certificate, which required me to write another research paper in addition to the final paper, but I found myself far too busy with other things to write the second paper. Fortunately, there will be other opportunities to finish my writing certificates, and I am quite proud of the work I did with that course. I kept up with every assignment and finished with excellent scores. 93.14% for the whole course!
At the end of December, my winter vacation from school started and Johan and I flew together to visit my friends and family back home. We were there about a week and we saw as many people as we could, even taking a quick drive west to visit my dad and grandparents who were not well enough to travel. I missed seeing my grandparents the year before since my grandfather was recovering from surgery, so it was really great seeing them this time. Everyone loved meeting Johan and getting to know him, and Johan had a lot of fun as well, even though he was jet-lagged the entire time. He was always passed out on the couch by 9 o’clock and I felt so bad, but he told me he had a really nice time.
We came back to Korea for New Year’s and then I was back to work. Work was busy as we prepared for the end of the year: finishing books, writing reports, getting last-minute worksheets done for the binders we give to parents at the meeting, etc. I was also looking for a new job, which meant a lot of emails and video interviews with different recruiters and schools. My plan was to stay in Korea at least one more year, but I didn’t want to stay in Seoul anymore. It was beginning to feel so crowded and my neighborhood at the time wasn’t that nice. I searched for schools outside of Seoul in an area called Bundang, which is in the southern region of the Gyeonggi province. My preference was Jeongja, which is where my boyfriend lives and it’s a very nice area.
Eventually I found a school and at the end of February, we packed up my things and moved into the new apartment. Most schools provide housing, which I take because it’s easier than finding a place myself, but that means I have to move every time I sign a contract with a new school. I didn’t mind though because the place I have now is super nice. It’s honestly the nicest place I’ve lived in so far, and I will be posting pictures just as soon as I am completely settled. My bed frame broke in the process of moving, so I’ve had to order a new one. (It’s a loft bed frame!)
Anyway, that brings us to now and after the move, things have finally calmed down for both of us. I’ve started at this new school and it’s taking some adjusting, but it’s alright. Johan got accepted into art school and also started this week. It’s very new to him, so he is also trying to adjust to his new schedule. Even though we’re both busy, we live close enough now that it’s easier to see each other, if only for a couple of hours.
I really hope to keep this updated, whether or not I’m able to update it on a weekly basis. I have many ideas still and two drafts actually in the works at the moment, so I will get those done as well so I can share them with you. If you’re still reading after all this time, thank you so much. I appreciate you lots and I will do everything I can to keep myself motivated and inspired. I have a quite a few small goals to achieve this year, which I might share with you in another post just to make them more concrete.
I love you and thank you again! ♥