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Kimchi Pots

Kimchi Pots

The last few years have been incredible. Life-changing. Inspiring. Lots of adjectives.

I’ve opened up myself to new experiences, opportunities, and people. I’ve seen the good and the bad.

And somehow, I’ve managed to survive when I sometimes felt like I wouldn’t be able to anymore.

We all have that, don’t we? That enate ability to survive. That willpower that sees us through even when you reach the darkest depths.

I feel like most people will have their moment… the one where you feel like you’ve got nothing left, you’re surrounded by darkness, loneliness, depression… and then…

You can look around you and see that you’re absolutely surrounded by loving and caring people that would give anything to take the pain away. Even strangers.

What a beautiful world we live in. Continue reading


Thoughts on Middle School (and boys)

Well, I did it! Somehow, in a whirlwind of boxes, train trips, lots of friends, and a lot of lifting later, I am almost completely settled into my new apartment and job in a new city with (mostly) new faces!


Sorry, I had to get that out of my system. It’s been about three weeks since I moved, and after a somewhat rocky start where I needed some time to regain my confidence in teaching (more about that in a moment), I am no longer sleeping on the floor and eating ramen noodles. Thank you, Gam & Gamp, for being such awesome grandparents and helping me out when I really need you! I really couldn’t have done it without your help.

When I first arrived to my new school, I found it intimidating and scary. Teenage boys. Everywhere. And also, teaching by myself for 45 minute classes every day?! I know this is not knew to most people, but holy cow. This is a lot different than the hand-holding, let’s play games all the time, Elementary School way. I loved the system in my last school! I never lost my voice, never knew that feeling of “uhhhhmmm……” during a lapse in a class, never experienced public humiliation in front of nearly 40 boys before… Needless to say, my first few weeks as an All-boys Middle School Teacher were a little rough, not to mention feeling like you’re just a few tip-toe steps from doing or saying the wrong thing to a new co-worker, or stressing about not having business-casual clothes (during the moving transition), or… or… the list goes on.

Now that I’ve gotten the first few periods for each class under my belt, I feel much more comfortable and confident about my situation. I think that might come from drinking a lot of coffee and spending all my free time lesson planning, but it might also come from stress-busting, such as listening to music, getting away from the computer before bed, spending less time on cell phone games, eating healthier, tracking my finances (for the first time ever) and my favorite: the occasional glass of red wine and foot rubs from my better half.

However, going back to work the next day and facing those 13 year old boys is still a challenge!

You can check out my two sister blogs, the first being Miss A’s Middles, which is all about teaching; the second blog is Eat Your Lunch-ee, which is a fun “rating” kind of blog where I take a picture of my lunch every day and give it a rating! Other teachers in Korea are encouraged to send in their pictures and descriptions as well to make it more fun and interesting.

Thanks for reading! Before you go, please tell me, what do you think is the best way to get rid of stress? So many people have great ideas and I’d love to hear yours!

After a long hiatus…!

Hi, everyone! I feel like it’s been ages! I have a HUGE picture post for you! ^^

So we left off the blogging at this point, April 22nd or so, when I tore some ligaments in my ankle after an early morning 노래방 (norebang/karaoke) session. Continue reading