Blogging 101: Who I am and why I’m here

So in my first post I covered a bit about who I am, but not much about why I am here. I’m new to the blogging platform, so I’m going to have a go at answering the questions posed in Blogging 101, Day One: Introduce Yourself.

1. Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?

I have been drifting for a while now, and I have no idea how so much time has passed since I graduated university and stepped into the “real world”. I feel like by making this blog public, I will have to hold myself accountable for my time and how I spend it – otherwise I think I will continue to drift and do nothing of value. This blog will give me a real sense of what I am doing with my time and energy, by allowing me to look back and assess what I have achieved. I hope that if even one person is following this blog, it will encourage me to get out there and do interesting things so I can blog about them! I don’t know where the last six months have gone, but I want to make the next six, and the six after that, really count for something.

Also I want to share the experiences I have, and to find others who are experiencing or have experienced the same things as me. I love reading other people’s blogs about their lives in different countries, and I want to add my voice into the mix.

2. What topics do you think you’ll write about?

Initially this blog is going to focus on my life in Korea – the trials and excitements of living in a foreign country. These will include things about:

  • The everyday: convenience stores, shopping, culture, eating out etc.
  • My job: the good and the bad.
  • My relationship with my Korean boyfriend and his family.
  • My quest to properly study Korean.
  • Travels around Korea and Asia.
  • Anything else of interest that happens here!

Of course I won’t be in Korea forever, but I will always be travelling and learning new things (and likely coming back here too). This blog will change with me, and represents my search for what my life is really all about.

3. Who would you love to connect with via your blog?

I think it would be amazing to connect with other bloggers in Korea, or those in similar overseas situations to mine! I hope that my blog can help those considering coming to Korea to teach, or give ideas to those who like me, have no idea what they are doing with their lives. Maybe my struggle can inspire others to continue their struggle, and together we can work out what we are meant to be doing and find happiness along the way. I don’t have a great support network right now, so I am hopeful that I can build one with other like-minded people.

4. If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

By this time next year I hope to have accomplished a lot. I want to be able to look back on a blog filled with excitement and fun, visits to interesting and amazing places and with many things about myself discovered along the way.

More specifically however, I have some definite goals:

  • Find a job in South Korea that I can live with. Ideally this will be either part-time teaching supplemented by tutoring, or an editing/proofreading job.
  • Get fit. This needs to be further defined to be a tangible goal, and I plan to do so within the next month. It’s definitely going to involve yoga!
  • Get healthy. Along with exercising and getting fit, my boyfriend and I have decided to embark on a healthy eating plan.
  • Visit Japan (again), China, Thailand, Hong Kong, Vietnam, The Philippines and possibly Russia…
  • Attain Level 3 on the TOPIK (Test of Proficiency in Korean) examination.
  • Make some friends here in Korea. I am sadly lacking in friends over here, and I intend to get out there and change that.

Also, this time a year from now I should be about to start university for the second time back in Auckland! At the moment that’s the plan, but really who knows what I’ll be feeling by the end of this year. So there’s probably more, but I think these are the key ones to enjoying my time in Korea and improving my life in general. And anyway, goals can always be updated! So once I have a better defined list, I can regularly update on how achieving them is going.

Personal goals aside, I hope that this blog will have accomplished what I set out to do, which is to better experience my life here in Korea and in general. I hope it will have brought me closer to discovering what it is I truly want from life, and encouraged me to go out and enjoy what I have now.

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