How's Life?

by Alexis Burkland December. 05, 2018 377 views

My life is normally pretty busy. I'm a teacher and a traveler, trying to see the world and make a difference. Normally I am really good at separating my work and social life.

During the week I focus on preparing lessons for my students, studying for my own Korean lessons, and trying to make it to the gym. Weekends I keep for myself. Those days I like to meet my friends and go explore a new place.

I am so fortunate to be able to live like I do. However it's not always as wonderful as it seems.

This has been my 3rd Thanksgiving away from home. I have never been the type of person to get homesick, but this holiday season is a lot harder on me. I miss all the food and holiday traditions. I have my first trip home in 3 and a half years planned for this summer. I couldn't be more excited!

I have also applied to a grad school program. If accepted I will be able to get my Master's of Education while teaching here in Korea. It's going to make my life more hectic, but I'm ready for the challenge. This degree will help me improve as a teacher. It will also help me when job hunting after Korea (I love Korea, but it's not my forever home).

My school has started another new term. I am teaching a couple new classes that require more planning. It's always a bitter-sweet time. I like starting fresh with new materials and excited students ready to learn, but I hate having to say goodbye to other students.

I blurred their faces for protection purposes....And these girls might kill me if I didn't

I blurred their faces for protection purposes....And these girls might kill me if I didn't

Sometimes it's hard keeping up with the fast pace of Hagwon (Korean private acedemy) life. It all gets pretty demanding. I'm not going to lie, last week I was completely burnt out. It was a week of assemblies, finishing books, snack parties, and planning for the next term. By the end of the week I was so stressed out I wanted to cry.

No, you're not seeing things. It is almost 8pm. Kids here go to school until at least 10pm!

No, you're not seeing things. It is almost 8pm. Kids here go to school until at least 10pm!

After taking the weekend to relax, I feel a lot better. I've cleared my head and reorganized my commitments so I'm less crazy.

I know once I start grad classes I'll be a mad-woman once again. But I like being busy, and as long as I don't lose sight of what's important (me), I'll be okay.

I know there are lots of people in my corner, supporting me and cheering me on. It's this kind of support that makes me able to continue living my best life.

So that's an extremely long update on what my life has been like lately.

How have you been?

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Pete Fitzgetald 11 months, 2 weeks ago

people like you make a better world, and love your photos

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Alexis Burkland Replied to Pete Fitzgetald 11 months, 2 weeks ago

smile  Thank you so much! Compliments like this help me power through tough days~

11 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Heike 11 months, 2 weeks ago

I like the way you are going. Nobody can take away the experiences, you make right now.

11 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Alexis Burkland Replied to Heike 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you! I  try to work hard and take advantage of every opportunity I get.smile

11 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Judy Van Benthuysen 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Alex, you know, without a doubt, that you are never far away from our hearts and minds.  We,too, can hardly wait till summer to see you in person.  Love you♥️

11 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Alexis Burkland Replied to Judy Van Benthuysen 11 months, 2 weeks ago

I'm so lucky to have family like you in my cornersmile

11 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
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