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.
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.
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?