Extraordinary Cafes and Where to Find them…

Hello Everyone, It’s been a long time, but now, my hiatus has reached its end. A quick update on my life and times in South Korea: I am currently a second year English Teaching Assistant with the Fulbright Program and am teaching at an elementary school in Seoul. In addition to studying for the TOPIK…

Final Reflections…

  Reflecting:  All at once, my grant year in Korea comes full circle. In about a week from now, I will be on my way to the US, where I will see my family after a year abroad. Call me a sentimental sap, but I wanted to commemorate my one year anniversary in Korea by…

마음 챙김: Practicing Mindfulness

Mindfulness: A practice sometimes lost in the midst of hectic schedules and looming deadlines, but a place to savor small moments. To discover that beautiful balance between giving to others and caring for oneself. A place to feel rested and whole.   To say that my thought process is centered around mindfulness would be far from the truth. There was…

Spring into Summer

Adventure Awaits: The adventure continues, but this time with sunshine, flower blossoms and that inevitable heat that comes with a Korean summer. In my candid opinion, there’s nothing better than making impact during the week and working on o ne’s bucket list during the weekend. I am always looking for new experiences, new people to deepen my understanding of the…

When the struggle gets real: Stay real. Stand resolute.

Sometimes in life, you aren’t given what you want. Rather, you are given what you need to grow as a person. Sometimes, you don’t even know what it is that you need to grow. With this much being said, it’s not always going to be easy. Growth doesn’t come without challenge… without falling down… and…

The Art of Korean Cuisine: My culinary Adventures

Korean Cuisine Korean cuisine comes from long lasting traditions and recipes, which have been passed down from generation to generation and span the course of the centuries. Considering the fact that Korea has been around since the 3rd century, you can imagine how established these traditions are, even in modern Korean society… Universally, it is…

The Power of Tolerance

PreFACE: The Oxford dictionary defines beauty as “a combination of qualities, such as shape, color, or form, that pleases the aesthetic senses, esp. the sight.” Everywhere you go, aesthetic judgments and perceptions are made. The mass media thrives on this and somewhere along these lines we find ourselves lost in a battle of perfection. How…

Adventures of Adjusting Ambassador : Welcome to Yuchon-ri!

Hey guys! I’ve missed you and reassure you that there was a « method to the madness »  so to speak. During my first few months, I have gone through many ups and downs and I wanted to experience the first months at my school before compiling my thoughts. It’s been a whirlwind and I find that,…

My First Month In Yuchon

Condense my first month as a Fulbright ETA into something shorter than a small novel to capture the the changes, adaptations, triumphs and struggles of my time here? Challenge ACCEPTED!!! Everything I want to share can be condensed into 3 points: adjusting expectations, one day at a time and share your passions. Pick and choose 🙂…

PLACEMENTS (Be advised: Lotsa feels!)

My initial reaction to my placement was shock…Initially, the shock came from being called first, but, after the ceremony, an ‘aftershock’ of sorts from the reactions of some of my peers. Remarks such as, “Haha, my worst fear being placed that far north,” or “I would never go there!” shook my confidence and shadowed my…