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Guys, I have an announcement. And it's a big one.

Those of you who are friends with me on Facebook already know, but on the off chance that the people who follow this blog even after months of radio silence still, in fact, read it (bless you), let me be the first to tell you that in 1 year's time, I will be packing up everything I own, and a) selling it, b) storing it, or c) taking it with me across the world on an adventure to teach English in South Korea for 1+ years.

A perfect depiction of how I feel at the moment.
That's right. South Korea. Teaching English. Me.

I may be a bit gif-happy right now.
Shhh... I'm happy, ok?

It has been in the works for a few months now, and I finally got my acceptance letter from the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) this past Wednesday. Let me tell you, I damn near cried at my desk (Actually, I did cry... like a dumb, overwhelmed little baby.) at work when I got the email notification on my phone. I mean, I had already made the decision that I would be going whether it was through CIEE or not, but I had really been doubting myself over the last week or so as the acceptance deadline loomed ever closer. What if they didn't think I was a good candidate? What if I'm not a good candidate? What if, because I only have a Bachelor's in Music, they choose someone else over me because they have a Bachelor's (or even a Master's or Doctorate) in Education or Applied Linguistics? What if this is actually a really bad idea?

Before I get ahead of myself, I guess I should answer the question that I'm sure is on all of your minds*.

Ah, JD...
All in due time, good sir. All in due time.
While this decision may seem abrupt to some (possibly all) of you, please know that I have been considering this move for years now. Not days, not weeks, not months... years. First and foremost, I have an insatiable heart for travel, to not only learn about but to experience other cultures firsthand, to get ovaries deep in a world that is completely foreign from my own. That has been the driving force in all of this, and that has been present in my life for as long as I can remember.


Additionally, I have reached a point in my life where I am stuck. Don't get me wrong; I'm not lacking for anything. I have a stable job that actually makes me think and keeps me on my toes every day. They don't pay me what I'm worth (do they ever?), but I can pay my bills in full at the end of every month. That's all I ask for, really.

Well, that's all I asked for. My growing discontent for last year encouraged me to yearn for more out of life: a job that had purpose, that affected people in a personal, hands-on way. Right now, I aid people in getting their stuff: their electronics, their furniture, their auto parts... their bullshit. Stuff that, at the end of the day, does not matter one single bit in the big scheme of things. Yet, if 1 piece is late by a day or even so little as a few hours, you'd think that these people were forced to murder their first born child due to the latency. If your futon doesn't arrive until tomorrow, will someone die? Is it really that big of a deal? Is it absolutely necessary that you scream at me over the phone because you feel the need to scream at someone - anyone - for the sole purposes of airing out your frustrations with the situation? I cannot teleport freight. I cannot make it materialize in your living room. I am bound by the physical laws of this world, and the only thing I can do is say "I sincerely apologize" and move on. The selfishness of all of it is so disheartening, and I have been growing steadily weary of it over the last couple of years.
All of that being said, I will be adding a bi-weekly (or, you know... if I feel like it that week) installment here on 52 Weeks detailing my progress over the next year. Tuesdays will be the placeholder day, and I'm still fiddling with what I'll call it. "Travel Tuesdays" is a possibility, but it's a bit mundane for my tastes...

The purpose of those posts will be to go over what all I'm doing to prepare, information about the school at which I will be teaching (once we get to that point), various Korean topics (i.e. language learning, dramas, and KPop), and so on. It's mostly just going to be a place where I can geek out about the fact that I'm going to South Korea to live there and relish in the fact that it's freaking awesome.

Once I get over there, I'm thinking that Tuesdays will then be the day that I talk about what I'm doing over there: the kids I'm teaching, the culture, excursions to nearby countries (no, I don't plan on setting foot in North Korea, thankyouverymuch), etc. 

Wish me luck!!

Peace.
Stef.

*Please forgive my excessive use of gifs in this post. I am highly excited and much too ADD to accurately portray my emotions in words, so visuals are the next best thing.

Comments

Jeff Evans said…
Congratulations! It's going to be an amazing experience for you.
Thanks, Jeff! I'm really excited about the future. :)

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