Trust Your Guts and Walk Away


I swiped my card to enter the subway and the gate closed on me as I walked through. This meant my card was out of money. I only had 2,000 won (the equivalent of $2) on me and I hoped that was enough to get me home. I walked over to the card loading station and added 1 of my $2 to my subway card and turned around to find myself face to face with a man in his late 40’s.

“Do you need help?” He asked

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What Are You Going To Do With All Your Stuff?

People had a lot of questions for me when I said I was moving to South Korea. People wanted to know if I spoke Korean (no).  If I knew anyone here (no). If I had ever taught before (no). Why Korea? (I’m not sure). But one of the questions I seemed to get over and over was “What are you going to do with all your stuff?”

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Life On a Korean Swim Team

I knew coming to Korea would be a bit challenging at times so I wanted to get a safety net in place. I needed something that felt comfortable, gave me stability, routine and reminded me of home. For me that is swimming.

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If It Doesn’t Challenge Me, It Doesn’t Change Me. Getting On The Plane.

Edward stood at the edge of the pool. With flaming red hair and big blue eyes full of fear. I was waiting in the water trying to convince this four year old boy to make the leap. “1,2,3.. Jump!” I said optimistically. His fists clenched but he didn’t move. “3,2,1…Jump!” I tried again with the same enthusiasm and the same result. I wasn’t giving up, this kid was going to jump into the baby pool if it took all day (or the better part of half an hour).

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