Today I want to take you with me while I go running in Daegu! I am signed up for a half marathon in 3 weeks and I am so excited! For the first time in my life I am having knee pain post run and it is pretty concerning. I made myself go slow today and took lots a stretch breaks, no pain so far but any advice on knee injury prevention would be happily accepted! I have no clue, I have never dealt with this before.
During my senior year of college 9-5 wasn’t calling me and I wasn’t sure why I wanted to go back to school. I knew there was a different answer for me, if you want to know how to turn your life into a vacation, keep reading!
I took a class in college where we had to write down on a piece of paper the answer to this question: what would you do if you could do anything? No limits.
What would you do?
On my walk to swimming today I contemplated my decision to take a month off. Am I just being lazy? I always talk about how swimming is one of the best parts of my experience here so do I really need a break from it? Will I be able to keep up with running on my own, am I sure I will make the commitment to come back in April?
I have realized that I don’t have good days and bad days but that all days have a bunch of tiny battles and on days where I win more small battles than I loose, I win the war of the day. Life in Korea is full of highs and lows. There are amazing moments and awkward moments and lonely moments filling my days, often back to back. My days are as varied as the mysterious meats I have sampled and just like the meats, some are better than others.
I think the measure of a girls’ weekend is how hard you laughed and in Shanghai I was in stitches.
Group trips give me a little bit of anxiety, different personalities, different travel styles and different objectives don’t always make for smooth sailing. Even if you know the people you are traveling with pretty well you never really know what it is going to be like until you go on the trip. I was a little nervous but everything came together and we had the best time! I loved Shanghai and the girls I was with. We (Michelle, Karli Arielle and I) had so many inside jokes that carried through the weekend and I was laughing until their tears in my eyes multiple times. Success.
One of the biggest sources of insecurity I have had in my life is my Brandeis degree. I know comparison is my biggest demon and when I think about Brandeis it just gets the best of me.
There were times when I could think of at least 5 Brandeis peers who were well on their way to becoming married doctors while I was living on a couch and working for a ski pass. I know I have had so much fun and I made deliberate choices to shape my life this way and steered it in a direction of travel and adventure. I have no regrets about any of these choices, but from time to time comparison monsters start creeping in.
Trust Your Guts means a lot of different things to me; it means going inward for answers instead of outwards,it means authenticity, it means knowing when to stay and it means knowing when to leave. The following is a story of the latter.
My Top 5 Pinch Me Moments of Life in Korea
After spending nearly 5 months (!!!) in Korea, I have started to acclimate to the culture. I realized this the other day when I was walking down the street and stepped over a dead octopus without thinking twice about it. And again, when I caught myself eating scrambled eggs with chopsticks while sitting on the floor. People still stare at me all the time and I never know what anyone around me is saying, but those things have faded to background and I have more or less accepted them as normalcy. I thought to commemorate 5 months of life in Korea I would share my best “pinch me” moments so far.
I was nervous about what the dynamic in the classroom would be like here. I definitely employ the philosophy that kids are way more willing to engage if they are having fun. If class is not fun I think they check out and don’t try and don’t care. This creates a toxic learning environment both in the pool and the classroom. So, I try to use as much interaction, games and engaging exercises as possible. I want class to be fun! I was worried that this wouldn’t fly here and I would be asked to adhere to super strict code of conduct.
But actually, I was given almost complete autonomy over my classroom and was encouraged to make my classes fun and have since realized that kids are just kids everywhere you go.