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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2015 Look Back

2015 was the craziest year of my life so far! It held some of my highest highs, some of my lowest lows, some profound moments of growth, some mistakes, and a lot of laughs! I lived in 3 different apartments, bought and sold a car, had 3 different jobs (which has been an average for me for the last few years), took up yoga (life changing), got my groove back, made new friends and best of all moved to Korea!

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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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