Monday, July 11, 2016

Korea, here I come!!

Signed, sealed, delivered. 

Officially, official.

I am moving to Korea!!

Now now, I know what you're thinking. I've been met with enough blank stares after sharing this news to know it wasn't exactly expected. Sometimes I get congratulated, sometimes I get hugs (thank you!!), and more often than not I get, "be careful", "wait what?", "not North right?", and my personal favorite, "but why?"

So while I have you here, please do let me explain.

If you remember, three years ago I made my first move abroad. That year quickly turned into two.. then three.. then into maybe every single year in my foreseeable future. And somewhere in those years, I met some pretty rad people. People who unknowingly would change the course of my life forever. Writers, travelers, some of my very best friends, and you guessed it, even English teachers. We talked, I listened, and continuing a life abroad sounded better all the time.

I considered many places in my quest to find my place in the TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) world. I considered Thailand, Spain, Taiwan, and Japan, but Korea was always the winner for me. It was always highly recommended by friends, is consistently listed as one of the best places to teach abroad, and offers by far the best benefits around. It's also safe, and beautiful, and a lover of the outdoors haven.

So this year I finally committed. Yes.. I know.. I committed to something. I finished my TEFL certificate, applied, interviewed, was accepted into EPIK, was offered a job, did more paperwork than it takes to get into Harvard (I'm sure of it), and finally received my teaching contract. I don't know how it all happened exactly, but I'm now moving to a corner of the world I barely knew existed before I intentionally burst my own midwestern bubble. It's here, it's here, it's here!!

As far as logistics, I don't know where I'm living, the name of my school, or who I'll be teaching. I don't have a visa, or a plane ticket, and my to-do list never ends. I don't speak (or read or write) Korean, I've never been to Asia, and I can barely hold a chopstick without flinging a piece of chicken across the room. So I guess it's safe to say that I'm almost prepared...

And that's exactly why I'm going.

Because it's new, challenging, terrifying, exciting, beautiful, and everything in between. It is everything I need and am craving in these days of ease and contentment. My comfort zone is constantly being shattered with every step of this process and I oddly find comfort in being uncomfortable.

This 8 month process is now coming to a close. I'm now exactly 5 weeks away from departure day. The day I'll be so excited I can't sleep while also drowning in a puddle of my own tears on the airport floor as I say goodbye again. The day I finally leave for Korea. The day a new life begins again.