Facebook addict. Cubicle-dwelling, corporate IT wannabe turned ESL teacher. Blogger. YouTuber. Judo vagabond. Bucking the trend and living the life meant for me.
Traveling to South Korea to teach English has a long storyline in my case. I am one of the few teachers that are not out of college, or even a few years out of college. I am MANY years out of college! There was a time back when I graduated when I had the desire to travel to either Korea or Japan to teach English. I wanted to use it as a venue to further my training in judo, a sport I once lived and breathed for! For one reason and another, I didn’t take that leap and life just went on.
Fast forward 2008 and an economic meltdown in the United States. As it went for thousands, if not millions, life changed drastically for me in a short time. As I scrambled to find contracts to continue my career in IT, it occurred to me that it was the best time to revisit the option of traveling abroad to teach English. Albeit, not for judo training. In my late 30s at the time, the years of hardcore training were behind me.
So I reconsidered the notion. And it felt right. For the next year or so I hemmed and hawed my way through the application process, gathering up my documentation and struggling with the jitters of actually taking the plunge.
“Don’t get stuck in analysis paralysis”
This simple, yet sage advice from a friend sealed the deal and I was on my way to South Korea. En route to find out how crazy I was and come to realize what I didn’t know I didn’t know.
Since 2011, I’ve been an ESL teacher with EPIK (English Program In Korea), the public school system’s tool for engaging students with native English speakers. Being of half Korean decent (North Korean mother), I’ve come to find that there’s more to Korea than meets a blog post or YouTube vlog. I’ve wrestled and grown as a person during my time here, and to my surprise found out more about the Korean’ness that makes me ME.
This is my trail that I share with you. With no rhyme or reason, these blog posts are just innocence laid out as my life unfolds in the R.O.K. My adventures, my injuries, the experiences, and the news around me are here – my diary.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
– Jeremiah 29:11