I left Korea on February 28, 2013 and have been back in the US for just over two months now. During that time, I spent about a month applying for jobs and interviewing. I had an interview with New York City Teaching Fellows, but didn't get in. I interviewed with a few other places and by early April, I had two job offers. I accepted a position as a Community Education Coordinator for a larger-sized non-profit near New York City which is where I am now. So far, so good. I enjoy my colleagues, my students and my new life as a young professional here in the US. As many people keep reminding me, I am quite fortunate to have found work so quickly.
After almost four years, I finally own a car again! That was something I didn't expect to happen quite so fast, but since I needed one for the job, we quickly scrambled together and bought one around mid-April. Also, as of last Tuesday, I became an auntie (again) when my sister and her husband had their first child. It's been a great week being together with family and celebrating new life.
I still think about Seoul and I do have moments where I think back on wonderful memories of life in Germany and Korea but right now, I am happy to be where I am. Right around the time I left Korea, I was cleaning out my desk at work and found this journal entry which I had written one year earlier from the time I left Germany. It read:
February 22, 2012
New starts are so difficult, especially when everything feels foreign and unknown. Like Korea. Most of me doesn't remember why--why we're going to Korea. Why I am going on my own. Why I'm leaving so much love. But I remember when the seed was first planted to go to Korea… We were in Lauf at that time. We've been planning this for such a long time, around two years, it's been in my thoughts--longer than the time I'll be in Korea! And that journey begins today.
Needless to say how reading that at the end of my journey in Korea really felt like coming full circle. It’s amazing to see how with time, everything works itself out, even in the most unknown and uncertain phases of our lives.
It's been fun sharing my adventures throughout the last couple of years, but since being back I haven't kept up my blog so this may very well be my last blog entry here. Thanks for sharing the journey with me. I wish you all wonderful adventures of your own. Until next time!
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