Guys, I think I forgot how to pose. I AM still getting dressed regularly, but... these photos are rough. Just look at some of the special I've decided to share with you below... Preemptory apologies!
So where the heck have I been? That's a big question. I'm going to do my best to fill you in. Feel free to just scan the bold points if you don't want to navigate the full life story.
1. I got overwhelmed and let a lot of things fall. I have always bitten off more than I can chew, but I think I went just a tiny bit too far. For the first four months of this year, I was coaching the colorguard, working full time at a high school, serving about 20 hours a week at a restaurant, tutoring, and trying to fit in some time to figure out what I would be doing after June (when my high school job contract ends). There was no time for my interests, my health, or my friends.
2. I left my job at the restaurant. While in Dayton, Ohio with the colorguard for nationals in April, I decided that I had had enough. I was not enjoying my days, I was constantly tired, and I dreaded going to the restaurant 7/10 times I worked. I'm very bad at walking away from anything I've committed to, but I knew I had to. I put in my notice and officially worked my last day there on May 12.
3. I began to make myself a priority again. I've taken back control of how I feel by making time to cook for myself, reintroducing exercise into my weekly life, and having enough time to rest and sleep when I need it. It's still a work in progress--I haven't genuinely had time for myself in quite a while--but I'm already reaping the benefits.
4. I've attended a ton of events (and had a lot of fun). I've been to comedy shows, concerts, local celebrations, friends' parties, and portfolio showcases. I have forced my schedule to be able to accommodate all the finer things in life because I've worked damn hard and deserve time to play.
5. It is 92% official that I am moving to South Korea in August. Since January, I've been working on gathering paperwork, completing an application, and interviewing for a position teaching in South Korea. I have made it through nearly every phase--I have been accepted and submitted everything. Now, I just have to wait for placement which does not come until the end of June/beginning of July. I am not guaranteed a spot, but I have been told that it is unlikely I will not be placed. Now, though the application phase is over, I am in the midst of getting everything in order so I can hop on a plane with all my possessions in a suitcase and run away to a new country. It doesn't feel real, to be honest, and I think that is part of what is motivating me to tell you. I need to see it in my own writing. Which leads me to the final point...
6. I've been studying Korean. 안녕하세요? I can hardly say anything at this point, but I've memorized the hangul character set and am working to build my vocabulary. I don't harbor any delusions of being able to speak well when I get there, but I don't want to drown in a sea of Korean.
So that's it, folks. The cat's out of the bag. I actually haven't told many of my real-life friends because I feel like I want to keep it under wraps until I know where I will be living and have more information about my placement. There's also that chance that it won't happen for some reason or another, and I don't want to have to recant.