Hello 2021!

Happy New Year!!!

Wow, I can’t believe that 2020 is over. Personally, 2020 has been one of the most fun and exciting years so far. Although there were many challenges along the way I still managed to achieve and experience many new things. For many years a challenge of mine was to step out of my comfort zone and try new things. Maybe over the last few years, I didn’t quite achieve this but I think 2020 made up for it.

In 2020 I moved away from my parents to a non-English speaking country all by myself. I started learning a new language and culture that I was not very familiar with. I suddenly had to learn to make friends again – for the last 10 years I grew up with the same group of friends I had made in primary school. I also managed to learn how to cook and clean up after myself all whilst living through a worldwide pandemic. 

In 2019 when I graduated high school, my yearbook quote was a quote from Bear Grylls: ‘Improvise, Adapt, Overcome.’ This short quote, although it may have been put down originally as a joke, it helped in most challenges that I faced in 2020. And I will definitely be taking it into 2021 with me. A few other tips are to ‘Be the most enthusiastic person you know’ and ‘Don’t give up’. With these three lessons, you can’t go wrong. 

On the 31 December during our last class for the year, we were required to write down our goals for 2021 and some of the good things that happened in 2020. I thought I’d share some of them. 

Some of the good things from 2020:

  • I made good friends from many different countries.
  • I was given an amazing opportunity to study overseas.
  • Despite corona, I was able to do a lot of sightseeing in Busan
  • I managed to learn a new language and adapt to a new culture.
  • I managed to keep up the blog. (to be honest, when I started I wasn’t sure if my year would be interesting enough to share but I managed to find topics to post about).

Since I’m still not very sure of what sort of workload or classes I will be taking in March, my goals are still a bit vague. I’ll probably be more clear when Korean Lunar New Year comes along ( a positive to having two new years. If you are not happy with the first new years you get a chance to start again a month later >_<). Also, I still have about 3 weeks left of my semester so the ‘new year. New me’ feeling hasn’t quite kicked in. Anyhow that doesn’t mean I haven’t made any,
Here are some of my goals for 2021:

  • Achieve a level 5 in TOPIK (Test of proficiency in Korean)
  • Think positively and don’t stress out
  • Study hard
  • Do more travelling and sightseeing around Korea
  • Stay healthy
  • Continue updating the vlog and work on YouTube videos when I get the chance. 

I feel like 2021 has already started pretty great. I spent new year’s eve at my favourite beach here in Busan drinking a warm Chai latte and eating doughnuts. Although we weren’t allowed to go on the beach due to corona restrictions we were able to admire the view from a distance. At 9 pm we then headed back to our dorms for an indoor chicken party as restaurants are currently out of service at night. We counted down to midnight then spent the early hours of the new year playing card games and chatting away. Our initial plan was to spend the whole night together and then eventually walk up to the library to watch the sunrise. However, three of my friends were too tired so they decided to say goodnight and skip the sunrise. However, Kami and I stayed up watching YouTube videos and listening to music until dawn. Once we noticed that the sun was starting to rise we put on all our warm gear and walked to the top of the mountain of our campus where the library is located. I don’t recommend going up a mountain in subzero temperatures on zero hours of sleep. However, watching the sunset with one of my best friends was worth it. Afterwards, I was feeling quite motivated. I then realised that I hadn’t slept for more than 25hours. Despite that, I thought I’d write a quite blog before I catch up on some much needed rest.

Once again I’d like to wish everyone a Happy New Year. I hope everyone has a wonderful year full of good experiences and opportunities. I’ve also just realised my blog is probably a year old today or around 1 year old. So I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank those of you who subscribed to the blog or regular visitors to the website. I really appreciate it. Seeing the graphs with the numbers of people who read the blog and what countries they are from really motivates me to keep writing. Hopefully, I’ll manage to keep up with the blog in 2021

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