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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Greetings from South Korea!

Seoul Tower at night

Summer isn't technically over, but for me it is, and I'm back to what I know as of last week.

Soooo many thoughts running through my head about what I hope for this next and possibly final year in Korea.

I'm hoping that the school year is a breeze. There are perks to working overseas if you have done battle in the public school system in the USA. No shade, but there is much less stress abroad, albeit some stress but of a different kind. I'm hoping that this continues to ring true.

The thought of having to look for another job is kinda stressful. I took a pay cut coming out here, but the benefits have far outweighed what Uncle Sam would have eventually taken anyway. I do want to get back to my earning potential, though, at least close to where I was. The trade-off of less stress has been totally worth it, though. I'm going to pray that I'll be led where I'm needed again, and do my best to be as effective as possible within the scope of my control. More on that another time.

I'm hoping to travel the region a bit more. Although I've been to Thailand, Philippines and Malaysia already, I want to go back to other areas. I will return to Thailand and Malaysia this winter. Maybe I'll be able to fit Boracay in somewhere :-)

After being home for summer after being gone for a year, it was very emotional leaving Atlanta once again. I've resolved that if I return to the USA, there is no other place I'd want to be than ATL. I just love it.

But Korea isn't so bad after all. I'm comfortable here, more comfy than I've been in a long time. I think about how long I can stay away a lot. I have goals in mind, and I think I'm finally at a place where those goals will take priority over whatever I thought my life should be like at my age.

So in a month or two, I'll be back on the hunt, looking for the next opportunity. But in the meantime, I'm going to give thanks for grace and enjoy where I am, right now.

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