What a year. Right now, I'm somewhere in Malaysia--most likely Kuala Lumpur--enjoying my winter break, but I wanted to take a moment to reflect on everything this past year.
My year of firsts. More firsts than I thought possible. At the start of 2015 I summarized 5 big things that were coming. Looking back now, those were only the tip of the iceberg. Here is a list of some of the big FIRSTS for the year (in chronological order):
- First time going to a job fair. I had my first Skype interview for a job and ended up accepting the position a few days later.
- First time in a musical production.
- First Tattoo. Dear friends who didn't yet know I got a tattoo. Surprise. I got one with my mum and sister on Valentine's Day, 2015.
- First time on a plane. In March, I flew to the UK to learn about their school system and visit my family. Since that trip, I have now been on 19 planes.
- So that was my first time in England, Scotland and Wales. As well as my first time meeting some of my extended family.
- My trip to Scotland also featured my first couchsurfing experience.
- I don't know if finishing my Bachelor of Ed can count as a 1st, but I'll include it in this list as it's own milestone moment.
- My first big trip to the USA. I was gone for about a month and I visited 5 states. This trip included my first trip to Disney World and Universal Studios, my first time visiting numerous friends in person, and my first time riding a horse bareback.
- My first surgery--while small, they did put me to sleep to remove my wisdom teeth.
- First time moving to a new country doubled as my first trip to a non-English-speaking country. Hello Korea. I'm so glad we met. Let's be friends.
- My first mountain summit was Hallasan on Jeju.
- The first 10k race. I still can't believe how hard it was. Those orem were no joke.
- Coming back to my first tropical Christmas and my first Christmas on a mountain.
And to think, this list is composed of only some of the highlights. I have tried so many new foods and I have explored so many new places around Jeju and mainland Korea. There is just so much to see and do, I can't imagine not exploring; not adventuring.
I raise my metaphoric glass to you all and wish you all the best in 2016. May there be even more new moments and experiences on the horizon.
Love and Hugs,