Vision Board for 2019!

2018 is done and I for one am ready for the good times in 2019!

So much so that I created a few things to share with ya’ll πŸ™‚

First up is my super awesome vision board! This was so much fun to do that I’m thinking of making it a new tradition for NYE. This chick has many, many, MANY goals for next year, so this was a little challenging to narrow down to just a few to share.

How did I do it? Well, with the help of Canva and Unsplash of course πŸ™‚

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Okay! Now let’s discuss.

First up are the academics. I soooooo need to complete my BA in 2019.

Not just so I can stay in South Korea longer if I want to, but having that done will no longer be looming over my head. Yes, it will cost me a grip to finish but surprisingly, once I have it, ya girl is looking at MAJOR career possibilities now that I’m overseas.

And speaking of being overseas, I want to travel more. With my contract, it may be a little difficult, but I can at least get to know my city and those within a 3 hour bus ride radius, right?

All future travels are for sure solo!

After more failed attempts to meet folks in Seoul, I am just done with group meetups.

I think about the money I’ve spent trying to make those trips happen and …

 

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Yeah. Something like that.

So, no more working on multiple folks time slots, available dates, and interests.

Just my own. YAAAAAAASSSSSSSS!

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In between my future travel plans, taking online classes, and working my pretty awesome job, I want to take the KIIP (Korean Immigration and Integration Placement) exam. You know, just in case I finish my BA by next February and want to see what other amazing careers await me in South Korea.

That and the fact that I really, really, REALLY want to improve my listening and speaking in Korean skills. Right now I have plans to register for the exam on January 2nd for the beginning of April. There are 5 levels and I would like to place in level 3.

You all will for sure hear more about that journey on my YouTube channel.

Which brings me to my next goal – growing my channel! I honestly did not think it would be possible, but over the last few weeks I’ve been gaining a healthy number of subscribers and want to keep the momentum going all through out the next year.

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I also plan on bringing back the ‘Soprano’ in Soprano Musings.Β  Sigh.

I miss singing ya’ll. So much so that with my hectic schedule, I plan to make time to practice my old voice lessons and sharing the re-glowup journey with you all.

Yeah, I know it is a lot. But I also know that I’m worth it.

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So let the celebration begin!

I have created a NYE Playlist for you Musings on my channel. Check it out by clicking here and while you are there, be sure to subscribe!

Until next year Musings!

Be inspired. Stay inspiring.

-Soprano Musings

 

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Me? Teach (and Learn)?

As most of ya’ll know – South Korea has been calling me this year.

And I have decided that I want to go and see it all in person πŸ™‚

The more that I learn about the culture (and food), the more I know that I don’t want to just visit for a few weeks. I want to stay. For at least a year.

So, I have decided to prepare for teaching in South Korea!

Since it is so competitive there these days, I have started to learn Hangul. I’m still waiting on my passport, and am almost done with my AA. Now, to teach in Korea, you need at least a BA, so I figure that while I am still in school for that I can continue my Hangul studies and take the required TEFL courses online.

And if anyone has any suggestions on where to start with that – please let me know πŸ™‚

Someone asked me one night why I want to teach in South Korea (now that I’ve told my closest family/friends about my decision, I can’t seem to stop talking about it. lol) and I legit teared up.

I was just so happy, and I had never really said my response out loud before. Yes, I love the language. I’ve studied other languages before, but Hangul seems to make the most sense to me and even when I’m struggling with it – I still am excited about learning it.

The culture and history is also interesting to me, but the main reason why I want to teach is the possibilities. Β The idea of teaching kids and in turn learning from them is one that I never considered before. And the thought of being able to show them a positive representation of a black woman is amazing!

I know that it is going to be hard – if I even get the chance to teach. But I can’t shake the image and feeling that I get from the possibility Β of teaching and hopefully doing away with the negative stereotypes surrounding my culture while being in theirs.

Sigh. So I plan on spending the next 3 years preparing for the opportunity. Because when it comes I don’t want to miss it.

Day 6: Language Links

On my way home today, I took a few shots of my condo entrance with my Lumia 640.

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I know most folks are probably wondering, “Why would she want a pic of the letter E?”

You may see an ‘E’ , but I see the Korean letter ‘T’. It’s missing a vowel (because in Hangul/Korean consonants can not stand alone) though. Funny enough, on the wall adjacent Β to it is the letter ‘A’, which I now translate to ‘ㅏ’. Or to ‘ㅐ’

One of my goals is to learn to properly read, write, and comprehend Hangul someday. So I have started to learn the alphabet πŸ™‚

Honestly – it makes lots of sense (the Hangul alphabet) when you break it down. For me now it’s a matter of practicing daily, working on my pronunciation, and memorizing words. As well as their many, many meanings!

For example, did you know that ‘Bae’ means belly and pear in Korean? So depending on the conversation, that could get really interesting πŸ˜‰

A few weeks ago, I started Sarang Hallyu so I can have a place to talk more about why exactly I am learning Korean. You can check out my first vlog below:

There will be more discussions about this topic from me coming soon (and I would love to hear your thoughts and/or experiences as well!), but for now I leave ya’ll with a few links that I have begun to connect in my mind.

Someday in the future I will be a Konglish speaker ya’ll πŸ™‚

 

How do ya’ll connect these days? Is there something others may find odd that you connect with? Let me know in the comments!