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 🙂

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 🙂

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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.  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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The Anniversary of my First Love

The Velvet Rope, Janet Jackson’s sixth studio album was released in 1997.

I fell hard and fast in love with music in 1995.

When the realization that I’ve been in love with music for this long left me feeling all sorts of things. Shocked, awed, appreciative, and loved are the main things running through my heart. Folks have come and gone, I now have a few regrets, some gray hair strands, and have begun to travel the world.

But the one constant in my life has been music. For over 20 years now!

Making it the longest relationship that I have ever been in to date.

Of course, I had to write about that, because I am proud of that fact. It tells folks so much about me, in a weird way. What I was like growing up, my political stance, my pride in being a woman,  my ‘sexually awaking’ moments, and how I like to be silly and dance half naked in my bedroom….

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And I flove how Janet Jackson is still apart of my life’s playlist. The first song I remember hearing from her is ‘Pleasure Principle’.  I remember being home alone and seeing that video of her just dancing and singing her heart out.  The feeling that I felt watching her was new to me and I didn’t know what to call it until much later. It was happiness.

I was fascinated with her then, and that fascination only grew when The Velvet Rope came out. The video ‘If‘ aired on MTV and I was glued to the screen! Then came ‘Together Again’, ‘Go Deep’, and ‘I Get Lonely’ and I was head over heels for Ms. Jackson then. There was no going back after I finally heard the full album that December!

Up until this point in my life (at the tender age of 13 or 14 – seriously, someone should have been monitoring what music I listened to back then! LOL), I had not seen many black women express themselves in such a way and it captivated me. Seeing her with her curly hair, septum, and natural roots style – I knew that would be my look when I grew up.

Even though I didn’t get my septum piercing until 2015 🙂

Other artists and songs have come along since, but Janet Jackson is still one of my all-time favorites. Her gentle voice, honest lyrics, and boldness in always experimenting and allowing herself to be as free as possible through her music are almost unrivaled to any other.

So, allow me to thank her and celebrate the anniversary of one of her best albums within this post. As I celebrate the beautiful anniversary of my first love –  music.

Thank you.

-Soprano Musings

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 🙂

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 🙂

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.  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  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.