Throughout the penultimate days leading up to today: New year’s eve, I debated whether or not to bother to write a final blog post in homage of this year’s events. For me this year hasn’t been the best nor has it been the worst to date; however I haven’t felt compelled to set myself any new year’s resolutions or personal goals to reach within the course of 2019. Alternatively I thought it would be more meaningful to look back on my year through the use of photos. I hope this post allows me to reflect on this passing year with a positive mindset; essentially appreciating the simple things in life.
January may have been lengthy and mainly spent within the four walls of my then apartment, but it was a month of comfort and still the beginning of my settling-in period since starting life in South Korea. During the stage of getting used to my surroundings gave me time to figure out what I wanted to do whilst living abroad, as well as allowing me to get back to one of my favourite hobbies: cooking.
The first couple of weeks into February was my first visit back home to London after 5 months of being away. I got to do all the things I missed about the UK: everything from wondering around Central London to having a belated Christmas Dinner with my parents and brother.
The transition from the prolonged Winter in to blissful Springtime seemed to come and go with a blink of an eye. Nothing majorly changed in my life throughout this month, although I do remember that I started to feel ready to go outside with a little more confidence and less unwillingness than prior. For me, a small milestone being hurtled was enough to encourage my independence to return.
April was about new additions. On a whim we decided to adopt a Siamese cat who we then named Haru. Just as intended, after some uncertainty, Haru and Aki quickly became inseparable. Not only did Haru unexpectedly come into my life, a select few friends we introduced; next year I aim to spend more quilty time with them.
It was uneasy spending my 23rd birthday away from family: I hadn’t experienced that before. The absence of some dear ones was somewhat compensated for with a brief trip to Fukuoka which helped me to take my mind off of things, along with the addition of making lasting memories.
My camera roll suggests that I endulged too much when it comes to food. Perhaps this is a sign that in the new year I should be less of a foodie, and actually have more variety among what I photograph. My bad…
What can I say about July and August? It was hot… SWELTERINGLY HOT! These two months seemed to be everlasting and full of discomfort, not to mention being often surrounded by grumpy commuters who were equally as bothered by the unexpected heatwave. To be Frank, I didn’t photograph much. Just know numberous ice creams were appreciated.
September was a busy one. I moved apartments just weeks before the month commenced, and struggled with the slight change of environment. Despite the down times I’m pleased that I managed to keep busy, while on the other hand regretful that my inspiration to write for my blog took a backseat in importance. Another trip back to London put a hault to my homesickness.
At this point I started to panic that the year was soon to cease. I worried that I hadn’t achieved enough to make it feel like it was time well spent. I’m not assamed to admit that October was stressful and depressive. I can now say I overcome the hardships and I’m looking forward to what I hope will be a more upbeat year.
It was one of those months that I can only describe as blurry. I did a lot workwise, but balanced my time well with some relaxation and entertainment. I’m hesitate to conclude whether or not purchasing a Netflix subscription was a wise decision.
This year I spent Christmas in Incheon again, however the majority of the month (right up until the 21st) I was able to submerge myself in the festitivies with family back in England, once more. I’m grateful for this month as it may be my last visit to my home country for quite some time.
As a final note, I think it’s important that I acknowledge each and every individual who have supported my blog during the duration of 2018, in whichever way that may be. I wish you all a very happy and prosperous New Year! 🎆🎉