December 31st, 2016

serious business

새해 결심

I've been pretty busy lately - not even so much with studying as with hanging out with friends, eating too much food, and spending way too much money. I'll write up a post on that in the new year. First I'd like to ruminate on 2016 and contemplate 2017.

2016 was a kind of meh year. I don't think it was a great year overall to be honest. School was not great, my health (cyst removal in February, 6+ months of nonsense including surgery in August) was not great, my romantic life was also not great. I'd say, the things that went well this year was that I now understand how important health is. I understood it in 2015, after my arm and everything relating to that - but 2016 was the year it really sunk in.

As far as 2017 is concerned... I've been thinking about resolutions and I have a few, I guess.

1. Be healthy. I can't control this per se, but I can start influencing my health in a positive manner. Be more diligent about applying sunscreen, eat less and healthier, call out for delivery less, etc.

2. Exercise. I did a great job in 2016 of keeping up my exercise, and I hope to continue that in 2017. I hope to finally run a (half-? Full-?) marathon. I hope to run so much that by this time next year I'll have a runner's body. Not because I want a runner's body, but because I want the visible proof that yes, I am a runner. I also want to keep going to the gym and keep getting stronger.

3. Graduate. I want to pass my exams and write a semi-decent, somewhat novel thesis that I will find myself proud of.

4. Study. I need to improve my Korean. I say this every year. I am more serious than ever now. I want to improve my speaking skills, writing skills, and learn Hanja. It would be nice if I could get, or at least be within a stone's throw of getting a 6급 on the TOPIK next year. I want to feel feel, well, competent and confident in Korean.

5. Work. I want to get a job of some sort. I want to start translating Korean literature - a nice way to make a little extra money. I want to do a presentation at a conference or get a paper published. Basically, I want to pursue anything that may improve my resume and lead to new, interesting possibilities.

6. Write. I've gotten it into my head recently that my dream job is becoming an author. Which it is, and it's what I've wanted to do since I was a kid. The problem is, even though I consider myself a writer, and I've participated in many NaNoWriMos, I have hardly written a thing since I came to Korea. What a waste of time! I want to start writing a little every day - just 30 minutes a day is enough. At the very least it would be a nice hobby. No reason not to try!
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