I cannot wrap my head around the fact that it's the end of 2022. This year didn't feel necessarily super short OR long. However, I still couldn't believe that we had come to an end. There's so much that happened this year, so keep reading if you want to know how I ended 2022.
was still on vacation in Korea for the first week and a half in December. Although the remaining days were filled with LOTS of fun memories, I would have to say my favorite was my family trip where we got a 펜션, which is similar to an Airbnb. We enjoyed just relaxing and having each other for company! The Korean bbq and spa were also a fun bonus to this trip.
I'm not sure if this is a Korean thing? Asian Immigrant thing? or just my family thing? but our family doesn't do a whole lot of celebrating for Christmas. Normally, we would just get some yummy dinner together or use the days off for a family vacation. Therefore, I loved using this holiday time to get together with friends for the holiday spirit as well. We also did a friend gift exchange and not only did I enjoy picking out gifts for my friends, but I also loved seeing the things that my friends got for me. I love that we know each other so well!
My friends and I decided to do a blind water taste test this month! It was so random but so fun? I truly learned that each water has a unique taste and there really is such thing as good and bad tasting water lol. I also found it interesting that although our results were different between the three of us, most of the top 5 were similar among all of us. Our worst 2 were also all the same between the three of us! My top #1 water brand was Icelandic water while my worst water was liquid death. I was shocked that I thought Liquid Death water tasted worse than filtered tap water! This made me want to do more blind taste tests for different food or drinks.
Moving Out/ Starting a New Job
This month truly felt like a fast-paced life for me because I not only started a new job, but I also moved out! I truly feel like life happens the way it should because I started casually looking for my job and a new place and they both happen to just work out so nicely. Although I do believe that there was some luck in place, I also believe that I manifested it in a way because I know that I did have to make the decision to look for both the job/ apartment in the first place.
I also got to reunite with Stephanie for a short yet fun bit. Although it was truly only for a few hours, I feel like it's always too much fun when we reunite. I loved that we did our usual talking and dining as well as doing an activity together aka taking photos at the photo booth! Although I was sad that we couldn't spend the New Year together like we did last year, I was happy that we got to see each other one last time before 2022 ended.
I got to spend NYE with my friends in LA and I was so glad that we were all able to make it. Through our busy schedules, I'm always grateful when a group of us is able to hang out all together. NYE was crazy, to say the least, but I'm excited to only go up from here! hahah Cheers to the New Year!
Lows: New Chapters & Health
Although moving out and starting a new chapter in my adult life felt so so exciting for me, I was also extremely sad to see the chapter end. For some reason, moving out in adulthood was way more emotionally rough for me than it was when I moved out for college. I think it's because I truly enjoyed being with family and they mean so much to me, especially being a child of an immigrant family. I think it's tough because sometimes it feels like their happiness depends on me and I don't ever want to let them down. However, I also knew that I had to do what felt right for me and I couldn't let fear of anything stop me. Also, who's to say that we'll never live together again and who's to say that our relationship ends here? If anything, it could be the start of a better relationship with my family.
The common theme for my lows this month is the fact that it was also my biggest high. Starting a new job is always so fun and exciting, but it also comes with a lot of fear and uncertainty. The first week was overwhelming, to say the least, and as a perfectionist, I wanted to be able to soak up everything that I was learning instantly. However, that's not how life works and I know that it'll take time to truly know everything. My new coworkers have been super welcoming, especially my buddy on the team. She has been extremely nice and given me words of affirmation, such as "you're doing great!" Here's to believing her words more as I go through more days in this new job.
One last low this month actually is something that I haven't told most people but it's that I went to a health check-up and long story short, they found some lumps on my breasts that were luckily not cancer but something that I needed to watch out for (high possibility of needing surgery in the near future). If it weren't for my mother pushing me to get this check-up done, I probably wouldn't have known about it! I'm glad that I'm aware of it now so that I can look out for it. Genetics really do be scary because my mom also has done surgeries for the same problem. In conclusion, this opened my eyes to taking my health more seriously and going to do body check-ups more often.
Lessons: Feeling Grateful
This month is one of those months where I feel extra thankful for everyone in my life. I'm so thankful to have friends who want to travel with me and create unforgettable memories that I'll hold on to forever. I'm so thankful for friends who invite me to their special moments and celebrate something that's meaningful to them. I'm so thankful for friends who never forget to check in on me and create time in their busy schedules to catch up with me. I'm so thankful for my family who seems to be there for me when I need it the most. Months like these where I have so much to look back on make me extra thankful for everyone in my life.
Songs on Repeat:
Top Songs -
Last Christmas - Wham!
Hello(feat.pH-1) - Younha, pH-1
Lucky Ones - yetep, SABAI, Leslie Powell
My Pick of the Month: Photobooths
I love capturing moments in time through pictures, whether they are through film pictures or photo booths! This month, I had the opportunity to take lots of pictures at photo booths and they were so fun. I loved thinking about the different poses we want to do as well as having a physical copy of fun memories that were created.
December was the end of my villain era aka truly doing whatever I please and not being scared of new opportunities. I hope to enter my happy girl era in 2023 and I can't wait to see what's in store for me. That being said, 2022 truly was one of the best years of my life and I can't stop feeling grateful. I won't say that it didn't come with hardships but the highs definitely overpowered the lows. I'm so thankful for all the travels I got to do, the friendships I got to grow, and the self-growth I got to do. Thank you 2022, next!
Talk to you next year,