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Hi there!

Welcome to e5thestories, my Korean-American perspective on life in Seoul. You'll find my beauty, food and travel adventures here (as well as some potentially helpful tips for those who want to move here). Formerly a K-beauty blog, and now living the dream. Hope you'll keep following along! xx

Reflections on 2017 and Looking Ahead

Reflections on 2017 and Looking Ahead

Hiking at Yongma-san this fall.

Hiking at Yongma-san this fall.

2017 was a one of those big years where so much happened that I can’t believe I survived it all. I got married to an amazing dude, saw so many of my dear friends get married to their dudes, my besties had babies, I got a new job and moved halfway around the world, made new friends in my new city and I rediscovered a love for wearing colors (why did I think wearing black all the time was ‘chic’??).

It was a “stretch” year—you know when you feel like life is challenging you so much and pushing you to a point where you feel like you can’t handle anything but in reality, you come out the other side just fine? And then everything after that sort of feels familiar, easy, feasible. (Let’s be honest though, I had like, three “stretch” years in a row until I finally found a peaceful way to deal with it all this past year.)

City view from Yongma Land

City view from Yongma Land

Looking back at resolutions and goals I made in the past couple of years, there were a few consistent ones: gain freedom, travel more, grow creatively, find my voice again. They all felt so out of reach. Sometimes I felt like I was sinking in a black hole of debt, I couldn’t find time to travel to the places I loved (though Vegas is legit, I love Vegas), I felt stifled or like my job was sucking all the creativity I had out of me, I felt little joy to even have a voice to share. 

But now, having moved here, I feel like those four persistent goals are possible now, and more than possible—they’re happening. I’m making big strides to free myself financially (there is a huge, bright shining light at the end of the tunnel!), traveling doesn’t feel like a far-flung pipe dream (we’re going to Japan next month!), I feel so inspired by Seoul and the Koreans’ penchant for great design, and I’m slowly regaining my voice and what I want to share.

I’m really, really happy in Korea, and even more so now that my husband is here. Work is really f’in hard, I’m not going to sugarcoat that at all. The commute is difficult, the early wake up time is challenging for my night owl self, and resting too much on the weekends feels like I’m wasting precious time. But I’m excited about all of the possibilities and my life feels exciting and new again.

Here’s to a brilliant, bright, creative and exciting 2018. For you, me and the world.

Just living my K-drama dreams out here

Just living my K-drama dreams out here

xx

Eyebrow Microblading in Seoul

Eyebrow Microblading in Seoul

Christmas in Seoul

Christmas in Seoul