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Eye of the Optimist-taking stock (6 mo. 2015)

Six months into 2015, and exactly eight years living in South Korea, it is a good time to take stock of my accomplishments over the past year and for the year 2015 so far. Here is a list in point form. It'll help me stay on track and put my life in perspective.

From July 3, 2007 to July 4, 2015

-lived abroad for the second time in my life, but have succeeded in doing so for several years this time around, and without suffering profound culture shock to boot

-after a bumpy start with a bad employer in Korea, completed my first contract, then got steady work with the same employer up until now

-established a foothold in a new professional career, teaching, writing, presenting, researching and organizing in the field of EFL education

-have acted as a volunteer representative for teachers in South Korea, and started to coach new foreign teachers of English in Korea

-built a network of new associates, colleagues and friends

-learned a new language, and improved my French and Spanish

-traveled around East Asia

-found time for some Spanish immersion and business English teaching in Costa Rica one winter

-paid an important visit to Montreal and went to the North East of the USA for the first time

-returned to Europe; met a lifelong goal of seeing Florence

-began a second career as a published artistic and intellectual writer, even with a few sales and hundreds of downloads of my works posted online

-built a track record as an editor of Korean-English translations, and even a translator of Spanish to English

-built and expanded my website, which has earned more than 40,000 views since starting a blog at the start of 2014

-continued to develop skills and use of communications technology

-developed a perspective of positive thinking which I have posted and shared

-developed an identity as a mentor and elder

-learned about labour standards and rights in Korea, and engaged actively as a volunteer and activist

-participated in the peace and labor movements of Korea, the Philippines and Japan, sharing information

-have carried on as a grassroots representative in an international anti-imperialist league, attending several international meetings and conferences

-improved my personal financial management and put aside some savings

-supported family members in need, and made modest charitable contributions

-bought real estate and made other investment purchases for the first time in my life

-kept up my general fitness and health, and created an age-appropriate fitness routine for this phase of my life
-have joined in many festivities and celebrations, even leading and coordinating a few modest ones

-dated again

-kept house and cooked regularly

2015, second quarter report

-finished and posted the daily blog project, "A Year of Living Positively"

-continued a positive thinking blog

-completed a collection of fictional stories and published it online; saw over 200 downloads of the free version

-was asked to have my recent work added to the Simon Fraser University special collections library, and I accepted so it was

-signed a two-year contract renewal and completed my 11th term of teaching for this institution

-completed more editing projects, which added to my income

-saved more money

-lost a bit of weight and shored up my figure, receiving many compliments

-added skipping to my fitness routine at the gym; overcame a shoulder problem and kept up the routine

-completed a 12km rugged double mountain climb in a new region (national park on Goeje Island)

-visited Thailand for the first time

-completed the fourth level of a Korean language study course

-made some new positive social acquaintances, dumped some sour ones

-generally enjoyed life


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