Some thoughtful reader took the time and effort to write me a nice comment about my blog. They referred to my entry on December 18 last year when I talked about my steps to honour pledges to quit the last job and move to Canada. That entry included a sketch of a 1-year plan. The commentator said that the entry was informative and helpful.
When I saw that comment, I went back to look at that blog entry. That review caused me to make adjustments to the 1-year plan and check on my progress. I have changed some previous decisions.
Original 1-year plan made on Dec. 18, 2016, with updates added:
1. Put in my resignation to the university by this Thursday. CHECK
2. Pack up my life in Korea. Finish distributing the personal things I do not intend to hang on to, and pack up what I do want. Cash in whatever else I can, close my accounts, get one last dental hygiene appointment, and make arrangements for the pension contributions refund over the next three weeks. CHECK
3. Take time to say good-bye to certain people before leaving, such as inviting friends to the open house, and setting up appointments. CHECK
3. Keep applying for work in writing/editing, publishing, and education and take something by early March, while taking some short-term employment int he meantime. CHECK Actually, I've been tutoring p-t. Also, I have done an editing project online, while I try to negotiate some other online work.
4. Find temporary rental housing by the first day of March. CHECK--found by Feb. 15, actually.
5. By temporary health insurance by the end of January. POSTPONED till March. (I have travel insurance for now.)
6. Relocate as per the demands of the best job I can get. TBD
7. Make new friends, keep in touch with old ones. ONGOING
8. Keep to a small budget and save what I can all year. WE'LL SEE.
9. Keep writing and publishing my own stuff. NOT YET. Though I have an idea for a new project and am making notes, my situation has not been conducive to concentrated writing. BTW, the Canadian Author's Assoc. awarded me pro status and sent me a card and certificate to confirm. Yea!
10.Find new pastimes like recreational activities, including a new exercise routine. STARTED. I am signed up for events. I joined the Canadian Education Association and am reconnecting with Grassroots Women. I am looking at returning to a choir.
11. Re-establish Canadian residence status by June, 2017, then renew my driver's license and provincial medicare plan. CHECK, but DL already renewed and notice went into the BC medicare plan. My BC residence thus began yesterday, the day I got the DL renewal.
12. Decide whether to take more editing courses by May, 2017. TBD