EPIK: Where to Pick?

One of the most daunting parts of this whole application process (aside from the interview) has been picking the ONE location preference you’re allotted.

Since location is linked to salary level and popularity I decided to immediately disregard all the places where I’d be paid the least. This meant Seoul, Busan, Incheon, Daegu, and Gyeonggi were immediately out of the running.

After going through the remaining options as listed on the E.P.I.K. application I was able to narrow it down to what I felt would suit me.

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Pre-Interview: EPIK

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy. I can honestly say I was NOT expecting to get called for an E.P.I.K. interview.

Now that I think about it I guess most (if not all applicants) probably do get an interview, but I’m impatient so after two weeks of not hearing anything I pretty much moved past it emotionally. I’m talking to the point where I’d mapped out a potential savings plan for the next year with goals for graduate school housing a “farewell” trip to see myself off.

But that’s how it goes, right? Once you’re no longer thinking about it the time flies and then suddenly you’ve got an email saying your interview is scheduled for Thursday night and it hits that you have a SHIT ton of things to do if you actually land the position. In my case I still had to get my background check (i did the first one too early), get two passport photos, and complete my TEFL course (the final assignment and my in-class hours). That’s not too much right?….Right?

There’s also the task of buckling down and learning basic Korean.

SIDE NOTE: In figuring out what to do for this next year I looked into attending a language school through EF in either Japan or South Korea because it never hurts to learn another language and it’d be amazing, but it was honestly so expensive there was just no way it was going to happen.

But back on track.

Even though I haven’t gone through the interview yet, I can honestly say I don’t think I’m going to get the position. Now this isn’t one of those things where I’m looking for the whole “you’re great!” or “you got this!” reactions. Nope. It’s just me understanding that it’s an extremely competitive program, I haven’t taught before, I’m not as invested or enamored with South Korea as I’m learning many applicants are, and…other reasons I’m sure I’ll be able to find.

This also means I have to warn everyone in my house that for about an hour I’ll need silence…Nice.


NOTE: So my interview was this past Thursday (16 May) and I forgot to post this before hand because…I was introducing my mom to the wonderful show that is Tuca and Bertie (she wasn’t about it). But anyway I should have my results by next Friday and when I do I shall update!

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Daily Journaling?

If you’re like me and have scrolled through the Buzzfeed shopping lists a time or two (or for like the past three/four years), then you’ve probably seen the “Q & A a Day: Five Year Journal” pop up a few times by now.

When I first saw it a couple years ago my first thought was “I can’t even take my iron supplement everyday, so this definitely isn’t happening ” even though I loved the idea. Fast forward to two weeks or so ago when I saw it again and decided I’d finally give it a shot.

I was expecting it to last like maybe a week, turn into one of those things I forget about, but then miraculously be remembered down the road and picked up again. Surprisingly though I’m SUPER into it. I keep it in my purse on weekdays. I leave it out in the open on weekends. And I’ve ALWAYS got a pen nearby.

The questions are simple which I think is good because even though they might be a little thought provoking…you only have about three lines to write, so it forces you to being concise. The fact that some of the questions are thought provoking is actually why I leave it in my purse, so when the answer hits me I can just jot it down real quick.

Obviously this journal is still in it’s infancy stage, so there’s a good chance I might forget about it for a bit, BUT I’m pretty damn confident right now. The thing I’m mostly looking forward to is after I’ve had it for a year and I’m able to see what my past answers were. I just think the direct comparison over something that seems so small is really neat and a cool way to remember things I may have otherwise forgotten.

What can I say? There’s nothing like a blast from the past from yourself!

In other news I also have a separate journal I’m using to monitor three savings goals and monthly credit card spending (inspiration via all the beautiful bullet journals posted everywhere).

So here’s to keeping up with my “question a day” and savings goals!

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Skin Care: My Mortal Enemy

I’ve had poor skin since I was about…I don’t know, at least freshman year of high school if not earlier. It’s been a battle for the ages and let me just say- I damn well haven’t been winning, BUT like a creature of the sea I RISE FROM THE DEPTHS and get right back at it (sorry the dramatics)

I mean, if there was a new hot product on the inter-webs then there was a damn good chance I’d seen it, thought about buying it, or already had it. If I walked into the beauty section of a store you could bet I was probably going to walk away with at least one product in hand. Oh and all the internet tracking knew this to the point where now almost all the ads I see on Instagram or FaceBook are skin care related. 

This all came to a head though on my last dermatologist visit. You see, I was using a product that I was seeing improvement with, but my dermatologist wanted me to go back on two topical prescriptions. Now I’d used these before and wasn’t a fan. They made my skin thin to the point where if I idly scratched my face I usually ended up with light scabs and the results hadn’t been that great even after using them for months. PLUS with my most recent insurance, ONE prescription alone was going to cost me over $200. That’s when I decided to steer away from the pricey options because sometimes price doesn’t necessarily denote results given varying skin types and what not. 

With this in mind I ended up making a purchase for ABS (African Black Soap) and a moisturizer to match. The cost of both products plus shipping literally cost less than some of the products I already had which was…a mood. Now the product didn’t ship as soon as I bought it because the owner needed to make fresh batches. It was the first time I’d ever had to wait on a skin product, but it honestly made me more hype- especially since the Instagram page was keeping customers updated with the process and just HOW MANY orders she was handling (it was huge). When I finally go the text saying my package had been delivered I practically rushed home from work to try it out.

Using the product was simple enough. I’ve interacted with ABS in the past, but it never worked out well for my skin. Turns out the reason it wasn’t working was because I needed a moisturizer that could actually restore everything the soap was stripping away- hence why I also purchased the moisturizer. Now this moisturizer is…interesting. I’m used to moisturizers being light/gel like/milky if that makes sense and this moisturizer is DEFINITELY not that. Instead it’s thick and almost reminds me of thick honey butter…That probably didn’t make sense either

ANYWAY, what started out as kind of weird is now as easy as 1, 2, 3. I’m all for it and I love the products. Today marks one month and while I’ve seen improvement I’d be lying if I said my skin was perfect right now. The thing is though; my skin was such a wreck that I in no way expected it to be perfect- especially after just one month. I started breaking out over the weekend which sucked, but then I realized I got my period (ayyyy) and had that stare into the camera moment.

All in all I am learning to be patient with my skin and just going with the motions because I’ve realized that when I scrutinize my skin every day it becomes harder to notice overall improvement as opposed to just doing your routine and checking in every once in a while. I don’t know, I may be in the minority with that thinking, but I’ll take it. By the way I definitely took “before pictures” and plan on posting side by side comparisons somewhere around the three month mark or even sooner depending on when my skin gets to “acceptable levels”.  

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