What a year 2019 was. Although my blog lay dormant throughout the year, I enjoyed great adventures and learned many valuable lessons. This year I chose to implement the practice of reflecting on all that happened in the past twelve months through a reverse bucket list. As I read through my 2017 reverse bucket list now, I can hardly believe how much my life has changed. When 2021 rolls around, I hope to reflect on this year with as much fondness as I do 2019.
Related: My Reverse Bucket List 2017
Reverse Bucket List 2019
- catered my first event 👩🏾🍳
- started COLLEGE! 🎓
- made the Dean’s List 🤓
- got a job 😱
- traveled to Busan 🧳
- held a summer internship 👩🏾💼
- took a day trip with a friend 🚗
In December of 2018, I completed a basic certification in pastry and the following month my newly acquired skills came in handy. Not only did I cater for the event, but I also decorated the venue. For the first time, I managed a team of people (my family😜) and produced a beautiful winter tea party. Plus, I got PAID!
A month later, I started college. If I wrote a bucket list filled with everything I wanted to accomplish in my life, going to college would rank high on that list. To attend pastry school I delayed starting college for one semester. This time allowed me to recharge mentally. My freshman year went smoothly and I even made the Dean’s List.
Over the summer I also began working at the local grocery store. In conjunction with a part-time job, I volunteered at a child services office. Most days I acted as a receptionist and held very little knowledge of the organization; but at the end of summer, I sure did put it on my resume.
In 2019 I accomplished two travel goals. As you know, I live in South Korea. This summer my family decided to vacation in the beautiful coastal city of Busan. When it comes to must-see cities in South Korea, Busan is second only to Seoul. We hiked the mountains, took a city bus tour, and relaxed on the beach. When driving into the city, we passed over the bridge where a scene in Black Panther was shot, a perfect addition to the trip.
During my final weeks of summer vacation, my friend and I took a trip to one of Korea’s most famous amusement park, Everland. Early in the morning, we navigated through the train system, caught a bus up a mountain, and enjoyed the rides and attractions of the park from opening to closing. Then, after a night parade of lights, we traveled back home. This was my first trip without my family and I felt proud of my ability to travel the distance on my own.
As always, there are times when words cannot describe our experiences. 2019 presented me with several small victories and special moments that are captured in the pictures below.
Like with my first reverse bucket list, I would like to leave you all with a quote on reflection:
The past can hurt, but the way I see it you can either run from it… or learn from it.Rafiki
P.S.: I think the live-action Lion King sucked