Five Things I’m Thankful For + Thanksgiving Plans

Five Things I'm Thankful For + Thanksgiving PlansI can’t believe it’s already November. This year has gone by SO extremely fast. I feel like I’m getting old and I’m only 21! I never thought I’d be 21 years old and I’m about to hit 22 in a few months.

Now that it’s November, most people are thinking about what they are thankful for. I like to think about what I’m thankful for throughout the year, but since it’s almost Thanksgiving, I thought I would write a post about what I’m thankful for and share it with all of you.

1. I’m thankful for all of my new friends and family in St. Louis AND in Chicago.

I’ve met a ton of people this year and it’s been a crazy experience. I moved a few hundred miles away from home and I no longer see the people I love everyday. Although I’m closer to family now in Chicago, I rarely have time to see them between work and school. Plus Chicago is HUGE! My family seriously lives on different sides of Chicago and the burbs.

2. My jobs and all of my coworkers.

I’ve met some of the most amazing people at both of my jobs. Times can get so extremely stressful, but having great coworkers really help. Both of my bosses are awesome and they are so easy to talk to. I’ve been blessed this year with all of my bosses, even the ones in St. Louis! I had the best boss in St. Louis at my most recent job there and I still miss him.

3. My car.

Is this weird? She hasn’t broken down on me at all ever since I got her my junior year of high school. That was almost five years ago! Oh and I totally knocked on some wood just now.

4. My sister.

She gets her own number because she seriously has been sent from god. She’s helped me in pretty much every aspect of my life and continues to do so. I do not know what I would do without her… Seriously. No clue. I know for a fact I wouldn’t be here in Chicago with this great job and going to a university.

5. Life in general.

My life has really changed for the better. I make decisions based on what it is best for ME. I no longer depend on anyone to make me happy. I’m in a point in my life where this is about me. I’m figuring out who I am and I freakin’ love it. I love me! That doesn’t sound strange at all.

This year I plan on spending Thanksgiving with my cousins and my dad’s side of the family. I’m super excited because I don’t remember ever spending Thanksgiving with them. Now that I live so close to them I get to spend it with them!

Although it is the month of being thankful, I believe we should be thankful all year round. I make it a point to think each month about what I am thankful for.

Doing this makes me become extremely positive and motivated about my life and the journey ahead. I’ve had a pretty crazy year and looking back in January, I never thought I’d be where I’m at now. I’ve never been stronger and this independent in my entire life. A year can really change a person’s life.

What are you thankful for?

 

My First KPOP Concert

Hey guys! I’ve been super busy these past couple weeks with the semester ending shortly. I am getting prepared for finals and I have been working a ton as well… but I’m excited to say I finally went to my first KPOP concert!

I love the diversity that Chicago offers.

This is a huge deal because I’ve been meaning to go to a KPOP concert for a long time. Living in St. Louis for many years led to zero Korean concerts and frankly, I was the only Korean (well, half Korean) I knew of in the area besides my sister.

Moving to Chicago has led me to meet tons of people with different backgrounds and cultures. It’s almost like living in a different country every day!

Although I do miss St. Louis, I do not miss the part of there not being many different cultures or backgrounds.

Since I moved to Chicago, I’ve been lucky enough to start spending time with my family, and more importantly my mom. She lives about an hour away from me but the drive is worth it. We stuff our faces with Korean food and do random things in Chicago. This particular weekend she had free tickets to a KPOP concert for a band called 2PM. This band was playing at Rosemont Theater. Pretty awesome.

As I arrived at the theater, I felt like I was in a whole different country. The theater was swarming with Korean people and everyone was dressed up in more of an ‘Asian’ style I must say. I saw tons of crazy outfits that were thoroughly impressive!

First things first. I’ve never been to a concert that was solely a boy pop band.

I’ve never heard so many screaming girls in my life. These girls were seriously screaming or jumping the ENTIRE time. I was on the balcony and was fortunate enough to experience what an earthquake might feel like.

So how was my first KPOP experience? Well, the music is different a lot different from the music I usually listen to. I couldn’t understand many songs but I love how the band included English words as well. I also noticed that Korean bands will actually stop between a few songs and talk to the audience. They had a full conversation for like 10-15 minutes. Half of the band members knew how to speak English, but the other half didn’t. It was awesome seeing them try to speak English as well. They did a pretty good job!

At the end, the band members retrieved phones from the audience and were taking selfies with the fans which I thought was pretty awesome.

My favorite part of the concert was when they all took off their shirts. Haha yup I’m that girl now.

I’m including two photos below from the concert:

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