Getting up early, no matter how much sleep I’m lacking, is a much better way to start a day. I feel more productive, and I’m able to get to work or wherever else I need to go on time. Sometimes. I'll probably always struggle with being late to everything.

My goal is to get up extra early at least one day a week, and make it to work early, or on time at least twice. I have a serious snoozing problem. I need to take control over the tricks my mind often plays in the morning.

I have some pretty hefty goals I plan to achieve before leaving Korea. Some are so big, and seemingly impossible, I don’t even know where to start. Even after being here for eight months.

I’ve mentioned my need to reduce, and ultimately pay off some major debt I’ve accumulated over the past four years. Thankfully, I’ve gone the right way when it comes to numbers, but it’s nowhere close to being paid off (or where I should be at this point). But, I’m not going to beat myself up about that just yet.

The other massive goal is to learn Korean, and in my head it’s the same as trying to climb over a giant wall covered in barbed wire and broken glass. Is there something in your life that feels this challenging to you?

I don’t know where to begin so I haven’t. I’ve put it off for months. I’m barely better than I was when I arrived. I don’t feel motivated to learn, even though I’ve enrolled in a class, purchased language software to practice, and have plenty of Korean friends willing to help.

It’s entirely up to me to take the necessary steps. After finally recognizing this fact, I took a step that led to a YouTube video posted by one of my incredible friends. Erica reminded me I can do anything I set my mind to, as long as I dedicate at least one minute every day to reach it. I can do that!

A minute each day adds up. I’ve already started to learn more words since watching Erica’s video. I’m going to focus on the basics, equivalent to what my students are learning in English, as a way to break it down. When I feel overwhelmed, I’ll remember if my students can do it—I can too!

Thanks for the push, Erica. Keep “puking rainbows”. I hope others take a minute to watch, and be inspired by your video as well.


JOIN CHASE: Closer to Korean
JOIN CHASE: Five-Minute Failure
JOIN CHASE: More Than Words
JOIN CHASE: Small Successes
JOIN CHASE: To Want to Know