Life After Korea: The job hunt

So it’s been a solid 90 days since we packed up and left Seoul in our rearview mirror. The first month was honestly dedicated to relaxing and seeing friends and family, and making sure my husband is acclimating well.

Now that the holidays are over and all the overwhelming feelings of being busy are gone it’s time to focus on the year and make some money.

I have been plucking away at job applications since I got home but nothing has panned out and I thought, “well maybe it’s for the best.”

But now I’m starting to get worried…

Within the past 3 months, I have applied to the very obvious teaching positions and paraprofessional positions in the school districts around me. I have also applied to companies my friends are working for as well. I always manage to get an interview but nothing has solidified yet.

It wasn’t until I met up with one of my girlfriend that used to be a teacher here in Dallas that this problem isn’t exclusive only to me.

We sat at lunch and talked about how difficult it truly is to find a decent job after teaching.

She told me, “It’s like my teaching experience didn’t matter and it was like I didn’t have a real degree. They were kind of like oh that’s cute but what kind of skills can you really offer us.”

Luckily she said that she found a job she likes but it took her a while to actually find a company that was willing to give her the time of day.

When I was driving home from lunch with her my panic ensued. 
Thoughts were attacking my brain from every angle.
It was like I was planning my own demise.
Help.

The job search still continues as I write this blog post.
This past week I put myself on a couple of websites to see if I could get any leads or interviews.
I went on an interview and it honestly wasn’t for me
and clearly, I wasn’t for them.

 As time is passing I’m feeling dejected. a tad deflated. 

But I know it will happen.
It’s this weird calmness knowing that some way or somehow it’ll happen.

My husband and I did save a lot of money before leaving Korea to provide us with this 3-month cushion sans jobs. 

Have you moved home from being abroad and felt frustrated by not finding a job? Or maybe felt like you were being looked down on because you have been teaching overseas?

Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

Jobless Julie

 

Cafe Gals visit Mint Hiem in Hongdae!

Thoughts 

Mint Heim is located on the back streets between Hongdae and Hapjeong. It’s actually super easy to miss!  Cheyenne and I attempted to go to Mint Heim a couple of times and each time we easily passed it even with our Naver map on! Best way to find Mint Heim is to always look up or just for an adorable mint colored building! 

Now let’s get into the details here:

Prices/Menu

 

 

Wifi:
No

Pet-Friendly:
No

Atmosphere:
Busy! Definitely a tourist hot spot! A lot of people are always coming and going!

Seating:
Limited! Not a big space but hopefully you can find a table!

Instagram Worthy:
Absolutely!! It’s so adorable inside and out!

Thoughts:
Mint Heim is definitely a cafe to visit! Especially if are a fan of mint and chocolate. Their cakes are fabulously decorated and everything in the cafe is aesthetically pleasing. It’s a great place to take selfies and take a break from the Hongdae hustle and bustle! So the Cafe Gals ENCOURAGE you to try Mint Heim for yourself!

🚨Cheyenne and I gave this cafe🚨 

4/5

Address:


366-28 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
🌟 Use Naver maps for this one! It can be tricky!

Open

EVERY DAY 11:30 AM – 9:30 PM

Phone Number

02-324-1359

 📷Their Instagram

Mint Heim📷

Stay caffeinated my friends! 

xoxo

Julie & Cheyenne 

Etude House Bubble Tea Sleeping Pack

This is actually one of my older videos but I am on my 3rd bottle so I have to admit I’m really in love with this product!

There are very few products that make me want to repurchase them and this happens to be one of them.

When these first came out they flew off the shelves and I had a lot of my friends asking for me to buy them in bulk and send them!

Everyone knew when these products came out that aesthetically they are super adorable but were they actually going to be beneficial.

They come in 3 great “flavors.”


source: http://www.etudehouse.com

Let’s start with my favorite one!

  • Green tea helps with excessive oil and large pores
  • Black tea helps with firming and moisturizing
  • Strawberry helps with dry skin

 Let’s be honest

I’ve read a lot of other blogs that have said this sleeping pack isn’t worth your time or money. I think it’s all about your skin and its needs. I have exclusively used the green tea one because I have used other green tea products that have helped me before.

This VS. That

To be frank I have an arsenal of other sleeping packs that are way more moisturizing than this one. If you have a skin problem where you need a lot of moisture to go back into your skin I definitely wouldn’t suggest this product. I would suggest something like Dr. Jart or Huxley.

All in All

This is a great product to buy as a gift because it’s super cute! It’s great for a friend who loves bubble tea or a friend that likes Korean beauty!

If you have any questions make sure to leave them below!

If you’re interested in buying this here are some websites that will ship it to you!

Wal Mart | Iherb | Amazon | Etude House | Ebay

disclosure: I am not endorsed by Etude House and all opinions are my own. I purchased the product myself and this review was not paid for in any way. If you have any questions please refer to my disclaimer statement.

2018 Let’s do this

2018 is here!

Each year we all make resolutions that are far-fetched and we usually forget about them halfway through January.

This year I decided to blog about my resolutions to keep myself accountable for them haha

(did that even make sense?)

So as I fulfill my resolutions I’ll mark them off this post.

Herrrrrrrrre we go!
weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  1. Complete a whole month of Whole 30 (I’ve only managed to do it in bits and pieces)
  2. Complete 100 + Pure Barre classes
  3. Meditate/ do yoga at least 5 times a week
  4. Take more road trips! < Who doesn’t love road trips >
  5. Stay on top of my blog and YouTube channel
  6. Reconnect with people who I haven’t seen/talked to in a while
  7. Find cool new places to eat and drink around Texas
  8. Stop using my phone so much
  9. Finish my computer coding courses
  10. Smile/Laugh at myself more
  11. Take risks and own it! Even if they don’t pan out
  12. Enjoy wedding planning 🙂
  13. Travel out of the country AT LEAST once
  14. Grow my website & brand
  15. Learn to take time for myself when I need it 🙂

Alright so here’s a solid FIFTEEN resolutions.
Short and sweet.

What are some goals you are looking to achieve this year?

Let me know in the comments below! I’d love to help cheer you on!

Happy New Year!

Julie Ko

I’ll be away for the holidays…

Merry Christmas everyone! 
(Or belated depending on your time zone)

This was actually my first Christmas home with my family and my husband.

After spending 4 Christmas’ away from home and family it’s nice to be back!

But during those 4 years, something deep inside of me felt sadness, distance, and a bit of anger.

Those of you currently living/working abroad may have felt similar emotions during the holiday season.

Every year while I worked in Korea I actually left the country to push back my emotions and try to make the best of the fact that I wasn’t home surrounded by loved ones persuading me to move home.

But for some you, you have to stay in Korea and keep working through the holiday or your break is split up differently.

I want to take a minute and say this.
To those of you who are still abroad and are feeling homesick and blue this time of year,  I am here for you. I know it’s hard to be away from familiarity and traditions so if you find yourself depressed or wanting someone to talk to my inbox is ALWAYS open.

I am no stranger to my dear friend depression.
It loved to try and control me and steer me down dark alleyways of my brain. It’s cold outside, crying seems normal, and your feelings are numb.
I have dealt with depression from a young age and sought out professional help that has ultimately given me the tools to dig me out of a grade A pity party.

Sometimes change is difficult and lonely.
But you should always know that there are people who have been there and possibly felt what you are feeling now.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to others in the expat groups or people on Instagram that maybe you’ve never met.

I actually met some really cool people in Korea through Instagram!

I want to wish you all a wonderful and safe holiday break.

Be sure to take care of your mind & body!

Lots of LOVE,

Julie Ko

Cafe Gals visit Mr. Holmes Bakery

 Mr. Holmes Bakehouse is tucked away off of the main Garosugil road. It’s in a cozy little area where you can find Dr. Jarts, Asics, and other fun shops. It’s towards the end of the street and you can’t miss it with its gorgeous neon signs! It’s like a little piece of Americana on the busy streets of Seoul. You can find all the familiar pastries from home with a fun twist! All the butter and richness will make you feel like your grandma just made them.
If you haven’t already you should definitely check out Mr. Holmes bakery! If not in Seoul you can visit them in LA and San Francisco!
Now let’s get into the details here:

Prices: 
 Pastries start from 3,000 KRW to 6,000 KRW
Drinks start at 4,500 to 6,500
Menu:
English & Korean
Wifi: 
Found on the first floor of the cafe
Pet Friendly:
Nope
Atmosphere: 
The vibe is fun and chill. Great music and ambiance
Seating: 
Plenty for you and your crew!
Instagram Worthy: 
Absolutely! Snap a pic with one of their famous neon signs and upload it!
Thoughts:
We have been to Mr. Holmes multiple times! This is probably one of my favorite places to get American style pastries. The vibe is great and the decoration is trendy. You can gather the crew and hang out here or bring your honey for a date! Mr. Holmes is sure to please anyone’s taste buds!
🚨Cheyenne and I gave this cafe🚨 
4.5/5

Address:

South Korea, Seoul, Gangnam-gu, Sinsa dong, Apgujeong-ro 10-gil, 34

Open:

Everyday 10AM – 10:30PM

Phone:

02-547-2004

Instagram:

Mr. Holmes USA | Mr. Holmes Korea

xoxo

 Cafe Gals