Five Good Things

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There are variations of this post floating around in the blogosphere, but this one is my favorite. The premise is that you share any five good things, whether they be things happening around the world or in your life. Today, I wanted to share five small but good things that have brought me joy recently.

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Isn't he handsome?

One—last weekend, after celebrating one of our colleague's traditional Korean wedding, two of my Seoul friends and I spent the night shopping in Hongdae. It was so much fun choosing outfits for each other and belly-laughing about the silliest things (even giving the sales associates a laugh!). I picked up three pieces for my work wardrobe as well!

Two—this week was my first week as Professor Jen, and while it was exhausting, it was the start of what I think will be a good semester. One of my ELLs called me "the cutiest," one gave me a round of applause at the end of class, and I bonded with others not only in English, but also in Korean, French, and Chinese! Best of all, with Fridays off, every weekend has become a long weekend, and that's a good thing.

Three—the start of the fall semester has also seemed to bring fall-like weather. The temperature has dipped, the humidity is gone (most importantly), and there's a slight breeze throughout the day. Even when I'm running to catch a train or switch lines, I don't break a sweat. Fall is my favorite season and I'm looking forward to making the most of this beautiful, true fall in Seoul.

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 Five Good Things | On the Street Where We Live (aretherelilactrees.com)
 Five Good Things | On the Street Where We Live (aretherelilactrees.com)
 

Four—I've been eating Andy Capp's Hot Fries since early elementary school and it's kind of a problem; that is, there are no Hot Fries in Korea! When we went back to the States this summer, I brought an almost empty suitcase to stock up, but then I discovered Chester's Flamin' Hot Fries and have become a complete convert. I've hardly touched the Hot Fries since we got back and am already down to my last two bags of Chester's! If you're into spicy, salty snacks, definitely give these a try (and maybe ship some to Seoul to share).

Five—I use an oil in my nightly skincare routine and recently read up on the benefits of facial rolling with oils. I picked up this rose quartz facial roller which is as cool and soothing on the skin as it is pretty and pink. You can see and even feel the effects of facial rolling instantaneously, and it's a meditative and relaxing experience. I'll write more on this in depth soon, but the funny thing is that Andrew may have more to say on it than I do as I've used it twice as many times on him as I have on myself!

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