Welcome to my Blog

Welcome to my new blog! I hope you will enjoy the things I plan to share with you all.

Life has a funny way of getting you where you need to be and throwing you through unexpected twists and turns to get you there. Looking back at my life 5 years ago I would have never guessed I’d end up in the sunny state of Texas. When I graduated college I had very little experience outside of rural Pennsylvania and Maryland. I took up a secretarial temp position at various places such as Goodwill Industries Corporate office to name one. Despite growing up in a small town I always felt like I didn’t really belong there. I tried my best to stay upbeat and joined the Band of Brothers Shakespeare Company to fulfill my artsy side. After about a year I realized that I wanted to do more and take on a crazy challenge by moving out of the country.


After extensive research I discovered the English Program in Korea, got T.E.F.L. certified, and went through a crazy year-long application process. When all was said and done I accomplished my goal and was accepted as teacher for the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education. Moving to Seoul, South Korea was unheard of in my small hometown of 1,900 people. Everyone thought I was crazy, but I knew what I wanted and went for it. After spending two incredible years abroad teaching I have zero regrets about my decision to move abroad. It opened me up to so many valuable self-discoveries, new friends, cultural experiences and more.


After two years in Seoul I decided I had tortured my family long enough and made the decision to move stateside to be within a more reasonable distance of them. I spent a good amount of time back in my hometown visiting with my family, but I knew I wanted to move to a city. The only difference is this time I wanted it to be where I knew people. During the last two months I was in Korea I unexpectedly met a great guy. He was from Korea originally, but spent his university and graduate studies in the United States. We ended up dating and decided to continue dating even after returning to the states. After my six months at home I decided to move to Houston to find better job opportunities. The extra bonus is that my boyfriend lives here too.

It’s been nearly six months since I moved to Houston and I have to say that it was an excellent decision. I have a great job as a faculty assistant for a leading research university and have made some great friends along the way. My boyfriend is still as wonderful as the day I met him and I look forward to what is in the future for us. Now that I have the time I want to get back to some of the hobbies I have always enjoyed.

You can usually find me sharing pictures, life posts, recipes, and other things that delight me. I still do quite a bit of traveling when I get the chance and am no stranger to trying new things. If you find my posts of interest then I welcome you to read my blog and share your own experiences with me as well!


About Janelle 11 Articles
Grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania, educated in Maryland, worked in Korea, and has now settled in Texas.

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