My Adventures in South Korea

A month in Korea and my Quarter Life Crisis.

Well, we made it! Today is John’s and my 1 month anniversary here in South Korea! It’s nice to have a month behind us because now we know that we can make it here for a year! Like I  mentioned in previous posts, it has been an emotional ride, but what new adventure isn’t?

I can’t believe how much my life has changed, not only from this move, but from the moment I turned 25 last September. I really had a quarter life crisis. Not a day went by after that birthday where I didn’t stop and question what I was doing with my life. I also felt like I hadn’t accomplished anything. What is it about the age of 25 that can do that to a person? It is such a defining age. A quarter of a century old. I turn 26 in a little over a month and it doesn’t scare me as much as 25 did. I would look around at all my friends and it just seemed like everyone had their sh*t together, all but me (thanks Facebook for making everyone look like they have a perfect life!).

Part of the quarter life crisis was because I missed that feeling that college gave me. It’s the “life is full of opportunity” one. I know that you don’t need college to have that feeling but I really gained that at UCF. College was such an amazing experience (and also like a hazy dream before reality hits). People are correct when they say that those are some of the best years of your life. I grew so much as a person in those 5 years, but after graduating and joining the workforce, I hit a wall. I missed (and still miss) college so much and I started questioning everything I was doing. I just felt like all my decisions weren’t adding up. It is nice that there is a great support system to help guide all of us lost 20-something year olds. It’s okay if things don’t make sense. It’s okay if we are confused. All we have is our glass of wine, our friends and family, and our TV shows as our guides. BTW – I really want to thank Lena Dunham’s HBO show “Girls” for capturing all my emotions of being 25!

Anyhow, all of this complaining above, helped get me here to where I am now, in my Korean apartment, typing this blog post, and all while getting ready to teach my elementary students tomorrow. This month wasn’t the bells and whistles I imagined it would be, but it has been worth it 100%. There is something very rewarding about putting yourself outside of your comfort zone and experience things you never dreamed about. It not only makes you a better person, but it can help you share new things with others. 🙂

“Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.” -Bernice Johnson Reagon

I’ll leave this post tonight with a few pictures and I promise my blog will have more about Korea next week!


At the Seoul History Museum! It actually closed that day by the time we got there so John and I ended up going later.


Lovers – The dogs are adjusting to Korea nicely 🙂



At the Korea History Museum!



The rivers here are so peaceful.


Korean BBQ!

Need to catch up on Breaking Bad! Have a good week!

9 Responses to “A month in Korea and my Quarter Life Crisis.”

  1. Mary

    Dearest Tara, I have been following you, and I am so happy for you. Your recent post was so true and emotional, it made me cry. You are right college years are awesome, but Knowing you and John, you will do great in life. BTW Melody is leaving this Thursday and thanks for all your advice to her. Enjoy life and whatever it brings to you, especially the surprises!

    • talaghemand

      Thank you so much Mary for your sweet words!! I wish Melody the best of luck as she starts her college years!! She will have so much fun and make memories she will never forget!! 🙂

  2. Yura

    Hi Tara! This is Yura. Congrats on your one month in Korea! Time flies, doesn’t it? I’m glad to see you and Mr. Mizell having fun traveling around Seoul. It’s really awesome that you’re willing to explore & learn the culture. I think getting immersed is the quickest way to get familiarized. Your story about college makes me look forward to my next 4 years! I’m leaving for NY next week. Say hi to Mizell for me. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, so stay strong! I miss you guys already 🙂

    • talaghemand

      Thank you so much for your comment Yura! It was great meeting you here in Korea! I agree that immersing ourselves is the best experience and Korea is just so fascinating! I hope you have an amazing college experience!! A word of advice is not to rush it! Enjoy every year and moment! You can’t ever get time back but you can make great memories to fall back on! 🙂

  3. Shayan

    Hey Tara! Sounds like the trip is a blast. I’m really happy for you and John and will continue to read about your experiences. Hope to see you soon!


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