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Return to New York

I put my career on hold for the last two years to work abroad in Asia. I taught English at a public school in South Korea, a job that allowed me to tackle a bunch of personal projects and save more money than I probably deserved. I improved significantly as a creative and financial writer, programmer, and I even earned my license to teach high school physics.

Now I'm back in New York, and beginning anew. It's been about 6 years since I've lived in New York, and enough has changed to feel like I was never here to begin with.

First off, the weather hasn't. The winters are miserable, though at least my apartment isn't insulated as poorly as Korean buildings are. The subways are in a state of disrepair, or constant repair if you want to look at it that way, and inconsistent, poorly announced service changes are the norm after Hurricane Sandy. The homeless are a miserable shame of the city and every train car that's been evacuated from their odor reminds us; They Exist.

Despite the miserable climate, subway, and homeless, which are a permanent part of the flavor of NYC, I am excited to return at a time when Spring is around the corner, and pound the pavement for new opportunities. For work, I've interviewed for paid internships at tech startups where I can seriously develop the programming skills I've been working on for the past year. Even an unpaid internship at the right company would be far more valuable to me than taking a course, as they can offer me industry contacts and non-academic (valuable) experience.

Looking Back, 2012: 5 Things that were Amazing and 3 Things that were Not

On Ideas in the Making

I don't believe in New Years resolutions or any of that mumbojumbo, arbitrary dates. Frankly I hate New Years parties; they are loud, obnoxious and really pointless. Anyways, one of my favorite bloggers, Sean Ogle, recently wrote a post about what he did right and what he did wrong in the past year as a means of looking back.

I decided I should do the same thing. And thus, without further ado, what I think I did right in and the things I did 2012.

1. I ate a ton of good food. This past year I had some of the most amazing food experiences I can think of. I had amazing seafood in Madrid, out of this world innovative cuisine at countless New American/Gastropubbish restaurants in NYC and explored various high-end farmers markets and pastry shops. Furthermore, this year I managed to get tons of my friends into the knack of finding and appreciating good food. Overall this past year has been one of the most amazing years I've ever had for food, and I doubt I will be able to repeat it since I now live far away from NYC. Regardless, my respect of high-quality food is an all time high it is one of those things that I think having everyday makes one very happy.

2. I wrote a lot more and got more serious. For the majority of last year I was in a half daze, I played video games, Spent a lot of time redditing or doing stupid shit with my time. Of course I would still read, practice some languages or occasionally update my blog, but I wasn't serious enough. Then around august or September I decided to get serious. It finally clicked for me that Video games  where being a huge waste of my time, and that honestly, I had already had my fair share. I also realized that social distractions like reddit, facebook, constant texting/messaging and reacting to everything people said (if you live in a house with others) was being a detriment to my success. Thus I significantly cut down my time on reddit and reacting to everything; facebook and texting still remained constant until around late November  and at the moment I literally only check for notifications. I started writing a lot more just to get in the habit of it. I also started researching how I could make money online and read almost twice as many books in 3 months as I did the past 9 months.

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