Reasons I am thankful: My reflections on this year on the first day of Chuseok – 내가 고마워하는 이유: 추석 첫날 올해에 대한 나의 생각은

It’s been over a year since I decided I wanted to move to the other side of the planet to live and work in Seoul, South Korea. I’m now in Korea, I’ve been here for 4 weeks and I have just over 2 weeks left before I head home. From today until Tuesday it’s the Korean Holiday Chuseok, the autumnal harvest celebration where traditionally Korean people would thank the spirits and their ancestors for the autumnal harvest. This is why Chuseok is commonly translated as “Korean Thanksgiving” to English speakers.

This morning I went to Church, as I do every Sunday, and I found myself thinking about all the things I am grateful for. Part of making one celebrates every Little Victory, I think it’s important to constantly and openly remind oneself of what makes you thankful or happy and what can motivate you further. So here is my Chuseok 2018 list of things I am thankful for.

I am thankful for:

  1. My Family
  2. My Friends from home who I have known for years
  3. The new Friends I’ve made who I hope to know for years to come
  4. My Education, and all I have learned in school, sixth form and university
  5. Finishing my Masters
  6. The opportunities I have had to be Creative and to enjoy my hobbies.
  7. The opportunities I have had to Work and Earn money
  8. My amazing Church in the UK
  9. My amazing Church in Korea
  10. The support and care from those who part of my wider Christian family
  11. My Health and the continual journey I am on to be healthier.
  12. My current state Mental Health and my support network for when my Mental health isn’t so good.
  13. The fact that 4 years ago I was unsuccessful in ending my own life, and the experience scared me so much I decided to help others who feel that way.
  14. That my calling to Korea has been met with encouragement, support and opportunity.
  15. That I can see how far I have come
  16. That I can see how far I could go
  17. That I feel comfortably out of my comfort zone.
  18. That I have a worldwide support network who make me feel so welcome and loved.
  19. All the experiences I have had that have led me here.
  20. For my blog, and for an outlet for me to share my thoughts in a creative and fun way.


I hope you all have things you are thankful for, and I encourage you to comment them below. When you feel your worst it can really help to find something to be thankful for, even something little. It can put things in perspective and can help you feel motivated to keep on going.

So these have been my Chuseok #LittleVictories, what are yours?

추석 즐겁게 보내세요! Have a happy Chuseok.

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