Family time in 석초 and 설악산, a coastal town by the mountains. That's where you get all that fresh fish and sashimi, Korean style, without having to travel too far from Seoul. We also got to hike (not my most favorite pasttime), but I have to say it was so worth it. I know I'm getting older because I've begun to thoroughly enjoy nature. Not saying that if you enjoy nature you're strange or not youthful, but I guess I've always been a city girl. My parents would always take us places where there were like trees and foliage and stuff, and I'd always be like, "Ugh, boringgg. Can we go back to the frikkin' (a common word used circa 1999) hotel?" But now I'm like taking 249 pictures of the same tree and mountain scene (mostly because I'm excited to Instagram it, but still...).
And God definitely used this week to encourage me as I begin the new year. Meeting old friends and getting to spend time with family made the trip even more significant, and many words of truth and love were spoken to me through these people. It gave me the boost and strength I needed to face some fears and anxieties I've struggled with in 2013, and I feel blessed to have started the year this way. So a belated Happy New Year, fresh-off-that-Korean-boat-style: