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Travel Bear: 5 hours till heading to Korea

Oh my goodness, I am not fully believing of the fact that in 5 hours I will be on my way to South Korea. This trip has been a dream and a promise for 8 years now and it is finally happening. I am starting to get a bit nervous which thankfully I have kept at bay this entire time. I am not very fond of flying but am hoping for the best. This will be my first time overseas and in moments seems overwhelming.

I will be doing so much and will be documenting every step of the way so please look forward to a wave of new content, blog posts, tips and tricks, and videos in the coming month. I look forward to this amazing adventure and am so thankful for my best friend: my husband who without him this would not be possible.


The ticket is purchased 0_0

Wow. Just. Wow.

So a few weeks ago when gas prices dropped a pretty good amount I happened to check on flight costs to Korea (which I do just about every month) and to my surprise they were a lot cheaper than they have been for the past two years. Plus I could get a cheap ticket from my homebase airport, where as previously I thought I would have to drive 2-3 hours to another airport for a much cheaper ticket. My husband told me to jump on the ball and go ahead and lock down the tickets and thank goodness I did because I think everyone was buying tickets while gas prices were down. The first flight itinerary I went to buy sold the last ticket right before I hit buy and then the second one I managed to get one of the last two seats available. If I had waited I would have been very upset to find that there were no tickets available for the time I wanted to go. :/

Thankfully I got my tickets and let me tell you when I got all the confirmation emails it was such a weird feeling! I’ve been wanting to go over seas for over 10 years now and nearly did when I was 16. My mom and I were going to Japan but a few weeks before leaving she got sick and there were some other circumstances that made us not comfortable going. Now it has been about 8 years since I made some great friends from Korea and I have wanted to go visit them ever since they went back home from the states. I have stayed in touch with them all these years and about two years ago I just got it in my head that I wanted to just do it and do it as soon as possible.

Wanting to see my dear friends and dreaming about where I would go if I was ever able to , got me so immersed into Korean culture and I was able to find some of my favorite Youtubers which fed the fire in me to go. I started learning all that I could about the culture and try and pick up some of the language so I can try and meet my friends half way when I see them. I really wanted to go but part of me was like “oh it’s not going to happen” or “You know you cant” also the “It’s a bit scary to do that”, these things kept at me. After some sad life news however I just decided “to hell with all that, I am going” and because of wanting to catch my friends in between responsibility’s Β I knew I needed to get it done. My husband has been supportive in this dream of mine and with out him it just wouldn’t happen.

It is a surreal feeling with bits of anxiety and joy and excitement and lots of other things all mixed together when I realize I am going to see my friends! There is so much I need to do before then though and at the top of it all is I have got to get in better shape! I went to Las Vegas in November and after three days I was dying, it was then I knew that I could not go to Korea being so heavy and out of shape. So the next few months I will be doing my darndest to get healthier so I can enjoy my trip to the fullest. I will be posting little bits of my preparation and maybe I can help some who are wanting to make a trip like this and don’t know where to start. πŸ™‚

What are some tips you would give a first time traveler over seas? Β Any tips to help me get in better shape (one that isn’t round) ? Have any questions about the process about going to another country? Let me know in the comments!

With spring comes changes

Winter is finally passing by and the signs of spring are all around, with change comes more change it seems. Im ready to be through with all the sickness and bleh that my family has been dealing with the past two months for sure. Colds and bugs galore it seemed but besindes that my own day to day habits have caused me to feel just awful and the only fault lies with myself. I have several health problems but the one that seems to lie in the center with little connections to all the others is PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrom). PCOS is a common endocrine disorder amoung women. It involves some serious hormonal imballances that bring about a slew of not so cool symptoms such as: severly increased risk for Diabetes type 2, hightened risk for heart disease,rapid weight gain and difficulty losing, cysts growing in and around the ovaries (that can bust and send you to a world of pain), infertility, depression, anxiety and alot of other issues. There is alot that is unknown about the disorder like what exactly causes it, it seems to be a genetic trait. There is NO cure for PCOS there are only treatments that you have to hit or miss and change up with your symptoms. The symptoms get progressivly worse the older you get as well as the heavier you are normally. Even if you get your ovaries removed eventually you will always live with syptoms.

Anyway my symptoms have been getting worse the past several months and it has alot to do with my lifestyle during the holidays for sure. Stress for one is a trigger like no other, it causes your body to just shut down or go into overdrive which are both not good things. A really big factor in how you feel for anyone is what you eat. The things that go in your body are fueling you and will impact your entire health. There have been multiple studies in the past few years that show a Gluten free diet and low Carb diet do wonders for those who suffer from PCOS and from experience I believe it. Two years ago my family and I went G-free for several reasons the main one being to help my step-daughter. While doing that for several months I was feeling alot better and didnt have as many achey bloaty feelings every day. Everyone in the house could tell and yet…sometimes life just distracts you and we got offtrack from eating that way. Even after we stopped eating G-free my husband would constantly say “You need to be on that diet, it helped.” but I would just pass it by thinking “I know.”

Even though I knew it was better for me I was lazy, it is alot of work to put ANY restrictions on your food and I just didnt want to take the time (even though the one thing I always have is time) to get back on track. Well after the past few months and gaining a bit of weight even a little really matters. Im tired of feeling awful and sick after eating something I shouldnt. Im tired of being tired and blah.

So the only thing I can do is work for feeling better, its not just going to happen. We’ve been eating better lately mainly eating lots of veggies and fruits which is great. Spring is nearly here and that means lots of fresh picked veggies on on the horizon. πŸ™‚

Because of the sudden blast of G-free movements it seems, there are so many new things out that fit the diet. Im always amazed going to the store now because a few years ago there was just a teeny section and now there is 3 or 4 sections and so much to choose from. The varity makes it easier for sure though it can be pricey and just because it is G-free does not mean that it is healthy at all, it just means there is no Gluten. I hope we can all make healthier choices for the spring πŸ™‚

Do you know of anyone or do you yourself suffer from this disorder or something similar? What helps you? Let me know in the comments πŸ™‚