In an odd, global health crisis kind of way, this actually did happen – sort of. As I mentioned before, 2020 was a year of prioritizing survival over comfort or familiarity, so I definitely wasn’t operating on auto-pilot anymore. My sense of normalcy was so shaken up, there were several moments where I wasn’t even certain as to what I was operating on!
“I am going to write at least two posts per month on this blog. I’m also going to create more freelance pieces for various outlets.”
My desire to write was extremely lackluster throughout 2020. There were so many moments to convey through words, and I didn’t write about any of them. I was more preoccupied with trying to capture the moments via my camera.
On the bright side, I had three photos published in a Korean magazine within my first three months of living in South Korea – which is pretty cool! It was my first time having work published outside of the United States. Needless to say, I was thrilled.
“I tend to use a lot of single-use plastic. This year, I’m working hard to utilize resources besides plastic — metal straws instead of plastic; lunch containers rather than Ziploc bags; eating foods that do not come in single-use packaging, etc. However I go about achieving it, the ultimate goal is to use less plastic.”
While my camera lived in one hand, my reusable Yeti tumbler resided in the other. I also purchased a metal straw, silicone straws, straw brushes, biodegradable dish scrubbers, metal lunch boxes, and reusable wooden cutlery. These small, yet beneficial changes didn’t come all at once, but over a period of time throughout the year.
As with so many things in life, I continue to have a lot of room for improvement. If there was ever an era for carry-out meals, it was 2020. With the closure of restaurants across the world, ordering food to be delivered or picked up rapidly became the new norm; and with food on-the-go comes packaging. I wouldn’t say that I ordered food more often than any other person, but all of the packaging that came to me was thrown away.
Unfortunately, recycling was not something I took seriously throughout the year. I kept telling myself to recycle rather than throwing things out, and I didn’t. Honestly, it was out of pure laziness, and I need to do better with it. I mean, it’s not complicated – why not just recycle? I’m making a mountain out of a molehill. I recognize that change does not come all at once; but this is an area I am really going to invest more effort into throughout the upcoming year.