New Life Goal – Covering the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics

I’m a Virgo and that means I love planning my life out – I’m one of those people who makes 1 year, 5 year and 10 year plans… and actually follows through with them (and then creates new ones if I decide to follow a new direction).  To be honest, I make plans and lists for just about everything, I can be a tad bit anal about planning but it’s fun (for me) and I like being organized!  I’m one of those rare people who actually follow through with some of their New Year’s Resolutions – not all (I’m so not perfect!), but generally 3 out of the 5 come into fruition. 

This year I’ve been really concentrating on one goal – which started as a New Year’s Resolution and then morphed into a one-year life goal.  It’s now morphing into something more after hearing some exciting news on Twitter (Side note: I love Twitter, as a news junkie, I can get my news instantly as it happens which is so cool).  Okay, it was starting to become more for other reasons but this was the icing on the cake 🙂

What am I talking about?  First, let me give you some background information.  (My apologies to those of you who regularly read my blog as some of this will be old hat).  While living and working in Korea, I completely fell in love with the country – the people, the food, the culture, and the music; basically everything.  But then I returned to Toronto and I started feeling homesick for Korea (and especially for Seoul).  I also love writing and had been blogging for fun while in Korea; so I decided to refocus my blog to being mainly about Korea and Korean culture but with a Toronto twist. 

It’s been a bit of a journey during 2011 as I’ve started promoting my blog more, making connections in the Korean-Canadian community and being named one of the Worldwide Korea Bloggers for The Korea Blog.  I still have work to do – like separating my blog into two (one for Korean content, one for my other musings) and finding consistency in my posting dates – but I’m happy with my progress so far and I’m on my way to reaching my twin goals of establishing my blog as a respected voice of Korean culture in Toronto and 5000 viewers a month 🙂

But it’s now more… it’s now a part of my five-year plan, although I still have some kinks to work out.  Why?  Last week, Korea was awarded the 2018 Winter Olympics, which will be held in PyeongChang, Korea.  What do my blogging and the Winter Olympics in Korea have in common?  I want to cover it!  But more than that, I want to be paid to cover the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics!  So I have 6 years to build and cement my reputation as a credible writer about Korea and Korean culture; build contacts both in Toronto and in Korea; and of course, improve my Korean.  As much as I love sports – and I really do – I would rather write cultural and human interest stories.  I’m not a reporter but I am a writer, and I like to think I’m a pretty decent one.  Will this goal be difficult?  Oh yeah!  Will that stop me?  No way!

Next step, creating my action plan!

Cindy Zimmer

Live life to the fullest everyday – this is a the philosophy I try to live by and it’s taken me on many adventures. I write about Korean culture from a non-Korean perspective as the editor/founder of ATK Magazine and I’m the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Korean Film Festival (TKFF). Previously, I ran a Korean-English language exchange group (in Toronto) for 3 years to stay connected to my three years living in Korea as an English teacher. I love music, film, food and sports and write about 3 of the 4.

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