I’ve spent the last couple of days reflecting on how I wanted to summarize my month. I won’t deny the month was shadowed by Coronavirus, but my daily doodles reminded me of all the nice bits and the fact that life continues, just under a new normal–with masks, diligent hand sanitizing and a slightly heightened suspicion of people and crowds.
Since I’ve already written a lot about Coronavirus (here, here and here) I won’t expound upon the topic too much more. I will say that looking back, I feel ashamed of how I initially reacted to it all. I remember that before the outbreak exploded in Korea, instead of watching the news coming out of Wuhan with compassion for the sick, I started to worry about what might happen to me and my family, and how I would be affected, how I could protect myself, and so on. Maybe it’s natural to feel that way, maybe fear and uncertainty mirrors the worst in people, but it took being on the receiving end of the very mistrust that I projected towards China to make me realize this aptly depicted fact: We’re in this together.
For a while I let fear make me forget the very inspiration behind my blog handle, A Wonderful Sheep, which comes from a story about the kindness of strangers and our shared humanity. With continuous self-reflection and a little help from my very thoughtful blogger friends (Thank YOU), I hope I can reclaim that foundation. (Incidentally and maybe ironically, before I settled on A Wonderful Sheep, this blog was called Memento Mori, which is Latin for Remember that You Will Die… meant to emphasize the preciousness of life but also kinda morbid sounding at first glance.)
ANYWAY, on to some photos from this month.
I felt a little bit of creative block during the month, but did end up sending out a lot of snail mail for International Corresspondence Writing Month, or InCoWriMo.
I also found a little post office nearby that carried way more current issue stamps (the JACKPOT and BINGO from Feb 3 on my doodle calendar) AND discovered Stamp Love, a website that sells vintage stamps in Korea at face value (Feb 11). I bought them to use on snail mail, but I can’t bring myself to part with them yet… I love them all. Here is a sampling from one 10,000 KRW (9 dollars ish) pack.
I got to visit printmaker and illustrator JooHee Yoon‘s solo exhibition in Seoul and left the gallery bouncing up and down, so inspired by her work. Her use of color and texture just blew me away. Definitely check out her website to see what I mean!
I wrote jokingly in my journal this month that I was trying to fill this void in me with bread and stationery… which is kinda true because I did eat a lot of bread and cheese. (Sarah, that’s what the cheese attack is, I stuffed my face with string cheese one weekend. :DD) I also visited about ten different stationery shops this month. I’ve been wanting to compile a resource in English for independent stationery shops in Seoul, so I justified all this spending as research. Hopefully in March I will rein back the spending and compile my research here.
And finally, the last day of the month in this fun leap year, I went to the Strawberry Buffet at the Lotte Hotel. Around this time different high-end hotels have these strawberry buffets and I had always wanted to check it out. It was divine and a sweet way to end the month.
This post is part of Su’s The Changing Seasons Challenge.
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