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My 2012 Year in Review

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Now that 2012 is coming to a close, there are so many thoughts running through my head about everything that happened this past year, and what hopes/plans I have for 2013.

Before this year is over though, I reckon I should do a little ‘End of Year Review’~ Most of the big events are related to my bake shop, because well, that’s where most of my energy and attention was this year. I’m truly thankful for the fact that I’ve been able to support myself doing something I enjoy so much. It’s been really awesome. But also a lot of work. I wish I had made more time for friends and hobbies…  little things like visiting new coffee shops and restaurants every week, reading books, going hiking, drawing and painting, baking just for fun, running, and even blogging regularly. But regardless, I’m still really grateful for this year and I’m hoping that in 2013, I can find a better balance between work and personal life. Maybe I’m just naiive to wish that I can have it all, but maybe not? :)

Anyway, here are some of the most memorable events that you might remember:

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My one and only bake sale fundraiser this year was at Fell + Cole and it was one of those events that brought about a bunch of other opportunities: Botton cafe, the Window Bakery Collection, and my collaboration with the Bakery Monthly magazine to name a few. So many good things came about as a result of that one bake sale, it honestly blows my mind a bit.

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I had the pleasure of making special vegan cupcakes for SONO DRS, a fashion designer and got to go behind the scenes of their show at Seoul Fashion Week. Super cool!

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I only had one small art show this year. Sadly, I have done practically ZERO drawing this year. Perhaps I’ll get back to it in 2013.

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Then in the summer, I went on my US West Coast trip, which started out in LA….

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…then went to SF….

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….and then finally to Portland! It has always been my dream to visit this vegan mecca, and it was all that I hoped it would be, and more. I ate some amazing vegan yummies in all three cities and came away fully inspired to to help Seoul move forward in its own veg-evolution.

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Soon after my trip, I partnered with Botton Cafe and began providing vegan goodies there. It has been and continues to be such a pleasure to work with the ladies there and they have helped me out in so many ways.

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I also started selling at High Street Market which was really exciting. They’ve been steadily expanding their vegan and gluten-free inventory and I’m stoked to be a part of it.

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Had my first big wedding order. Learned a whole lot in the process.

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I learned to make vegan fondant. It was a big deal for me. haha.

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Began a six-month vegan recipe series with Bakery Magazine which has been really cool. I always get a thrill out of seeing the final published result.

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Finally, the Window Bakery Collection event happened early this month. Phew~

So there you have it, my year in review. There were so many great experiences and also numerous lessons learned that I hope to never forget. I’m really looking forward to 2013 though and hope it’s even better!

Oh, and I also want to say a big THANK YOU to all my blog readers, wherever you are in the world. I haven’t blogged half as much as I would’ve liked this year and I feel like I should’ve done a much better job in terms of being a more organized and useful resource for other veg*ans in Korea. This blog is lacking in so many ways, but despite all that, thank you for following along on this odd little journey of mine. I wish every single one of you a peaceful closing of 2012, and a happy start in 2013!

Feel free to leave a comment!

17 Comments

  1. I just love your blog. Thank you for a fantastic year of posts and looking forward to many more in 2013! Best of health to you and your family, and bunny!

  2. Wow, what a year! You managed to do so much in 2012, here’s hoping 2013 is as busy and prosperous for you. *grin*

  3. Hi Mipa ! I love your artwork ! They are super cute. Do you sell those artworks anywhere ?

  4. happy new year sis!! its been amazing to see how far your bakeshop has come! expecting God to do even greater things in 2013 :D

  5. sounds like an amazing year for you! Don’t worry too much about blogging.. we understand:)
    I love your bakery, but now we have a dilemma that you’ll be overworking when we order too much >.<
    Maybe next year you need to hire an assistant :P
    It's super cool to have your stuff in the off-line market too. Congratulations!
    Happy New Year~ ^^

  6. You came to the West coast and didn’t come to Seattle?? Next time, please come for a visit and we’ll show you around our super yummy vegan deliciousness!

  7. Hi! I just stumbled upon your blog while reading your interview on WOWSAN.com and it is safe to say that I’M HOOKED. I’ve been reading through your past posts and I just can’t stop.

    I hope you open a bakery shop in Korea someday in the future because I would LOVE to work for you!! (although I’m 18 years old right now and not a South Korean native!!)

    Anyway, have a happy happy new year! :-)

  8. have a wonderful 2013 mipa and keep up the good work! hopefully you can open up your own mini-stores all over south korea and spread more of those delicious, vegan treats everywhere~!

    much love xoxo <3 :D

  9. So glad i discovered your blog last year! It’s been great reading all the posts of 2012 and older posts too! Thanks for all the fun reading times and great recipes!

  10. Happy New Year Mipa-shi! Wish this year bring more lucky to us. ^__^

  11. Hi!! I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy reading your blog!!
    It’s a huge plus for me since I get to find out about all these rad cafes and restaurants in seoul ;)
    i think i’m going to recommend my cousin to read your blog :> she’s starting out a small online vegan-bakery business too *just like you! :)* and it’s called kookitok :)

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