I let go of routine, I gained flexibility
I lost self-control and I gained life.
The year started off rough I guess you could say. I had a difficult time creating a relationship with my girl who I was here to look after for the next 11 months.
There were times where I thought that I had made a huge mistake with not only choosing this particular family but coming abroad in the first place.
I had to constantly remind myself of why I had chosen this path for my life; which was to experience another culture and travel Europe before settling into a life long career. I wasn’t going to allow myself to look back on my life with regrets.
I bought a one way ticket to Paris in hopes to be immersed in a foreign culture that I had always longed of being a part of. Little did I realize how much more that would come from this year.
My first real french Macarons from Pierre Herme
Saw Notre Dame
Went on vacation with my host family to a zoo resort AND saw a real panda.
visited Sacre Coeur
Went to an au pair picnic with over 200 fellow ladies
Met my beautiful Danish best friend
Went to the Love Wall
Had Chipotle for the first time!
Had the BEST 21st Birthday I could have ever imagined
Went to DisneyLand Paris
Saw Paris at night by Boat
Met 3 amazing girls who have become my best friends
Visited Galeries Lafayette at XMAS (yes that’s an upside down massive tree!)
Learned how to play French Beer Pong
Got my make up done by this chick
Enrolled in Nutrition school which ended up changing my life
Had my first easter hunt with real chocolate and not plastic eggs!
Helped the homeless by making sandwiches and delivering them around Paris
Celebrated Saint Patricks the right way
Took a macaron class
Learnt the real way to make Clafloutis
Put a lock on the love bridge and said our goodbyes
Said “See you Later” to my little sister
Said goodbye to the Eiffel Tower one last time
On top of everything I got to do in France I also traveled to 8 other countries throughout the year. Every 8 weeks in France the kids get a two week holiday which meant I had one week of freedom to do as I please. There wasn’t even a question of what I would be doing with my time; I wanted to see as much and do as many things as I could while abroad, and that’s exactly what I did.
November & December
I surprised my mother without her finding out!
Out of everything that I saw, every person I met, and every experience I had the opportunity of taking there’s one thing that I will always remember about this trip.
2015 was the year I found happiness
This was the missing piece that I had been trying to find but was never successful at finding until I let go of everything in my life that was bringing those unpleasant feelings.
When I realized that there’s so much more to life out there, everything started falling in place and most importantly my health flourished. As hard it is for me to see myself at such a low point in my life, I’m proud of how far I’ve come on my own.
Life is a journey that’s waiting to be written and this is my beginning