(5) Au-Pair Update: Dec/Jan

I’ve reached the five months mark!! How exciting! Halftime. Five more month to go. Can’t wait to see what awaits me, but for now let me tell you about my fifth month here in Canada.IMG_3029f e e l i n g s

This month had its highs and lows but for the most I felt so much better. Christmas was just around the corner, the holiday I was scared of the most. Somehow, the only hard part of Christmas was waking up on the 24th, seeing all the missed calls from my family who wanted me to be a part of our traditional Christmas dinner, singing and then Christmas present unwrapping session via Whats App Video Call. That was hard.

But otherwise, on the 25th and even New Year’s Eve, I wasn’t sad at all. Christmas didn’t feel like the Christmas I am used to, obviously. That’s why it wasn’t that hard, I guess and New Year’s Eve was so much fun because I celebrated it with my favorite friend here. We had a really good time watching Dinner For One, drinking cocktails and being part of my host parents party.

Last week I got a comment from a very nice girl (Ana, I am looking at you 🌚), saying it seems like I really arrived here now. That made me so happy to read because I realized in this very moment that it is true. I am excited for all things coming up in the future, I am doing better with the girls, I accept myself more, try not to overthink and get out of my comfort zone and it feels really good. I hope I can keep this going.

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e x p e r i e n c e s

birthday celebration

A few days after my birthday I met some other Au-Pairs for dinner and had a really fun time, good food and nice conversations. It was the perfect conclusion for my 19th birthday!

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christmas

On Christmas Eve I went to a service in my city which made Christmas feel more real and festive. When the service was over at 5pm and I went out the doors, it snowed for the first time. I can’t explain how I felt but it was like a little Christmas miracle and made everything and me so much more peaceful. We had a little get together after church and went to bed early, so Santa could come. It was so cute seeing my excited two girls in the morning, barely able to wait unwrapping the presents.

We had a Christmas dinner at my host grandparents house this evening and it was SO delicious! A perfect ending for the day!

I still feel so blessed about all the love and gifts I’ve received because I didn’t expect it. I really enjoyed the family time and the feeling of being a part of this new family.

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new year’s eve

New Year’s Eve was different than the ones I was used to but so much fun! My friend and I went to a bar before midnight, had a cocktail and then returned to the party of my host family. It was so exciting welcoming the New Year 2018 here in Canada. We had a good time and I am so happy I wasn’t sad but felt kind of free and relieved that the Christmas season apart from home was over now.

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haircut

If you follow me on Instagram, you know what big deal it was to cut my hair. I played with the thought for a longer time now and finally did it!

It felt and still feels so good! I like the idea of a new year and a new hairstyle.

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k i d s

This month I learned more than ever not to take the behavior of my girls personal. They were on Christmas break, so we spent a lot time together which I really enjoyed. It was way more relaxed and we played a lot. I feel like we grew even more closer. I try not to take everything personal anymore when they are mad at me and I am doing pretty good with it at the moment, I would say.

Now, school starts again and I am a bit sad because I really liked my Christmas break schedule with them. Now it’s going to be a bit more stressful again but I think I have a better base now and can handle it better.

h o s t  f a m i l y

My host family, all of them, made my Christmas and New Year’s so special. On Christmas I felt so welcome and all of them integrated me so good in their Christmas morning and then dinner. I even got a few, thoughtful presents, which made me feel so grateful.

I know, Christmas is not about presents but the presents they made me, were really personal and it just meant a lot.

Their New Year’s party was so cool as well and we had a fun time. Can’t wait for our upcoming trips!

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m o n e y

Well…I tried to not spent a lot for myself since I had to get Christmas presents and save money for my big upcoming trip. I did quite good, I would say and just spent it on Shampoo, other life-necessary things, a flight and hotel 🙂

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l a n g u a g e

A few days ago I got a sweet comment on Instagram that my English got way better which made me so happy! As always, I don’t notice it myself but it is so much easier for me now to have daily conversations, and talk to strangers.

r e a d i n g  s i t u a t i o n

I would say I am still in a really bad reading slump. Or I just haven’t find the right book for me yet. I am currently reading two books. One from my best friend, she gave me for Christmas but I want to read it in a slow pace since I want to enjoy it as long as possible. And then ‘When we Collided’ which is sweet but not amazing and so my ambition to keep reading is not as big as it could be.

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w h a t  i  a m  e x c i t e d  f o r

I am so excited for my upcoming Los Angeles trip! Like so much! I still can’t realize it but it’s so soon!!!

Also, since it’s the new year I can start counting down the days until my family is coming for a visit (72 today!). All hotels are already booked and I just can’t wait.

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i m p r o v e m e n t – i m p r o v a b l e

I decided to start this little point to see in what I got better and what I can do better. Next month I will tell you if I improved my improvables 🙂

improvement

  • not taking the kids behavior personal
  • not overthinking every situation and what could happen
  • being okay with myself

improvable

  • getting more out of my comfort zone
  • using my free time wisely
  • going to bed earlier (I MEAN IT! so important for my body and my duty as an Au-Pair!)
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It’s a wrap! 1230 words later and I’ve summed up my fifth month as an Au-Pair in Canada. Can’t believe I’ve already came so far.

If you have any questions, thoughts or ideas let me know in the comments below or dm me on Instagram.

Thank you for taking your time and see you in my next post!

xo Franziska

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