(7) Au-Pair Update: Feb/Mar

Three updates left, my friends. I feel like I am saying this every single update but isn’t it crazy how fast time flies? Especially when you are experiencing something new and fun? Before the adventure 10 months, one or even two years (I guess) for being away from home sound like an eternity but while experiencing all this, it’s going by so so fast.

Okay, but now I’ll let you in peace with my rambling and hop right into my seventh Au-Pair update.

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f e e l i n g s

I’ve been feeling mostly good, I would say. It was a nice month, spring arrived, the fact that the days are getting longer now and I can take my little dog out for a walk at 6pm made me feel all happy, my excitement towards the visit of my family in less than two weeks grew bigger and I had an amazing ski trip with my host family.

The only thing was that I overthought some situations too much. I realized it but it’s so difficult to escape this scheme. Nevertheless I feel like my months abroad already have taught me a lot and I got way better in seeing the positive sides and getting out of my comfort zones in specific situations 🙂

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e x p e r i e n c e s

It was a pretty quite month except our ski trip at the end, of course. I went on lots of walks to the beach with our dog or my friend or both 🙂 I like doing this because it always calms me down and I feel so much more inspired. The ideas just flood my mind. I also try not to use my phone while walking (except for taking pictures) because I love concentrating on the nature, the singing birds, the people around me and just have some quiet time.

I made it an effort to get out of my comfort zone this month and explore the city I am living in a bit more, go to a bookstore I always wanted to go, getting coffee and a yummy muffin by myself, going to the gym and pilates, planning my week ahead and setting myself goals. This was a big, positive part of this month because I really got into planning and also achieving 🙂

And then, of course, our skiing trip. I’ve never been a good skier and I never thought I would enjoy skiing so much but I did. I had so so much fun and I can’t wait to do it again when I am back home.

If you would like to read more about my skiing trip, then you can follow this link and my blog post about my skiing experience will come up 🙂

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k i d s

I had a really good month with my girls. I realized that when I feel good, when I am not stressed or sad, they also (at least most of the time) aren’t. Of course, there are also not so good days but that is normal and I got so much better with not taking their behavior personal.

I also have so many ideas for easter DIYs I want to try and do with them, which makes me so excited. Yesterday we made some easter nests and called the German (of course!) easter bunny. The looks on their faces when they saw the tiny chocolate eggs in the nest were absolutely priceless.

I will for sure write a blog post about craft ideas for kids 🙂

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h o s t  f a m i l y

My host family asked me this month if I want to leave earlier because they know how hard the goodbye to my family will be for me and their working schedules are more flexible now. To be honest, that caught me off guard and I was a bit confused. Now after I really thought about it, I totally understand them and appreciate their reasoning but the girl I am I overthought the whole situation, of course. Too much, actually.

I am not going home earlier because I know I can do the whole ten months and the goodbyes and I also want to fight (how dramatic!) till the end. With something like that I am ambitious. And it also would feel weird going home earlier. I wouldn’t be happy and proud about myself.

After I told them, and I told them two seconds after they asked, the same night we booked my flights to Hawaii. The family vacation and guys, I am stoked.

m o n e y

I did pretty good, I would say. I didn’t buy a lot and mostly spend my money on food and drinks. Though I ordered a few things on Zara yesterday……so…..well…..

l a n g u a g e

The same as last month. I am realizing that I am talking more fluid but sometimes I still have problems with expressing myself.

r e a d i n g   s i t u a t i o n

Don’t ask. It’s still bad. Super duper bad. I bought three second hand books and can’t decide which I want to read first and so I am just starting them and then putting them away. It doesn’t make me happy but it is how it is and all I can do is just keep trying.

But, what I’ve reached this month and which can fall under this category is that I reached 10k followers on Instagram. It is crazy crazy crazy. Imagining that so many people hit the little Follow button because they found something interesting about me or my pictures, makes my heart burst.

Thank you so much. I appreciate it so so much.

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MY FAMILY

They are coming in LESS than two weeks and I am going to see and hug them after seven months finally again. I am so excited. I am also excited for all the fun activities we’ve planned and for the spring season. It is my absolut favorite. I am SO excited.

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

improvable

  • Still, getting back into a morning routine for my time before I have to work. It’s necessary, folks.
  • Gaining back my inspiration for instagram, my blog and, well, books.

improvement

  • I definitely got more patient with my host kids. I don’t stress as much as I did last month 🙂
  • I made myself going to bed earlier, guys!!!!!! So excited! I hope I can keep it up!!
  • Doing things by myself. Getting a coffee or going to a bookstore, I can do that alone and don’t feel anxious 🙂

IMG_7328It’s a wrap! 1123 words later and I’ve summed up my seventh 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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