Adventures of an Au Pair: sneak attack

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Have you ever woke up one day and wondered how on earth this day got here so quickly?

As I'm approaching the end of my collegiate career, I can't help but reflect upon the very beginning. The very first day. And how its about to be my very last.

But more so than graduating, I'm shocked that now it's time to put up or shut up. Find a job. Be an adult. Nine to five. As a severely independent (ask my mama) and motivated girl, I've often dreamt of the day when I'd land my first big girl job with the killer wardrobe and salary to match. (Oh thank you, crappy economy, for dashing those dreams. ) As much as I look forward to starting a career in a field I love and obsess about (event and wedding planning!), there are just some things more important to me.

The way i look at it, I have 40+ years ahead of me to work a job. 40. years. That's a long time until the measly institution of social security starts to pay me for putting in a lifetime of taxes. But in 40 years, when I don't have to work so much anymore, what will I really be able to do? Sit around and knit?

That's just not enough. That's not the age or time to do the things I've always wanted to do. So I've decided... the time is now.

I'm just going to do it. I'm going to work through each and every complication in order to do what I want to do while I still can.

I want to travel. See the world. Meet different types of people. And I've found the best way for me to do it... is to be an au pair.

au pair (plural: au pairs) is a foreign-national domestic assistant working for, and living as part of, a host family.

which basically means... families from Europe will hire me to come live with them and help them or their kids speak english. They pay for my room and board, pocket money, and a variety of other things, and in turn I do a little bit of housework and watch the kiddies. Basically they adopt me as a big sister and they're my temporary family. When I'm not working... I'll be jet setting all over Europe. :)

So. Excited.

I don't plan on crossing the pond until late summer, but in the meantime I've created this lil blog here to keep track of the process. I've discovered that there aren't a lot of great resources for us au pair wannabes, but there are plenty of scams and resources for au pair families. So I'll also be writing about what I'm doing and things I discover as I plan out this next crazy part in my life. Maybe hopefully possibly it'll stumble into the hands of someone who can find it useful.

So, if youre still reading this, I hope you enjoy the ride. Lord knows I will!


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