First off… If you’re wOndering why it’s jolie in wAnderland. It’s a play on words. Wanderlust has taken over my life. Get it? 🙂
I have been dreaming of becoming an au pair in France for a while. It’s been a long time coming. Planning, saving money, and ultimately having enough courage to just go for it. I have been thinking about how I came to this point in my life. The past few years have been hard for me. Thankfully, my family and friends are amazing. I got through it because I have great people in my life. Especially my parents. Somehow, I think I am a better person now. Who said “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger?” Kelly Clarkson? just kidding. Good song, though.
At that time, I had a lot of rough days. Dreaming of traveling helped me get away from all that was going on. It was my happy place. I am finally in a great place, and ready to go. When I thought about how I came to the decision to be an au pair, I had reservations. I needed to make sure it was the right decision. Is this really what I want? I have thought about this for months. I am definitely ready. I still dream of living in France and traveling around Europe daily. I don’t use it to get away or to be happy. This is what I REALLY want.
I have found a family that I hope I will end up with. They are lovely. I told them about my Epilepsy and the could not have been more understanding. I already find them to be so sweet and welcoming from across the world.
I am starting all of the paperwork for my visa. Crossing my fingers and toes that everything works out. I am making lists of things to do. FYI…I don’t normally do that. I normally just go with it. Let the anxiety begin. Deep breathing begins now. Woosah.
I figured I should write a blog and I wanted to start early. I want to keep track of the process from start to finish. >Find Family >Get a Visa >Packing>Moving>Live in Paris>Travel>Etc. I want to share my experiences before and after I move.
The best is yet to come.
“Ours is a divine journey; therefore, this journey has neither a beginning nor an end… This journey has a goal, but it does not stop at any goal, for it has come to realize that today’s goal is only the starting point of tomorrow’s journey.”-Sri Chinmoy