September has turned out to be VERY busy! I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and planning, and now it’s time to put some plans into action! I’ve had quite a few people messaging me over the past month to find out my plans for next year.. So i’ll answer that in this post.
I’ve spent time reflecting on the contrast between my 2014 and 2013.
Last year was a really hard year for me for many reasons which I won’t get into. It was filled with ups and downs and this time last year I had my world rocked. Everything came crashing down and I was in a really bad place. Eventually I decided that I needed to GTFO of Ottawa because it’s a TINY place where everyone knows everyone, and I felt like I couldn’t go anywhere without seeing, hearing, or thinking about drama.
As bad as 2013 was… I wouldn’t change a thing. I’m thankful for all of my past experiences because they have shaped me into the person I am today. 2013 led me to the best 2014 I could have asked for.
When I came to England I had zero intentions of meeting anyone, or dating at all. My intentions for my year abroad were to learn more about myself through travel and new experiences and do whatever I wanted to do, without answering to anyone! I was going to be selfish and put myself first for the first time in years.
Well lucky for me.. life had other plans. It’s true what they say. The best things happen when you aren’t expecting them.
6 days after arriving in England, I was out with some of the other au pairs. We were finished up at the pub early, and on our way to the car when someone had the idea to head to a different pub to see if her friends were there. They weren’t, but we decided to stay and have a drink anyways. We sat down at a table and started talking to the group sitting at the table next to us (a table full of different accents like ours usually attracts attention). And it was all downhill from there..
I wish I could say it was some romantic meeting, or love at first sight.. but it is what it is. We met in a pub, talked a bit that night and haven’t stopped talking since!
Without being too sappy, I’m happier than I ever dreamed possible. I believe I’ve truly met my other half. My better half. He makes me a better person, and turns my weaknesses into strengths. We’re very different people and come from very different places but I believe that makes us stronger together. He makes me see things in ways I would never think of. And most importantly, he makes me smile and laugh. Every damn day.
2014 has been the greatest year of my life! I’ve had the chance to do and see things I never thought possible. It’s been magical.
So that’s the past and present covered. Which leads me to the future…
I’ve decided to stay in England!
When I’m finished my current au pair position at the end of the year, I will be staying and (hopefully) doing a job in childcare here. This month has been crazy busy! I’m in the process of trying to translate my ECE qualifications over, and starting my job search.
I’ve had my ups and downs this year, especially because it’s hard being away from home and my loved ones. It’s taken a lot of adjusting and there are still lots of things I don’t like about England, but the list of reasons I LOVE England is much longer.
So that’s where I’m at. It’ll be a lot of hard work to try to stay, but I’m ready for the challenge. I’m beyond excited to see what the next few months, and 2015 bring!