A lot of us have a tendency to expect our romantic partners to fulfill all of our needs. The thing is, it’s totally unrealistic to expect one person to do so! Take the pressure off of him/her and start finding romance, joy, and fulfillment in all facets of your life!
To clarify, I am still moving to Europe at the end of this summer! I realized it might sound a bit confusing – I was more so referring to not knowing my “life plan.”
I have recently returned from my trip to California! I completely fell in love with the city and its people. The weather was perfect, the energy positive, and the experiences life-changing.
Highlights (in no particular order):
– Attending a service at Agape Spiritual Center
– Spending a day lounging on the beach
– Paddle boarding (& attempting to do yoga on said paddle boards)
– Having an absolute blast in a flight simulator
– Attending a recording session of an awesome jazz artist, Bianca Morales
– Taking my sister to her first comedy show
– Getting a behind the scenes tour of Warner Brothers
– Picking fresh avocados and oranges off my friend’s tree
– Watching the production of the music for Family Guy
– Hearing an awesome street musician with so much emotion in his voice (see video)
– Eating at Cafe Gratitude & other amazing raw/vegan restaurants!
– Hiking El Moro Canyon and eating raw food and meditating at the top
– Doing acro yoga in the park
– Hearing Yakov Smirnoff and Jack Canfield unable to control their laughter over Kyle Cease’s jokes!
– Harmonizing while sitting on the beach in Santa Monica
– Drinking so much delicious juice (Yes, this is a highlight…)
– Nearly missing my flight home!
Hey, all! Here’s a quick life update from sunny California.
Hello, wonderful people!
I mentioned a couple weeks ago that I had some very exciting news…
I’ve recently been introduced to an awesome travel company. It’s been saving me a boatload of money on my travels around the U.S. and will be a great asset to me while I am abroad.
I’ll be sharing more about it soon! In the mean time, if you would like more information, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get back to you shortly!
Hey, guys! Before I reveal the big news, I figured I’d give you an update about what the next month is going to consist of for me.
– LOA according to Abraham Hicks: http://www.abraham-hicks.com/lawofattractionsource/videos.php
– Kyle Cease’s thoughts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHNdfin-Gzk&feature=player_embedded
– Self-Development Pinterest board: http://pinterest.com/nicholasandrea/self-development/
1. Explore websites
2. Determine personal stipulations
– What country/countries do you want to work in?
– What length of time do you want to be in Europe?
– Do you want to live in a city or the country?
– Is it important for you to have the weekends available?
– Are you willing to work weekends?
– Do you want to live-in or live-out?
– What is the minimum amount of money you are willing to accept per month?
– Are you willing to do (light) housework?
– How many hours are you willing to work per week?
– Will you work with single parents?
3. Make detailed online profiles
– Many pictures
– General letter to potential host families
– What sets you apart from other au pairs
– Ideal weekly schedule
– Ideal pay rate
– Other relevant qualifications
4. Reach out
– Mark profiles as “interests” or “favorites”
– Send families messages expressing your interest
– Create a blanket message to send out and cater it to each family
5. Skype with serious interests
– Discuss expectations
– Express concerns
– Clear up any confusion
– Meet the children
– Get a virtual tour of the home (specially, your bedroom)
– Figure out about the surroundings of the family’s home
– Decide on a length of stay
-After deciding which family you will be an au pair for, confirm that plans are in order
– Research visa options (if necessary, visit a consulate)
In case any of you were wondering, this is what I do in my free time (i.e.when I’m not off doing adventurous things)! Shenanigans!
Stay positive and tap into your life energy, people!
Hi, lovelies! A lot of people have been inquiring as to my current game plan for Europe. Here’s a quick update on my plans!
- During late July and early August a few girlfriends and I are trying to arrange it so we can travel around together! The biggest hinderance is finances! Any tips on ways to make/save money on the road? We’ll be using http://www.helpx.net, http://www.couchsurfing.com, and staying in hostels to travel as cheaply as possible.
- At the end of August, I will move to Lausanne, Switzerland to be an au pair for a spectacular Spanish family! This is a great opportunity, because I adore Switzerland and would love to brush up on my Spanish. Although I will be doing some traveling on the weekends, I will be saving a lot of the money I make to put it toward further travels. Additionally, I’ll have to be putting a portion of it toward student loans.
- The last week of November will mark the end of my Swiss living. That means I have December to travel around and hang out with friends…
- If you are around wherever I am, I’d love to meet up! There’s a small possibility that my parents will try and come over and visit during this time. That would be great, seeing as I have no idea if I’ll be spending Christmas alone in a hostel (I doubt that would happen, though, as I have a knack for randomly meeting new friends!)…
- In January, I will move to Torino, Italy to become an au pair for another beautiful family. I am thrilled! I will stay here for a least six months.
- After Italy, I will hopefully return to Switzerland for another three months.
- Then…who knows!
While procrastinating on completing my studies today, I was pleased to re-discover a video I’d taken during an early-morning jog in May of 2011. This rudimentary filming was done in the foothills of the Alps, near the border of Switzerland and Germany. Being still jet-lagged and running around at 6:30 in the morning wasn’t exactly conducive to a fully awake video…
I hope you’ll be able to look past my sleepy eyes and gravelly voice to witness me falling even more in love with Europe. If someone had told me during that trip that, not even two years later, I would be planning a trip to Europe with no definitive ending point, I would have had trouble believing it! I felt this ineffable enchantment with Europe from the moment I stepped off of the plane in Frankfurt. It’s hard to explain, but it almost felt as if I was home. Even when completely lost in Zurich (I’ll make a post about this soon!), after only having arrived a few hours prior, I felt completely content.
Releasing my need to constantly plan and be overly futuristic has been such a blessing. I encourage all of you to open yourself up to the natural journey that life will take you on. I am so excited to see where my coming adventures take me.
“Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.”
― Eckhart Tolle
P.S. “Traveler” = tourist/student-ish