“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”
So last night was New Year’s Eve. I so wanted to go out and have fun for my only chance in Australia. Sadly I felt icky and didn’t make it past the Harry Potter Marathon we were having all day yesterday… and today. Spent all of yesterday literally doing nothing. Felt great. I’m off until the 3rd. I love the time off, but it leave me extremely bored. I’ve either cleaned the house or volunteered to watch the boys (for extra pay, of course, ha ha) because I’m so bored. I can’t even sleep past 7am any more. Darn sun. I’m actually hoping I can keep it up in the future.
Wow, this past year has had some amazing changes and some that I was sure would never happen. I spent a year in a mini mid-life crisis. Mini cuz I was only 21-22yrs old. I couldn’t afford college anymore so I moved home Sept 2010, but that was just the start of it all. I moved in with my best friend, her daughter (my god-daughter) and her older brother. I started dating her older brother. He was so sweet, but sadly, he was a rebound. I had a broken heart and wasn’t sure how to cure it. Sorry 😦 I spent 6 months living with them trying my damnedest (is that even a word?) to get a job as a flight attendant. Almost made it a few times, too. By April I’d had enough. I’d had enough of trying to be the perfect girlfriend, friend, daughter and potential employee for any regular job. All my friends were having kids, getting married and finishing college. I needed out!! Out of town, out of Texas, out of the country.
I eventually came across a website by sheer accident advertising au pair and nanny positions all over the world. On a whim, I signed up thinking “what the hell? if something happens, good. if not, it wasn’t meant to be.” Almost immediately I was offered jobs with 14 families in 6 countries. It was overwhelming. I’d finally settled on one family living in Hamburg, Germany. They sounded great, and so did their current au pair, an Aussie also named Sarah. So after agreeing on a set date and such, I started learning German and preparing for my big move. Mom threw me a party the week before and a few ppl came, not as many as had promised, but it was fun 🙂 I arrived in Germany Sept 19th after a 3 hour delay from Dallas and a 2 hour delay in London after 13hrs of flight. Sarah and I hit it off immediately… not so well with the family though. Mom was an actress and dad was a former soccer player turned news anchor. As much as I loved the kids, the parents were horrible to me. I worked 90+ hours a week for only 200 euros/ So not enough for the crap I went through. Sarah left after two weeks and I was left alone with the family. By the end of October, I’d decided it was time to leave. Even with Sarah being all the way back home in Australia, she helped me find a new family. That family just happened to be in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 🙂 The next step was telling the family I was leaving and to get a plane ticket. Only I didn’t know how to wire myself money so I could get out. After a long skype call with my best friend in the whole world, he decided (no matter how much I tried to refuse) to send me money so I could book a next day ticket. When I told the family I was leaving, they treated me worse. I told them I was leaving in 2 days, but neglected to tell them the time. I was out of the house and on a train bound for Frankfurt before they would even wake up the next morning. But all the details of that adventure are in previous posts.
I thank Chris all the time for getting me out of that situation. I don’t know how I could ever repay him 🙂
I landed in Brisbane at 2am on Oct 29th to a hot, muggy night and a smiling host mom. Very different compared to my welcome to Germany. 25 hours of flight across the world and she was totally sympathetic. Alicia got me some Maccas (McDonald’s for us Westerners, ha ha) and let me skype home to tell mom I’d made it 🙂 Even let me have my own laptop to use while here. Within a week, I had already been into town, the beach in the city, the Gold Coast and been shopping with Sarah. Australia truly is amazing. It’s even better than the pictures. If I could, I would move here. I went on a few dates in the beginning, but no one quite seemed to match what my brain was looking for; no one clicked. So I just ended up with a few more friends that I needed. Sarah and I started planning our year here, since according to my visa I can be here for 12 months. We thought about working in New Zealand for a few months, moving to Toronto and even teach English in China. We hadn’t quite decided when she was offered a job working in Italy and Chris asked me to move to NY to be near him.
Now Sarah wants to join the Navy and Chris wants me to live with him. I still have 5 more months before anything official happens, but I think it really just took me getting out of the states to clear my head and to see what I really wanted in life. I can see more clearly what I want. I had originally planned to be out of the country for 2-3 years. I’ll have only been out for 9 months when I make my return to Texas. I’ll spend 2 weeks there and drive up to NY. I’m really looking forward to the new year. I can honestly say that I believe 2012 will be the beginning of something great. Even if the world does end, like the Mayans think, on Dec 21, 2012, at least I’ll have turned 24 and have lived in 4 countries and 4 states while have visited 8-10 countries and 27 states 🙂
My resolutions this year are:
to get in shape (no, not a round shape, but thinner and healthier)
learn to scuba dive/cuddle a koala (something to make my time here worth it)
do/witness something amazing
and finally: not let this year go to waste 🙂
How about you? How was your 2011 and how do you predict your 2012 to be?
“You have done what you could — some blunders and absurdities have crept in. Forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”