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Matching with my Host Family

So a quick insight into how I became an Au Pair and how I matched and found a family in America! Some bits I learned and what company I used!

I think it was back in January I was looking into a company called Cultural Care Au Pair. I as in the process of looking for a big life change. I knew I wanted to work/volunteer with children and have a change of scenery. Au pairing hadn’t actually been something I had planned to do. I stumbled over the website and liked what I was reading so went on and done some research. The website is easy to understand, cuts to the chance and gives you all of the information. Something that I found as a reassuring surprise after all the other websites I had been on!! I’ve actually just had a wee peak at the website now, they’ve updated and it’s looking great! 

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From this, I filled in the application form. I think I had only done 50% of it when a lady called Steph got in touch with me from the London office. I adored this! She filled in the blanks for me, answered any questions I had and just gave the company a more inviting feel. Very important when you are about to make a huge life decision!

After speaking to Steph, I worked on my application some more. When I first started it, I didn’t realise that the families you would eventually be talking to would read this application over. Hence why it’s long and detailed. However, if like me sitting down and knocking it out in one go seems like a first-world nightmare! You can work on it and save as you go – however be quick if you’re looking to get the ball rolling and away soon.

I attended a meeting with one of cultural care’s ambassador in Edinburgh. It was very informative and again, gave me the personal touch to the company I like!

After that I decided I definitely wanted to go ahead, thus finding a match family!

A little like a dating app (it’s honestly the best way I can think to describe it) you match with a family. You then read that family’s application and they read yours. You can email back and forth and if you like each other you go from there!

I went through a few families before I found my (perfect) little family I’m now with. There wasn’t anything particularly wrong wrong with the people I had spoken to beforehand. Genuinely the dates I wanted to come over and the dates they needed didn’t workout. I matched with one family, who whilst being lovely, were very strict with their children which of course is more than fine! But I knew that wasn’t going to work for me as I’m more of a loud, lets make a mess and dance about kinda person. The match wouldn’t have gone well. I learned it’s so important to know yourself and how you operate! Don’t rush a decision just because you are excited – make sure you are 100% happy with the family because you are going to be living and working for them for the next year or 2. 

Then I found the family I am now with. It’s a bit like finding that “perfect match”! You get excited, you read their “profile” over again, look at their pictures and hope they feel the same way about you! I scored. They did. After a few emails I firstly spoke to the mum on Skype. Loved her. I just loved her energy, how positive she was and so much more. After that, I had pretty much decided I wanted to work for them. I then had a Skype call and met their kids on Skype. Sold!

A little bit about the family – mum and dad. They have 2 little girls under the age of 5 with a baby on the way. Live near Boston, MA. Lovely people! Active, intelligent, genuine – like I said I scored! And they seemed to feel the same way! 

Unfortunately, our dates didn’t match up. I got scared and kinda accepted they were going to have to find a different Au Pair. However – they made arrangements so they could have me. This was such a great start for me! Whilst hectic, I knew that they had went the extra mile for me and that made me even more eager to get over!

After that, the rest is history! I jumped into get my Visa and everything else sorted (it’s a big list, doctors note, police check etc. Make sure you get it done sooner rather than later!).

And thats how I found the perfect family for me! I waited, took it seriously and asked myself what kind of household I actually wanted to be in. I arrived in America on the 21st of August and have loved every second of it.

Practically perfect in every way!! (always trying to channel that inner Mary Poppins!)

Are you interested in being an Au Pair? I hope my little experience may help you! Other Au Pairs, how easy was it you to find the perfect match?!

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Is anyone out there…

Anyone out there… It’s been a while!!

Lets get right into it.

This time last year I came back from my mini-world trip with my best friend. I was going to write all about it, I was so excited to share everything I had seen and got the chance to do (Desert Safari in Dubai – add it to your bucket list!).

Then I came home and my life had done a 360. The moral of the story is – I had just finished uni and had no idea what I wanted to do with my life, I had left with a boyfriend and came back without one and I was excepted to know exactly what was next for me.

After the best few weeks it was a harsh reality.

I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I still don’t. Who even truly does?!

So I’ve worked ruddy hard over the last year, on myself and in my work life. I worked 4 jobs, I cut out people who weren’t good for my life or good to me. I focussed on the relationships I had with my family and made them stronger. I was harsh but I needed to be.

For the first time in 24 years I asked myself what I wanted. All I knew is I wanted more. To experience more. Keep growing. Never settling. Never stopping.

So 1 year on here I am. If you knew me personally, the change can be seen just by looking at me. My family and friends comment on how strong I am, how I don’t stop and keep going. That’s me – no more stopping. I have done many times and have wasted so much time. Be it on boyfriends, friends and horrible jobs. If it doesn’t make you happy, make you grow or make you want to get out of bed in the more – why the hell are you doing it? To pay a bill? Because you don’t want to be alone? You’re scared that it might hurt? Change is scary. 

However, I called the BS line on myself. Never have I once looked back.  Not everything I want from life has happened. Thats fine. I’ll find new thing that work. It’s been hard. It still can be hard. Worth it though.

So that is where I am now. I am writing this blog – not from my home in Scotland. From Boston, Massachusetts!

I made a decision and went in blind before I could change my mind or before anyone could make me question it.

I have now been in America for a month, being an Au Pair for the most beautiful little family.

I already know this is going to be one the best things I will ever do. More on that later.

For now, I just wanted to write. Wanted to come back to something I enjoyed! Because I enjoy everything I do now and I want to share it.

So stick around for for my new journey! I cant wait to see what tomorrow will bring!!

 

**side note. I wrote this listening to Destiny’s Child – Survivor. Coincidence?! I think not. 

HAPPY SELF LOVE DAY!

Happy Self Loving Day!!

Okay maybe that’s not quite the title… But I like it! However, Happy Valentine’s Day!

This was my first “single” Valentines in the past 3 years… actually about 5 years! And I am COMPLETELY more than fine with this. I’ve enjoyed it! Isn’t it amazing how when you change your focus and perspectives, your life changes. Instead of focusing on someone and making them happy, fulfilling their dreams and expectations like I have done previously, in the past 4/5 months I have started focusing on myself. Something everyone should do… trust me. It can only end in pretty freaking positive results.

Hoenslty, the “single” girls Valentine isn’t bad. Today I got up early, made myself an awesome breakfast, went to work, served some beautiful couples their lunches, came home, watched The Mask, got some work done, stretched, de-stressed and overall enjoyed my Tuesday. Because thats what today is. Tuesday. Another day in the week.

It upsets me when my friends get upset about being alone today. These young, amazing, intelligent, beautiful women! don’t know their self worth. These women getting jealous and upset over seeing other couples instead of embracing the knowledge that what’s for you wont pass you. When you’re meant to fall in love and get super beautiful valentines together with the person of your dreams it will happen.

Until then, rock V Day yourself! 

Do something for yourself this Valentine’s Day. Love yourself. Name something about yourself that you are proud off. Know your worth. More importantly, know one individual cant change your worth you fantastic human beings!

Myself? I am now away to pick my own movie to watch this evening with some delicious smelling candles and a coconut face mask.

Be your own Valentine. Love yourself! 

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30 Things to do Before I Turn 30

So if you have been reading my blog recently you would see that I am currently having an issue of what to do with my life next. In order to try and bring some order to my life and what I want to achieve I have made a list of 30 things to do before I turn 30.

I really enjoyed creating this list! It puts some things in to perspective for you and not only lets you see where you want to be but also what you have already done!

So below is my 30 before 30 list (with some little side notes for myself… encouragement if you will!!).

  1. Swim with Sharks
  2. Party in Ibiza (this year?!)
  3. See the Northern Lights
  4. Drink in a fancy Vineyard with good cheese and bread
  5. Go (full) skinny dipping 
  6. Visit 30 different countries
  7. Bungee Jump/Sky dive
  8. Get your motorbike licence (or have a couple shots on one!) 
  9. Learn to shoot a gun (and well!) 
  10. Climb a mountain
  11. Travel somewhere all by yourself 
  12. Camp somewhere beautiful 
  13. Splurge on an item you can’t afford but will last for years (Rolex, Louboutin…) 
  14. Take a cross-country road trip/big road trip
  15. Take surf board lessons 
  16. Attempt to learn an instrument 
  17. Throw a fundraiser/volunteer for a charity close to your heart 
  18. Live abroad 
  19. Learn how to ski/snowboard!! (or at least take a couple of lessons!)
  20. Spend New Years eve somewhere amazing (The Caribbean, Disneyland Paris….)
  21. Learn about your family history 
  22. Take as many “How To” “Beginner” classes as possible
  23. Get (more) tattoos 
  24. Read more Classic Books/History books  
  25. See you favourite singer/band 
  26. Be part of a TV audience 
  27. See a Broadway/Westend show
  28. Learn to fish 
  29. Learn (the very basics) of a Language 
  30. Do some form of run/challenge/marathon 

30.1…. You should probably do something that is more “Adult Life” too! Buy a house, find someone to settle down with… Get a pet!!!

So thats my list! Everything in bold is what I have done already but feel like are important and that I should continue doing or trying! Im currently 23 so have 7 years to get this down!!

Does anyone else have a list? I would love to read yours or see if we have anything similar! 

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5 Reasons Why Egypt Is Amazing

 

The first time I visited Egypt I was around 3 and a half and my sister was 6 weeks old. I am now 22 and my sister is 18 and we still visit the country as much as possible! Its almost like a second home for my family and I. After looking at some photos today I felt a little tug of miss for the country so thought I would write about some my favourite aspects of the country. There are of course so much more to the country than this little blog but nevertheless, I thought I would share my perspective!

 

The People

I feel like a lot of the people who visit countries like Egypt forget that they are technically visiting a third world country and as such of course you are going to be met by people trying to make a living. If this bothers you, personally I don’t think you should visit countries like this. However, if you look further than that you find people who are willing to go beyond the extra mile for you. My family and I are so extremely lucky that we have even been invited to dinners with families of the local areas we visit, all of whom are so unbelievable nice and genuine, and we keep in touch with and have revisited after many years of knowing each other. I truly cannot big them up enough!

 

The Culture

Egypt has such rich culture! From the food, art, perfume to the way the craft sculptures and items like jewellery and carpets.. the list is truly never ending. If you visit the country please, go into the old markets and where more of the locals go. Get away from the McDonalds!! This is where you will see the true, colourful country.

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The History

I am not a history student but if I could study the Egyptian history I would! There are so many mystical places in Egypt such as the Valley of the Kings, the Pyramids & Sphinx, the Nile, Cairo which is drenched in past times, Luxor, and much, much more. The tour guides are so passionate you feel like you are taking a walk back in history. They’re also many workshops that still produce products back in the ancient way that are also fascinating such as perfume factorises, papyrus and alabaster.

The Scenery

No matter where you situated, I’ve found, you always have a phenomenal view. Be it of the mountains or the sea. It is truly a magically, beautiful place. On land and below. The scenery you find in the sea is next to no other! I have gown up snorkelling in Egypt (Ras Mohammed – one of my favourite places) and I have even been lucky enough, alongside my sister, to be joined by wild dolphins one year when we were in the water looking minding out own business– beyond magical!

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The Climate

For anyone who is a bit of a sun bunny like myself, this is the crowning glory on a fantastic country! I’ve been many times throughout the year. Of course the summer months are the hottest time but in the likes of January I was still able to sunbathe at the beach! However if you decide to go in January, take a cardigan and a scarf, the wind is a lot cooler at night!

 

Hopefully, I have made you feel a tug towards the country and wanting to visit it. I truly adore Egypt! Ive shared a couple photos I’ve taken over the years, however the best photos I have are full of family members so I have left those ones out! I would love to know, to those of you who have been, what you loved about the country also!

 

Happy Monday!

 

xo

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