Before I start writing about the places I have been or am going to I thought it would be appropriate to explain how I found myself as an Au Pair in a small town in Ireland.
Around March of this year my life had to opportunity to move in a variety of directions. I had finally let go of a long relationship that had run its course, was finishing up my Masters Degree, and was in the middle of an endless job search/application process. It was also around this time that I was able to enjoy one of the many perks of being a student and was traveling to Washington, D.C. for spring break with some friends. The many hours spent in the car and traveling around this new city gave way to a variety of conversation topics and the idea of traveling came about. I have never considered myself a big “traveler.” It’s always seemed to transient a form of exploration for me. In fact, I often find myself in new cities wanting to be able to live there to really know the culture, the people, the twists and turns, the coffee shop where they know your name, etc. However, one of my friends mentioned her time Au Pairing in Spain for 3 months and the spark was lit.
From that point on, I casually mentioned to my parents that this was an avenue I was going to look into and filling out Au Pair applications became integrated with my entry-level job applications.
The rest happened fairly quickly as I spoke to families, primarily in Ireland, Scotland and the U.K. Within two weeks I had an offer from a family that fit criteria I didn’t even know I had, and I was faced with a decision.
The opportunity caused me to think a lot about how I would make decisions for my own life and my own happiness without the structure of home or university. After a lot of reflection and countless conversations with friends I made the decision to take the offer and move to Ireland for a year.
At the risk of sounding like an entitled 20-Something, I realized that despite graduating with a Masters, working since highschool, and completing 4 internships I still was not sure I wanted to do with my life. Therefore, in lieu of moving to a city and taking an entry-level office job or moving home and entering the commuting community, I am here in Ballina, Ireland taking advantage of this time in my life.
I recognize that this could be a terrible decision for me. How can I go from always being an active student, employee, and potential job candidate to being a housekeeper, tutor, and nanny? So far the jury’s still out but I have the support and personal stubbornness to say this could be a truly magical time. As I work to find my own voice amongst the many I want to thank my family and friends for their continued love and support.
Le Grá (With Love),