I’m so glad you’re back because I’m REALLY excited to share my journey coming to the USA on the blog today. There were a lot of emotional, frustrating and super happy moments.
The first thing was telling my parents about that huge step I wanted to take. One thing I noticed that is totally different here is that in Germany you usually live pretty close to your family. Nobody likes to say goodbye for such a long time, but my family supported me with everything they could. They also threw me this amazing farewell party with all my family and friends. :) My point is, they did everything they could to make this year (well, it was supposed to be a year) the best journey yet to come and I’m so thankful for that. I wouldn’t know where and who I would be without them.
Coming here as an Au Pair was one of my best experiences. I learned so much about a new culture and I was amazed by how quickly my English vocabulary grew. On the other hand, it was also the scariest thing I’ve ever done in my life and not being much of a risk taker made it even worse. Different language, different culture and 4058,12 miles away from home. I remember my flight being cancelled after hours of waiting on the day I was supposed to fly to my host family. My English was awful and I just had a prepaid phone. Nobody really understood me and I felt so helpless. For one moment, I wish I would’ve stayed at home. I was so frustrated and didn’t know what do to.
So many things happened in that year where I wish I could have been with my family. My sister turned 18 (equivalent to 21 here), my cousin had her baby and sadly my grandpa passed away. Even though my family was sooo far away, we supported each other and they were my rock. I met my husband 3 months into my year in the USA so he was by my side and guided me through harder times. Nothing is more supportive than having loved ones around you. Yet, it turned out to be the best thing I have ever done. I met my now husband through my second family – my family away from home and with that I gained another family – my now in-laws.
This blog post is to shout out and be thankful. It’s okay to take a chance and experience something totally different in your live. Even though it might not go perfectly as planned, you will grow with these memories. It will make you strong. I know that family can get on your nerves and opinions can disagree, but they are the ones who will be there and share all those amazing memories with you in your life. They are the ones who will laugh with you, the ones that will cry with you and the ones that will support you the most. It doesn’t matter if it’s your parents, siblings, your in-law’s or your own little family.
Be thankful, be grateful and more importantly let your loved ones be your rock!
Stay tuned for my suuuuuper exciting news tomorrow! I am SOO excited to announce them on the blog! I can barely hold it for myself! ♥