It’s Happening: I’m moving to Sydney!

I can’t believe it. I am actually moving half-way across the world to live in Sydney, Australia in just a few short months!! I am saying goodbye to my well-paying, top tech company, corporate job and moving abroad for a year to be an au pair. Why you ask would I make this huge change? Because I can and I’m living out my dream.

I am 23 years old and only a year out of school. In July I will hit my year mark with my current company, when I am expected to move up into another sales role – and I have come to realize sales is just not for me. My lease here in Austin, Texas is up in August. I am not dating anyone and don’t have a family of my own yet. Everything has aligned and fallen into place to set this up to be the perfect time to fulfill my dream of living abroad. I always wanted to study abroad in college, but it just never quite worked out. Whether it was not wanting to leave a boyfriend/friends or not wanting to miss out on the fun at UT (both terrible reasons, I know now) or having to find someone to sublease my apartment for an entire semester… it just never quite worked out. But I have now been given the opportunity to live out my dream.

I originally thought of going to Spain, it would be a perfect place to practice my Spanish, as I really want to be fluent. But upon further research, I realized getting a visa to stay longer than 3 months was going to be tough and required me to be a full-time student taking at least 20 hours a week. I have done my time taking classes in college and just didn’t think being a full-time au pair and a student was going to work. So after researching more, I decided Australia was going to be the best option! I found my host family through the website aupairworld.com. I was a little hesitant finding a family to live with for a year on a website, but after talking and skyping with The Blake’s, I knew they were the family for me!

Gwen, the mother, is absolutely wonderful. She is so kind and sweet, and I can tell she’d do anything to make me feel welcome and at home in their family. She also co-owns an AMAZING design company that she is graciously letting my intern at two days a week while both kids are in school. Boxer and Co. – go  check it out! Stephen, the dad, works for an adrenaline sports company in Sydney… aka I’m totally going to go skydiving! The two kiddos seem so sweet. Samson, 6 years old, seems very smart. While skyping with the family, he could barely put his book down to say hi haha! Reminds me of myself at that age. Onnie, 3 years old, is PRECIOUS. She is too cute, and all the previous Au Pairs have said she is so sweet and absolutely hilarious. I can’t wait to meet them all in person!

I have decided to start this blog up to document my time in Australia (and a little leading up to it). I originally started this website as a class project where I had to write a blog having some Latin/Hispanic aspect to it. I wrote on my travels to countries that speak Spanish or have a Latin/Hispanic heritage. I was going to delete them, but they look good on the front page soooo going to just leave them for now.

xx, Chelsea