How to make friends as a grown-up // Living Alone Diaries

When you’re a kid, it’s so easy to make friends. You just walk up to someone and ask them if they want to play with you. Do that as an adult, and people will look at you slightly funny. That’s…

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What is it like to be an au pair? // Au Pair Journals

I’ve been living and working in England as an au pair for the past two years and I can describe what it’s like to be an au pair in only two words: rewarding and exhausting. (Probably the same words used…

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Au Pair Tips for Coronavirus

Over the past two weeks, I’ve seen a lot of au pair friends leave England to go home to their families because of Coronavirus. Some of them because they don’t want to get stuck in England, with many countries closing…

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Being an Au Pair after Brexit

On the 31st of January, the UK finally left the European Union. And it was a relief – because it’s all everyone’s been talking about for the last few years. But there’s also a lot of uncertainty amongst young people…

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The Road So Far // Au Pair Journals

I became an au pair in August of 2017, which was also when I started this blog. And I used to do a lot of blogging about what it’s like to be an au pair. Over time, this has changed…

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On following into someone else’s footsteps

Almost all of us do it when we start a new job – we follow into someone else’s footsteps. It can be easy if we don’t know anything about the person we’re replacing, or if we have full confidence that…

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Saying goodbye to your host kids

You know for months it is coming, but that doesn’t make it any easier. Every au pair knows it and has to go through it – at some point, you have to say goodbye to your host kids. About four…

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Figuring things out

When I decided to be an au pair for another year (with a different family), people started to tell me that I had to be careful to not get “stuck” in this job. Because it’s an easy one to get…

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How to adapt to a new country

Moving to a new country and learning to adapt to life in a new culture can be a massive step out of your comfort zone and one that comes with both highs and lows. The culture in England is not…

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How living abroad changes you

Moving to England is one of the best things I have ever done. At the time, I was almost done with school and I had no real purpose or direction. No idea what I wanted to do with my life…

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Things I learned from being an au pair

1. Everyone thinks their country is the best in the world From talking to other au pairs, I’ve learned that while they enjoy being in England, they still think their own countries are the best. While I don’t really agree…

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