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Best decisions I made in my life

I am an overthinker. My brain never stops thinking about every single thing. The past, the future. I make 1000 scenarios in my head about one situation. I am always prepared for the worst, just in case. While I’m all those things, I am also impulsive. I could worry about something for months and then I would have a crazy idea and the next thing I know, it’s happening. Because I can feel it’s right. Or maybe not, but too late, it’s happening. Here’s a list of a few impulsive ideas I had which actually turned out being the best decisions I made in my life.

Moving abroad

Moving abroad helped me in so many ways. I became a more independent, confident and happy woman. Since I started travelling, I grew so much. I remember arriving in Oxford, UK and being petrified when I had to actually speak English. I was ashamed of my level and was afraid that people wouldn’t understand me or would make fun of me. I prefered remain silent than having to speak to someone. And here I am now, writing a blog in English and having job interviews in Shakespeare language, crazy huh? Becoming bilingual was actually why I moved abroad in the first place; I wrote a whole blog post about it so I’m not gonna repeat myself haha.

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Also I find myself way more open-minded than I was before. I am considering to do things I would have never thought of before. I am experiencing new things, meeting people from all over the world, travelling to countries I’ve never been to. But the most important, I am enjoying life, more than ever.

Somewhere in Northern Ireland – February 2017

Being an aupair

Being an aupair was my first job ever. It made me grow so much because of all of the things I said just on top. But the biggest thing that this job actually gave me was confidence. When I started, I was full of doubts and thought that everything I was doing was wrong or not good enough. I remember the first few days being so worried, I was already asking myself “what am I going to do if they fire me?”. Luckily for me, the family I worked for was the nicest ever. They were so grateful of my work and were not hesitating to say it. Always a “thank you”, a few encouraging words but especially loads of love.

Being an aupair made me a more responsible woman as well. You have to make sure the kids eat on time, do their homeworks, arrive on time at school, don’t forget their stuff, tidy their room, etc. And the most important : make sure the kids are safe, always. It sure made me more aware of every danger that could happen to them. I remember when I was a kid and my father used to say to my siblings and I “walk in front of me”, I didn’t understand it. I was thinking “what’s the difference?”, “why can’t I walk behind him?”, “nothing’s gonna happen to me if I walk behind him, this is ridiculous”. And here I was, years later saying to the girls I look after : “walk in front of me, otherwise I can’t see you”. The truth is when you look after children, you want to have eyes on them all the time, especially when you’re outside. You want to prevent any danger, make sure they’re safe. It certainly made me more responsible and I am so grateful for it because I want to be a responsible mother one day. And I can say with confidence that my aupair experience will help me achieving that.

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Corfu, Greece – September 2018

Changing studies

I finished high school in June 2013 and had no idea about what I wanted to do next. I always said that I wanted to work with children but I didn’t know what exactly. I was confused. Like really confused. I wasn’t really bad at school but not really good either. And I was extremely lazy. I wasn’t the type of girl who would study for hours for a test. I would read once or twice then be bored and lazy so would do something else. I could see myself fail at university so it made the choice of what doing next really difficult. That’s when I did something quite stupid I think : I looked at my grades to see which one were “the best”. Apparently I was good in English and Spanish. Well, at least I wasn’t too bad. So I decided to start a license in foreign languages. When I was at the university, I had no idea why I was there or what job I could do afterwards if I got the diploma. The funny part was that, of course, the classes were in English and Spanish. I understood half of the english classes but for the spanish ones, I was drowning. I couldn’t understand a thing. I felt like a fraud. What the f*ck was I doing there? I stayed 2 months before telling my parents I wanted to study something else. My dad asked me “What do you want to do then? What do you want to study?” and I still didn’t know. My stepmum reminded me that I always said that I wanted to work with children and it was true. “I want to become a preschool teacher”. I looked for schools online and the next week, I started in my new school. 3 years later, I graduated with a mention. Even though I am not a preschool teacher at the moment, my degree offered me so much opportunities already. I gained loads of experience with children during those 3 years and I wouldn’t be where I am now if I hadn’t change studies.

Neuchatel, Switzerland – December 2018

Buying a new laptop

Saying like that, it can sound really materialistic. In my opinion, it’s not. I received my first laptop for my 18th birthday, I was so happy with it but unfortunately 4 years later, it broke. I then had another one but after only a few months, it started being really slow and froze every 10 minutes. It is actually one of the reason I didn’t start my blog earlier. I just stopped using it during almost 2 years as it had became useless.

Just before I moved to Switzerland, I was thinking more and more about starting a blog and eventually, I bought a laptop. That evening, I started my blog.

Paris – August 2018

Starting my blog

I think that the moment I really wanted to start my blog is when I arrived in UK, back in August 2016. I wanted to share my aupair experience, like a diary and talk about other subjects as well. I didn’t do it for many reasons. I explained one of them just before.

So 2 months ago, when I finally started it, I was so excited but also nervous to share it. I am so happy to have done it though. I found myself a new hobby. I feel so peaceful when I write a new blogpost. Nothing can disturb me. It is just me, my thoughts and my laptop. I am so focused and it is what I needed. Being focused on something instead of scrolling through social media because I can’t sleep. Which, by the way, doesn’t help at all.

Also, the fact that I don’t force myself doing it, I don’t set any blogging goals or any regular day to post. I am trying not to put any pressure on me, on my blog. Because I know that if I start doing that, all the pleasure than blogging gives me will go away.

I wasn’t myself such a blog reader before but because of the beautiful blogging community on Twitter, I discovered some great blogs and bloggers. I spend a lot of my free time reading blog posts now. Global Mimi is one of my favourite blogger at the moment. She is from UK, currently living in Mexico and travels a lot. I love the way she writes and her posts really inspire me. She also got a youtube channel.

Living in Switzerland

I had just returned home after spending 2 months in Greece working as a kid’s rep (I’ll make a post about it at some point) and I needed a job before my next summer season starting in April/May 2019. I needed a job but I wanted to travel. The perfect option for me was to be an aupair again. I decided to do it in Switzerland because 1) I had never been there before and 2) spending winter in Switzerland… I mean, where else?

I found my hostfamily in only a few days and a week after, I moved there. I was a bit worried to be aupair in another family as I stayed 2 years with my previous hostfamily and it had been so great, I was scared of being disappointed. Luckily for me, once again, it was a great match. The family is very different from my previous one but they’re all absolutely lovely and welcomed me as the 5th member of their family straight away.

I am so happy to live in country which is an absolute beauty. I don’t even have to go far to have a great view. Here’s the one I get from the garden :

I haven’t stopped exploring in my free time since I arrived here. I’ll share everything I’ve done so far in Switzerland in my next post.

Grindewald, Switzerland – January 2019

Don’t get me wrong, those are the best decisions I made in my life but of course I made some really bad decisions as well but I thought we would stay positive in this post haha.

What are the best decision(s) you made in your life? Tell me everything in the comments section down below!


“Your life changes the moment you make a new, congruent, and committed decision.”

Tony Robbins

With love, Anaïs

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51 Comments

  1. Wow awesome. Your decisions have really set you off on a great adventure and I love the fact that you’re growing more and more into yourself with whatever life throws at you. I actually really enjoyed reading this!

    1. Thank you so so much!

  2. Emma McKnight says:

    Love this! Such a positive post! 🙂

    1. Thanks a lot!

  3. You’ve been so brave and have such an exciting life! I’ve always wanted to move to Paris for like 6 months but feel like my French isn’t strong enough, maybe i’ll just have to take the leap too! x

    G

    https://www.teawithgi.com/2019/01/how-to-afford-to-travel-world-one.html

    1. Thank you so much!!! Yeah, if it’s something you really want, you should it while you can! I can help you with the French as it’s my mother tongue x

  4. Mashibaby says:

    Congratulations on all your accomplishments this past year!!

    1. Thanks!

  5. Wow, sounds like you were of to an amazing start so far! I’d love to move abroad one day too, like my dream would be to live in London 😍 I get where you come from when you talk about blogging, I feel the exact same way. My best decision so far was probably deciding to go on an Erasmus exchange. Even though it had its ups and downs, it were the 5 most beautiful months of my life and I’d do it again if I got the chance. It made me more independent, more capable of looking after myself and it gave me the opportunity to travel through Nordrhein-Westfalen in Germany and see so many beautiful cities

    1. London is amazing, I love spending time over there but I don’t think I would like living there as it’s such a big city and I believe I’m not made to live in a big city hahah Oxford was perfect for me as it was only 1h30 from London so I could visit it whenever I wanted without having to actually live there haha and Oxford is such a beautiful city as well x
      I’m great that you enjoyed your erasmus, sounds like you have a lot of fun over there x

      1. Yeah, London is my favourite city and I’ll be going there for the third year in a row 😍 I’m a city person, so I could definitely see myself living there

        1. If it’s a city for you, go for it!!! 😍

          1. I’m really going to try to make it work after I graduate 😍

          2. Yaaayyyy, you go girl!!!

  6. This is awesome! I loved living abroad. I have a really good friend from Columbia who’s an aupair here in Baltimore, Maryland and she loves it!

    1. Thanks so much!
      Working with children while I travel and live abroad is basically the best for me haha x
      Oh that sounds really nice, I’m glad she’s enjoying it xx

  7. I literally make decisions in the exact same way as you do! I pondered moving areas and jobs last year for a good few months then last Jan I was like ‘I’m doing this’, quit my job and moved house. You have made some amazing decisions – it must be so exciting to move from country to country too ♥ Well done on everything you have achieved so far! x

    1. I mean isn’t it the best way of making decisions haha? I’m happy you’ve done all of that, well done! x
      Thank you so much Ellie, it means a lot ♥

  8. Mrs Nuttall Says says:

    This was so great to read. It’s lovely to read back on your reflections of life. You had me hooked from the first sentence. I’m an overthinker too! I’d so love to move abroad but with two little ones in tow it’s not the time right now. Definitely a possibility in my later years! Xz

    1. Thank you so much for your comment, it means a lot to me!!
      It’s true, it can be more difficult to do it with small children but definitely not impossible! You can make it happen if you really want to x

      1. Mrs Nuttall Says says:

        What a lovely inspiring reply. Love that!

  9. You’ve made some incredibly brave decisions! That takes a lot of courage, well done you! x

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

  10. Aw, thank you so much Lucy xx

  11. This post is so beautiful and inspiring. It’s amazing how our instincts can guide us so well at times. I really hope to move abroad someday, so I really appreciated hearing about your experience. Will definitely be checking out more of your blog!

    1. First of all Tessa, thank you so much for this beautiful comment, it means a lot to me!
      I can’t really give you tips about moving abroad except : DO IT haha but I would be happy to answer any questions you could have on this subject xx

      1. Haha that’s all the advice I need!!!

  12. The best decision I have ever made is, in the words of my beloved friend, “be a c**t about my freedom.”
    I’ve been inspired once again!

    1. That’s great!

  13. Lanesha Gerron says:

    One of the best decisions I made this past year was starting this blog. It has given me a creative release so that I can come up with new ideas in my life. I feel so much in control ever since blogging! Great post!

    1. That’s really nice! Thanks for reading x

  14. Such a great post, no dull moments for you. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks a lot!

  15. It’s amazing what moving to another country can do for your experience! And I admire that you took the leap to one where the national language wasn’t your native one, makes my shift from the US to U.K. seen easy in comparison. And keep doing what you’re doing with your blog!

    1. Thanks so much for your comment!
      Well I couldn’t say easy as it wall further from home than me!! You’ve done great, don’t compare xx

  16. I first had to look up and see what an Aupair actually is. I can see how taking care of other folks kiddos can be a bit daunting. But you found that there is Confidence in success and that confidence is exactly what you needed. So good job on the adventures you have had. And to many more.

    1. Thanks so much xx I wrote a whole post about being an aupair if you want to check it out : https://anais-n.com/2018/11/29/being-aupair/ 💕

  17. Ah this is such an amazing post, also I found it really inspiring! You have had such lovely adventures.
    Thanks for sharing 🙂
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    1. Thanks so much! I’ll check your blog out as well x

  18. You’ve had such an interesting life!!! I had no idea you were in Cambridge that’s like super (ok not that super) close to me!!!!! I feel like being an aupair is so much responsibility I admire you so much for it. And your Spanish experience means I can talk to you in Spanish eh!?! Incredible!!! Girl we need to meet up one day and you need to tell me all about your life!!!

    1. Thanks girl but I think you’re tired when you read this hahaha I was in Oxford, not Cambridge and I can’t speak Spanish at all hahah I’m really bad at it but we can defo meet up one day babe xx
      Thank you so much for reading and commenting ❤

      1. Omg I literally get those two so confused IM SO SORRY HAHAHA

        1. No worries, it made me laugh x When I lived in Oxford for 2 years, everyone was asking me “How’s London?” hahah

  19. I loved the positive energy in this post. Very inspiring, for me the best decision was to move to England. We moved to be closer to family but actually it has helped us to find better jobs which are more fulfilling. Also I have now got the determination to start my own website, very scary to put yourself out there I think! Lovely and thanks for sharing

    1. Thanks so much, this comments means a lot to me! Where did you move from?
      True, it can be really scary but also really rewarding for yourself! There’s a quote saying “if it scares you and excites you at the same time, you should probably do it” 😌 Good luck!! x

  20. […] last November, I’m living in Switzerland. A decision that I don’t regret at all. The nature, the lakes, the mountains, …. Clearly, I’m in […]

  21. Impulsive traveling all 2017
    Being open to new experiences
    Starting my blog
    Being vulnerable
    Speaking my truth unapologetically

    These are some of the best decisions that I have ever made.

    This was such a great post.

    Jenna|xo

    1. Well done!!!! Those are great decisions, you should be proud of yourself x

      Thanks a lot x

  22. Your pictures at the end are top quality 👌🏽

    Last year my best decision was
    Solo Travelling – grateful for the experiences
    Doing what I want – forget waiting on people. I just did what I wanted to do because I have realised that waiting for people is a myth

    1. Oh, thanks a lot, it means a lot!!!

      Those are great decisions and I couldn’t agree more about doing what you want, it’s such a great feeling!!!

  23. I have loved reading this and finding out more about your adventures! You are so brave! I love your pictures too! I’ll look forward to more updates! Laura

    1. Thank you so much for that lovely comment Laura Xx

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