A friend of mine asked if I wanted to do something on the weekend. I replied with "sure".
He told me to bring my passport, I didn't ask questions.
He picked me up at my apartment with a tank full of gas and a couple of snacks for the drive.
We were headed to the United States of America!

Our first stop was at Tim Horton's  - because its not a Canadian road trip without stopping here at least once!

Bangor, Maine is about 3 hours away from Fredericton. We jumped on the Trans- Canada Highway and followed it to the US/ Canada border where it becomes Maine State Route 9. It's a simple, easy drive. 

I could smell the freedom

While stopped at a red light in Bangor, Nick notices the man in the vehicle behind us looked a lot like my older brother who also lives in Fredericton. It was!! I couldn't believe the chances of seeing my bro and his girlfriend 3 hours outside of our hometown, in another country. Neither of us knew the other sibling was in the USA. What a coincidence!
I guess great minds really do think alike, we must have twin telepathy or something - or maybe they stalked us who knows.

We drove to the West Market Square Historic District and waved at my bro and his gal as they took a different exit. 

The historic district was built in the mid 1800's. Victorian architecture everywhere - all brick everythanggg. We went for a walk around the cute little town and grabbed some almond milk lattes & croissants at West Market Square Artisan Coffeehouse. The espresso perked us both up and hit the spot, just what we needed!

The snack was good but we are gluttons and needed something more to fill our bellies. We decided to eat at the Olive Garden, because breadsticks. 

We joked that we drove 3h just to get a few breadsticks from the Olive Garden. Although I don't really think it was a joke...

I ordered Ravioli di Portabello and washed it down with a 9oz of Merlot. It was really good! 

After fulfilling our hunger needs, we set foot to the grocery store to get a couple brews to bring back to Canada since our liquor stores would be closed by the time we arrived home. It's amazing how Americans have liquor in the same store as groceries! God bless America. I think that's so convenient. Canada needs start doing that lol.

We actually spent more time in the grocery store than the mall, I wanted to shop here all day! Snacks are VERY important to me. People think I carry around big purses to hold my camera equipment but actually they're for holding  all of my fav snacks.  There's no better feeling than having some real tasty snacks! 

I shot more pictures on expired colour film throughout the day and I'm really excited to process it! 

10/10 would buy snacks in America again. 

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March 13th -20th in pictures

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I used to write in a journal but I find writing my thoughts and feelings online much more interesting. I’m a very open person so it’s really cool to talk about personal things and receive feedback or simply start up a conversation. I’ve decided to write something at least once a week :)

This week I wanted to share what’s been happening in my life lately. Some really big changes (!!!) have occurred and I couldn't be more nervous and excited! - I'll give you a hint - it's something on my vision board ;)

I’ve decided to post pone my University graduation for another semester. This was a HUGE decision for me because I have always planned on getting my degree in 4 years. At first I felt ashamed to tell friends and family my decision because honestly it made me feel really stupid after spending THOUSANDS on tuition and supplies. I’ve worked so hard for my Degree & Diploma and now I’m pushing it further away?? It made no sense at all to anyone except for me. 

Don’t get me wrong, I love going to university and college, but I needed a change. Something different. Something fun. Something educational and memorable.

“What do you mean you don’t want to go to school anymore? Everybody gets a degree in 4 years, that’s just how its supposed to be. You graduate high school, you go to university, you get a job and a house and start a family. Thats just what you do.”

… but that’s not what I wanted to do. I need to do what's right for me. I need to put myself first. I need to stop trying to make my family proud and do the things that make me proud. I need to do things because they make ME happy, not someone else. I think that's what being 'twenty something' is all about - figuring your shit out & taking control. 

I’ve always wanted to travel but I didn't like the idea of being broke upon returning home. I needed a job to pay for expenses while abroad. I have some childcare experience so I thought what the heck - I registered a profile on AuPairWorld.com. I figured I would give it a try and if something came up - awesome. I never expected anything to come out of it honestly, I was mostly just curious to see what was out there. At this point it was more of an idea than a concrete plan. 

Families looking for an Au Pair started messaging me like crazy! I was getting about 5-10 messages a day from different families all over the globe. From Spain, Italy, Greece, Australia… I had so many choices! After reading their profiles, sending messages back and fourth, having a couple of Skype interviews I finally found the right fit. A beautiful family from Australia with two little girls, seeking an au pair starting in April. We have tons in common, and I LOVE the energy the sweet little girls bring.

They offered me a position as their Au Pair and I said YES. I fly to Australia mid- April and I plan to stay for at least 6 months. Instead of returning to school in the fall I will be living 2 minutes from the beach and 10 minutes from Perth’s city centre! In just under 2 weeks I went from just being curious to booking a one way flight to the other side of the world. Crazy!

It wasn't until recently when the “realness” of the whole adventure started to kick in. There’s so many things I need to get done that I never thought of until now:
1. Apply for working holiday visa
2. Get out of Apartment lease (ends in April conveniently!)
3. Sell my car
4. Get some sort of phone plan
5. Buy plane ticket
6. Sell unwanted furniture
7. Talk to professors about leaving the school year early (hello tons of homework)

I am SO excited and a little nervous to be starting this new adventure! I think it’s a good thing to get out of your comfort zone from time to time :) I do plan on returning to school eventually, but not until January of 2018 or September of 2018. I still don't have it all together yet, but I like it that way.

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