What do I do with my free time when I am not able to go out and meet people or do things outside of the neighborhood? Luckily, which I am very thankful for, I can still go for walks in my neighborhood. So lots of my free time is spent by walking around in my neighborhood. I also do a lot of home workouts. My host family owns an indoor bike which also has an app for both computers, phones and TV:s where they offer other classes like strength classes, yoga, meditation, cardio and dance. Taking part in those classes is very entertaining. Except for staying active I also watch a lot of youtube and I and my host parents have watched "love is blind" and "The tiger king" together after the kids have gone to bed. Now we are looking for a new show to watch. We are also going to watch a bunch of classic American movies that they have picked and think I have to see before I leave. We also started a "baking club" so me and my host mom try to bake something every weekend, we made Swedish "lussekatter", American cinnamon rolls, Nana's chocolate cake and Swedish pancakes until now. FaceTiming with friends and family is also something I have lots of time for now, so it is a great opportunity to stay in touch with my friends and family that I don't live with. As you can hear, I am not lacking of things to do, I sure stay busy, even though I am staying safe at home. Time flies by, I am enjoying it, taking every opportunity I get to get closer with my host family and spend time with them before it is too late. Sooner then I know, I will be on my way home or if I am lucky, the quarantine will be ower and I will be able to go out and travel again. So there is no need to feel sad about it or regret anything. The only thing I can do is to make the best out of the situation and enjoy the time I have with my host family because I never know when I will be able to do that again in nine months and I recommend everyone to do that. At last to make the best out of the situation, because there is nothing you can do about it anyway.
My hardest thing to accept with this hole quarantine situation is definitely having the parents working from home. Figuring out that the school will not open again this semester was not that big of a deal for me. I love having my two boys at home, getting closer to them and playing with them. But when the parents are working from home and we can't go to playgrounds or other fun activities it gets challenging. The kids don't understand that the parents have to do work and often go upstairs to them. Especially the youngest one. When he doesn't get what he wants he starts screaming very loud which gets into an issue because the parents are trying to work and it often puts both me, the parents and the kids in a hard situation. I am trying to find different methods on how to handle this situation and until now I have made a conclusion that it is definitely a clear schedule for the kids what works best. Keeping the kids entertained and busy they don't have time to think or reflect and therefore don't remember the parents upstairs. This also means a focus on 110% from me which makes it tiring and hard. On the other hand the day goes by very fast since I myself doesn't have time to reflect on the day. So even though if I work full days with no brakes at all my weeks go by pretty fast.
At this moment I also feel that we have improved a lot the last three weeks and I see a better quality on our days, both with the kids and the parents. Of course the kids are also getting used to the new schedule now which helps a lot. With the kids behaving much better I have gotten much happier and more comfortable with the situation. So work-wise I am pretty satisfied now and don't have any hard feelings at all. I can't find any good reason to go home to Sweden since I for sure have it much better here right now. Hoping that this won't last the rest of my year here in the states I am looking forward until I can go out again and meet people and travel. But also being aware that it might not happen and I maybe will not even be able to do my travel month I make sure that I don't get my hopes too high so that I don't get disappointed. But for now, I am trying to stay positive and living in this moment, making sure that I don't waste any time and just take it as it comes and I will see what happens.
How are you feeling about this whole situation? What keeps you motivated and happy during this challenging time? Let me know in the comments and let's give each other tips on how to not go crazy.
Hey! Almost 15 months have now passed by since I took my first step in my second home. Only 9 months to go. Since last time I wrote, a lot of things have happened. I honestly don't even know when I wrote the last time. Something is saying me that it was about apple picking which was at last September or October 2019. So a long time ago. I just didn't have any motivation for writing or sharing my story anymore because I was bussy doing other things, like hanging out with my friend, working, Christmas, thanksgiving, traveling and I joined a boxing gym. Today I decided to pick it back up again to update about my life. Maybe it is only because I am bored of staying at home due to the corona virus, who knows. No matter what I at last decided to give it a second chance. So here we go.
Quickly a recap about what have happened during the last months. I extended with the same family for a second year. I celebrated my very first thanksgiving, Christmas and went to New Orleans and Pensacola beach in Florida for vacation. After all this, my best friend here moved across the country to a new family and at the same time the corona virus started to become a big issue across the world. So my host family started to prepare in case the virus would become an issue here. Very soon United States had also become a victim of the virus and things started to shut down. And here I am now, have been sitting at home for more than two weeks hoping for the best. We do not have a shut down or so in our state right now except for that you can not go in big groups (more then ten persons) but me and my host family have decided to be safe and stay at home.
It's crazy, weird and of course scary and it is hard to not get affected by other AuPairs. Many AuPairs have decided to go home because of this since many of the AuPairs goals are to travel and meet new people as part of their experience. Of course it is not possible to do this now with everything going on. For me this was an important factor of my year as well and It was hard to see all my plans go into the air or not knowing what was going to happen. Still not wanting to give up, I started to think what I could do instead. Optimist as I am, I realized that feeling sad, complaining or giving up would not solve any problem. So I started to figure out other goals. I made a list of what I can do at home and tried to look positive at the situation. It is not easy to be at home all the time with my host family, but we all make it work. In the future the content will probably mainly be about how I have adjusted to the new situation and accepted it, my thoughts about it, but also about what I am doing these days, both with my host family, while working and when I'm by myself.