I'll be packing up some of my winter / fall clothes this week in preparation for leaving for Dublin. I am struggling with the idea of condensing my life into 2 suitcases as I left with 3 the last time I made this trip and still found I needed more. How does one pack their entire life into suitcases anyways? How do you decide what's important enough to bring versus what you can confidently leave behind? It's quite the struggle to be honest. Can't I just take everything without paying astronomical fees at the airport? :'(
With the exception of packing, I haven't really attempted to prepare any further for my trip. I'll be reconnecting with a recruitment agency again next month in hopes of finding a hospitality job in advance of arriving in Dublin. Having a job or at least a lead on a job prior to leaving would really put me at ease as far as knowing I'll be relatively secure. I'm hoping I can find a job that will be ok with my desire to travel at least once every other month (if not more!) . I would assume they would expect a working holiday participant to be doing a little travelling anyways.
Aside from that, I'm just counting down the days. I'm so ready to get on with this experience and make it exactly what the last one wasn't, fun. I'm determined to get everything right this time around and who knows, maybe I'll get that dream career or dream husband and I'll never have to come back to Windsor!! Now that would be a dream come true <3
In less than 2 months, I'll be heading back to Dublin Ireland for a year and I couldn't be more excited. Now that I feel like I've done a much better job at preparing all the way around, I just know this experience is going to be everything I want and then some. Being underprepared last time really discouraged me but it also motivated me to make sure the second time around was flawless. I've saved significantly more money, contacted a recruitment agency to help me find work asap, and done a lot of ground work in regards to finding a place in advance of my arrival. All of these things are going to help make sure this trip goes perfectly.
Working as much as I am right now is a great distraction from counting down the days. I've really been looking forward to this so keeping busy is a great way to help pass the time. I've got so much I want to do in Dublin this time around, moreso Ireland as whole. There's a few spots in Galway, Cork, and Waterford I am desperate to check out as well so I'm also looking forward to that. Can't believe I've almost been back a year already. Time flies!
Another thing going great is my ebook! I'm already on the second of three chapters with the work coming along nicely. A friend of mine was gracious enough to proof my first chapter and give me some helpful tips and corrections I should consider making which I have already done. I'm also super grateful that a longtime friend of mine who is a graphic designer has agreed to design me a new logo for the blog! I can't wait to see what she comes up with and share it with all of you!
Lot's going on, stick with me through all of this! Happy Sunday y'all!
Today marks the very last thing I have to take care of before heading to Ireland in September. Considering I still have two months to go before I leave, I feel super great about the position I'm in. Paying for my insurance today is going to be costly but as I said, I still have two months of paychecks left to compensate for this last big expense.
Now, I can literally focus on saving more money and trying to condense my personal items. The last time I went, I travelled a little heavy so I'm focused on trying to figure out a way to minimize what I believe I need this time around. It's not cheap flying when you have your entire life with you so I have to try and cut myself from three suitcases down to two. I can't imagine how I'm going to do that but I really don't have a choice. The idea is that you make the most of what you have with the least amount of stuff as possible right? So that's going to be a challenge for me.
For now, I'll continue to work my summer away making that money so that my trip is as comfortable as humanly possible. I'm determined to last the year especially now that I'm almost certain my sister will be visiting next summer. :)
Going back to Ireland and doing things right this time around is very important to me. I'm not going to dwell on last time and the mistakes I made but I must remind myself that I felt prepared last time as well. Not only did I feel prepared, but I was constantly reminded how prepared I was. I think that made the decision to come home so much more difficult for me. I am absolutely determined to try and cover every base before I leave.
I'm looking into opening an Irish bank account from home because I've seen on other expat groups that this sort of thing is available. That was definitely a stumbling block for me last time. There were so many necessary steps to opening an account / finding a job that I just felt overwhelmed. I've also contacted a hospitality recruitment agency which I know will be my ticket to finding a job and quickly. Finding a job that's relevant to my credentials is important to me. This is why I've never been able to work in factory despite being lured by higher pay, just the monotony of it would drive me insane.
I've looked at some places but the prices are still freaking me out so that's something I'll go back to next month lol I can't believe how expensive it is for a flat out there! If you don't live with 2 or 3 people, you're paying easily 1500 euros which I'm sure will make a big dent in the money I saved / earn while there. I'm exploring options as far as work aways versus house shares. I really want to find the best option as far as surviving and being able to travel because c'mon, these working holidays are MEANT to support this idea.
I leave in 2 1/2 months which is really not a lot of time so I'm buckling down and doing as much research as humanly possible. I WILL last this year and I intend to do it the way that I'm dreaming of :)
A few months back, the prospect of my sister, nephews, and giant dog, moving in with us was just a thought and we did very little to prepare. Suddenly, it was the time for them to move in and I knew that things were going to change around this house dramatically for a while.
Having my nephews around all the time is going to super great for me because it means spending more time with them prior to me heading back to Ireland. It means more bonding time for us which is just amazing. It means spending more time with my sister as well which I'm super excited about. It also means conquering what's left of my fear of dogs because my sister's dog is enormous, loud, and intimidating, while also being such a good boy. I'll tell you, the first time I spotted him, I thought, "Holy shit, I'm terrified!" and wasn't really sure how I was going to handle this. I knew I was going to have to conquer this fear whether I liked it or not because he wasn't going anywhere.
While all of this is amazing, it certainly makes things in my life a bit more hectic. I know I'm going to be constantly torn between playing with the boys and writing my book. I know I'm going to have to try and plan out my recipe testing around everyone's schedules. I know that things are going to be a juggling act, and I kind of like it. There's always room in our lives for one more challenge and that's certainly what this is. With every challenge however, there's opportunity to grow. I expect to come out of this completely unafraid of dogs (because Blue won't let me have it any other way), and with a newfound appreciation of what my sister does every day. She's one tough chick I tell you and she's been through it all but she loves her boys and they know it. That's one of the best things to witness I think.
No matter how prepared for something you are, do you find yourself scrambling to get it together when the time comes around? I've been dwelling on my last attempt in Ireland and I can't help but think about how prepared I felt that time and where I ended up. I was repeatedly told how prepared I was and yet I wound up on a plane back home after 2 weeks lol. Although I know I'm also prepared this time around, I can't help but remind myself that no matter how prepared I may feel, I should always be prepared for anything that might come up.
Planning for this kind of trip is a lot more in depth than planning a vacation. I'm literally trying to cover every base imaginable, the last thing I want is to have this opportunity blown because of poor planning once again. With that being said, I'm pretty confident from a financial perspective which I now know is crucial to lasting longer than two weeks. My comfort level is already higher this time around just because of my financial situation. Knowing what I know now about expenses and opportunities, I truly feel like this time around is going to monumentally successful.
In the midst of ticking all of the boxes for my trip, I'm also feverishly working on my first ebook. It's a process that I have to be diligent about because I really want to not only have this book available by July, but I want it to be exactly what I'd hoped right down to content and style. I'm working on this book every day in between working both jobs and planning for my sister and nephews to be moving in with us temporarily. There's going to be a lot of excitement around here in the coming months that's for sure.
3 months and counting!
It's officially official, I fly out to Dublin September 10th! I booked my flight yesterday and although I payed a few hundred more than I did the first time around, I still couldn't be any more excited to head back to Dublin and make this year the very best!
I've been in touch with a recruiting agency and am hopeful that they will be able to find me something in the hospitality industry. I've also reached out to other expats about finding work, finding a place, and other general questions. I refuse to be caught off guard this time and want to make sure I know everything there is to know so that I can make this as fluid and enjoyable as possible.
I felt so prepared last time and was crushed when I discovered I was nowhere near as prepared as I'd originally thought. Returning home so soon after arriving in Dublin was heartbreaking, but I certainly learned some valuable lessons from that experience that I will apply to my return. It was a major learning experience and one that I wouldn't trade because it set me up for what to expect this second time around. Without that experience, I'd be walking into this again feeling like I was on top of the world only to discover I hadn't done enough preparatory work.
Anyways, so super excited to be returning to Dublin and I will keep you guys updated as things progress <3
I was chatting with some of my coworkers yesterday and it kind of dawned on me that I'm leaving in just 4 short months. It's hard to believe how quickly time is going by but I suppose working two jobs virtually every day will do that to you. I was saying that it felt like I had just come home and now I'm already watching flights to return to Ireland. They say time flies when you're having fun but it apparently flies when you work yourself to death and have absolutely no life :D
I'm so looking forward to going back. Almost every day I scroll through all of my photos from Ireland and try to pump myself up for going back. As I've said in previous posts, there's so much that I need to do when I return. I saw so little of Ireland when I was there that it left this burning desire in me to discover everything that Ireland has to offer. It's such a beautiful country full of beautiful landscapes, interesting architecture, and wonderful people. There's a million reasons why I can't wait to go back!
For now, I'll continue to dream of what is to come and work my arse off to secure myself for leaving!
As of today, I've officially saved double what I saved the last time I tried to move to Ireland. I'm so bloody proud of myself and couldn't be more excited to head back o Ireland this fall. Having just got a little taste of the country, I've been dying to get back but would never put myself in that position again without my finances to support my decision. Although last time I also thought I was financially prepared, it wasn't until I arrived and got a feel for things that I realized I was not as secure as I'd hoped.
I'm already planning everything I want to do in Ireland this time around. I definitely want to visit Waterford and Galway. I want to visit as many castles as humanly possible this time around. I want to take a few trips to Scotland, Switzerland, and Holland. I'm desperate to see Italy as well. I refuse to allow myself to fall into the same traps I fell into last time. I have big hopes for this trip this time around and I can't wait to hop on a plane and restart this adventure <3
I've been trying to figure out lately what my next step with the blog is going to be. In a perfect world, I'd be able to cook, blog, and travel, all while volunteering at animal shelters and sanctuaries and still be able to support myself financially. Sounds fabulous doesn't it?
This past week with a little help from a friend, I've started to put together my first ebook. Now, if you guys remember, I actually released one last year but realized afterwards that the website was not secure and I worried about people's credit info getting stolen. Obviously, I abandoned that idea and decided I'd wait and focus on my blog a bit more before I attempted to put together another book. It's been so great having her expertise and assistance because there's definitely a lot to learn.
Growing my blog into more of a business is something I've been contemplating for a while now but wasn't sure where to go from where I was. I've always been the kind of person who had a million fabulous ideas with none of them coming to fruition. Because of this, I lose valuable time doing the same old thing when I could be implementing one of my many ideas. It's super annoying knowing that I do this lol
This time around, I'm determined to focus my energy on releasing my ebook and doing so through Amazon. No more no name websites, I want to release this book as authentically as I can. I've actually started breaking down different ideas for topics and plucking out recipes from my archive. It's so fun to be able to be creative and come up with this fun collection of all of my ideas.