We all create memories. And we hold on to them. On the good ones, the not so good ones. But they all make us who we are and without looking back at them we wouldn’t see how far we have come and how much we have grown. So no matter if you’re doing an au pair year just like me or work and travel or doing an exchange, it’s great to have your own way of keeping your memories (for hopefully forever).
🏷 Have your friends and family at home write something they like about you, motivational sentences or happy moments, on paper and put them in a mason jar to lighten up any bad days during your year.
💌 Write a letter to yourself on the day before you leave or on the plane to your destination. You can write about your feelings, expectations of the year, what you’re hoping to see or do, how you think your year will be, your concerns, what you are going to do after the year, basically anything. And at then at the end of the year you can open it and see what it’s really like.
📖 Write a diary. This sounds really old fashioned but it doesn’t have to be a classical “Dear diary…” one. You can have a bullet journal, calendar or just a blank notebook and have a chart about how your day was, just the facts about what you did, a picture to summarize your day, whatever you feel like. Or you know, just make it a little bit public and start a blog, YouTube channel, social media account. There are endless opportunities. Scrapbooks are also an amazing way but if I can give you one advice it’s that you should get it here in the States. There are so many designs and accessories to choose from, there’s no need to take more than you need 😜.
📝 Write down Happy Memories during your year on little paper pieces and put them into a mason jar. When you’re back in your home country, open it and read them for instant happiness. (This also makes a great goodbye gift for the host family by the way.)
📯 When you travel, send a postcard to yourself (to your home country) or just put it in an envelope and keep it until you are back. At the end of the year you’ll have a little collection of travel memories.
🎟 Collect something. Well, only if you like it. For me personally it’s not my thing to collect one certain thing from each place as I like the variety but I definitely love seeing other people’s wall of postcards, magnets, stickers, photos or even license plates.
🗺 Have a big map or globe (I’d recommend getting that back in your home country as it might be hard to squeeze that into your way too full and heavy suitcases 😜) where you pin your (polaroid) photos/memories onto. That way you can always look at them.
These are a couple of my ideas what you could do for your year abroad, I personally have a little notebook where I just take notes of what I did each day and a scrapbook because I got it as a present, so why not give it a try (so far, it’s just a collection of receipts, tags, tickets and some polaroids but one day I will finish it! 😂). So if you are going to do something I listed or you have another way to preserve your memories, I’d be more than happy to hear about that!
Until next time,