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Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost by Louise Edington

September 27, 2010 by  
Filed under Aspire to Inspire

As Tolkien said ….not all those who wander are lost, in my reality sometimes we’re here to learn

I’ve always been a bit of a wanderer and a free spirit; physically, mentally and spiritually. Constantly moving and trying out something new and learning along the way. We moved physically a fair bit when I was a kid, I don’t know if that has anything to do with it or is it that I’m a typical Sagittarius through and through? I have done many jobs and have always been a hard worker but I have never really been happy in, nor stuck at, a regular kind of job and I also have never known what I wanted to be.

I gave up on High School before finishing my A levels in the UK, the qualification that takes you to college (long story but a lot to do with a change of school and having to change subjects due to yet another move). I worked in offices for 8 years and almost married a boy but my life was dull and I often bought The Lady magazine and dreamed of traveling and working as an AuPair/Nanny. The boy and I broke up and I quit my job and went to work in the remotest part of Canada that I could find for a year as an AuPair (Saskatchewan). I then went to Connecticut and worked as an AuPair/Nanny for four more years. I loved my work and I loved working with children.

However, as my 30th birthday loomed I felt I had unfinished business and should complete my education. So I moved back to the UK and did my bachelor’s degree in American Studies with Religious Studies and loved every minute of the learning experience. I met and moved in with my now husband as soon as I finished college and we needed money to live as we had both just finished college. At that point I fell into sales roles and found I was pretty good at it but didn’t enjoy hard sales.

We got married fairly quickly and pregnant soon after that and the love of being with kids took over and we decided I would be a SAHM (stay at home mum). I love being a Mum but after the birth of my second child I wanted to do something else to keep my brain busy.

For a while I did day care in my home, my first time running my own business, but after my youngest went to school I needed a change of pace. So I started an eBay store, part time so I could stay at home with my kids, but even part time it was going very well. Then just before Christmas 2005, my husband came home and announced that his company was doing badly and he’d been offered a lay off package of 6 months tax free salary. Holy moly! Panic struck ….but not for long, being ever positive, glass half full type people we decided to pull it together and focus on where to go from there. After looking at what dull jobs were out there over the Christmas season; my husband and I reflected on how we both wanted to do ‘something’ more exciting, we decided to emigrate to Australia!!! Never do things by halves me – just a teeny bit impulsive at times – LOL.

We arrived in Australia in January 2007 and I fell in love with the place instantly. My first priority was getting the kids settled; but to keep myself busy, I became a contractor with a party plan (direct selling) business for bras and modal clothing. I found I had a talent for networking (a sign of things to come), and was just starting to recruit my own team when my husband called and told me his company wanted to move us to Utah. Oh brother!

It took me almost a year to feel settled in Utah; then I spotted an ad for a Coordinator for Cultural Care AuPair (back to my roots!). Initially I was solely involved in the servicing aspect, organizing AuPair meetings and interviewing host families. Having been an AuPair, obviously I have a particular affinity for this side of things. I’ve now progressed to being more involved in the marketing side, looking for families all over the country for whom hosting an AuPair is a great childcare option. I particularly enjoy working with older mums like me, as we face a different set of challenges and can struggle to cope with the adjustment to being a mum after so many years without kids.

However, the biggest personal leap came when the company offered membership to ” Ann Evanston’s – Social Networking Coaching Club. This has been a complete life changing experience for me, I love social media and I’m now learning how to use it to grow my business – marvellous! I’ve become a blogger, my blog is appropriately called “Lou Loves Learning” and I’m loving every minute of it!. For the first time in my life I have found my niche and I have goals and ambitions to grow my business. I can now concentrate on building relationships and marketing not ‘selling’.

I feel like I’ve come full circle in my life from my time as an AuPair. That was my 1st great adventure and a great time in my life and now I spread the word about what a great option this can be for others. With my new passion for blogging & social media I’ve been given a great tool to spread that word but it’s also given me the opportunity to meet a wide variety of inspiring people and make close connections with many.

The change in me is happening as I write but my whole way of looking at things is changing too. I am no longer an employee – this is MY business and I have goals that I have put in place, not that someone else has put in place for me. I review my goals regularly, but the main ones at the moment are as follows

* Short term – to earn enough to send my husbands shirts to the dry cleaners – just done!
* Short term – to earn enough to hire a housekeeper – yay no more little housewife!
* Short term – find one more host family by Sept 15th so I can earn a trip to Sweden in November and a trip to the national meeting in Austin – also just done!
* Longer term – to become a member of my companies Golden Heart League which takes earnings and trips to a whole new level.
* to take my customer service to another level after reading the book Referral of a Lifetime which gives clear guidelines for giving exceptional customer service and follow up so that your name will be at the forefront of people’s minds when they meet someone that needs your product.

I have only been in this role for a year, and living in Utah, I’m in a tougher area for sales than some of my colleagues but I now see that I can grow my business by taking my marketing viral. Reaching out to families all over the US for whom the AuPair program is a good option.

Louise Edington, is originally from the UK, a loving wife and older Mum of two girls She has lived in England, Northern Ireland, Canada, the USA, Australia and now the USA again. She currently lives in the mountains of Utah where it snows – a lot – in winter (luckily she is obsessed with snow!)

She is a Coordinator for a cultural exchange AuPair Program, something she wanted to do after experiencing life as a live in AuPair herself many years ago.

She is passionate about learning, believing that she learns at least one useful thing each and every day. A bit of an adventurer and daredevil, Louise is proud of the fact that she learned to ski at the age of 49 and did her first zipline at 50.

Louise recently jumped headlong into social media after being given the opportunity to join Ann Evanston’s – Social Networking Coaching Club and is quickly becoming a Social Media maven and Go To Girl. Her warmth and energy comes through in everything she does. Lou blogs about her adventures, passion for learning and other things in: her personal blog

Whether you are looking for an AuPair, information about becoming one or just need a pick me up from an adventurous spirit, feel free to check her out. :)

You can also find Louise on Twitter @louiseedington;
Facebook at Louise.Edington and LouLovesLearning;
on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/in/louiseedington
and on her business website

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18 Responses to “Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost by Louise Edington”
  1. Jessica says:

    So happy to have found your blog. I admit, I’ve always been a bit jealous of the opportunities British citizens have to move about and work in different countries (even if it’s only within the UK).

  2. admin says:

    Hi Jessica,

    Well I’m not sure the UK counts, especially when it would all fit inside the state of Texas, technically its 4 different countries: Great Britain (England, Scotland & Wales) and Northern Ireland and we have most of Europe covered due to the Common Market. We still do require visa to work in Australia – and I had to have one in Korea, also had to leave for 2 weeks every 6 months. I know Lou and her family emigrated to Australia and there is certainly a lot of paperwork required to work in the US. I was married to an American and there was still a lot of paper and but I ‘m sure Charles had to be sponsored by his employer.

    I’d say most of us are jealous of the sheer range of scenery and variety of opportunities in the US , especially since they all (mainly) speak the same language (even if you don’t put the ‘u’ in color, drop the double consonants in many words and reverse the ‘re’ in others – like theatre and centre).

    You can always apply for work with a US company overseas – I worked for Citibank in London and Paris. My advice would be if you want to work overseas, do it! It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done and I’m sure Louise would say the same.

    Thanks for visiting and hope you come back soon.
    Laine
    Laine

  3. I’d love to reply to Jessica but I don’t see her comment! Is it in moderation?

  4. admin says:

    Should be there Louise – I left one on her website but not sure if it went through :)

  5. Hi Jessica, it took us a year and a fair bit of money to get our visa to Australia and yes, my husband’s company sponsored us to come to the US (and it cost them a lot too) so it’s not as easy as it looks. However, it’s such a great life expanding thing to do that I say you will find a way if you really want to. I met plenty of Americans living and working in Europe and Australia so there must be ways of doing it.

    Laine – I see it now!

  6. What a treat to learn more about your life Louise. You are truly a wanderer. One of these days our paths will cross, I can’t wait.

  7. Thanks Darcie and yes, I am. I keep hoping I’ll get a little more settled for my kids sake but I guess my parents moving me around didn’t harm me. I KNOW we’ll meet someday – I travel extensively as you now know :)

  8. Hajra says:

    I loved the compilation!! The work is truly inspirational!

  9. admin says:

    Thanks Hajra,
    I just read your roadtrip article 😀 . Nice to share and get to know you.

    cheers
    Laine

  10. inka says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this article. Gave me food for thought. I also wish to thank you for your comment on my glamourgranny blog. If I am able to inspire one other person to take a trip they have always wanted to do but didn’t get around to doing, I am a very happy person.

  11. admin says:

    Hi Inka,

    I know Louise is getting ready to go off on her travels again ~ Sweden I think! But I know for sure that both she and I require little encouragement to travel (however since we both have younger children there is a bit more to it).

    My feet are itching to be off again.. after many years of moving every 1 and 3 years (alternatively) this is the longest I’ve ever been in one place… so something is ‘in’ the wind for sure!

    Love hearing about your travels 😀
    Laine

  12. Thanks Hajra and Inka for reading my story and commenting
    Louise Edington
    International AuPair Finder

  13. Beneficial info and excellent design you got here! I want to thank you for sharing your ideas and putting the time into the stuff you publish! Great work!

  14. Mary says:

    Hello Louise,
    I love your story. Very inspirational, and I couldn’t help but see the similarities in my own life. I am 31, and and am in the AuPair/Nanny stage, but in my case, I am in the yachting industry. That was my huge break-away from normal life with the nice boyfriend. I up and left to travel the world working on a private yacht. I have been doing this for about 3 years now and I am ready to move on. I also wonder how all of this will tie back into my life at some point, as I am at a point where I have made so many great contacts, that I question if leaving would be the smart thing to do. But I am tempted to go because what I really want to do involves teaching people self-empowerment, creative outlets, and finding their spirituality, whatever that may be, all while still traveling. Not too much to ask, right?? But anyhow, it truly was wonderful to stumble across your story and hear how seemingly random events and choices made in our lives can return in wonderfully unexpected ways. I applaud you for taking chances, and living life fully. And I thank you for being an example to others. I am excited to find and follow your blog.
    Cheers!

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