My Blog

Hi there! My name is Rachel and I am restarting this blog to tell my experience of life as a Permanent Resident in California. I will talk about Green Card application, life in California, country dancing and more.

I moved to Cali in December 2014. I came as an au pair, although my job was really to teach the children I cared for English, as they were of Russian origin. It was a great way to come to the USA for free and experience a different lifestyle than I was used to in England. I was paid very little, but I had come with a goal of gaining life experience, travel and the pursuit of happiness.

I was 24 and had lived a fairly sheltered life in a small village, with very protective parents. And, although I had moved to another city for university and had lived on my own before, I had never really experienced travel or other cultures. My focus when I was at university was studying and doing the best that I could, and on my boyfriend at the time, with whom I had a long-distance relationship. Then I went on to do teacher training, and that was so intense that I had little time for anything else.

I became a teacher and I discovered that I wasn’t happy. And so I gave up the career that I had worked so hard for and found a way to travel while being paid. Granted, my salary was nothing. But I didn’t care. I went hiking every opportunity I could; I went to beach parties; I had the opportunity to meet people from all over the world, since I had a network of au pairs; I continued my studies at Stanford University and Palo Alto Adult School – honing talents that inspire me and that I am passionate about, art and writing; I won a cruise to the Bahamas; I explored California on my own and with friends; and eventually, I met my husband.

My husband is from Texas, originally, and he’s a real cowboy. He is a country music radio DJ. I have always had a love for country music and I had started exploring country night clubs etc. I met Randy (my now husband) at a small concert at a club in San Jose, California.

Since then, I got more and more into the country culture. And I even have become a line dance instructor. I absolutely LOVE country dancing. It has been a completely unexpected turn of events for me, and I never would have discovered my love for dancing if I had remained a school teacher in the UK.

So here I am, still in California, living the life, just wondering what will happen next.


  1. Julie Grant · October 25, 2020

    I could not be prouder of my wonderful sweet, kind and beautiful daughter x

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Lizbeth Ficarra · October 25, 2020

    Great story, keep writing ✍️

    Liked by 1 person

    • reanne1991 · October 25, 2020

      Thank you so much. I really appreciate that so much.


  3. Keith Brocar · October 25, 2020

    Funny how you spend time with someone and didn’t know the whole story. Thanks for sharing and hope you and Randy share many new adventures

    Liked by 1 person

    • reanne1991 · October 25, 2020

      Thanks Keith 🙂 Hopefully some of those adventures will be with you guys soon!


  4. CarolCooks2 · October 25, 2020

    Well done, Reane, for taking that step into the unknown and embracing it… we did albeit much later in life and my one regret is that I wish I had taken that step much sooner…Thank you for following CarolCooks2 and keep enjoying the adventure 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Jana Castelan · October 26, 2020

    You definitely have a talent for writing. So blessed our paths have crossed. Congratulations for having the courage. I look forward to hearing about your next challenge or adventure.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. K.C. · October 28, 2020

    Great story! Miss you guys too much! Take good care sweetheart. Give that cowboy a big ole hug for me as well. 😁


    • reanne1991 · October 29, 2020

      We miss you too! I will definitely do that! Be safe 😊


  7. beth · November 8, 2020

    welcome, and I love your story – beth

    Liked by 1 person

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