So it’s been a long while since I have posted anything on my blog *cringe*. I very obviously dropped off of the face of the Earth.
So here’s a ittle (big) life update:
Since November 2016, everything has been way hectic – I went overseas to Macedonia (for the second time in the year!) to intern at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, then I came back and was trying to organize myself for 4th year psychology (who knew the application process would be so difficult), and then shortly after, I got a full time job at a Holistic Wellness Clinic as the Clinic Manager! Whew. But at the end of the day, I’ve loved every moment of it. The past year has really enabled me to grow as a person on a different wavelength.
Amidst all of this, I found myself consistently posting on Instagram, and focusing on that platform as my main blog. Coincidentally, I wasn’t feeling in tune with my branding, so I began to play around with that, and wound up with a whole new look for Lively Lifestyles. I felt that it was important that my blog and online presence really represented my true style, who I am, and what I stand for. So I guess you can say that I’ve really tried to find my feet with this whole online journey I’ve embarked on – after all, everything in life is a journey; what’s important is that every so often we stop, reflect, and improve.
Honestly, it was an experience of a lifetime, to say the least. Upon the first day of arrival, we were greeted with such welcoming arms; it was heartwarming to see the whole process unfold, especially as we were the first group of interns from the Macedonian Diaspora that actually did the program! The typical day in the life looked something like: we woke up, got dressed in proper attire, walked across the breathtaking city square of Skopje where the fountain of Alexander the Great stands, sat down at local caffes drinking Macedonian Coffee and warm teas. The frost of a Macedonian Autumn was unlike something I had experienced before, as each time I had traveled to Macedonia it was always summer – for some odd reason, I guess I made an association in my brain that Macedonia is always warm! Anyway, the lifestyle was fabulous. Then we got to work; we met with the directors and addressed our areas of expertise and which departments in the ministry we would each like to experience.
I was placed in the HR unit, Economic Diplomacy, and I was also sent to the Agency for Administration where I was able to sit in on Interview Panels and the Psychological and IQ testing that followed those Interviews.
It is safe to say that each department I interned in provided me with such a rich base of knowledge, and I am forever grateful for my time spent doing the Internship Program. I believe it nourished the preexisting knowledge I had, and brought in a deep pool of further knowledge that I still utilize to this day. I would highly encourage any Macedonians in the diaspora to apply. You can private message me for more information and I’ll provide the links.
At the end of the program, the interns were taken on a tour of Macedonia where we got to experience the true beauty of the nation, and uncover some of it’s hidden treasures. The destinations you can find in Macedonia is breathtaking. Up until now, I had only ever gone overseas to visit my family and I didn’t spend too much time on traveling, but this trip opened my eyes to lots; it rewarded me with much more than just the experience of an internship.
I’ve just attached some screenshots below from our vlogging 🙂
If you have been following me on Instagram, you would know that in 2016 I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Psychological Science. Immediately after, I applied for fourth year psychology programs all around Victoria, and thankfully I was offered a place to study a Graduate Diploma at Monash University. The course is in a part-time mode, but it is a full-time load (did you notice my attempt at poetry? Ok great. Haha). Given the level of intensity of the course, blogging was extra difficult because I spent all my time reading and writing for uni, and needed to prioritize that above anything until I found the rhythm. Becoming accustomed to a new course is tricky enough, but familiarizing myself with a whole new university was that much harder; lots of my spare time was dedicated to figuring out the back-end system of the online-study world of Monash! Overall, though, I’m super excited about getting deeper in the course, because I’ll be writing up my thesis soon (yes, it’s scary, but it’s also super fun!). I can’t wait to actually share my thesis here, but let’s keep that for another day.
I’m often in a situation where my friends ask me how anyone can possibly love their job so much. Well let me tell you, when you work in a place that provides a service that you really identify with, you will really enjoy yourself. At the clinic, I am the first point of contact at Reception, and I also manage all Marketing and Social Media avenues. From the moment you step into the clinic, there’s a sense of peace, and of acceptance. Honestly! The moment you walk in, the French provincial furniture coupled with the aromatic senses and meditative tunes literally mystify your soul. I loved this place before I started working there, though. To cut an extremely long story short, I was a patient at The House of Life, and had such a positive experience with acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. Again, I’ll leave that story for another day. But I genuinely always loved coming in, and that sense of happiness I feel while I’m at work just carried along with me from my patient-days. So if I’m not studying, working-out, or brunching on smashed avo and turmeric lattes, you can find me here!