Inside my mind 

I’ve learned so much through my adventures traveling and working abroad, I feel compelled to share in the hopes of inspiring others… of inspiring you.

Disclaimer: everything written in these blogs are merely my own opinion, from my own personal experiences. They’re subject to change as I grow and change, and that’s okay.

Bringing a dog into the United States

Bringing a dog into the United States

Like many people out there, my dog is so important in my life and definitely just the best little friend on the planet. My husband and I adopted her off the banks of the Danube in Serbia when she...

So I’ve been gone a while…

So I’ve been gone a while…

WOW have I taken way too long of a break from blogging and boy does it feel good to be back! My first blog since October and it's still crazy to me how much can change in just a few short months....

Learning Serbian?… my best advice!

Learning Serbian?… my best advice!

Learning a language is never easy, but Serbian is probably one of the most difficult languages you can learn! With seven cases of the noun, leading to countless word manipulations, this isn't a...

Getting the most out of Google Translate

Getting the most out of Google Translate

Google Translate was my best friend when I first moved to Serbia. Thank goodness I entered an intercultural relationship in the year 2016 and not 1916... I could not imagine how difficult it would...

My Top 5 Self-Help Books to Read by 2021

My Top 5 Self-Help Books to Read by 2021

I read this article by Business Insider that was called, "9 of the most successful people share their reading habits" and, spoiler alert, they all read. A lot. I don't mean a book here and there, I...

Laser hair removal – let’s get REAL

Laser hair removal – let’s get REAL

Photo from Vita Elos! I will start with this - WORTH IT. You don't even need to keep reading if all you wanted to know was whether I think laser hair removal is worth doing. YES. IT IS. & I...

Recipe for my favorite Serbian dish: pasulj

Recipe for my favorite Serbian dish: pasulj

Of all the amazing perks of living in Serbia, one is the incredible food that I discovered and consistently eat here, specifically pasulj! Although there are many dishes I have learned to love, most...

Changing with the seasons: a humble brag

Changing with the seasons: a humble brag

I really just need a humble brag for myself right about now! How many of us feel like we're not successful? Who besides me is constantly feeling like they could be doing better, they should be doing...

Meeting the parents: Serbian edition

Meeting the parents: Serbian edition

Meeting the parents is made out to be such a terrifying event in the movies and I've never understood it. Don't get me wrong, I was nervous, but not for your typical reasons! I was not only meeting...

Easy ways to start going GREEN!

Easy ways to start going GREEN!

I always felt like the idea of going green was extremely intimidating. I wanted to help save the Earth, global warming is very real, but I'm no Greta Thunberg and giving up the use of airplanes...

2020 New Year’s Resolutions!!

2020 New Year’s Resolutions!!

I've never been one to do any New Year's resolutions before - in fact I've never done any! I felt like they were probably pointless and unrealistic, hence I'd last a week, like the stereotype goes....

Serbian Christmas (Božić)

Serbian Christmas (Božić)

Celebrating the Serbian Christmas reminds me how lucky I am to be living abroad and to have the opportunities that I do. I have had such unique experiences in regards to their culture and customs...

Foreign friendships

Foreign friendships

Why is creating foreign friendships so friggin difficult? I can't even count the times I've been frustrated to the point of tears. It's like this internal battle that I'm constantly having with...

My favorite songs and artists: Balkan music

My favorite songs and artists: Balkan music

A lot of Balkan music has grown on me and listening to music to learn a language is highly recommended and something that I've tried to do both in Spain and now in Serbia. Traditional Serbian music...

Working abroad: a foreigner forever?

Working abroad: a foreigner forever?

I get a lot of questions about what it's like working abroad. I guess that's what inspired me to consider writing this one! Then I took a few polls on my social and it turned out that it is...

The skincare routine that changed everything

The skincare routine that changed everything

Ladies and gentlemen in the back... I was a fellow pimple-faced high school kid and although I never had severe acne, I definitely felt the blow to my confidence whenever one of those lovely red...

“Michelle, when are you coming home?”

“Michelle, when are you coming home?”

This question is something that I'm asked often since I've arrived here in Serbia. I think sometimes people fail to realize that I am home, in a different sort of way. I've made a home for myself...

Life didn’t go as planned, it went better.

Life didn’t go as planned, it went better.

I think we all have some sort of idea how we want our lives to go. Whether you set short term or long term goals, there is some sort of thought put into your future. I've always been the annoying...

5 ways that Serbia has changed me

5 ways that Serbia has changed me

It doesn't matter if you move 50 miles away from home or 5,000 miles away, something in you will change as you adapt to your new surroundings. Although humans tend to be resistant to it, change is...

Living abroad – the difficult bits

Living abroad – the difficult bits

Living abroad indefinitely takes a certain type of strength. It's something unlike anything I've ever done before. My journey to Spain was similar, but knowing how many days until you see your loved...

Things I miss about home

Things I miss about home

There are certain things about home that simply cannot be replicated. I've learned that more and more as I spend time traveling the world. "Distance makes the heart grow stronger" is something that...

Safer in Serbia

Safer in Serbia

I never realized how unsafe I felt living in the US until I left. That's something that came as quite a shock to me, my friends, and definitely my family. I think a lot of them still don't believe...

The worst cravings without a fix

The worst cravings without a fix

One of the great things about NorCal and much of the United States is the diversity in food options. There is so much food that I'm constantly craving that I don't have available to me now that I'm...

Serbia: a country unbothered

Serbia: a country unbothered

A country that knows how to relax, enjoy and live life to the fullest every single day, Novi Sad, Serbia has won me over in more ways than one. Living in Novi Sad has brought peace to my day-to-day...

My experiences being ill abroad

My experiences being ill abroad

Getting sick abroad can be incredibly uncomfortable and far more dangerous than getting sick in your home country. I've been lucky enough to get sick every time I leave The States... and not just a...

Life update: blissful chaos

Life update: blissful chaos

This past month has been incredibly eventful for me and Nenad and every day I can't help but think about how lucky I am to be living the life that we are. One of the most stressful things for me was...

Drinking abroad… was I a bar regular?

Drinking abroad… was I a bar regular?

If you've ever done a college study abroad trip you would probably scoff at the part of the title that asks if I became a regular. Of course, I was! I've truly never been one to drink much. The...

6,161 miles between us… can we make it?

6,161 miles between us… can we make it?

Long-distance is one thing, but a long-distance relationship and coming from two distinctly different cultures, that's another battle in itself. I have a lot of people ask me about making it work...

I never planned my weekend adventures

I never planned my weekend adventures

One of the most amazing things about traveling to as many countries as I have at such a young age is that I am able to give advice and relate to others who are going or have gone! Just the other day...

Telling your loved ones you’re leaving

Telling your loved ones you’re leaving

Like other young men and women, my parents are absolutely everything to me. How do you tell them you're moving across the world? I don't know a better love than the one I've grown up witnessing...

Why I decided to study abroad

Why I decided to study abroad

One of my favorite questions is when people ask me why I decided to go study abroad in the first place. Prior to November 2015, I'd never talked about wanting to leave the country, I'd never been...

Moving across the world… for a boy?

Moving across the world… for a boy?

So, I'm moving across the world. It's really happening. I couldn't be more excited for this journey I'm about to embark on. But there seems to be a reoccurring theme from sharing my news with...