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 getting a post-grad job. I always felt the fear of failure lingering over my head and looming closer as the graduation day approached, even though I knew how capable I was. Moving to another country, I was betting on being a valuable asset as a native English speaker and a strong competitor in the job market with multiple internships and management positions previously held.

There’s nothing more rewarding for me than hard work paying off. To know how hard you’re working versus someone else appreciating your hard work are two totally different realms. I was so nervous to apply and I couldn’t stop unnecessarily doubting myself. Yet, I knew it had to be done and so the process began. I applied for three jobs before I’d found that I’d landed an interview, and I could not have been more excited. It was for a company called TechBear and it seemed that it was an American owned company, which was exactly what I was looking for, for multiple reasons.

If you follow me on Instagram, michellenmott, then you know that I have now worked for TechBear for a full month. It was exactly what I was looking for and I truly love everything about it. It’s a lovely little walk to my office that’s in the dead center of downtown. My coworkers are charming, kind and supportive, our boss truly cares about us as people and employees, and it’s in the career field of that I studied. It was exactly the job I told my family and friends that I was confident I could get when I moved to Serbia. I can’t explain the relief inside of me that I made my plans into a reality.

Besides the newfound responsibility of a career job, Nenad and I have found ourselves with a sweet puppy, Hailey, who’s just three months old this past week. The cutest little devil in the whole world, Hailey has completely changed the apartment’s dynamic. Fun and friendly, she’s my best friend. Nenad and I laugh because although we’ve only had her a month, we can’t imagine what we used to do without her. She was just meant to be ours.

We found Hailey abandoned along a walking path near the river, following strangers with a wagging tail. When she first came to my direction I thought she was owned by the man she was following. But after he left without her and she stuck with us, I realized that that wasn’t the case. I picked this little puppy up and she immediately sunk into the warmth of my arms, as it was starting to rain. We asked others on the trail if they knew whose dog it was, but we were told that they see her all the time following strangers, but she’s not owned by anyone. Nenad is no dummy and if there’s one thing he knew, it’s that we just got a puppy.

I took her home, bathed her, fed her, took 14 ticks out of her tiny little body, and snuggled her the rest of the evening. We took her to the vet the next day to find that she had a disease from all the ticks in her and that if we didn’t save her, she likely would have died in the following three weeks. I don’t believe in coincidences and I do believe that Hailey was meant to find us. Quite literally, we were talking about getting a puppy 20 minutes before we found her. The timing was nothing short of perfect.

Recently she’s been the devil, aka a puppy, but we’re getting past it and attempting to focus on why we love her… which after cleaning up her smeared poop and whatever she ripped up while we’re gone, can prove rather difficult. It doesn’t matter how much we puppy-proof the apartment, she can and will find something to destroy.

As you could probably understand, a full-time puppy and full-time job add up to no time for anything else. My days turned into a routine in the blink of an eye and although a lot of spontaneity has been taken out of the picture, I’ve enjoyed every second of it.

I sometimes still can’t believe that I actually moved my life to Serbia, started new, and have been successful in doing so. But what excites me the most, is realizing I’m only 21-years-old and have such a bright future ahead of me. My first two months here have been time for me to settle in and get organized. The weather is getting warmer, Nenad and I bought bikes, Hailey’s getting vaccinated and able to go outside soon, we’re planning vacations… summer is coming, let the adventures begin.