Sunday, December 23, 2018

Hello again. It has been a while.

Hello my friends! It truly has been a while since I have updated this blog. Though it is a pity, I won't be too hard on myself about this long period of inactivity since the last time I shared a post in March A LOT has happened.

I am not sure whether I updated you on my new job on February. Well, I am not doing that job anymore. I worked as a digital planner in a marketing/advertising agency for a while, but that job just wasn't a good fit for me. On the upside I got some good experience that will likely be beneficial for me at some point in the future.

I have been interested in the idea of continuing my studies to the doctoral level since my undergraduate degree, but I never expected that I would do it so quickly after getting my masters. Also, I never expected that I would do it on a field other than film/media studies. Well, I guess I was wrong since I can now say that I have been a doctoral student at a business school since September. Yes, me, a film/media buff and a bachelor and master of arts in a business school.

Everything has been so new and exciting and I love it. Learning new things, applying what I already know to a new field, and spending time with so many intelligent and interesting people has been an absolute dream come true and something I never expected to happen to me so soon after getting my masters.

I am working on a project that focuses on the branding of healthcare services. Getting a chance to familiarize myself with branding literature, brand management, and the healthcare marketing field has been much more interesting than I expected and I can't wait to see what kind of work I get to do in the future. I have a four year contract with the university so by the fall of 2022 I should be defending my doctoral thesis. Sounds both super scary and exciting.

I moved to my own place in April and I have absolutely loved it here. I live in a suburb about 8 kilometers from the city center. My parents like nearby and I have all the services needed close by. The university campus is about 5 kilometers away, but I have been working quite a bit from home as well since I feel like it is much easier for me to concentrate here.

I also welcomed a new family member to my home at the beginning of December (the dog pictured above). His name is Pasi and he is absolutely adorable. He will celebrate his 10th birthday on January, but since he is so healthy I am hoping that we will have many years to spend together.

As those who have been following this blog for years might remember, I am absolutely obsessed with Christmas. I have been posting Christmas movie reviews on this blog previously, but unfortunately I don't think I will have time and patience to do it this year. I have watched about 50 Christmas movies so far this year, so maybe some sort of recommendation post could be possible if that is something you are interested in.

Despite all of the new things in my life books have remained as a constant, dear part of my life. I have had this blog for such a long time and I have loved sharing my experiences about books here with you. Now feels like a great time to start again. I won't put too much pressure on myself, but I promise that I will try to post something new at least once a week. At one point in time I used to post EVERY SINGLE DAY and I admire myself for that, but right now that is just not an option.

I hope you have enjoyed this little update and look forward to seeing more posts by me. I hope you all doing fine and getting excited about the holiday season. Let me know in the comments how you are doing and what you have been reading recently.

Also, if you want to hear more from me, don't forget to follow me on Twitter @milkamilka and on Instagram at @avoraciousreader.

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