My name is Liv, I am a 20-year-old girl studying Politics and International Relations at the University of Bath in the UK. International relations is truly my passion, I’d love in the future to end up working for an NGO, in the charitable sector making a real positive impact on the world. I’m not sure what that looks like in a physical capacity yet, but we’ll see where my degree takes me. I’m a strong believer that as long as you put the work into your passion, in the end you’ll always end up where you’re meant to be, so long as you stick to it.
In the past I have had some struggles with my mental health, I felt depressed for some time, and I often felt like I was living life on the outside looking in, watching other people enjoy their lives while all I felt was empty. I never felt like I truly fit in anywhere, and perhaps that was not helped by my incredibly overactive imagination which made me think life was supposed to be a fairy-tale, and I was so often disappointed by reality.
Now though, I feel as though I’m on the other side of a lot of those feelings, and although it’s not perfect, whose life is? I think I know who I am now, and who I want to be.
This blog is a little insight into how I live my life, and to show that so many people are struggling or have struggled with mental health in some capacity, and if we were all able to be a little more open about it, perhaps we wouldn’t all feel so alone. I personally believe there is a big link between our mental health and our relationship with the environment, I always feel so much more alive and at peace when I’ve been for a walk or a run, so another big part of this blog is on the importance of conserving our environment.
Mostly though, this will simply be about my journey through life, and how I’ve dealt with problems I think a lot of people go through, but often never talk about.
The Olive Blog:
This blog holds a special place in my heart, it allows me to write, which is something I have always loved doing. More than that though, it gives me a focus, a project that I can always work on, no matter what life throws at me.
I named this blog after an olive branch because my name (Olivia) is a derivative of it, making it very personal to me. Olivia and Olive are also connotations of peace, which is both what I’m searching for mentally, and what I want to be a part of in the future, working to help people struggling with the consequences of war from an NGO capacity.
To culminate all of that, I got a tattoo of an olive branch on my wrist on my 18th birthday, while visiting my uncle in New York. This symbol means so much to me, it only seemed right that it be the symbol of this blog, and of everything I want in life.