33. The ones with the Interviews 4/5

Name: Lia Richardson

Age: 24

Dream occupation: Writer, artist, planner. Or movie location scout

Current occupation: unemployed

What have you thought about your year in Australia? I enjoyed parts and not others. A year is a long time to be somewhere and not enough time to do everything you want.

Did you accomplish what you set out to do? No, I did not accomplish what I set out to do when I left Canada, and I am completely okay with that. I realized my mantra to “press pause” and “try to find myself” in Australia was actually pretty unhealthy and really I was just running away from myself. I needed to confront those same issues when they followed me here and needed to feel that discomfort to move forward.

What are some of your goals for this year? I still think I need to push myself to be uncomfortable more often. I still want to see a lot and I need to sit down to make it happen. Seeing Western Australia and New Zealand are for sure at this point. And to work towards getting my career started.

What’s one thing you learned about yourself? I like myself in Australia. The women wear dresses here and I’ve given myself that space to be and feel more feminine. People are straightforward when you talk to them and they let themselves get angry which I appreciate. I learned I get caught in ruts and tangles in my head about how things should be. I learned need to push myself a lot to make changes, but when I do it’s in a big way. And I’m a little afraid of my own potential and I’m afraid of failure.

Recent song you listened to: The Dead South – Boots

Do you feel there’s stigma about traveling abroad and taking time to travel? I reckon there is. Coming into this second year I could feel some resentment if I was someone else looking in. Traveling is a trade off. Do you want comfort and stability, with a mattress only you’ve slept on and a cafe or bar where you’re working through the menu, and coworkers to gossip with at work, or do you want to wake up early and go on a hike in a landscape you could never dream of? Some people can balance it pretty well but I find I enjoy living in places.

Last words & thoughts: Cheers to another year!

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