Australia – Jennifer Goodwin

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I was born in….New Zealand and, like many of my friends, hit my early 20s and disappeared off in search of adventure. In the decade since then I’ve lived in London, done big trips around India and Asia and found myself back here in Sydney, enjoying every moment of this awesome city. My favourite local films are….I love Baz Luhrmann’s creativity and his films,  even though they’re not necessarily ‘local’. Romeo and Juliet is my favourite film of all time. Controversially, I even liked Australia, though I’m a little out on a limb with that one. Other favourites: Animal Kingdom, Wolf Creek, Candy, Balibo, Little Fish, Samson and Delilah. The TV shows Love My Way and Offspring are also worth a mention. When I need a reminder of home, I listen to…..music by Dave Dobbyn, Bic Runga and any kind of Dub music always make me think of home #1 (NZ). I’m still working on the soundtrack for home #2 (AUS). My favourite time of the year is……summer of course! When it ends I’m already anticipating the next one. My all time local hero is…..I’m constantly inspired by my friends. My favourite local phrase is…..‘brunch?’. My favourite words of wisdom/words to live by are….this is a really, really long quote, but an awesome one:  “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Marianne Williamson. What I love most about my home (country) is….where to start! The weather, freedom, nature, opportunity and the fact that I’ve managed to find the most amazing bunch of progressive and inspiring people here to hang out with.

 

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