It’s been a while since I have had the pleasure to let a piece of my blog for an inspiring story but, here it is! My project about interviewing people who managed/are managing to make their dream(s) come true is continuing.
This time, I had the delight to interview Anastasia, a young enthusiastic girl who’s still a student but has already started building on her dreams first by leaving her routine for 3 months Au-pair program in Australia and then by setting up her small start-up! Here’s the lovely chat we had:
Hi! I’m Anastasia, 21, Italian, Buddhist, traveller, dreamer, tea lover, product and visual design student. I consider myself a person full of vitality who tries to accept every negative and positive challenge that turns up and overcome difficult situations with a positive mind. It took a long time to understand the real meaning of ‘acceptance’ and I’m still working on it, but this word is kind of the main rule of my life, that keeps me planning and believing in my dreams.
Which is the dream/s you had since a long time (specify how much if you want) that actually became reality?
Before answering the question, I must forward that I’ve never liked school and I’ve never been a model student so it was maybe this the main reason why doing an exchange abroad, living in Australia and traveling alone for a while, was a dream that came true. I actually needed to experience because it helped me appreciating myself, how to live by my own and especially accepting parts of me I didn’t like. I just wanted (and needed) a break, without anyone telling me what to do or not to do, I wanted to restart a new life and grow up. I felt last summer was the right moment for me to do it, so I did. And now, I truly believe that was the best decision of my life. I lived in Perth for 3 months as an Au pair, I went to school, met new people, had a new family, new food, new lifestyle, I travelled a little around Western Australia, I went to Melbourne and Bali which was awesome.
I literally threw myself in this island alone, I wasn’t scared about travelling there alone but I actually was excited to discover another culture, completely different places and stunning landscapes. It was an escape from my routine and I finally felt free and independent.
Honestly, this experience was key for me to figured out what I wanted to be and helped me focus on my future goals. One of these actually became true this summer: I created a t-shirts’ brand, named Time’s up. This project has both a personal meaning for me since I really seized the moment and took the opportunity, and at the same time, the graphic part of the project is about lifestyle quotes with some ironic and pretty illustrations. It was a while I had it on my mind but never really had a clear idea about it. But then,I started thinking about it more seriously and wanted to create it by trying to make the most of my abilities, from the choice of what to design, until the concrete realization of the t-shirts. Now the brand is live, I’m selling the t-shirts and I’m gaining big satisfaction on what I’m doing by seeing people loving them!
Did you follow any sort of plan (like setting goals, asking for help…) in order to achieve it/them?
My friends always supported and continue to support me, they are the people that mostly want to see me happy and don’t let me bail my goals out. This is has been (and is) very important to me. Then, keeping a positive-thinking always pushes me to take on all the opportunities that life gives me, living every day in the best way I can, without any regrets and to accept life with the negativeness and positiveness we always bump into. Buddhism really helps me to understand it, to accept the fact we are all humans being, that making mistakes is okay and that, at the same time, I have the power to achieve whatever I want to. So, never give up.
How did you feel when you realized you were actually living your dream?
I believe I still have to fully realize it. But for sure, I think everything I realized until now, was for myself and I not for showing myself what I could do, to others. I realized my life in Australia and Bali was what I always dreamt for me when I went back home and I felt different, as more mature, independent and simply happier.
Which was the toughest part of the journey to make this/these dream/s come true?
The hardest part was to express how I felt and what I really wanted to do to my family. At the beginning they couldn’t understand my standpoint, they couldn’t understand how it could be possible that I had to be alone to grow up and that I wanted to take a break from everything. But then, they realized that it was what I really needed and they trusted me. They do still trust me in my choices, I listen to my parents for advice and I appreciate them but then the last step to take a decision is mine and if I get it wrong, it’s still an experience.
Which is one suggestion you would give to anyone who has a dream of yours and would like to make it true?
Believe in yourself. No matter what, where, who, why. Life is a flow, nothing is permanent and everything is subject to change in a bad or positive way. Take it as it is and learn from everyone you meet along the path, everything that happens when you’re not prepared and face to some difficult realities about yourself. Keep going because everything, at the end, will be the clue of your way.
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