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Coffee with Brenda

Every Monday on the journal, we'll share a short format interview with one of our wider Gather community members. Just a handful of questions with a generous helping of everyday inspiration to tuck into over your morning cuppa. First up, meet Brenda.

Brenda Liu

"I was very comfortable with my life in Auckland before that, but gradually realised I needed to get out of that comfort zone..."

What part(s) of the world do you call home?

At the moment, Melbourne is home with roots in Auckland, New Zealand. What is your industry, hustle, current project or passion?

I'm in the design industry, working as a senior designer for a brand and packaging agency. Side hustles/hobbies at the moment include practising calligraphy and handlettering and injecting creativity into home cooking. As an avid traveller, I'm also missing exploring new places and cultures so am currently posting some throwback travels from A-Z along with some tips and personal ponders for fun. What’s an important moment that signified a first step towards where you are today? I think it might be when I first started travelling and seeing different parts the world in my mid 20s. I was very comfortable with my life in Auckland before that, but gradually realised I needed to get out of that comfort zone in order to build a better career and gain experiences beyond what could be construed as a "bubble" in New Zealand.  What is a moment you are proud of? About half way through my two-year visa in London, I got to a point where I felt I had established myself freelancing in London and was able to integrate travelling so effortlessly into my lifestyle, along with having a great group of friends. Moving and settling into a new country come with challenges, even more so by yourself. There were definitely many times when I felt I had made a mistake, but to get to that moment when I was happy and completely sure I made the right decision gave me the confidence that I wanted to chase more adventures and settle in Melbourne instead of returning back to Auckland.

What advice would you give your younger self today? To not be afraid to put yourself out there and not worry too much about being "not good enough".  In one word, what is the most important thing to you in life?


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