I moved to Australia when I was in sixth grade.
I’d never been to a place like that before, so I went in with a vague idea of wanting to try something different.
It didn’t take long before I found myself on the path to becoming an architect.
I went to a university that offered courses in architecture, and after I graduated, I worked for the architect department of the local council, and then a couple of years later I got a job in construction.
The city was booming, so it was a perfect fit for me.
“It was pretty exciting,” I said.
A lot of people don’t realise that this was the very first time I’d ever been to Australia.
I went to my first Australian building site the day after graduating, and I started building in my garage.
In Australia, you don’t get to do a lot of different things.
You work from home.
You’re working from the kitchen to the living room.
You might not go out for dinner.
You don’t really get to be around other people very much, because you’re working.
What made Australia such a great place to start?
I’ve always been very fortunate, in a lot all the different ways, to be born in the United States.
My dad came from a small farm in Illinois, where I was a little kid.
My mum came from Jamaica, and my brother and I were born in Jamaica.
But I remember growing up in Illinois as a kid, I didn’t really know a whole lot of the other things that went on in the US.
I lived in the city a lot, and when I moved there I found that I was the only one that was there.
It was a very different place, but it was very similar to me, I suppose.
So when I first got here, I had an immediate connection with it.
I had never been there before.
I knew how it was done.
It was quite difficult to get in, because I had to pay $3,000 a year, and there was no internet.
There were just a lot more things that were a little bit harder.
One of the things that I always liked about Australia was the sense of community.
It wasn’t just about the weather or anything else.
It’s the sense that you can actually have a conversation with people who are like-minded and who are connected.
When I first started working in Australia, I felt really comfortable.
I felt like I belonged there.
That’s a big part of why I’m here now.
The whole idea of a place where you don: “Well, I’ve lived here, so how can I go and do this?”
It’s like I’m trying to find my place.
After graduating, I went back to the States, and for a while I was trying to get a job here.
As I was coming out of that job, I started to really get the sense, “Oh, I don’t know where I’m going to go.
I’m not sure if I’m ready for this.”
I had a really bad time at work, and it was really stressful.
I couldn’t really focus on my job.
I was always thinking about everything else.
We were all looking for the next big thing.
Then I was on a cruise ship and I got really ill and I couldn’nt do anything.
I thought, “What if I just stay in Australia and I’m still here?
What if I get an offer?”
That’s what happened to me.
The next thing I know, I’m working on a design for a big office building, and one of my friends is on the ship, and we get to a bit of a standoff.
I say, “I can’t do it.”
She says, “Yeah, but you have a job on the same ship, right?”
I say, [Laughs] “No, I just got sick, and the ship has to leave.
I can’t work.”
I just wanted to do something else, but I knew that there was a bigger job to do, so we were hanging out.
I asked her, “Would you come on the cruise ship with me?”
She said, “Absolutely.
I’ll work for free.”
I knew that if I got on a ship, I would work for nothing.
I wouldn’t have a chance to earn money.
So I got sick and left.
It made me realize that I wasn’t doing anything to make myself feel better.
It makes you realise that it’s not the end of the world.
Once I started working for a company, it was hard.
The work was stressful.
The hours were long.
It felt like it was going to end.
I got off the ship and got a call from my boss, and he said, ‘You have an offer for you, but don’t do anything, because it’s going to be