I was not born in this country. I do not know all its aches and pains, joys and triumphs... I have yet to understand what it fully means to be Australian. There's still a lot of things that I'm learning about this country that I now embrace as my home.
But, even though Australia has only considered me as one of its own a few years ago... I feel that it has loved and welcomed me. That is why I find it easy to love it back.
I appreciate its beauty. And, I recognise its complexities and issues. I'm honoured to be a part of its land and its people.
That is why I want to dedicate this post to those who fought in many wars for this country.
I may not have any family or friend who defended this land. But, I do appreciate the many Australians who offered their lives. Thank you.
Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.