Updated: Jun 27, 2022
In this episode, Alicja tells about her passion for fashion, working in the industry since she arrived in Australia in 1991 from Poland.
She also talks about her biggest accomplishment – coming to Australia in her early 20s, learning English, and making her way in the new country from the scratch.
10 Facts About Alicja
(at the time of the project)
1. 53 years old
2. Alicja was born in Poland and came to Australia in 1991
3. Coming to Australia at the age of 22, without knowing the country, without speaking English and taking the risk to start from scratch is the biggest accomplishment for Alicja
4. Alicja spent 25 years working in fashion
5. Alicja loves people in general and talking to people.
6. Alicja loves animals. She has a little Maltese Shin Tzu dog.
7. Alicja loves music and dancing
8. Alicja’s favorite actor is Anthony Hopkins
9. Biggest challenge at this age – “I think I just felt some stagnation in my life over the last year. And this stagnation to me, it's like a killer to your mind, because I always have been very active. I have to be always on the go.”
10. Positive change with age – “I think I find much more of inner peace, I am more peaceful. I take it easy.”
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INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT (auto-generated):
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So tell us a little bit about yourself.
Okay, my name is Alicja. And I'm 52 years old. Actually I'll be turning 53 on 6th of April. And I was born in Poland. And I've been Australia in 1991.
Wow. That's a long time
a long time. Yes. Such a wonderful country. Beautiful length of us. I love it.
It felt like home straightaway? How did you feel when you first arrived?
I actually didn't I didn't like it. The first day I arrive. It wasn't so pleasant because it was so unknown to me. Everything was so different. But I guess it's just after a couple of months. I got used to it. So I love it now it's beautiful. I love it here it's gone. Yeah. I call Australia home now.
So what did you do? So you arrived, What was the plan? How old were you?
I was 22 at the time. Well the plan was just to stay here. I enjoyed a few months off and having time off and having time off. When I arrived I couldn't speak English much at all. So I started working in fashion warehouse. Just a general worker. Yeah, to compact boxes and cloths and things like that.
Did you get some fashion sort of tips look like while working there?
Not really, you know, because that was kind of manual jobs, manual labor but the fashion the sense of style, the sense of style I have it in me so that's fine. I already start working something in that field because I really like fashion. Yes. So that was my kind of first job and then the rest of my life I spent working in fashion for over 25 years. And I love it.
So what did you do then? In fashion? Did you move into anything particular?
Oh, I was working in all different jobs, starting like fashion agencies and in house modelling and stuff like that. They like retail stores, working in management in retail stores.
What was your favourite part of fashion industry because it sounds very glamorous. You know when you think of it
It sounds glamorous, but also I think you get to interact with lots of different people. Customers and I love I love talking to people I love people. I like to you know, hear the story and it's kind of you meeting new people. And it's all on the go. It's also like fast vibe. Very Fast Five, Fast Five fashion. Nutrients. You're always on the go. That's why I like it. I hate stagnation. So I cannot do just office job. It's not for me. I have to be on the go constantly, doing things. It's in my nature here. On Fire sign. That's why.
What do you think? What are you most passionate about?
I love people in general. I love people. As I said, I love talking to people meeting new people, all different ethnicity. I love animals. I have a little dog at home. Her name is Pusha. She's Maltese Shin Tzu. She's so cute.
How old is she?
She's 13. But yeah, I love that. She's my baby. And I love fashion. As I said before, that's my passion. I like music I like listen to music. Classical music. I love classical music. Especially Chopin. And music in general pop. Anything. I like dancing but not so much then sync now with all the restriction going on. So has been tough for the last year. I like going for a walks, watching movies.
What movies do you like?
I Like movies with. Anthony Hopkins, my favourite actor
Have you travelled much?
I'm not really much lately. I was in European 2018. And that was that I'm so lucky. That was so fortunate because I got to see my sister. And was there for about four months. And I came back and then shortly after Corona has started. So perfect timing. Just fortunate. I got to come back. Tom.
And then from that time didn't go away, anywhere just in Sydney. But it's such a beautiful place. Sydney was so fortunate here we've got like, lots of beaches and the weather is nice and sunny. Lots of places to go. Out in nature. It's beautiful.
Everyone knows that with age we change but what positive changes have you experienced with age?
I think he is just a number. And everything else you keep in your mind kind of if you it's it's up to you how you feel if you feel young at heart. You still You're not young, your age, it doesn't change anything. If you're 50 and you feel like 20. That's how I feel like I'm still active and full of life. What matters is on the inside. It doesn't stop you from doing nothing sits. Still everything is possible. And I think I find much more of inner peace, I am more peaceful. More maybe content peaceful. Then younger. When I was younger, I was more fiery. I was like more impulsive. And now I am more like, you know, like, peaceful. I take it easy.
You know, stay cool, calm and collected.
Now, yes. So I think I think that's fairly good actually. Without you just maybe if you knew what you know now, back then, then I think you'd be very cool. Yeah. Because you went through so many experiences and you learned a match. You're like, you know, wiser but I don't regret things anything either. I'm just happier at this point of my life. That's right. Yeah.
No regrets. You lived the way you wanted it?
Just have to keep spontaneous and you keep young at heart. Energetic. No matter if you're 45, 50, 60 people are still so you know youthful even in 60s That's right like if you feel young at heart that he saw me a number
So true I think sometimes people age themselves for no reason they just look at a number that the you know the 50s or 40s or 60s
Like depressed over and stuff you know my life is just coming to the end not to the end because you can give flunkies like 70s 80s Even 90s. But like if you have your mentality set in not positive way and actually think negatively it just brings you down a little so you just have to constantly remind yourself how beautiful, how happy you are, how fortune you are every day you got to see the sunlight, sunshine and I think you know like the thing is if you wake up everyday and your take each day with the smile I think the world will smile with you. Yeah, so yeah like you and beauty You know the thing about beauty is not about outer look about how you really do look it's what's what's inside, your inner beauty like your kindness your your kindness to other people, your beautiful heart and then people can feel it and this is true beauty and this beauty never age, you know. And of course we like to feel especially as women we all like to feel fabulous and we like to have our makeup done our hair done everything can have been like feeling very special. And this is important as well to make yourself feel special in that way as well. But not to forget about the other happiness. The inner beauty
Yeah. What is the biggest challenge you are experiencing at this age right now?
The biggest challenge I think I just felt some stagnation in my life because of over the last year as I said with the with the coffee and some restriction and other things also in my personal life I was experiencing I feel it feel very stagnant. And and as I said before this stagnation to me, it's like a killer to your mind. So I because I always have been very active. I have to be always on the go verify fast pace person. So that was a challenge. And I'm so happy now I'm sitting on this jet. Obviously, because I needed I needed it was like I need something to pick me up and I think this is it. This is something I needed right now. Yeah, I'm so happy. Honestly, I feel so much I don't know joy and I I feel happy. I feel happy. I'm here. Glad meeting you. And like I also believe in meeting people. You find yourself in places and meet people, every person in your life for a reason. And there is no such thing as coincidence me talking to you. Or even maybe someone see this footage of me sitting here. And if someone needs inspiration, if any women out there sitting and thinking oh, I'm not good enough. Yeah, I'm not 40 Yeah, don't think like that. You are beautiful. You are voting in the moment. Every human being on this earth is worthy of love. And lots of women who may be saying no, I'm not taught to have this or have some barriers between to opt in cap just to be more vulnerable with yourself. And also I'm drowning as well. Sorry, I just got a little bit emotional. I'm learning to open up more because I have been very close. Not trusting people much. So kind of, you know, I was isolated. And I'm learning to be more vulnerable with people. And to take risk. And not to feel fear is the very bad thing. And it's really stop you from things. So, me sitting here, this is very challenging for me. And if I can do it, anyone can do it. So I recommend to each woman, if you see it, if you want to do it, do it, just do it for yourself.
Describe your greatest accomplishment.
I don't really have one to be honest, I tell you, like I, you know, didn't win Oscars prize. This is me being kind of, you know, I was nominated for anything. But I think, you know, my accomplishment to me was coming here from foreign country from far away because I was born in Poland, coming here at young age of 22. Without knowing the country without speaking English, and taking the risk, starting from scratch, he or building my life. That was a very huge accomplishment because I had to learn the language. I learned new skills. I meet lots of beautiful people. And I loved every minute of it. I mean, it was hard and challenging from the beginning, but I don't regret I will do it over again. So that's my accomplishment is, yeah. Imagine, you know, like, I didn't even know like, back then in Poland. Oh, my gosh, where is Australia? I was dreaming. This country is so beautiful. And it's sunshine. And it's blue sky. And I loved it. And I had a dream to come here. And I made it made it without like language without you know, knowing people's gain. You took that channel, because I'm not scared. There is very little things in this life I'm afraid of. Yeah. I'm not afraid. That's great. And I don't really have like fear in me. I did before but I've done lots of work mental and spiritual work, and meditation. So I can help speak without, you know, anybody's. And I'm like, not afraid. If people see me and they see me crying. vulnerable. It's okay, because I'm just an average person. I'm just an ordinary person. And everyone has a story and this is my story I share with you.
What advice would you give your 30 year old self?
Where, okay, so, if I go back to my 30 year being 30 What advice.. To be honest, I would not change anything in my life because sometimes you think, okay, that no regrets because every mistake, maybe I made every experience I had I learned something from it. And that's what's matter to me. So I would just say to myself, Alicia, well done. And then you know, you're beautiful. stay the way you are. Be open to people be spontaneous, spontaneity is the most amazing thing. You don't prepare for things like some people do. I speak from my heart. I don't prepare things right on the list of things I have to say that I have to say that I speak from what I feel very spontaneously and I mean life the same with people as well. I don't have reservation to like towards anyone I can speak to anyone any, any ethnicity. I just love people. And even like, it's funny because coming here without speaking English and other people may be speaking English a little bit some other people speaking Chinese, or different languages like Arabic 10 How do we communicate with each other? communicate somehow even it's starting from the get shot, if you know, and then digital world saying whatever you can remember in English sound with very heavy accent. And then some people were laughing at me because I couldn't talk I said, like the world, you know, totally different meaning. But it was so fun. And I learned from it. And even like, if you open if you try and you learn things faster as well, even the language because if you have reservation, and then you are afraid to say it because someone would say, Oh, you didn't say this correctly, and they laugh at you, then you like withdraw, you won't learn. But if you open and you say it, people correct you and you laugh about it, you just kind of take it. Take it is a fun, yeah, exactly the years something, and that's how I was. And I think I learned the language fairly fast. Between one year I was able to, like get a proper job, you know, working with customers and stuff. So
yeah, so your desire to talk to people actually helped you to learn language?
Yeah. Because I'm very talkative person probably you know. I love to talk. I love talking to people. That's why I'm very like a people persist on and I like, I love people. I love life. And and I'm very spontaneous. I'm very open. Yeah. Yeah.
What advice would you give younger women who will eventually undergo these changes?
Are you talking about like her physical appearance?
Growing up, you know, growing older? What advice would you give women that will? You know, maybe they're 40 at the moment, or they 50 And they growing older? What advice would you share with them having been through you know, your 50