So tell us a bit about you and your desired lifestyle.
My name is Brittney and I am a photographer and world traveler from Detroit, MI. I own a photography company called DetroitBird and we specialize in raising awareness for things such as mental illness. I have been shooting for the last 11 years and successfully held shows and owned galleries all over the globe. I also worked as a Business Analyst for a fortune 500 company for the last 10 years.
In January 2017, I signed up for my first travel program (before this I had only traveled with a companion or solo). When I was accepted into the program I decided to leave my corporate position to challenge myself further on bettering my own business. I am now joining Wanderboss, a company that organizes remote work and travel programs, to gain further experience and to see one of the places I have always dreamt about visiting, Australia.
So tell us a bit about you and your desired lifestyle (cont')
My lifestyle: I spend about 2-3 months in my hometown a year. I plan to keep with this as I feel there is too much that I have yet to see and there are so many people I have yet to meet. Do I get lonely? Sure. But for me, the desire to continue to travel surpasses any short term feeling of loneliness. I also figured out a way to minimize this feeling by co-living. I love the overall idea and I feel Wanderboss offers the lifestyle I want to lead through their 6-month program.
Describe yourself in three words and give an example on why each is applicable.
Spontaneous- I love doing things on a whim and taking chances. I’m not one for planning too far ahead as I prefer to allow things to unfold in my life naturally. I embrace the unknown and I am very comfortable being uncomfortable. I look at every opportunity that comes my way with an open mind and a lot of curiosity.
Outgoing- I have learned that a simple hello can lead to a million things. I also learned that a simple friendly gesture has the impact to make someone's day. We all struggle with things in life and when I see anyone in need, I am the first to lend a helping hand without expecting anything in return.
Determined- I knew from a young age that nothing in life was going to be handed to me. I watched how hard my mom worked as a single mother to raise 2 kids. I knew that whatever I wanted to do in life and where I wanted to be was going to depend solely on me and the amount of work and dedication I put into myself. People can oftentimes mistake the reason one is successful for luck but speaking only for myself, I know my success is due to staying in on Friday nights and working. Educating myself by reading self help and finance books often and simply learning from mistakes as I go.
Describe your relationship with Brisbane.
My relationship with Brisbane is currently non-existent and I cannot wait for this to change! There is so much I want to see and so many things I want to do. I cant wait to once again step outside of my comfort zone and submerge myself into a new culture.
Coliving is a brand new concept in Australia, what attracted you to the Wanderhome approach?
I briefly experienced co-living while staying in Vietnam for a short period of time and I really enjoyed getting to know everyone and I never felt alone as I had ongoing support from my fellow travellers. By the end of the month my fellow roommates and I had grown closer than some of my best friends back home. They still remain a large part of my life as they are like family to me. Our journeys may take us in different directions but most of us manage to keep in touch and check in often.
Community is about contribution from each of its members. What will be your unique contribution?
I have much to contribute. I plan to help motivate and support all of my peers in any way that I can including but not limited to photography for their business needs, assisting with brand awareness and promoting and I will always be there to listen anytime someone is in need of advice, opinions of simply support throughout their stay.
So you will be potentially living with 10 other people. If you were tasked with planning a night in for everyone what would it be? (bonus points for a menu plan).
I would use our night in as a way of getting to know my fellow flatmates better using ice breaker questions and fun tasks. I would want to incorporate selfies and group photos while completing tasks such as jumping into pool with a fellow flatmate or snapping a selfie with the person you know the least in the group.
I am always one for bonus points so I have a perfect meal plan that consists of 2 rounds.
Round 1: We would have a spread of strange, interesting and uncommon things to try and encourage each flstmate to try at least one thing including but not limited to pigs feet or cow tongue. Gross!!! I believe this serves as a great ice breaker.
Round 2: We would have a normal spread of Brisbane's best local fare in case we didn't fill up on cow tongue ;)
If you have share housed before what is your pet hate when it comes to housemate behaviour?
I came up with a phrase I used often when I was co-living for a short period of time. “It takes a team to keep the house clean” and what I mean by this is everyone cleaning up after themselves and doing their part. Nobody wants to feel like they are being carried or not doing their part. Keeping the house clean is more important than your preference of things looking tidy as it’s also a known fact that working in a messy environment causes stress and who needs the added stress if it can so easily be avoided? Plus the most important reason for keeping the home clean is keeping the BUGS AWAY!!
Check out Brittney's amazing work on her Instagram account