Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Inspiring People: Lannah Sawers-Diggins, author of Red Dust Dreams

This week's inspiring story comes from Lannah Sawers-Diggins. Lannah is an author and a passionate advocate of the Australian outback. In this interview, Lannah shares some of her experiences and advice on achieving goals. 

1. Tell us your story:
I am Lannah. I am a 60 year young about-to-be grandmother who originates from a sheep station in the outback of SA. While I have lived in Perth for most of my life, I have always remained passionate about our mighty outback. 

2. How did you identify the goal/s you wanted to achieve?
I think the only way to answer this question is that I woke one morning about six years ago with an epiphany. I needed to have my late father's book published and that led onto the book I am currently working on. 

Red Dust Dreams by Lannah Sawers-Diggins


3. How did you work towards achieving your goal – did you have a plan and a deadline to achieve your goals?  
No, I did not have a plan - and still don't. I just started doing it. And I am about to go to publication. 


The chimney stack ruins of an old country house. 
Image taken by Lannah. 


4. What was the biggest challenge you encountered along the way?
Many challenges. It has been a mammoth learning experience - some of which is being published. One of the biggest challenges occurred very early in the piece and nearly stopped me in my tracks. In short, it was an 'attack/witch hunt' on social media. 


Boab Prison Tree. 
Image taken by Lannah. 


5. What inspires you and keeps you going when you encounter obstacles?
When encountering obstacles, I take one step back, consider it and how I can overcome/avoid it - and do so. My inspiration? The outback. 


The Outback - Lannah's main source of inspiration. 
Image taken by Lannah. 


6. What advice do you have for anyone wanting to achieve a goal?
KEEP AT IT. If things get you down, take a deep breath, look at the problem and find ways to overcome/get around it and KEEP GOING. 


Kimberley sunset. 
Image taken by Lannah. 

7. What are the next goals you hope to achieve?
To help raise awareness about the outback. To educate people everywhere about the sort of life the stations people live - to help tourism in Australia and so much more. The list is endless. 

Lannah is about to publish a book about the mighty outback of Australia. Check out her website, www.lannahsawersdiggins.com or Facebook page for more info. 


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