“Imagination is more important than knowledge…”
“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln
Lianda, or as her family and friends like to call her “Panda,” or “Da,” is a passionate and enthusiastic 22-year old, born in Queensland, Australia. Before she could speak her first “G’day,” her parents packed her up, along with the rest of their belongings, and headed to the States to her mom’s hometown, Philadelphia.
She grew up in a happy home as one of 6 siblings. It was also a musical home where she began taking piano lessons at age 7 with her Grandmom, never to stop.
Not to waste a wakeful moment, she attended college in the city that never sleeps, New York City! In 2004, she moved to the “Boogie Down” Bronx to attend Fordham University, where she majored in Communications & Media Studies, with a minor in Psychology.
During her years at Fordham, she had a handful of exceptional internships that gave her invaluable experience in a variety of different industries. Some of these included fashion designer, Nicole Miller, NBC’s Today in New York Show, and Sony BMG’s Publicity Department for Motion Pictures.
With a passion for people, exploring new places, and a large interest in the natural wellness and entertainment realms, Lianda is currently working for her mom’s TV show, Moms on the Move, as the media correspondent and web content coordinator. She has also started her own Video Blog/Blog (www.liandaswain.com) all about natural health and wellness, after overcoming a personal stomach illness that was cured this way.
Some of her favorite hobbies include playing the piano, dancing, riding her bike, any activity that will get her moving indoors and outdoors, listening to music, daydreaming, producing and editing small videos about topics she is passionate about, learning about natural health, and most of all, traveling. “My parents own a travel company, Swain Tours, so I have been blessed to travel to places like Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Thailand, Tahiti, Cambodia, Africa, and most recently, Egypt.” She says.
Lianda’s driving force every day, is her hope and her very strong impulse to influence those around her, as well as the masses. “ I have always wanted to influence people with my thoughts, wisdom, way of life. The idea of making an impact on someone’s life motivates everything I do… it’s what drives me everyday.” She excitedly adds, “I love waking up to the day, even if it’s rainy or gloomy out, it’s still beautiful, new and different, and that’s what I look forward to seeing.”
“There are so many people who inspire me, both family and friends, whom I feel so lucky to have in my life,” she says. Yet, Lianda is most inspired by her grandmother and her parents. “My grandmom not only influences me, but every single person she comes in contact with. She is truly amazing, with wisdom beyond her years, and a comforting, loving spirit that you immediately see while in her presence.” She explains. “My parents are incredible people. Loving, exciting, driven, very successful, and a great example of how to seize the joy and excitement in life.” Lianda adds, “ I look up to them in everything that I do because some of the greatest lessons I’ve learned in life are from their example. I’m very lucky!”
Lianda loves to be outdoors, it’s where she feels most connected and in tune with herself. She loves to be around flowers, grass, and trees. Ever since she was little she’s had a love of rainforests, yet the beach and lands near the water are some of her favorite places to be!
When Lianda learned about this incredible trip, she knew that this was something so incredibly special, that everyone around the world needed to know about it. “The fact that these tribes want to gift us with their traditions and ways of life, means something. And these 4 interns will truly have a once in a lifetime experience, that will change their lives significantly.” She exclaims.
To be able to engage with and learn from a completely secluded culture, that lives strictly from the natural resources of the lands, is fascinating to Lianda. “It is an honor not only to the 4 interns, but also to the rest of the world to gain insight from the tribes of East New Briton.”
Lianda could not be more excited for the interns and can’t wait to help spread the word about this historical journey with the rest of world!