Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - Belinda Cipri­ano

SHE be­came Aus­tralia’s sweet­heart on the last sea­son of The Bachelor and now Nikki Go­gan will look to win the hearts of the Fre­man­tle faith­ful as part of her new role as a real es­tate agent at Clare­mont-based Caporn Young. The for­mer Northam res­i­dent, who re­cently turned 30, an­nounced the de­ci­sion to move from her home town last month, say­ing it was time to make the change.

“I do think mile­stone birth­days have a funny way of mak­ing you re­assess life,” she said. “When I was lit­tle, I used to pic­ture be­ing mar­ried with a fam­ily by the time I was 30 and I couldn’t be fur­ther away from that right now. “Although I very much look for­ward to the day I marry my per­fect match and we cre­ate a beau­ti­ful fam­ily to­gether, I am very proud of where I am right now and be­lieve this is ex­actly where I am meant to be.

“I ap­pre­ci­ate that com­pared with some moves, this isn’t a big one, how­ever, for me, leav­ing every­thing I have ever known, all those com­forts and some­where that I still love, wasn’t a de­ci­sion that was made quickly.”

Hav­ing pre­vi­ously worked for Hol­lett and Lawrance First Na­tional in Northam, Ms Go­gan said af­ter build­ing a suc­cess­ful sell­ing ca­reer in her home town, a move to Caporn Young felt right.

“To leave that be­hind meant I had to be mov­ing for some­thing spe­cial and some­thing that felt right,” she said.

“I want to fur­ther my ca­reer and I want to grow with Caporn Young and I look for­ward to gain­ing more ex­pe­ri­ence in list­ing, ne­go­ti­at­ing and sell­ing.

“I didn’t want to be left won­der­ing or re­gret­ting and I am ready for a new chal­lenge.”

Ms Go­gan, who was vy­ing for the af­fec­tion of Richie Stra­han in the re­al­ity tele­vi­sion se­ries, said she had learnt a lot about her­self since the show and would def­i­nitely be watch­ing this year’s se­ries fea­tur­ing Matthew “Matty J” John­son.

“I learnt that I was men­tally stronger than I ever gave my­self credit for,” she said.

“Af­ter The Bachelor wrapped in June last year, I re­turned home and con­tin­ued on with nor­mal life.

“In the last 12 months, I vis­ited friends in Tas­ma­nia and had an in­cred­i­ble In­dia hol­i­day.”

Declar­ing her­self “hap­pily sin­gle” Ms Go­gan said while life had not gone ex­actly to plan, she was con­tent to fo­cus on her ca­reer.

“Lead­ing into my 30th, there were times when I cer­tainly dwelled on things that I am yet to achieve, but I turned my thought process around to recog­nise all of the amaz­ing mo­ments that I had never dreamt of ex­pe­ri­enc­ing,” she said.

“As soon as I ac­knowl­edged the un­planned mile­stones, ad­ven­tures and re­la­tion­ships, I felt su­per ex­cited and much more con­tent with en­ter­ing my 30s.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d471319

Nikki Go­gan says she is ready for a new chal­lenge.

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