Maya Sadjadifar, Successful iranians, Immigrants, Storytelling, Immigrantsstory

About Me

My name is Maya and I am your host for budbadaK podcast.

I was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. Soon after I graduated from high school, I went to Malaysia to pursue a degree in Business. In 2010, two years into my undergraduate program, I became a victim of homophobic incidents and was forced to drop out of college. That was the beginning of a very dark period of my life in which I became a refugee at the age of 20. 

I came to the USA in the summer of 2014, and I resided in Chicago for two years. I moved to Seattle in 2014 and here's been my new home since then.

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budbadaK [ Farsi ] means kite ! I chose this name because my early years as an immigrant & as a refugee reminds me so much of a kite with no strings.​​

 I was so young, naive, scared, and lonely, but NEVER hopeless!

Now, when I look back, I see myself as a budbadaK. In essence, I had the freedom that I never had before , but I had not found my own identity and voice yet. There was a great amount of uncertainty involved with being a refugee that left me with no choice but to live my life day by day. I was literally, like a budbadaK, flew around and went wherever the wind blew – Just hoping that it would send me off to a better place. It actually did!!!

When I came to the USA, I was given a second chance to live a different life. 

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That is one of the reasons why one segment in my daily meditation right before falling asleep, has not been changed since 2010, “Thank you universe for another day”

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There was a strong sense of vulnerability that was so precious about those years when I was a refugee. I never wish to go back there again, but I am very grateful that I experienced it because it made me appreciate life and what it has to offer so much more!!!

To be like a budbadaK is to be free and open to possibilities. It is truly  such an unique experience to step out of our bubbles and to be a budbadaK for a bit!

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 In this podcast, I am going to unpack stories of immigrants around the world. Stories that will inspire and empower us. Stories that will help us to gain new perspectives and understand people around us a little better.

Also, in the Persian version of this podcast, I share ideas, stories, and recent scientific studies that I found particularly interesting. I hope that the contents of these episodes inspire you and ignite your curiosity in some way. 

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