Category Archives: Australian expat in NY

10 days to go

Just got butterflies when I typed that heading.  And then I realised it was only actually 9!

Yesterday, I picked up my passport, featuring my shiny new American Working Visa.  And guess what, it’s valid for – wait for it – five years.  Five years!  I really can’t believe I have pulled this off to such an enormous extent.  Amazed and grateful and just damn excited!

But I still haven’t sold my car.  The calls have dried up.  Not one of the interested parties showed up to see it in the end.  Frustrating much?!   I still have a joker up my sleeve though.  A girl I know who is o/s and returning this weekend claims to be ‘very seriously interested’.  Let’s just hope she’s my Audi’s next ‘one’ as in love of life 😉

Only two sleeps now until the big farewell/FFF party.  I am so, so excited.  It’s like the wedding I never had.  I mean haven’t had yet.

Off to the check the Vail 10 day snow report now.  Byeeee.


Excitement plus here, my USA Visa was approved this morning

Wow, wow, wow, did not realise how elated I would feel as I exited the interview, following the words ‘congratulations, your Visa is approved’.  Woopeeeeeee!!!!!!

In other news, work STILL hasn’t announced my departure.  Driving me batty.  And I leave in two weeks today.  Aside from that, they have briefed me on a huge and important project that has to be done prior to my departure.  Rude.  Well not rude but how about my farewell lunching plan?!

Have also listed my beautiful car for sale and had not one single call.  Boohoo.   It’s been 3 days so I dropped the price by $1k today.  Will see how I go over the next 24 hours……and will just have to keep dropping it I guess.  Keep telling myself ‘it’s only money after all’.

Now, I seriously need to get on to organising my party, which has all of a sudden become rather urgent.

Productivity on the move front

Means little time for blog updates.   I can quickly tell you this though.  I am all over the to do list and even ahead of the timeline on some projects (if you call buying a new dress an important project – which I do).

Tomorrow the removalists arrive.  The next day it’s bye bye home sweet home, hello 9 year olds bedroom and single bed and living out of suitcase.

But hey, on the flip side, how exciting is all this!  And to add to my excitement we’ve now sorted out Vail as our snow destination of choice for the loooong weekend on my way over.   I shall be departing Sydney on the 6th of April, spending 4 nights in the alps then on the 10th of April touching down in NYC.  Chilli will follow 2 days later.  I’m pretty please I’ve got a full week of settling in before work starts.

Now, it’s time to get back to work….I mean organising my move… stop Doctors for a blood test – fun!

Project pack up house has commenced!

It is here.  And it is seriously, seriously making me very aware of the huge change afoot.  I am midway through the house pack up/chuck out mission.  I am a lucky girl with a friend here to support me in this project – and another joining me in the morning.

Tomorrow my new tenants are coming over to check out the washing machine and dryer – with any luck they’ll buy them.  More reality checks.

In other uber exciting news I got the email re my Visa application I’ve been waiting for.  More paper work to fill out.  Most excitingly, orginally they mentioned an E3 Visa to me, however, the lawyer is now talking L1.  Means nothing to me, but having shared this info with some friends is apparently quite an amazing result.  As in less hassle if I want to stay in NY more than two years.

There’s no getting off this train now peeps, I’m boarded and headed to my destination at full speed!

Oh and the universe is kindly sending me messages of support.  The latest, an email from a website I subscribe to featuring the following material from a book I’ve read and loved:

The road less travelled
Your attitude has the power to shape your reality in two possible, and opposite, directions.

1. The direction that constricts and corners you in with fear

2. The direction that open you up to self-expression and possibility

If, like Robert Frost, you take the second option and walk the road less travelled, something remarkable will occur = your margin of control over circumstances will increase.

People who walk the road less travelled share certain qualities.
Supreme boldness.
A sense of urgency.

These qualities give them a unique ability to shape circumstance, to create their world, and to change THE world.

Rock on!



Relocation developments

  1. Seems my abort relocation mission (email) was a huge success…yip, yip, yippee
  2. Email from new boss over night mentioning details of my first project – sounds interesting 😉
  3. Decision – skiing in Utah
  4. Chicago flights and accommodation booked (hotel looks super lush)
  5. To do list checks coming along nicely
  6. Date with Aussie Jim last night – think is more mate than date, but a success!
  7. Just four weeks tomorrow until I fly


Quote for the day

“everything we want is on the other side of fear” – Farrah Gray.  And guess what?…..I’m going there 🙂

Fear and excitement, my two constant companions

Next weekend I will be organising my house move (as in throwing lots of stuff away) in preparation for the movers who will arrive mid the following week.  I will also be knee deep in paper work as I have managed to leave the insurance inventory to do at the same time. But then it makes sense to wait until I’ve chucked a load of stuff out first – right?

Even though I don’t leave for another 4.5 weeks, the house move seems to have sped up all of the anxiety surrounding my move.    There is no part of me that wants anything BUT to go, but despite this I’m definitely now starting to feel a bit scared and emotional.  Already.  Wow, how will I be in four weeks time then?!

I am so excited at the same time.  I am a walking contradiction!   As the date looms, I am thinking about implementing strategies to help me oscillate towards the excitement end of the scale more often than not.    Watching the Concrete Jungle video clip is obviously high on the list.  As is planning lots of fun travel type adventures from my new NY base.

I drove to work today with these thoughts on my mind:

  • OMG I have so much to do
  • I can’t believe the amount of organising I am going to have to achieve next weekend
  • Trust me to be busy this week at work – and potentially in Melbourne for 3 days
  • Maybe the stress will get easier again once I’ve moved out and my things are on the move?
  • I don’t own a suitcase!
  • I am going to waste sooooooooooooooo much food
  • I wonder if there’s anyway I can get work to reconcile my package / final payment earlier than my last day
  • I have so many bills to pay and no money in the bank
  • I really should have achieved more on the weekend
  • I need a new to do list!

Standard stuff I guess when you’re soon to move not just house but countries.