When Will It Be Time To Go Home? Taryn Silver’s top 3 considerations

Living in New York is exciting. It’s full of ups and downs. And there’s nothing quite like it. I always tell friends that living in New York is like opening a Pandora’s box of excitement and adventure. Once you open it, you can’t close it. Living in America made me appreciate that despite the wonders of technology, Australia is still quite isolated.

Over the Summer I had a coffee with a friend, and she said that she felt she was ready to come home. Then Melbourne was named the most livable city in the world yet again. Americans are always asking me, “Why would you come here? I’d love to live in Australia, it’s so beautiful.” So I asked myself, would I ever be ready to come home? Should I go home? Here are three things to consider on this topic.

#1 Missing out on major life events

Living overseas means missing out on the big life events of your friends. A couple of years ago I Skyped into my cousin’s wedding, we’re the same age and had grown up together.  While it felt like I was there, it wasn’t quite the same. I wasn’t in any of the pictures and the weeks leading up to the wedding. I kept on dreaming that I would arrive last minute and surprise everyone. One of my best friend’s is engaged, and I know there’s a good chance I’ll miss her wedding too.

#2 ‘Nothing changes’ is a myth

One of my favorite haunts on the Upper West Side is Earth Cafe, they serve Toby’s Estate coffee, and more often than not I bump into Aussies looking for decent coffee. One expat, I bumped into had just returned from a visit home. I asked about her experience and she said,  “nothing changes.” But things do change back home, and sometimes in a sad way. The question is, do you want to be 22 hours away? My grandparents have aged rapidly this year, and it’s been hard not being able to lend a hand when I can. I worry that one day my parents could need me to be there.

#3 When it’s no longer fun anymore

Moving to America with very little family means giving up my well-established support systems and networks. That was abundantly clear when, as an exchange student, I found myself alone in the hospital. But right now New York is still fun. I’m meeting new people all the time and seeing more theatre than I ever did in Melbourne. Plus, I’ve just been home for Christmas! But it’s also hard, and I’ve always told myself that if it isn’t fun any more than maybe its time to come home.

I’m always flexible to reassessing my situation as it changes. Right now I just try to live every day, one day at a time. It’s very easy to get caught up in the what if‘s. And when that happens I remember that none of us really know where we’ll be in a year – I certainly never dreamed of coming to and living in New York City, and yet here I am…

About the author

Taryn Silver is another Aussie transplant who has been living in New York for over two years. Taryn recently graduated from Columbia University with an M.S in Strategic Communication and now works as a Senior Account Executive at Orangefiery, a communications consultancy. Taryn is also a classically trained Soprano with a Bachelor of Music from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and is still loves sharing her passion for music with anyone and everyone. Connect with Taryn on Twitter @vegemitecheese or on her website www.vegemitecheeseburger.com a place where Aussie and American culture come together.

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Happy Anniversary New York, by Hannah Collins

This guest post is by Hannah Collins who just celebrated her one-year anniversary in New York. We thought you might relate to and enjoy this letter she writes to the city.

Written by Hannah Collins


Dear New York,

Happy anniversary! We made it a year. I’m sorry I’m not there to celebrate, but I promise to make it up to you when I get back. I’ll take you to Vanessa’s, I know it’s your favorite place (alright, we both know it’s my favorite place, and you humor me by saying it’s yours too. One of my favorite things about you).

One year! Longer than any of my former relationships (and ten times better if I’m honest). I mean it hasn’t always been easy. You have made me broker than I have ever been, including that pretty crummy time you took all my savings when I didn’t have a job. Not to mention what you cost me in rent just to live with you. But I do love our little house, with the light, and the plants, and the old heaters, so it’s worth it.

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Event: Ray Griffiths Fine Jewelry Showcase, Nov 3

Join AWNY for a private tour of the Ray Griffiths Atelier, learn about the art of fine jewelry making and view his full collection. Enjoy wine and canapés while hosted by Ray himself as he shares with us some fun life stories from his 40 year career as a master jeweler (including running the best shop in Sydney in the wild 80s).

Event Details

Date: Thursday, November 3, 2016
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Location: Ray Griffiths Fine Jewelry Atelier, 303 Fifth Avenue (at E31st St), Suite 1901, New York
$10, for the private tour, drinks and canapes, with all proceeds going directly to AWNY’s chosen charity The Dwelling PlaceBuy Tickets today

Ray Griffiths will also support our chosen charity The Dwelling Place by donating 25% of all jewelry purchases on the night – thank you Ray!

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About Ray Griffiths

image-of-rayRay’s enduring love for the craft of making fine jewelry spans more than forty years, and it’s been his constant companion while creating fabulous jewelry for his avid fans. Griffiths connected to art in jewelry form at an early age, which set his feet on a life long journey that started in his native Melbourne, Australia and later planted him in the heart of New York City. Beyond doubt, jewelry is Ray Griffiths’ love language. He showers people with love when he bestows a piece of his jewelry, and offers people a means to express love when he creates it.

As a young teen, Griffiths spent his weekends working with his shoemaker father in Melbourne, Australia, where his strong work ethic and keen attention to detail was originally fostered. At fifteen, he went on to apprentice with a master jeweler at Dunklings in Melbourne, and learned to restore antique jewelry, tiaras and crowns. Here, Griffiths developed his proficiency in crownwork, a specific cutout technique employed by master metal smiths of the 18th and 19th centuries to lesson the weight of royal headpieces.

Griffiths continued his studies in Gemology and Diamond Technology, and made the move to Sydney in the early 1980s. After working 20 years with one of Sydney’s premiere jewelry boutiques, Griffiths was ready for a change. He made his life-long dream of moving to New York City and opening a studio there.

In 1998, Griffiths launched Ray Griffiths Fine Jewelry, based in his Fifth Avenue Atelier, the line is carried by over independent jewelers and lifestyle stores around the country. Along with his own line of jewelry, Ray is also a restoration and bespoke jewelry expert, breathing new life into beloved family heirlooms and working on private custom designs.

Each Ray Griffiths piece speaks of his life’s adventures, the passion that fuels his story. The Edwardian and Regency eras, Spanish Moors, and Roman Greco are a few inspirations from the past that also distinguish Ray Griffiths’ work. Every detailed cutout and polished edge represents the culmination of his life’s work, recalling his years of training with his shoemaker father, his jeweler mentor, as a student in technical college, and his years as a designer and jeweler in prominent jewelry boutiques. Jewelry lovers and collectors appreciate the special pieces Griffiths creates, but ultimately it’s his enduring love for the craft of making fabulous jewelry that keep his fans coming back for more.

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See more of Ray’s jewelry

Take a peek at Ray’s collection online before the event.

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Event: See Sydney Theatre Company’s ‘The Present’ starring Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh, Jan 17, 2017

Join the American Australian Association (AAA) and Australian Women in New York (AWNY) for a very special theatre event watching the original Australian cast from the Sydney Theatre Company debut their production of ‘The Present’ on Broadway. Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh star in Andrew Upton’s adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s first play, that was not discovered until after the playwrights death.

‘The Present’ is playing for a very limited 13-week season and is likely to sell out. Joining the AAA and AWNY group guarantees you a ticket to the highly acclaimed show.

Event Details

Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Time: 6:45pm meet at theatre, 7:00pm show begins, post-event drinks to follow show
Location: Barrymore Theatre, 243 West 47th Street New York, NY
$99 for AWNY/AAA members and $129 for non-members must be purchased by Oct 7, 2016.
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Please note:

  • Group seating will be in the Rear Mezzanine section of the theater.
  • There will be a post-show reception at a nearby bar to mingle and discuss the performance.
  • Tickets will be available for collection at 6:00pm in the theatre lobby. More info to come once you have purchased your ticket.
  • No refunds or exchanges.

What is an AWNY/AAA Member? Find out more about membership and benefits.

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Reviews of the premiere season of The Present

“If you are lucky enough to be in Sydney, this is a night of theatre you can’t afford to miss,” noted Nancy Groves in The Guardian of “Andrew Upton’s masterful adaptation of Chekhov’s novice play.  Their (Blanchett and Roxburgh) chemistry is electrifying as ever.   Masterfully choreographed by director John Crowley.”

Jo Litson of the Sunday Telegraph praised the “brilliantly blistering Sydney Theatre Company production. Both (Blanchett and Roxburgh) draw on deep, uninhibited, emotional reserves and their chemistry is electric.  As Upton prepares to leave STC at the end of the year, The Present is a thrilling parting gift.”

“Roxburgh and Blanchett are superb” pronounced the Daily Telegraph’s Chris Hook, adding “It’s very much an ensemble effort and all the richer for it. The Present is an exquisitely enjoyable outing to cherish.”

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Check out Aussie art at the Affordable Art Fair with $10 off, thanks to Van Rensburg Galleries

The AWNY community has been hugely supportive of the annual Affordable Art Fair in New York, so when Van Rensburg Galleries reached out with a $10 OFF discount offer, we couldn’t resist sharing it with all of you.

Van Rensburg Galleries are based in Hong Kong, and show mainly Australian artists. At the Affordable Art Fair Fall 2016 (this week!), they are planning to feature work by Gus Leunig (son of our infamous cartoonist Leunig) & Charlie Sheard (established Australian artist, with an up and coming show at the Drill House, The Australian National University).

They will also hold the work of George Raftopoulos who makes prolific statements about identity and placement; Janet Parker Smith, with surrealistic mixed media work; Sophie Gralton, whose nostalgic paintings give glimpses of our childhood; Mitchell English; Beulah van Rensburg; emerging artist Nancy Liang; as well as other international artists.

Take a peek at the work via this downloadable PDF catalogue or online at www.vanrensburg-galleries.com.

Affordable Art Fair – $10 OFF ticket offer

With huge thanks to Van Rensburg Galleries, AWNY members are invited to attend the 2016 Affordable Art Fair Fall Edition, which begins this Thursday. The offer allows a $10 discount for one person for one day. (Tickets are usually $18 – score!)

When: During the Affordable Art Fairs’ public hours which are:

Thursday, Sept. 29; 11am-6pm
Friday, Sept. 30; 11am-8pm
Saturday, Oct. 1; 11am-8pm
Sunday, Oct. 2; 11am-5pm

Where: The Metropolitan Pavilion,125 West 18th Street, New York
Buy Tickets: Simply click on the link below, enter your information, click on“Continue” and either print out the ticket or show the barcode on your mobile device upon entering the fair! You can process twice for two tickets. https://www.microspec.com/etic/aafnyf16/10VANRE 

A big thank you to Van Rensburg Galleries for the kind offer – and don’t forget to swing by their Booth (downstairs, 1.18) and say hi, and thanks in person!