“Living and working in London offers countless opportunities for Australian women who chose this city to build their businesses, write their plays and further their careers. If you are a woman into technology, engineering, music, architecture, politics, theatre or business then this is the city for you!
Me? I moved to London nearly 15 years ago and I've called it home ever since. Luckily, I have ongoing connections with both countries which are ever sustaining and I am grateful for their support. (You know who you are!) I raise a family here. I work as a coach both globally and also locally in London.
The London arts scene nourishes my spirit and its parks and gardens provide endless joy. I’m proud to live in a country that has marriage equality and JK Rowling! A cosy evening in a pub overlooking one of London's many canals should never be missed. London really IS the perfect city for business and pleasure.
London is not always easy. Australian women juggle career, housing, travel or family demands along with other Londoners. However, many of us don’t have the established school, community or family networks on which to draw strength and practical support. It’s tough going at times and you dig deep to stay afloat. Community is key.
Yet many Australians thrive in diverse London. Australia is a country enriched by immigration which makes many of us inherently global in outlook. I’ve interviewed passionate women, like writer / director Sepy Bahghei, who draw on rich connections to other countries such as Iran. Then, of course, there are those women like food stylist Stephanie de Luca who enjoy truly international careers.
Australia? There is so much to love and miss. I adore the coffee shops of Melbourne, the internationality of Darwin, the coastline of NSW and the still beauty of Uluru at first light. I have find memories of the Yarra River, the Murray River and the Snowy. There is nothing more beautiful than riding a bike through Sydney whilst listening to cicadas sing in the surrounding trees.
As an Australian in London, I feel far more protective about our beautiful land and wildlife than ever before. Feeling compelled to protect Australia’s environment is important to many women as they live abroad. To this end, interviewing the team from Bush Heritage Australia was a real highlight for me.
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Londoner and coach, Julia Griffin, has a passion for supporting people and communities to claim their moment in time.
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1. Support and champion Australian women
Australian women are entrepreneurial by nature. We've planned, dreamed and hatched big ideas from our farms, cities and communities across Australia. Many women travel to London to realise their dreams. This platform is an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate our successes.
2. Share stories of success to embolden
Every woman needs networks and role models to urge her on. Share your story and join our community now. You can make a positive difference in the lives of others.
3. Build an inclusive community
We feature women from all industry sectors and networks. We recognise that women move between different careers and we can all learn from - and support - each other.
4. Recognise our diverse talent and experience
Many Australian women - both visitors and expats - have generously shared their thoughts and wisdom. Their words help other women achieve their goals.
5. Connect back to Australian women at home
Travel presents huge opportunities for women in terms of their personal, creative and career ambitions. We encourage other Australian women to make a journey - of their own choosing - so they can reap the rewards from pushing boundaries and accessing new experiences.