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My Six Years in New York City

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Yesterday marked 6 years for me in NYC! ? When I moved from Adelaide in January 2017, I had no idea if I'd be here for 2 months, 2 years, or longer. I'd set off with a mission to try something new and shake things up, so sitting here six years later is really still a thrill.

Allow me a minute to think about what I've achieved in six years:

  • ✈️ Moved my whole life to the other side of the planet (just because)
  • ? Made some superbly wonderful friends (and learned that they aren't “overseas” friends just because you moved to another country, they're “friends”)
  • ❄️ Embraced the cold of the Northern Hemisphere (and the sweaty heat that nobody mentioned before I moved)
  • ??‍♀️ Met an especially incredible human and married her (2 years and counting!)
  • ?‍?‍?‍? Gained lots of tremendous new family members (and gotten closer with the special people in Australia)
  • ? Learned how to order a sandwich at a bodega (and have now become a regular for my beloved chicken sandwich)
  • ? Got a dog, Roo (equal part menace and wonder dog)
  • ?️ Learned to say “Jaash” instead of “Josh” when ordering food (it's easier this way)
  • ??‍? Started a digital marketing business (again) with Fortnight Digital (which has grown year on year)
  • ?? Managed a children's charity through a pandemic (and can't wait to see where it goes in 2023)
  • ? Found a love for baking (and a love for eating baked goods)
  • ? Started America Josh to help and meet thousands of amazing people (like you!)
  • ? Hosted countless parties (with so many more planned)
  • ? Made NYC my home (for a long time to come)

❤️ I'm incredibly lucky that I've had the opportunity to do this and I owe a lot to my families in Australia & the US, my magical friends, and the loving support of Stacey & Roo.

What can we do in 6 more with this awesome community? Thanks for being such an important part of my adventure!

Josh Pugh

Josh Pugh

Josh is a business founding, digital marketing focused, charity driving, community builder from South Australia, living in New York City. After moving in 2017, Josh realized that there was an opportunity to curate and help the community of expats who moved to the United States – and launched America Josh. Josh is also the President of Variety – the Children's Charity of New York, Secretary at The Mateship Foundation, and Founder & CEO at Fortnight Digital.View Author posts

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