When I decided to become my own boss, one of the things that most excited me was — no surprise! — the ability to work anywhere. Given how easy it is these days to work remotely, it always fascinated me that my corporate gig didn’t offer any of this flexibility. When you’re working on a more traditional team, it’s obviously important to spend plenty of face time at the office, but many of my friends have been able to work from home or traveling offices for years (even in more corporate organizations!), so I often felt frustrated that my company wasn’t on board.
As I’ve written about before, I like to take my little show on the road to a coffee shop in the neighborhood every once in a while, but this week, I’m experimenting for the first time with working from my parents’ house in Pennsylvania. On Saturday, we had family visiting in New York to celebrate my grandmother’s birthday and see Waitress on Broadway, and Matt and I followed them out of the city that night. Matt had to head back to Brooklyn on Sunday, but I decided to stick around for a few extra days to see how productive I can be out here in the ‘burbs.
I am incredibly close with my family, so having the chance to spend some bonus time with them while still getting a lot of work done is more rewarding than I can describe. It all ties into those reflections I had last week about high school, and it makes me feel a lot more like myself 🙂
Yesterday, I spent nine hours with my mom at her office, making myself comfortable in her workspace and knocking out a ton of the work I currently have on my plate. My mom recently started working for a new company, and their offices are in an old farmhouse that is all kinds of cozy. They even have a feline mascot named Enzo! I’m a pretty serious animal lover, so it was fun to have Enzo nearby.
Last night, I drove to the opposite end of our town to my dad’s house, and today I have the chance to work from my other home! As I write this post, I am sitting in our TV room with a PB&J next to me and a fleece blanket at my feet, waiting for my little sisters to get home from school. PLUS, I get to work with my dog bestie Jake in the next room. (All in all, life would be a lot better if our workplaces ALWAYS included pets.)
One particularly sweet part of my time in PA this week is that I got to celebrate my first official piece of published work with my family! I can’t tell you how much it meant to FINALLY see my byline and bio posted after six weeks of hard work lining up freelance gigs. I’m so excited to be working as a contributor for Brit + Co, and there will be a lot more content ready to share with you just around the corner! If you want to keep track of all of my published work, you can check out my CLIPS page right here on the blog anytime. Thanks again to all of you for your continued support. This is a huge milestone for me in this journey and it has been fantastic to have you cheering for me!
Thanks also to all of the new blog subscribers from last week! The giveaway is now closed and the winner has been notified via e-mail, but don’t worry — there will be plenty of other chances in the future 🙂