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WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO COME ON REMOTE YEAR?
I worked in NYC for 6 years but a new job located in Times Square did me in after 6 months. I needed a break from NYC and "real life." I also want to eat my way around the world. So far I'm overachieving that goal.
WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON FOR THE YEAR?
Professionally? Working on being the first person in my company to work in a fully remote position. Hopefully I can pave the way for future digital nomads!
Personally? Getting out of my comfort zone. New York provides a pretty cushy lifestyle. Despite there being 8 million people there I hung out with the same 10 people. I want to do crazy things, eat weird foods (as much as that's possible being a pescatarian), and meet people I would have never met on my own.
HOW DID YOU FIND YOURSELF A REMOTE ROLE?
My company was cool enough to let me work remotely! It took some planning and preparation but so far so good!
HOW DO YOU THINK TRAVELING WILL AFFECT YOUR CURRENT WORK?
I think going into really different time zones will be hard. I work on a team so when we're 12 hours off in Asia it's going to be hard to collaborate on projects. Going to jump that hurdle when it comes!
WHO DO YOU HOPE TO BE BY THE END OF REMOTE YEAR?
A better me! And hopefully not too much bigger, I can't stop eating!
WHERE HAVE YOU LIVED/TRAVELED TO PREVIOUSLY?
I've lived my whole life in New York. I grew up in a really small town upstate, went to college farther upstate and then moved to NYC. I've traveled to most of the Caribbean, Mexico, and a few parts of Europe. I'm a beach bum so this is my first real "culture" trip.
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO OTHERS LOOKING TO BRING TRAVEL INTO THEIR LIVES?
Just do it. Even if it's a quick road-trip. Money, work, etc should not be things that hold you back from exploring.
DESCRIBE YOUR REMOTE YEAR EXPERIENCE SO FAR IN 3 WORDS.
Hysterical. Energizing. Exhausting.
YOUR FAVORITE DIGITAL NOMAD HACK?
I didn't pack enough warm clothes (who would've guessed South America gets cold) so I'm currently rocking our decorative bed linen as a scarf.
WHAT BOOK SHOULD EVERYONE READ?
The 40 Rules of Love by Elif Şafak.
3 THINGS YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT ON THE ROAD?
1. Backpack. I started out my year thinking ""Am I really going to pack luggage inside of luggage?"" I'm now the owner of a $200 backpack and it's a savior on weekend trips. Future remotes: pack luggage inside of luggage. It's not crazy.
2. Peanut Butter. Apparently it's not a thing Everywhere?
3. My iPhone. It holds my music and allows me to see the faces I miss the most!
WHAT IS THE MOST CHALLENGING PART ABOUT BEING A DIGITAL NOMAD?
Not getting distracted, I have to keep my standard hours so it's hard to be at the office when people who have more flexibility get to go explore.
WHAT IS THE BEST PART ABOUT BEING A DIGITAL NOMAD?
Working from cafes, the pool (just kidding co-workers) or anywhere that's not a traditional office.
WHAT IS YOUR SECRET TALENT?
I'm currently working on my impressions of fellow remotes. If you don't ask me to imitate an Irish accent immediately after an Australian one I have it down pretty good.
WHERE'S YOUR FAVORITE PLACE ON THE GLOBE?
This changes every five minutes!
DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT DAY.
Waking up without an alarm - and no one bugs me for at least an hour. I'm not a morning person. The first person to bother me should probably have breakfast, preferably in a little hut over the water in Bora Bora with all of my friends and family. Spend the day swimming, snorkeling, and have a big cookout on the beach at night. Lots of wine music and a bonfire to wrap up the night!
WHERE ARE YOU IN 30 YEARS?
Hopefully on an island somewhere. Hopefully with some fellow remotes.
YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE?
"As you start to walk out on the way, the way appears."-Rumi