Permanence: a false sense of security?

The idea of permanence, in many cases, sounds good, right? What feelings come to mind when permanence is associated with a job, friendship or romantic relationship, to name a few? Security? Comfort? Freedom from worry and anxiety? When you take the time to think about your job, friendship, or romantic relationship, from a logical or factual standpoint, it can be argued that permanency or certainty … Continue reading Permanence: a false sense of security?

A hard truth of digital nomad life

For the past few months, I’ve spent time in online communities geared towards frequent and long-term travelers, many of which promote the coveted digital nomad lifestyle. A digital nomad, simply put, is someone who is location independent and uses technology to perform their job, in theory, abandoning the more “corporate” 9:00-5:00 grind. Social media has a tendency to glamorize the digital nomad lifestyle, portraying people … Continue reading A hard truth of digital nomad life

Do you have initiative fatigue?

Initiative fatigue. It’s a thing! Admittedly, in a fit of delusion, I thought there was a chance (emphasis on chance) I may have accidentally coined the term, but thanks to the power of interweb searching, I’ve learned the idea of initiative fatigue has already been defined for education leaders. Seeing as I’m not in academia, I decided to remix the existing definition to better match … Continue reading Do you have initiative fatigue?

What happens when you start over

When was the last time you pressed the “reset” button? I mean a complete and total reset, leaving behind what’s familiar and being presented with a blank slate. This topic has come up recently with friends both old and new, so through discussion I’ve learned about their experiences navigating what it means to start over. Having uprooted myself seven times and counting, I’ve reflected on … Continue reading What happens when you start over

The gap: who we say we are vs. who we actually are

To a certain extent, we all have an idealized version of ourselves. It could be something as small as: Who we say we are: “I’m really ambitious! I’m spending 10 extra hours per week teaching myself a new programming language” Who we actually are: (falls asleep with laptop on chest, streaming Netflix) To something as big as: Who we say we are: “I’m an open … Continue reading The gap: who we say we are vs. who we actually are

Why should I apologize for wanting freedom and flexibility?

It has been estimated that 50% of the U.S. workforce will be remote by 2020.   50%. By 2020. Whether or not this prediction comes to fruition, it’s undeniable that the way we view work — its role in our lives, the employer-employee relationship, how we want to work, when we want to work and where we want to work — has changed significantly in the … Continue reading Why should I apologize for wanting freedom and flexibility?

You need to give to get what you want

“You need to give to get what you want.” Let’s highlight the keywords in that phrase: give and get. The concept seems intuitive, doesn’t it? Perhaps even simple. In practice, however, giving something in order to get something can be difficult to do and very few people I know have mastered this critical life skill, critical in that it has the ability to transform every … Continue reading You need to give to get what you want