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
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?
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
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
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.” 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
From ethnic identity to sexual preference, political leaning, dietary needs and everything in between, humans are highly skilled at creating and using labels as cognitive shortcuts in an attempt to understand one another. On the surface, it may seem relatively harmless to categorize people via the use of labels, right? On one hand, it could be argued that labelling is a helpful social filtering tool … Continue reading Why are we obsessed with labelling?