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Shipping Breast Milk Is Not a Win-Win!

April 3, 2017
Shipping Breast Milk

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Recently, I’ve been researching what North American companies are doing for new mothers and, to be honest, my findings were extremely depressing. Articles about women working at the “top 100 companies for working mothers” were just sad. Highlights included being able to carve out time for the family between 5:30 and 8:00 p.m.  and having the freedom to fly back and forth from a conference to a daughter in the hospital.

Don’t get me started on how far behind the US is on maternity leave. Stories about Deloitte and IBM providing new mothers with services for packing and shipping breast milk when traveling are framed as victories for new mothers. There are even Babies-at-Work programs where parents can work alongside their newborn baby for the first six months!

I don’t remember the last time ‘good news’ annoyed me so much.

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What to Do If You’re Not as Productive as You Promised

March 13, 2017
Un-productive guy

Switching to working remotely seemed like a fantastic idea. It would be a win-win for everyone. You were so excited by how productive you were going to be without the usual office interruptions – no more pinging of everyone’s phones, no more trying to focus while people talk about the latest episode of Game of Thrones across your desk.

You’d be in control of your own destination (and thermostat – no more wearing 5 layers so you don’t freeze to death before lunchtime) and you dreamt of all the work you could get done now you really had room to spread out.

Unfortunately, reality hit and you began to realize how much time you suddenly spend: (check all that apply)

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Doing laundry or dishes because you now actually have to look at all the chores you haven’t done.

Check markDriving kids around to and from school/appointments/classes/friend’s houses

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Answering questions from your kids once they get home from school

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Watching Netflix

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Digital Nomad Profile: Nikki Tate Stratton

January 5, 2017

 

Author, Nikki Tate-Stratton at Marina Cay

Author, Nikki Tate-Stratton playing dingy captain at Marina Cay in the Caribbean

Nikki Tate-Stratton on her life as a climber, author, sailor, and publicist.

What do you do professionally?

I write children’s books on a wide variety of subjects. I work with many different international publishers in a variety of formats. In addition, I produce audiobooks, work as a freelancer writer, a reviewer and as a freelance publicist. I also teach workshops; some online and some offline. The virtual classroom part of my work has really taken off recently.

How did you come to be living a digital nomad lifestyle?

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What Does Flexible Working Mean?

January 4, 2017
Flexible Working
Flexible working at the beach

Squeezing in some work at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Flexible working feels like a bit of a global goal at the moment, with as many as 80% of North American companies offering some type of flexible working arrangements.

“I think everyone could use some more flexibility in his or her life and I think the expectation will be that jobs in the future incorporate at least some of these aspects.”

What I’ve come to discover is that the term ‘flexible’ means something different to almost everyone I speak to. Recently I’ve been interviewing a number of people who are working remotely and one of my first questions is always “why do you like being location independent”. Their answer is usually “I like the flexibility” so I began to probe a little deeper on what they meant when they said “flexibility” 

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Digital Nomad Profile: Dani Tate Stratton

December 13, 2016
Dani Tate-Stratton
Skog Wedding Invitation

Skog Wedding Invitation

What do you do professionally?

I’m a freelance graphic designer who doesn’t like to be geographically tied down. My husband and I have a seasonal woodworking company called Skog.

How did you come to be living a digital nomad lifestyle?

I had an office job at a magazine in Tokyo. When I moved back to Canada to go back to school, I knew I would be returning to Japan in a year, so instead of giving my job up completely we worked out a way for me to work remotely. Unfortunately, with the time zone difference, I was expected to be available from 6pm-3am on weekdays and was also going to school full time!

Although it was sometimes a challenge, I realized how much I liked the flexibility. After finishing school, I continued working remotely for the Japanese magazine for another 5 years and found some other clients which enabled me to turn freelancing into a full-time job.

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Living the Dream – Work Anywhere in the World

December 12, 2016
Peta working remotely

My career goal in the past 3 years has been to have a fulfilling career that will enable me to work anywhere.

I had an operations position in a small startup. As with most startups, this meant I did a little of everything – marketing, HR, financials, logistics, admin.

I had spent a few weeks here and there proving that working from a remote location was possible – there had been a few weeks on Vancouver Island on the West Coast of Canada and a few weeks in the UK where everything had gone very smoothly, bar the occasional phone call where it had been a little challenging to find a quiet corner amongst 10 of my closest family members!

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Digital Nomad Profile: Peta Williams

December 9, 2016
Working Remotely in Split, Croatia

What do you do professionally?

I am Director of Chaos Management for Sheldrake & Ross where I look at processes and data to identify how systems can be simplified and automated.

I have knowledge of many different productivity tools coupled with a great deal of experience helping small businesses and non-profits to run as efficiently as possible.

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