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.
I’m on a quest to carve out a life that I can truly enjoy; with the freedom to travel, time to spend with family and work that is as gratifying as possible.
How did you come to be living the life of a digital nomad?
My husband got a great job in a different city, which meant I either needed to leave my current job or move cities and take my job with me. I opted for the latter and my boss at the time was willing to give it a go. After a year or so I went on to start a new business but still retained my old boss as a client.
What do you love most about working remotely?
I love working at home in my PJs and even in bed on cold, rainy days! More importantly, though, I’m able to be more involved in my children’s lives and can take them to appointments or activities whenever I need to. In addition, we love to travel, and being able to work remotely opens up a lot more possibilities for longer trips.
Is there anything you don’t like about your lifestyle?
I really do love my life and appreciate it every day. I miss the company of others during my workday though.
What do you find most challenging about working remotely?
It can be difficult to stay motivated when working remotely. It’s also difficult to stay focused on work rather than doing chores around the house when working at home.
What tools, equipment and platforms do you use and are you happy with them?
Slack, Asana, Google Apps for Business, and Time Doctor. I like them all, but we are still searching for a better way to store knowledge-based information.
What would you like to have that you don’t currently have?
Some kind of good Wifi device – perhaps My Webspot.
Of all the places you’ve worked, which were your favourite and why?
A Cafe on St Barths – a beautiful french island in the middle of the Caribbean which felt like the french riviera and Starbucks overlooking the Sony Centre, Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, Germany.
Where have you been working remotely? Where do you plan to travel?
Croatia, Germany, UK, USA (various states on the East and West coasts), BC, Ontario, Quebec, BVI, USVI, St Barths, St Martin, Saba, Statia, St Kitts & Nevis. I plan to sail and work in the Mediterranean during the next 2 summers – probably around Greece, Italy, and Croatia.
What are your plans for the future?
Continue to grow my business, have some sort of residual income and continue to travel. My oldest 2 children will likely be in college within the next 2-3 years. At that point, we may live abroad more permanently in the Caribbean.
Where can people learn more about what you do?
“I’m on a quest to carve out a life that I can truly enjoy; with the freedom to travel, time to spend with family and work that is as gratifying as possible.”