Musings from the Road
(Just a pretty picture of a sunrise in my neighborhood)
I have begun my life as a nomad. Well I guess I'm not really nomadic, but I will be traveling a lot in the coming year. I'm very excited for some new adventures and I'm hoping to see as much of the U.S. as possible. I've been applying to speak at conferences all over the country, fingers crossed.
Last week I drove up the east coast to my parents' house in upstate New York. I haven't been home for Thanksgiving in several years so I wanted to spend some quality time with the fam. I'm excited to be here this year. I have two new baby cousins I'll be meeting for the first time. I'm catching up with friends and family I've missed like crazy. And I'm working from a cozy basement wrapped in a blanket and wearing an old sweatshirt from high school. I'm in my happy place right now.
During my long-ass trip home, I had a lot of time to think about my own career and what goals I'm going to set for myself in 2018. My first goal is to more fully take advantage of my portability. I can work from anywhere in the world and I need to do a better job at remembering that. It's easy to get confined to your home office, never resisting the urge to stay in your jammies and work from sun up to sun down. It's the plight of the work-from-home generation. We appear lazy (it's a miracle I shower most days), but we're actually putting in an incredible amount of time. Studies show people who work from home get more done than those who work in offices because of a lack of "chit-chat" and no distinguishable beginning or end to the work day. I often let my work day become unstructured and seemingly never-ending. This isn't a good long-term plan. I need to use my portability to increase not only my personal happiness, but my professional well-being, too. But mostly I just need a reason to shower everyday and rejoin the civilized world.
My second goal is to prioritize my hobbies. My professional life is fulfilling, but hobbies keep you playful and young. I love to golf. I did not golf AT ALL this year. I love to write comedy, but for the last few months I've had to put that on hold as other projects took up most of my time. I will write more comedy in 2018, damnit!
Finally, I want to spend more quality time with family and friends in 2018. I have a tendency to bury myself in my work. Sometimes I forget human interaction is what keeps me sane. Being home is a nice reminder that the people in my life are amazing and I love being around them.
I feel like this post is sort of just rambling on...oh, well. What are your goals for 2018? Want to write some comedy with me?!