8 AM — I had 30 minutes to jump on a Webex. It was a brusque, chilly summer morning in Long Lake, New York. I hopped in the car and drove 15 minutes down the dirt logging road where our home resides and another 5 to get to the local community center.
With free high-speed internet and electrical outlets, the open-air, covered pavilion had become my go-to for days filled with meetings.
While it’s empty most days, it’s not hard to imagine this pavilion overlooking the beautiful Adirondack mountains bustling with remote workers in a co-working-type of setup.
Have you ever looked out the distant window from your cubical on a dreary, cold, rainy day, scrolling through the latest digital nomad Instagram accounts, dreaming about leaving the tethers of your office life behind?
I sure have.
It’s hard not to when the pictures are gorgeous, the sun is shining, and life seems so easy.
What we see today on social media is a reality for some that seems out of reach to most of society.
The thing is, it’s no longer a privilege reserved for freelancers. It is still a privilege, but one that traditional office workers can…
Employees deserve the choice and employers stand to gain. It’s time to embrace the next normal and reinvent office culture.
2020 thrust our entire world into flux, including traditional office cultural norms that demand workers report to a specific office in a specific location from 9–5 (often longer) every Monday through Friday, no matter how detrimental to a person’s health, wellbeing, relationships, or productivity. Out of necessity, companies all over the world masterfully pivoted to allow for remote work, and for the most part, it’s gone pretty well with 73% of executives saying the transition was a success and 69%…
You just finished a taxing project. It’s 3 PM. You still want to get a few more things done, but it’s time to relocate and get a breath of fresh air. So you take your laptop to the cafe and set yourself up.
It’s a beautiful day. Instead of making your final work push in an office cubicle where your brain slowly stops functioning, you’re basking in the rays at the foot of a gorgeous, forested mountainside alongside other community members who chose this remote, rural location as their home. It’s energizing.
When work is finally done, you…
You did it. Your startup has finally made it.
Not only did you get a second meeting with the VP, before you parted ways he said “look guys, I’ve seen enough. This is awesome. We’ll get you connected with the right people. It’s not going to be easy, but we’ll make sure you don’t waste your time.”
This is the best thing you’ve heard in a while. It’s been an emotional rollercoaster just getting a meeting with a corporation — any corporation.
You try not to get ahead of yourself, but it’s hard not to be excited.
Fast forward 18…
Cary, North Carolina — 8:35 AM. So. Late. I grab my laptop and charger off the kitchen table and race down 3 flights of steps, exposed to the unusual chill of a North Carolina fall morning.
“Oh man, am I going to be late.”
As I turn my car on I realize I forgot my full, delicious, hot mug of coffee. This is not an unusual occurrence, but today I can’t afford to retrieve it. …
I started La Vita Libera after I could not find a good “home” for some of my articles — all focused on the societal shift that a remote work economy will bring about.
There are plenty of great Medium publications that deal with the freelance economy, digital nomads, travel, and the economy at large, but not that address traditional office and knowledge workers transitioning to a remote work world.
Given the passion and interest that I’ve received from readers globally on this topic, I thought I’d share some articles that I think provide great background and data related to the…
In June 2020, my husband and I packed up our 2 cats and started what has become a 9-month journey across America. With no mortgage, no kids, and pandemic-driven remote jobs, we figured, when else would we ever have this opportunity?
Our first trek was a drive from our home in North Carolina to the Adirondack Park in upstate New York. We intended to stay for a few weeks — much longer than our typical 1-week stay.
We didn’t leave until mid-August.
I climbed the stairs that opened to a vast, silent, starry sky. Beautiful. Still. Peaceful. I started crying. No, really. Ugly sobbing.
My husband found me — he has a sixth sense for these things. He knelt in front of me until I calmed a bit.
“You can quit.”
That’s it. Genuine. Matter of fact. Certain.
“You can quit. You’ll find something else. And if you don’t, it’s still okay.”
Quit my career? After getting an MBA, sticking it out for 3 years in investment banking, and landing a fancy corporate innovation job running a startup accelerator?
It’s the start of another sticky summer day in North Carolina. The sun is blazing and the air is thick. I make my way from the garage to the office building that will hit me with a wave of frigid air cold enough to give me hypothermia. But none of this matters.
Today is the day the founders arrive.
Incredible, smart, passionate, and a little bit crazy. All with visions to change the world.
I’ve worked with 29 startups in the last 3 years within the MetLife Digital Accelerator powered by Techstars. …