About 10 years ago my husband and I decided to get out of the “rat race” and travel around Australia in a caravan. The intention at the time was to pick up work along the way. We had heard from other travelers, (that we used to stalk in caravan parks), that work was easy to get if you were willing to “work”.
I had been paraplanning for my latest employer about 4 years when I handed in my resignation, which my employer actually tore up in front of me and said that she would not accept my resignation and she would accommodate me working remotely. How lucky was I?
So off we went, with our daughter who was 13 at the time and who I home schooled until the end of year 10, when we settled down for a while.
During my years working remotely for my original employer, I would be required to go back to the office, generally once a year for training, catch ups etc, usually for a week or so. All of which my employer would pay for. As an added bonus I got to catch up with our 2 oldest boys who were still living in the area.
Going back into the office was quite difficult for a few reasons:
I was going back into an office that was in a 2 storey building and my office had no window. Its amazing how draining it is to work in a room with only artificial lighting.
My boss and fellow colleagues were also a challenge. Its really easy to get distracted in an office environment and I found that during this “intense” time in the office that I was actually getting less work done even though I was working more hours in the day. I guess they missed me!
The last 2 years of my employment work was spent back in the room without a view.
I have now been with CPS for almost a year and I have loved the freedom of working in my “office” again and I find I am much more efficient. I’m still able to meet my deadlines whilst travelling.
I’m pretty sure our neighbours think I must be one of those “lazy wives” as hubby does all the washing and cleaning, when he’s not working. I’ve actually had someone ask hubby what he does for a job, and then turn to me and say, “so you just sit around and do nothing all day” well, no! I just have a little chuckle.