It’s been a few days since I hit the bump. Now that I’ve finally unclenched my fists and my stress headache has gone away, I want to tell you guys about it, since part of my goal with this blog is to share my entire journey – start to finish. Spoiler alert: we’re just starting!
Just a week ago, I thought my plan was ruined, my dream crushed, my nomadic fairy tale taken away from me. Okay, that’s a little dramatic, but I was definitely in panic mode.
Months ago, I talked to my boss about potentially moving and requested permission to work remotely, to which he agreed. Since my team works around the globe and everything I do is online, it didn’t make sense to either of us for me to sit in the office in Morrisville, NC. My boss noted that he would need to run the idea by HIS boss, but that it shouldn’t be a problem. With the green light, I started planning and researching and designing what I wanted my future to look like. I set a rough timeline in my head, laid out my budget, and even went to an RV show to see floor plans and specs in person. Reality set in that I was actually doing this “crazy”, “adventurous” thing and, the more time I spent on it, the more passionate I became.
Then I got to work on Wednesday and had my weekly check-in with my boss. He told me that, even though he was supportive of me working remotely, his boss put the kibosh on it with the reason being that the precedent had been set that my role is office-based.
Neither of us saw that coming. Now what? The whole reason I was able to even consider a full-timing lifestyle was because of my job! I had to make a decision.
“Do not fear the winds of adversity. Remember, a kite rises against the wind rather than with it.”Unknown
Here were my options:
- Accept it, put my dream on hold and continue on with life as I knew it
- Go to the source and fight the decision, or
- Find a remote job and continue on as planned
If you know me, I would hope that you know I immediately took #1 off the table. I have a great life, so it’s not that I would be unhappy living it as is, but traveling the country is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time – I just didn’t think it was possible for me. Now that I know it’s not only possible, but plausible, I can’t let anything get in the way (within reason). I’m a big advocate of having a “work-life balance” and if I couldn’t take my work with me to live my life, I knew I would have to find work that I could. That was my last resort because I really love my job and I take pride in the work that I do.
So naturally, I fought it. I brought a PowerPoint presentation to my boss’s boss with all of the answers to all of the counters that I could think of. Unfortunately, the decision had been made and I had to respect that. I wasn’t happy about it, but I walked out of her office with a definitive answer, knowing that I tried my hardest to fight it.
That left me with option #3: Find a remote job and continue on as planned.
Lucky for me, it’s 2020 and our world relies on technology more now than ever. Remote jobs are everywhere. I have 3 years of experience in my industry so I have options. I have options! I keep repeating this over and over in my head as a reminder that everything will work out in the end. Know how I know that?
Because it always does.