I hate winter. Don’t get me wrong – I do love a pristine blanket of snow just in time for Christmas Eve or to create a Currier-and-Ives setting during the holiday season, but after that, I’m done with it.
Though we here in Pittsburgh get a lot of what they call “lake effect” snow from our proximity to Lake Erie, what we have is nothing compared to what our friends in the I-95 Corridor are suffering with this winter. So in light of that, I feel kind of bad for complaining about the weather, but of course, I’m going to do it anyway. Because I am NOT a winter person.
So you may ask, “Linda, if you hate winter, why on earth do you live in Pennsylvania?” The simple truth is that I have very, very deep Pittsburgh roots. My family has been in this neck of the woods since George Washington was hanging out here. We have innumerable connections to amazing people and institutions here. Plus, all the magazine articles are true. Pittsburgh really is one of the most liveable cities in the USA. And the climate is pretty good most of the year.
What does this have to do with “Life First, Work Second?”
Simply that when you’re your own boss, you can arrange things so that you can enjoy the best of all possible worlds, weather-wise.
For Matt and me, once all the kids are safely launched, we plan to become snowbirds, spending April through December here in the green hills of Pennsylvania and January through March somewhere considerably warmer with palm trees and beaches. The reason this dream can come true for us is because Matt and I have businesses that are PORTABLE. Nearly every aspect of our work can be done remotely – from client meetings to bookkeeping, from writing an article to revising our websites, from blogging to brainstorming… you name it.
Does that sound like something you would like to do? You can live part of the year (or all of it) in the mountains or on the beach or even in a foreign country if that’s how you envision your perfect life. Or maybe your idea of bliss is to be an RV gypsy, traveling from place to place around the country, following the sun and working from the road? With technology that allows you to work remotely online and by phone or Skype, there are few limits on where you can go and still take care of business.
Speaking of No Limits… my dear friend Stefanie Hogue hit the road yesterday on an epic road trip across America. With her teenage son at her side, she’s driving from Pittsburgh to New Jersey, North Carolina, Florida, Texas and wherever else strikes her fancy. Her plan is to see the country while meeting new people and scouting out new business all along her route, blogging about it all the while. Again, the emphasis is on portability – Stefanie will continue to run her family’s IT services business from the road. And that is how she was able to make this dream come true.
Follow Stefanie’s adventures as a nomad entrepreneur by visiting her new blog at www.withnobaggage.com.