Life Sabbatical

Five Tips on Integrating Travel & Work

Five Tips on Integrating Travel & Work

At Optimistic Anthropology, we work with our clients and collaborators almost exclusively through phone calls and video conferences. It’s of benefit to them, because it saves them a bit of money, and it’s of benefit to me, because it allows me to work from almost anywhere in the world and continue to be inspired by different cultures and communities, exposed to new ideas, and open to new possibilities.

Of late, I’ve had a few people ask me about how I manage to integrate work and travel. My colleague Amanda Gulino, Founder of A Better Monday was one of them. When I finished writing her an email with five tips, I realized it was actually something I should share more widely. In her response, she agreed (thanks for the encouragement Amanda!) and so here we are.

Life Sabbatical Series 3: The Openness Equation

Life Sabbatical Series 3: The Openness Equation

Over the last couple of months, I’ve been thinking a lot about why traveling extensively during my life sabbatical was such a powerful context in which to determine how to align who I am with what I do.  Lately, I’ve been exploring a lot of resources on the concept of openness and what contributes to it. And I think that these resources have helped me understand the characteristics of places and spaces and activities that make one most open to the world.  I aim to describe it through the "Openness Equation!"

Resources that informed the Openness Equation!

Resources that informed the Openness Equation!

In what context are you most open to what the world is telling you?  In the third post in the Life Sabbatical series, I introduced the concept of the Openness Equation to help describe three emotions that help us be open, boredom, awe, and joy.  In developing this idea, I read and listened to a bunch of resources that I thought others might find interesting too.  So here's a list, and as I discover more, I'll continue to update them.