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Why Having a Mobile Office is Important for Working MilSpouses

As a military spouse, we learn that things can change at any time…no matter what is going on. With my job being an important part of my life, I knew I would have to take the necessary precautions to be able to work from anywhere, literally! At the airport. Inside a plane. At a coffee shop. From my parents’ house. In an empty apartment on the floor and later on a card table. Inside a hotel room and lobby. All those things happened during the two-month move process from Northern Virginia to South Korea. I was without an office for…

How I Transitioned from Working in an Office to at Home

When I started this blog years ago, I had absolutely NO idea where I would have ended up at the end of the yearlong unaccompanied tour. I knew things would change – a lot. I was excited. I was scared. I was unsure. I was confused. And the list goes on and on. At the time, one of my biggest fears was losing my job. Ironically enough, it did happen. I didn’t write about it so much because it sucked (no need to sugar coat). When the opportunity came up to share my story, I jumped at the chance. I wrote about…

My Work From Home Rules

Working from home has it’s pros and cons. Right now, I’m so glad that I do. It’s great that I’m putting together my own workload and love the people I interact with on a daily basis. I explain more about my decision in a previous post. I am discovering that it takes a different kind of willpower to maintain productivity than a job that requires travel. Instead of getting up early and hopping on a train, my commute changed to just walk down the hallway. You can imagine that I could stretch out what they can get away with when you…

What happens when your co-worker is a cat?

I would say the biggest struggle with working from home is the lack of interacting with people in the flesh. Most of the day, I’m by myself at home — with the cat. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy that I have my cat to keep me company. Otherwise, I don’t think I would do as well. Maybe not that, but my days would sure be boring. She adds some funny moments to my day and/or welcome challenges (i.e. walking right in front of my computer), but it’s never anything that would compromise my daily tasks. In general, it’s nice…

Why I Work From Home

A couple months before my huge life change to legit Army spouse, I was really forced to evaluate my career moves. To speak candidly, it was really a devastating blow to lose the job I held in New York City. Despite the slight depression that set in when my former employer told me they wanted someone in-house, I knew there was more out there for me. I’ve been writing career-related topics for NextGen MilSpouse because it is just too close to home. The transition from full-time civilian professional in New York City to collecting freelance/contract work as an Army spouse…