Co-owner, Heritage Rx Health
Why did you decide to come on Remote Year?
It was time for a shake-up of the monotony of the day-to-day. A couple years ago I wrote down, “live & work abroad for 1 – 2 yrs.” My life in Chicago was on a wash, rinse and repeat cycle and I thrive on change. Through a bit of in-the-moment research and a “if not now when,” I clicked apply. The rest is living history.
What are you working on for the year?
Managing and growing my business in terms of patients and communities served. And, focusing on staff engagement while I am physically absent. In addition, brainstorming ways to help Black students engage and connect with career focused individuals that look like them.
How has Remote Year affected your job performance/work productivity?
It hasn’t. Just like with anything in life, what you put into an activity is directly related to the outcome. Remote Year does not remove the ups and downs of life. I have had super productive days and days that are less than stellar.
What would you say to others looking to bring travel into their lives?
If you find traveling to be a fun experience, I say figure out how to do it and get it done. Global travel coupled with a new city every month is a thrill in itself. Don’t forget to live and let go of expectations. You will be amazed at what an unexpected experience can offer.
Who do you hope to be by the end of Remote Year?
I will steal a quote from a friend who attended grad school, “But I’ll be damned if I’m the noodle that goes into a pot of boiling water and comes out without having absorbed anything.” I came on this trip to push myself to meet new people, learn to live with others, explore cities, experience different cultures and to have a few self-reflection moments to figure out life’s next steps. Honestly, my hope at the end of a successful Remote Year is to come out of this experience having achieved at least one of those.
Describe your Remote Year experience in 3 words.
Figure it out!
Describe your perfect day.
Waking up and taking a dedicated moment to appreciate where I am. A hot shower followed by reading and responding to email. Determining if the day will be a work-from-home or a co-working day. Hustling hard. Eating. Always eating! The gym. Making dinner plans. And, some sort of city-embrace; from meeting a local or kicking it with a fellow Remote.
What is the most challenging part of being a digital nomad?
This lifestyle presents all sorts of challenges. With all that goes on in a typical day prior to Remote Year, add in Remote Year. I’ve had to be far more intentional about initiating and taking ownership of communication with friends and family that aren’t traveling with me.
What is the best part about being a digital nomad?
The best part of this experience is the aspect of global experiential learning. Before Remote Year the world seemed big, big enough for it to be overwhelming. Having the ability to sit in a co-working space in another country while connecting seamlessly with others not physically present as if you were right beside them, that is the best part for me. I always thought about which US city I would settle down in. Now, I can tackle that question and be confident in settling down internationally or remain traveling from a truly global lens.
Your favorite quote / words to live by?
Hustle hard or go home. In essence, give it your all. There are people who would love to have this experience and for whatever reason, they cannot. Appreciate where you are and do not take any moment for granted.