Stories

One of the biggest reasons I decided to pursue a 100% remote working environment was to have the freedom to do so from anywhere I want. Also with that freedom, I wanted my company to see an increase in my productivity to justify their decision. At the end of February beginning of March 2014, I got that chance.

I started off slow in just moving my stuff back to Bristol. It's a small town on the Virginia / Tennessee state line where I grew up, and most of my family lives. By March of the following year, I had worked in 19 states and traveled over 100,000 miles. All while completing around 1200 hours worth of new development work, and close to double that in maintenance hours for the company I work for.
The fall of 2014, I thought of the concept of documenting some of these places I've traveled. I thought people could hear of an interesting place, and learn how I was able to work while there. They could hear a little detail about the food, concerts, and amazing activities of those places between work hours as well. They could also hear how I was able to visit family and friends more, even though they were hours a part from each other. I wanted to share this with everyone, and later allow others to share the same way I have.

That is why, I'm going to release a story every week from my travels while I complete the functionality to allow others to do so, and to spark ideas for their future working stories. I am a software developer, but how I accomplished work can be done in many different occupations, and there is no better way to prove the importance and freedom of remote working than telling it by experience.

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Week 1 - the Interview

Before I was able to work remote, there was an interview that allowed me to work in this path if I wanted to.
 
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Week 2 - First Month

The first month started out slow travelwise, but I still was able to learn and get more comfortable working away from the office.
 
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Week 3 - First flight with my work laptop

After a month of working remotely, I decided to take my work west and see a festival called Coacella
 
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Week 4 - First full week remote from Tennessee

It wasn't until mid-April before I worked a full week remotely, but when I did I visited my home town and family in bristol.
 
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Week 5 - Worked in Atlanta

The beginning of may I had a festival in Atlanta I was going to attend called Shaky Knees. i did that and worked remotely from a hotel.
 
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Week 6 - Run for the Wall

Around Memorial Day I visited my mothers school and got to see the organization called Run For The Wall come through on their way to Washington DC
 
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Week 7 - Worked in Florida

Memorial Day week 2014 my parents planned a vacation to Florida. Being allowed to work remotely allowed me to get the both of best worlds and visit them there.
 
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Week 8 - Worked from Knoxville / Norris Lake

Alot of my friends also work remotely. In Early June, I was able to work with them at their house in Knoxville, and enjoy a weekend at Norris Lake.
 
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Week 9 - Drag Race in Bristol / Fathers Day

On fathers day weekend the NHRA drag racing comes to bristol, and I was able to take father to them in between working.
 
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Week 10 - Firefly Festival / Working from Washington DC

I enjoy music festivals a lot. in 2013 i tried to do 2 in a row and drive to Greensboro to work. It was too much. Now working remotely, I could work close and remove all the driving.
 
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