Pioneer Q & A
How did you start working remotely? Was it something you sought out or stumbled into?
I stumbled into this when my boss moved to rural PA. We were only 2 full-time employees at the time (and a bunch of part time and volunteers, who continue to be a part of the team), so we shared office space with another nonprofit, but when she moved it no longer made sense to rent that space.
Do you still work remotely?
What do you do for work and for fun?
Work: I am the Director of Experience at a nonprofit called Yoga Foster. I work directly with the teachers who apply for our free programming (or enroll in our paid programming) to make sure their experience is smooth and fun!
Fun: I am a yoga teacher and practitioner, and learning how to teach a kind of guided meditation called Yoga Nidra (it’s awesome and very restorative: one 40-minute to 1-hour session is equivalent to 4 hours of sleep!). I love to socialize, host parties, cook, bake, read (mostly the New Yorker these days, but novels, too when I have time), and do puzzles (jigsaw and crossword). I find the internet endlessly entertaining.
What cities do you call “home” and why do you want to be a Workfrom ambassador?
New York City. I love finding “hidden” places to get work done!
How did you find out about Workfrom and why do you want to bring it to your area?
I often work out of a community space that’s underground, and I wanted to find a place to work where I could see the sunlight (it’s 70 degrees here for the first time and finally feels like spring!).
Any tips you’d like to share for others wanting to or already working remotely?
The best coffee order is an Americano
Any tips for those wanting to visit and work from your area?
New York is an incredible city, but if you’re not from here, tour around, walk the Highline don’t work! Just kidding. Sort of. If you do have to work and you have a hotel, make sure you sign up for their loyalty program, which often entitles you to free wifi. If you’re here with a group go to Koreatown for korean BBQ!
What do you like most about Workfrom, and what would you like to see above all else come from us in the next year?
I’ve just begun exploring, but I think it would be great to have people open up conference rooms in their company offices or general spaces beyond coffee shops, for a couple hours at a time, and bring in new ideas. It would have to be on an application basis/closely monitored to make sure that the right people are being “matched,” but how cool would it be to spend an afternoon sharing space and ideas with people you’ve never met from radically different fields?!