Unexpectedly, 2019 turned into the year that I did more speaking engagements than ever before.
It started in late 2018, where a friend asked me to speak at an event she was helping to plan for work. I tried to turn her down citing that I was too busy but she was persistent and insisted that it would be a great experience and they would cover flights and accommodations. It turned out to be an incredible decision.
I recently read this incredible post about how Andy Tryba’s office is set up and was immediately jealous. Honestly, his office looks amazing and the amount of thought that went into how he arranged everything was inspiring.
I’ve worked 100% remote for four years now and my office has been in many different locations. There was even a time when I was nomading and I would argue that my office would have been my laptop.
I’ve worked 100% remotely for more than four years now. While I’ve worked from a variety of locations and I’ve moved several times, I’ve primarily spent my time working from a home office.
One of my first home offices was a small Toronto apartment where the location of my desk was a terrarium at the edge of the apartment and if I looked to the right I could see my bed while I was working.
I went into 2019 with an appetite for reading. In 2018, I read 127 books and as I’ve written about, a lot of that reading has to do with the fact that I’ve been leaning into reading the types of books that I want to be reading and not worrying so much about what I ‘should’ be reading.
In 2019 so far I have read 75 books and have discovered some real gems. I also spent more time reading self-improvement and business books in 2019.
In the last few months, I’ve found myself particularly captivated by what other people in a similar role to mine might experience. I’m the only public relations person at my company and I work in-house, whereas a lot of PR people I know work for agencies.