…The Cat is out of the Bag!

1506428_10201230987472436_1708810104_nLadies and gentlemen, I work from home four days a week. To my close family and friends, this is not anything new. I have been working from home ever since my boyfriend and I moved in September.

You see, my boyfriend is in the early stages of his aviation career. Pilots are known to sort of ‘hop around or relocate in the early stages of their careers. So, this is completely normal. He is currently building his hours with a private jet company not too far from Tampa, 75 miles.

However, the move stirred up a little bit of ‘drama’ in our lives. We had to make many decisions together regarding the causes and effects of the aviation lifestyle. One of the most important factors to consider, my career situation (aside from family, of course!).

The dynamics of the company I work for, Upright Communications, is similar to many others in the online marketing and S.E.O industry in the regards to our time tracking, agenda setting, tasks and business development. What is very unique, is the flexibility and consideration. Flexibility such as the opportunity to work virtually anywhere.

Fluffy Clouds

My colleagues and I depend on Google Hangout, Skype and Join.Me as main platforms of communication. Upright Communications headquarters is located in Cincinnati, Ohio and we have an office in Tampa, Fla. as well as four other team members throughout the U.S. who work from their home. Our team is completely used to functioning even though we do not work face to face.

When the chances of James and I relocating was beginning to favor, I was nervous and worried about my position at the workplace. The communication was completely open between me and my supervisor as she was fully aware of situation.When I presented to her the problem and my proposed solution, she was not blindsided or shocked.

I vowed to be an even better worker and dedicate my time and energy to the company. Together, we established a routine. Every Monday, I’ll drive to Tampa, and Tuesday through Friday we check in with each other at 7:30 a.m. to go over the task list for the day (& of course, we communicate throughout the day, too!).

My Home Office

So there you have it! Since September, I have been working from home a chunk of the week. Something about me, I am a mega ‘home body.’ I am totally content with sitting at my desk and working away. I am located in a quite area with nature all around me. I really have no reason to leave my home unless it is to go to the gym or to go to the grocery store! Just the way I like it!

The first picture is of James and I just before an aviation adventure, the second is of clouds during another aviation adventure and the third is of my home office area!

I am one blessed newly college graduate to have such an awesome job in my field of study! 

Reach for the stars!

Jenn L.

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#HappyThanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is on Thursday! Yay! It is important to reflect on your blessings not just on Thanksgiving Day but all year. I thought it would be fun to post 28 things I am thankful for. The number 28 is chosen because Thanksgiving is on the 28th day of the November this year. Before I dive into my list of blessings….check out a few Thanksgiving Day facts from WHSV.

  • The Macy’s Day Parade began in the 1920’s
  • Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird of the United States
  • Turkeys have poor night vision
  • Turkey has more protein than chicken or beef

I am thankful for….

  1. My relationship with GodI am not one to push religion onto anyone as I respect other viewpoints. However, ever since attending Real Life, my life has changed for the better.
  2. My supportive familythey have stuck by my side through all of my adventures and encouraged me to keep on keepin’ on when I didn’t think I could.
  3. My incredibly awesome boyfriend, James – he inspires me to become a better person.
  4. My jobso many people are jobless and I am beyond blessed to not only have a job but a job that is in my field of study. Read more here.
  5. My awesome boss & supervisorthey support my decision to relocate due to my BF’s pilot training and support me working from home. Yes, I work from home 3 days a week. (Stay tuned to learn more in my next blog post, next month!)
  6. My college degreeIt was during this time that I really soul searched and found out who I was and tested my determination. College was a big challenge for me BUT I did it!
  7. My health insurance  –  Thanks to my employer, nothing comes out of my pay check for health insurance.
  8. My caralthough, it is not my dream car, it is dependable & it was a college graduation gift that I got to use throughout high school. 🙂
  9. My homeI live in a cottage (cabin) on a lake and it is beautiful!
  10. Food in the fridgeit is crazy to think that people struggle everyday to put food on the table. I always have a stocked fridge and I am beyond blessed for that.
  11. Clothes on my back – I am very blessed to have a closet stocked with clothes.
  12. Clean air – Although we aren’t as clean air consciences as we should be, many people live in highly polluted areas that impacts their health. 
  13. This blog….the dedication I have put towards this blog really shaped my job hunt.
  14. Stories such as the USF student who performed 22 acts of random kindness on HER birthday, instills faith in humanity.
  15. The experience of working in the hospitality industry, I have a deeper understanding of how a restaurant operates & the value of customer service.
  16. Being a part of the Katie Marchetti Foundation & teaching others the importance of wearing a seat belt! Read more here.
  17. Participating in a driving study not only was I helping to improve the roadways, I was able to focus on MY driving and became a better driver in the process.
  18. Pageantsthe experience made me feel comfortable with public speaking, stage presence and most importantly, interviewing! Read more here.
  19. My courage I was able to participate in the Red Bull Flugtag event that was so symbolic to another part of my life, it was so amazing. I will have to share with my readers the symbolism.  Read more about the event here.
  20. Computers – where would we be without them! So much hard work from many people complied the computer technology we use today. Not to forget to mention, many other people in the world don’t have a computer in their lives.
  21.  The internet – the internet has opened many doors for many people and because of that we are all evolving to a advanced technological lifestyle. 
  22. Books – and literature in general! One of my favorite courses in school would be anything literature related. All of the symbolism and other elements has always been so interesting to me. 
  23. HootSuite – thanks to HootSuite, it is SO MUCH EASIER to schedule social media postings for multiple clients during the holidays. 
  24. Tire Dealerstire dealers are primarily the accounts I work with at Upright Communications, they pay our bills!
  25. DeeDee Miller Photography – a friend from high school that has captured amazing photos. She cheers me on & helps me capture my dream! (She took the image below)
  26. Cell phones – Working in the cell phone industry was my first job, blessings for that but also for the fact that they changed the way we live.
  27. Innovators – such as Benjamin Franklin, Henry Ford, Issac Newton, to name a few ! 
  28. Polar heart rate monitor – seriously could not workout without it!

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