Business Travel, Observation Desk

Observation Desk: Silver Spring

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This photo was taken a few weeks ago on my first visit to the corporate office of the company I’m now (primarily) working for; it is a photo looking out of the window of the building (as you will recall, all Observation Desk photos are all shot  with an iPhone out of window of a car, train, plane, or building.  Why?  Because it is my series on my site and that’s what I randomly decided.)  It was the beginning of July in the northeast, and as you can see, it was almost fully dark.  This should tell you at least one thing–it was pretty late in the day.  Really, it was night.

And I was still at work.

Which brings me to my point: my current ‘new’ lifestyle is a great many things.  But it’s not easy or relaxing (in fact, I wake up every morning and have a brief moment of panic, wondering if I’ll be able to pay my mortgage next month; the jury is still out on that).  When I tell people what I’m doing–cobbling together a life out of things I love that will hopefully pay me enough to keep me from losing the house I’m never in anymore–everyone thinks it is this amazing, idyllic life.

But sometimes I work 18 hour days.  My commute has gone from a three-quarters-of-a-mile drive to lord-only-knows; sometimes my commute is a hundreds of miles drive, sometimes a multi-leg flight.  But I get to make my own schedule (sort of), I get to see new places and meet new people, and I’m always, always learning.  Oh–and I’m racking up rewards points for multiple airlines and hotel chains.  So there’s that.

Is the trade-off worth it?  I have no idea yet.  Stay tuned to find out.

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