Well, it happened again. Yesterday, the government imposed a “snow shutdown” for the 4th day this year. Is it any wonder that I spent part of my winter working in sunny Florida?
If you are anywhere north of Florida, you have likely been through one of the worst winters in several years. In my “neck of the woods”, the Washington, DC metro area, this year’s polar vortex has still created an unusually cold and snowy winter. Due to snow, there were isolated days of government closures from November through March. I feel cold just thinking about all that snow!
If you read my previous blog about My Personal Cure for the Winter Blues, you may have noticed that it was entitled “Part 1″. That portion of my grand experiment was spending two weeks in January working in Florida. After returning to DC for two weeks in early February, I came back to Florida for Part 2 of my experiment. The latter visit lasted an additional two and a half weeks.
The last thing I would want to do is brag about my ability to “work from home” when I made my winter home warm and sunny Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. It seems almost cruel, and perhaps even stupid to tell this to friends, clients and co-workers who have been freezing their tushes off this winter. My sincere apology if it seems like I am bragging. I’m just fortunate (and thankful!). For starters, I’m single with no family ties, so it was easy for me just leave winter behind and take my work to a warmer climate. Knowing how much I abhor winter, my business partner graciously cooperated with me and allowed me to work this plan without complaint. Thank you, Mark Roush!
I understand that most people are not in a position to emulate my plan. However, if you have the type of job that lets you work remotely, and you crave sunshine and warmth as much as I do, I urge you to form a similar plan for next winter. Until then, sit back and relax. Spring is almost here!
Ft. Lauderdale 2014 (the yacht is definitely not mine. I am not part of the “new rich”)
At this point, I would like to thank Tim Ferris, author of the best-selling 4 Hour Work Week (The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich) for providing me with the idea and motivation to work this plan. Don’t let the book’s title fool you. I am certainly not part of the “New Rich”. I am just a “regular Joe”, and my workday was always full day, similar to an office day back home. However, as noted in Part 1 of my story, my ability to enjoy the warmth of South Florida (in my spare time), made this nearly 5 wonderful weeks of winter.
*As of this writing, I’m back in Washington, DC, working hard and patiently waiting for Spring to arrive.