Remote Year One Month Reflection

Living and working in another country makes every day feel like ten but at the same time one month flies by so quickly. I have made friends that I know will last a lifetime and experiences I will never forget. The first week is a whirlwind of meeting 65 new people, trying to learn their names, learn the city, acclimate to the time zone and WORK!

Remote Year does an amazing job at planning events every day so you can do all of those things. Its hard to find time to sleep when you work and also want to do all of the activities.  This month Remote Year has planned soccer each week, food tours, volunteer opportunities, professional growth speakers, speakeasy events, hiking to the Batu Caves and other social experiences.  We are all also planning side trips to Bali, Singapore, Penang, Langkawi, Japan..

The one thing I have learned is that you can’t possibly do it all even though you want to. #FOMO

Meeting new people can be nerving but meeting 65 is on a whole notha level! Remote Year sells the amazing companies that you will see on the program and although we have that (Huron Consulting, Accenture, Avery Dennison) it’s more about the amazing people that are sharing in this experience. Everyone comes with different backgrounds, cultures, opportunities, skills and a whole bunch of passions.  I am enamored by all of the amazingly talented people.

Knowledge is the only thing that grows when shared and I am learning a lot from everyone.

The time zone difference of 14 hours ahead and being in Sales has been an interesting challenge. I have been working a lot late into the night and early in the morning.  I have connected with clients on a much more personal level. Although the workspace is amazing, the Wi-Fi at our apartment has also been great so I have been able to work from home a lot.

When you are very organized and limit the interruptions you can get more work done in less time.

With relationships back home and not having a normal pattern of sleep, working out and eating healthy it is easy to have ups and downs and feeling a little lost along the way.

Whatever experience I have I know that I am not alone and I am achieving a huge amount of growth by stepping out of my comfort zone.

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