Mentioning to anyone that my parents live in Portugal confuses the heck out of whomever decided to ask. They’ll look at me and, if they’ve just met me, wonder whether I’m from Portugal. But my name’s not really European. So what gives? (Things get really confusing when they ask where my parents are from and I say East Africa…)
The long and short of it, my parents have (semi) retired in Portugal. For as long as I can remember, every year, we’d be in Portugal at least twice a year for holidays. Usually the same place by the sea. After years or living and working in London, who wouldn’t want to live where there’s infinitely more sunshine?
This June recap is a little late. We’re definitely well into the second week of July. The last couple of weeks of June blitzed by with travel plans and then eventual said travelling.
While I struggled a little bit in May for my 365 project, I think things picked up a little bit more in June. It’s still tricky. When you reach the half way point, and you are running out of things in the home and on your day-to-day routine to take photos of. You’re forced to be a bit more creative. Or just dig around more in the cupboards and closets for things to take photos of.
Last week I attended my first work related conference, at the fairly ripe age of 30. After working from home, remotely for a year, I was a little bit worried if I could hack it. Not only was I attending, but I’d be speaking on a panel, with three other email marketers.
The nerves set in pretty quickly. In fact they actually set in way before I knew I was going. When I was asked if I’d like to speak and I foolishly said yes. I began thinking if I should backtrack on my decision.
Well, I didn’t. A fact made obvious by the fact that I’ve already said I attended said conference. And I spoke. A few words. And it was all okay. You could even say I learnt a few things about myself and this conference going malarkey.
A big part of me wishes I could stick to some sort blogging schedule. Mid-week updates. Friday updates. Beginning of the week updates. Anything. But, they’d be a bit pointless. My every day life isn’t interesting enough to be blogging about.
This random mid-week update is brought to you with something that is definitely more interesting that the everyday routine. I’m off to Portugal tonight! I’ve got 10 hours of flying to get me to Lisbon with another couple of hours in the car to get me home. Well, mum and dad’s home.
This trip to Portugal’s a bit impromptu. See, I’ve been invited to speak at an Mediapost’s Email Insider Summit in Portugal. I remember seeing emails about this conference, thinking how great it’d be to be able to go seeing as it’s only half an hour away from mum and dad. And now I’m going!
As well as it being over a year since moving to Bahrain, it’s also been over a year since I began working remotely from home. I just have to take that in myself a little bit. It’s been over a year since I’ve had to have any sort of daily commute or work in an office environment. Unless you count the commute from the kitchen to my study. All 5 steps. The other day I said to A, I’m not sure whether I could go back to working in an office environment.
Working remotely, from home or wherever you choose, definitely isn’t for everyone. I slipped into the working from home routine pretty easily. I did learn a few things on the way.