Circumstances Change, Opportunities Arise

One of the reasons Courtney and I were able to begin A Roaming Life was due to the fact that we both work from home for our respective employers.
As long as that was true for both of us, we could continue roaming and exploring.
On Wednesday, my employer called a last minute mandatory meeting to share some Big News. “What Big News is that, Greg?“, you may be asking. Well, I’ll tell you…

The Big Company that owns my Employer decided that remote employment is no longer a feasible option and as of June 1st, it will be eliminated. All remote employees can either join them in the Texas office, try to get a position in one of the other Big Company offices at one of the various locations in the U.S. or leave the company and seek opportunities elsewhere.

As soon as the meeting came to an end and while I was still in shock from the news, I got a hold of Courtney to let her know of the possible end to our adventure; we agreed to wait and talk about it when she got back from the office that evening.

The long and short of it is that Courtney sees we have three options —

Option One: After we finish this Shakedown Tour, we head back to Arizona and we stay there. No adventure, no A Roaming Life. Courtney continues to work remote, I try to get a spot at Big Company (I used to work for Big Company before I joined my Employer — it’s a confusing story and makes my head hurt thinking about the logic of it) or some other employment.
It’s only been a couple of weeks on the road and already I love what we’re doing, what we’re preparing to do. This has got to be thrown off the table and never thought of again!

Option Two: In June, we head to Texas. We park the 5th wheel somewhere, take trips when we can, Courtney continues to work remote and I work in the office.
That’s a half-way solution to the changed circumstances, not even half of our plan and it still sucks.
It’s only been a couple of weeks on the road and already I love what we’re doing, what we’re preparing to do.

Option Three: We continue as planned. I don’t look for another job, remote or stationary. She continues to work remote, I seek out Workamping positions, flex my geek muscles (web design/development, hosting, other computer-related techie stuff).
It’s only been a couple of weeks on the road and already I love what we’re doing, what we’re preparing to do.

I have worked in the tech industry, doing IT/Help Desk, call center stuff — any and all combinations of it. I’ve worked in the manufacturing industry spending 10-16 hours on my feet. I’ve worked as a ‘grunt’ doing ‘the dirty work’ or the occasional day labor.
Hard, back breaking work is not my enemy. It’s not my friend, but I don’t hate it.

As it is the only option that made sense to both of us and allows us to continue this amazing journey we’ve begun, Courtney and I decided on Option Three.

We can make this work and besides, I love what we’re doing, what we’re preparing to do!

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  1. Valerie Boman says:

    Seems a good choice to me.

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