Pros and Cons of Working at Home

Posted in Personal, Work

I’ve officially been working from the comfort of my home for about a year and a half now, and I have to say that I LOVE it. If you’re considering trying to work from home, I highly recommend but it does have it’s pros and cons. Let’s start on a positive note shall we?

Pros

Zero commute. You can literally wake up and start work. No traffic jams, no long lines trying to get your morning coffee, just wake up and take a few steps into your office and you’re there.

Save Money

As previously mentioned you have no commute so saving money every month on gas is a huge plus. I maybe fill my gas tank once a month from running errands, but sometimes it’s every other month. On top of that I save money on food.

When I worked in an office it was very convenient (and expensive) to buy food from a vending machine. Plus since I was already out, why not drive somewhere and have them make my food for me? This often led to spending money on food I didn’t need to, and eating unhealthily. Now since I’ve been working at home, I’ve actually lost some weight and I save money on food since I only have access to the food I already purchased (unless of course I order delivery, but I don’t do that often).

No Pants

Seriously. You can pretty much wear anything you want when you work at home. Want to work today in a robe? Go for it! No pants? Go for it! Now of course if your job requires a webcam I wouldn’t recommend going too crazy, but not having to wear anything specific is both cost effective and pretty nice.

Cons

Socializing

When you work from home, it’s pretty much just you and your job. Even if you and your coworkers use some sort of a chat program to communicate, it can still get very lonely because it’s not the same. I love  my job, but sometimes the highlight of my day is going to Target or out to lunch just so I can see another human being face-to-face and have a 5 minute conversation with someone I can actually see.

Boredom

This kinda also goes with socializing, but I find I have moments of pure boredom. Again you are completely by yourself, so you don’t have coworkers in a near by office or cubicle to entertain you sometimes. I personally watch a lot of Netflix to help with this, makes great background noise.

Staying Focused

Sometimes it’s difficult to stay focused on work when you’re not in a normal work environment. I find I have moments where I start getting distracted by something, but I’ve learned to get myself back on task. If I continue to have trouble focusing on work, that’s usually when I take a break for lunch or go check the mail or something so I can refocus which helps a lot.

Overall working from home has it’s pros and con, but I wouldn’t want it any other way! I LOVE working at home and hope to do it for as long as possible.

December 20, 2016
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First Snow

Posted in Personal

We had our first “official” decent snowfall today. November of this year marked 2 years since I moved from Florida to Ohio and the snow is still just as magical.

There’s something so calming and peaceful about the snow. Naturally it chose to snow on the day that I was off of work and I had to run errands so that meant a trip to Target, but the bright side of it is that I got to take some photos while I was out.

I never noticed these trees around the city, but they’re everywhere! And they look so pretty with the snow, I loved the contrast of the red and the white.

In our neighborhood we have several ponds, this is my favorite to take photos at. Those black spots are birds, apparently they did not get the memo that winter means they’re supposed to fly south. Not all of the water here is frozen, so they seemed to be enjoying the pond and were swimming around.

The snow makes me want to just bundle up near a fire and drink hot chocolate and read a book. I’ve always loved the snow, and I think I always will and I hope I am not the only one.

December 14, 2016
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Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge

Posted in Random

“I live in two worlds.  One is a world of books.” – Rory Gilmore

Recently I heard about the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge which apparently has been a thing for years and I’ve been living under a rock. Gilmore Girls is coming back to Netflix this month, and I thought a good way to pay respects to it would be to try to read every book Rory mentions in the show. I’ve also really been wanting to start getting into reading again, because it’s been far too long and I thought this challenge would be a good way to do it.

I have no real set end date for this challenge, I just want to read as many books on this list as I can. As I complete the book it’ll have a strike-through and a date, books I have already read before are already marked through (but I may reread some of them). If you want to participate in this challenge as well, please let me know.

1. 1984 by George Orwell
2. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
3. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
4. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
5. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
6. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
7. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
8. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
9. Archidamian War by Donald Kagan
10. The Art of Fiction by Henry James
11. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
12. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
13. Atonement by Ian McEwan
14. Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
15. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
16. Babe by Dick King-Smith
17. Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi
18. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
19. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

Read more…

November 9, 2016
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