My life is far from Nomadic in a literal sense. But my mindset and lifestyle have Nomadic themes:
· Travel light
· Minimize attachments to things
· Be ready
· Work from anywhere
My Nomadic ways are likely rooted in events that happened when I was 14. Life as I knew it changed in one day. On Father’s Day morning, I had one address, school, and family, and completely different ones by that night. While my geographical shift occurred within only a 20-mile radius, it was a traumatic day. Although it took months to come to this realization, the truth is that I like change. It is unsettling when shock, heart-break, or the unexpected bring about change in our lives, but when possible, I like to create change in my life. Be it merely in seasonal décor and slipcovered furniture creating new looks; or even in my career. People are sometimes surprised to learn that I changed jobs every two to three years while at the same company for 30+ years.
Those close to me know that at times the Nomadic themes of “travel light” and “be ready” collide. My friends indeed joke that I can easily sustain them through injury, hunger, or with an eco-friendly shopping tote at a moment's notice. But my husband swears that what appears to be a small carry-on feels like it’s packed with rocks when he lifts it into an overhead bin.
Over the years, fall has become my primary travel season, both for professional and personal purposes. It is the season for conferences, networking events and connecting with family, and friends across the globe. There is a buzz and excitement brewing that hints to the fresh possibilities on the horizon. The New Year is about to blossom and is ripe with promise, especially as we prepare to usher in a new decade.
With the popularity of Digital Nomads and the rise of the independent American workforce, NPC’s virtual Personal Contingency Plan engagement feels particularly on-trend. Since it's inception, the goal has been for NPC to be location independent for two principle reasons. First, it’s to serve clients without interruption from wherever I am located. And second, to inspire Prepared Optimistic Mortals wherever they are located.
The look and feel of our virtual engagements are very similar to that of our local engagements, with the main differences being the materials are shipped. and client meetings are done with Zoom video conference. We meet in the client’s office, at home, or work during both in-person and virtual Personal Contingency Plan collaboration sessions.
As I travel this fall, connecting with clients, friends, and family across the country, we will discuss our progress and challenges creating our respective Personal Contingency Plans. I encourage all of you to take time to openly discuss with your loved ones where each of you stands in your personal preparedness journey. I’ve created a new free resource of 12 Questions that will help you lead the discussion at your table, giving everyone a better understanding of their next steps.
My sincerest thanks to all who have connected with our mission at NPC, shared our work and supported our first year in business. You will really enjoy what we have in store for you in 2020! Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours.
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