The idea of working remotely came about when I stumbled upon Remote Year—a startup that organizes a year of travel throughout the world for 100 people. As I scoured through the site, my mind began firing at the thought of myself—someone who, as the Brand Design Manager of Poppy Barley, spends 95% of her time on a computer—zipping around the world, working from any place I could find and being inspired by vibrant new cities. However, a full year away from the tight-knit team that makes Poppy Barley happen every day was not something I was able to rationalize (or fund!). But the seed had been sown.Once I discovered that my S.O., Kevin, would be able to take a leave from his job and was intrigued by the prospect of finding some creative space for writing (he’s a musician), there was really nothing to lose. All I needed was an internet connection and my laptop, and all he would need was his guitar. I broached the idea and discussed options with Poppy Barley's founders, Kendall and Justine, to arrange a combination of work and travel for a more appropriate amount of time. Luckily for me, they are both avid travellers and incredibly supportive of our team getting out to explore the world. I began formulating a plan that would make me easily accessible to the team and still able to work on major product launches, campaigns and company activities, but ultimately a plan that would allow me to have an amazing adventure. #PoppyBarleyPassport, here we go!
Working Remotely: A Digital Nomad on a U.S. Road Trip