I love working from home. It fits where I am in life perfectly - I'm here on sick days and vacation days, I can volunteer at school, I can work odd hours around the lives of three growing boys. It comes with it's challenges, but for us, the benefits win.
The hardest part, for me, is scheduling my days. Work has a way of filling as much time as you give it - and with all three in school full time this year, I've had to learn to make my days more structured. Or, rather *I am still learning* to make my days more structured. It's definitely a process.
The other hard part is being removed from the action. While there's plenty of communication via chat, phone calls, virtual meetings and email, there is nothing like sitting down with someone and talking through a project.
I spent last week at the Studio Calico office Bowling Green, dealing with a few of those "better in person" projects. April and I mapped out class kits and shop items for the rest of the year, and did a little work on upcoming scrapbook, card and PL kits. Samantha and I talked through some upcoming promos and assignments. Amanda and I did a little planning for NSD at SC. I got to see kit packing in action (INSANE!) and meet some of the new team members.
I also got to spend some downtime with the people I work with. To do lunch and laugh about Bubble Guppies and 80s tunes. To hang out with them as people and not just as an email address. To soak up the awesome creative energy that fills the Studio Calico offices.
I love that I live in a day and age where I can work for a company that's 700+ miles away - but it's nice to get to check in in person a couple times a year.