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My Journey 5 Years in with Codeable

5 years ago on a Monday, I woke up in my studio apartment in Mission Beach, San Diego and while still laying in bed I checked my email on my phone only to find something I was not expecting…

It was an email that immediately got my attention as an adventurous person, I was ready for this journey to come. The email had come in on a Saturday so when I saw it on Monday I shot up out of bed and scurried over to my laptop researching everything I could about Codeable. I guess about a month earlier, I had applied to be one of their WordPress experts, not really thinking much of it or knowing where it would lead me.

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My Video Interview About Freelancing for Codeable

Below is a 25-minute video interview of me talking about what it’s like to be one of the hand-selected freelance WordPress developers at Codeable. I no longer have the massive beard but everything I mention in the video is very relevant to my audience so I wanted to share this here on my blog as well.

If you’d like to instead read the interview the full transcription is here: https://codeable.io/changing-lives-raleigh-leslie/

Please watch the video below, or simply listen as there are no visuals, and let me know in the comments if you have any thoughts or questions for me at all.

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My Story: I Work from my Laptop from Anywhere

Dreams do come true. From a very young age I set a goal for myself that I wanted to be able to work from my laptop remotely from anywhere. The past year I’ve done exactly that and is one of the biggest accomplishments of my professional career. It wasn’t easy reaching this goal but has been as rewarding I had hoped it would be. Looking back I’m thankful for all the experiences along the way in reaching this goal and wouldn’t do anything different on my pathway to arriving here. I’ve managed to create a life/work balance that affords me the happiness I desired from the freedom of workplace. In this post I’m going to discuss getting to this point, what it’s like now, and what the future holds and future personal/work plans.

This story is long, and by no means the whole story, but I think paints the picture well enough to post here.

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Rodney Mullen A Beautiful Mind The Berrics Interview

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Office Dogs: How Could You Not Love Them?

I don’t own a dog currently but I am a dog lover. Some people are not dog lovers and instead hate or are maybe afraid of the unleashed beasts. Unfortunately, my commercial office lease states we are not allowed to have dogs in the building because of that and other reasons. Sometimes though, we still get visits from man’s best friend and it really adds to the work environment at our agency if they manage to sneak in the back door unseen and unheard.

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Knowledge Workers: Digital Nomads or a Beautiful Office

noun

1. a member of a people or tribe that has no permanent abode but moves about from place to place, usually seasonally and often following a traditional route or circuit according to the state of the pasturage or food supply.

2. any wanderer; itinerant.

adjective

Origin: 1580–90;  < Latin nomad-  < Greek,  stem of nomás  pasturing flocks, akin to némein  to pasture, graze

Dream of Working Anywhere

The term nomad dates back to the 1500’s but has remained very relevant today by taking a new form of the digital nomad. When I was in college I realized that I wanted to be able to work from my laptop anywhere in the world. At the time I did not know exactly what I was going to do to allow that but I knew it would be with computers and technology and my goal was set.

That dream has turned into a possibility but not a lifestyle for me because I am mostly working full-time out of a beautiful San Diego office, an anchor. Luckily I’m the operations guy so I’ve set myself and our crew up with tools that allow us all to work remotely whether that be at home, a hotel, or a remote island or mountain range. But still, we are so grounded here in San Diego MOST the time… Perhaps it is time to pull the anchor up?