Anna Burgess Yang

Tinkering With Ideas #039: On the move

Published about 1 month agoΒ β€’Β 2 min read

Hello fellow tinkerer πŸ‘‹ -

Happy Wednesday. My kids are counting down the days to the end of the school year (seventeen). We shift to a summer routine. My kids go to summer camp and my oldest son joined a running group in preparation for high school cross-country (which he will join in the fall).

Transportation during the school year is easy because my kids take the bus. Summer involves a lot more driving.


1) Reflection:

I go through different bouts with writing. Sometimes I move at a frenetic pace; sometimes I feel like I can barely write anything. In addition to the other changes to our summer routine, I spend a lot of time outside, often walking several miles per day.

Lately, I've been contemplating my writing "muscle" and wondering if there's a more sustainable way to maintain a writing habit than a series of highs and lows. Or perhaps that's simply the life of a creative person?

If you do writing or other creative work, I'd love to hear about your creative habits. Do you feel like your creative energy varies?

(PS: I really love the book Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey. I may need to give it a re-read.)


2) Tip:

I've been on the move within my own home a lot lately. We wrapped up a big home improvement project so I've been putting everything back in order, painting, and cleaning.

When I'm working in the house, I like to listen to podcasts (currently American Scandal). I wear a running belt (like this one) so I can tuck my phone into the pocket. That way it's easy to maneuver around without my giant iPhone in the pocket of my sweatpants. I also use the running belt when I'm mowing the lawn or traveling. And, of course, when walking or running.


3) Product:

Over the years, I’ve become very good at working while traveling. As long as I have my laptop, I can work from anywhere. Even on family trips, I like to maintain my morning routine so I’ll usually keep things moving in my business before everyone else wakes up.

It’s my dream to take lengthy β€œworkcations” once my kids are out of the house. I have a bucket list of places I’d like to visit (in Notion, because I’m a geek like that). I can see myself spending at least half a year living a digital nomad life and the other half at home.

This Nomad Workation from SafetyWing is so enticing. A month-long workation in Mexico City? Yes, please. If I win, I promise I will figure out how to take the trip and manage my kids remotely. 😁

You can enter to win by clicking here. Entries must be received by May 16th.


That's it for this issue of Tinkering! See you again in two weeks.


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β†’ Ever thought about moving your family to another country? Check out this episode of Fresh Starts podcast with Christine. (I met Christine at a conference a few years ago and I've been a guest on the Fresh Starts podcast myself)

β†’ Read my interview with Ashley Coghill about navigating parental leave and its impact on her career.

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