Work online, live anywhere

Welcome to “A Location-Flexible Life!” In the beginning of 2013 I left my 14-year position at MIT to become a “digital nomad.” It took me several years of thinking, dreaming, and planning before I felt I could make the leap, and now I have no regrets. I love this way of life!

In 2013 I lived in Oaxaca, Mexico for five months, then Omaha, San Francisco, Monterey, and Boston. So far in 2014 I’ve lived in Boston, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Portland. As of May 1 I’m in Seattle and I plan to stay here through October.

If you’re new here, you may want to start with these posts:

How to make a temporary place feel like home when you’re a digital nomad

My living area.

My living area.

So far this year I’ve lived in Boston, Los Angeles, San Diego, Portland, and Seattle. And that’s only from January – May!

Sometimes people ask me if I get tired of moving so frequently. So far, the answer is no. I love it! It’s been fun to experience various locations for more time than I would on a typical vacation. I love exploring cities and neighborhoods that are new to me.

Living full-time in Airbnb rentals

If you know me, you know that one thing I’ve always loved is decorating my space. I love bright colors and I spend time reading blogs like Apartment Therapy, Design Sponge, and Houzz. But, when you’re living in other people’s spaces, you don’t get to spend much time decorating.

I deal with this in a few ways. Continue reading

What I like best about living in Portland

Trees with pink blossoms
I just finished living in Portland for about six weeks. Now I’m in Seattle. I’m experimenting with living in different West Coast cities for a few weeks at a time — maybe I’ll choose one of them as a place to live in the future.

I visited Portland once for a about a week a few years ago (attending a conference for work), and I really liked it. Now that I’ve had a few more weeks to explore, these are my impressions. Continue reading

The Advantages of Working Independently, Online

MacBook Air and iced tea

Several friends have asked me what it’s like working independently, online. So this post will be about my work life. I thought it might be fun to do it in the form of questions and answers.

What is your work?

I create online courses for librarians and educators about mobile apps. I focus on the creative ways that apps can be used for learning and content creation, since mobile computing and “natural user interfaces” are turning out to be a great way to enable lifelong learning and creativity for people of all ages and abilities. Continue reading