Series: Working From Home

How to Work From Home With Kids

Posted on May 29, 2020

Once we moved to the U.S., it was like the floodgates opened. I moved away to college, I studied abroad in Southeast Asia and Singapore, and during the summers, I worked in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. I’ve probably had 10 or 12 different addresses since college.

Tell us what ‘home’ means to you.

Home is a feeling. It’s a place where you belong and where you’re welcomed. It’s a reprieve from any hardship or things that are going on in your life or society. Home is a sense of security.

Of all of the places you’ve lived, do you have a favorite?

My favorite is Jackson Hole, Wyoming because it’s super scenic and has all of the amazing outdoor activities I love like mountain biking and running. There are rivers and tons of wildlife. It’s kind of supernatural.

Singapore is the most efficient place I’ve ever lived and also where I felt that concept of home I mentioned earlier. On the weekends we’d travel to Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines, but once we came back to Singapore there was a sigh of relief because you knew that things were going to go as planned—it's just super predictable.

“Anytime someone says, “this is the right way to live,” I know they haven’t seen or experienced the world enough.”

Did moving give you a new perspective on living?

A hundred percent. My wife and I share a passion for traveling—not just living somewhere, but traveling to see how life is lived differently in other places.

Each time you travel, you expand your horizon on what’s possible and learn another way to live. We tend to let our upbringing dictate the types of careers we could have or the things we could do, but as you travel and see more of the world, you learn that’s not the case. People can be happy in so many different situations. Anytime someone says, “this is the right way to live,” I know they haven’t seen or experienced the world enough.

If you could live anywhere where would it be?

It would be in Lithuania for a month in the summer when it's the best time of the year. It’s warm and the days are super, super long. The sun only goes down for four hours or so. Then I would live somewhere cold with access to mountains and snow. Either Tahoe, Jackson Hole, or a similar mountain town. And then I would live in South America for a few months—most likely in Columbia to enjoy the warm climate, culture, ability to speak Spanish, and vibe. I want it all!

What’s a trip that changed you most?

My study abroad time in Singapore because I was able to travel and live on my own without the support of my family. I enjoyed meeting people, planning things, being self-sufficient, and opening my eyes to appreciate a different part of the world. Singapore was the trip that made me hungry for more travel and exposure to different cultures and life.

How do you manage a healthy work-life balance?

It’s definitely an ongoing process, but the main thing I do is turn off my devices and notifications. So, for example, when I'm having dinner I don't have to constantly switch my attention.

Fortunately, at Zeus, I don’t think anyone is judging if you want to go for a run mid-day, take care of an errand, or set yourself offline for an hour. I value that because I’ve worked at other places where that was not the case versus Zeus where the focus is getting your work done but also taking care of what you need.

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