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That Summer Itch

That Summer Itch

by Carolyn Burgess, Macc, Ba
June 03, 2016

Well, it’s here. That time of year that makes it far more challenging to sit inside and work. It’s time to move the laptop outside because the natural vitamin D is calling my name. I want to feel the warmth of the sunshine and hear the…wait, that’s right, the neighborhood is now roaring with children! It’s no longer the quiet little block during the day. It’s full of kiddos biking, running, screaming, and playing – happy to be out of school for the summer.


I’m not sure what happened to the month of May, do you? It sure did fly by in a hurry. If you have children, you know it was a countdown of sorts, for both them and us, but for different reasons. You know what I mean. And here we are now beginning the month June and it’s almost officially summer.

Speaking of May, those job leads were wonderful over the past month. Unfortunately, my issue has been time, or should I say, the lack of it. On the positive side, I did learn a great deal as I worked on a course development project over the past several weeks. This project was both challenging and exciting. It pushed me to accomplish a great deal of work and turn it around in a short period of time. This project was perfect for me because it allowed me to write and use my 25 plus years of professional experience in a higher education setting. It also challenged me to think outside of the box and learn new concepts. It makes me excited to move forward to another great challenge!

The downside, of course, was the many responsibilities that kept me from pursuing an abundance of job applications. As a result, the job leads have begun to stack up a bit. So, now I am back to applying like a crazy person. It’s a bit frustrating from my perspective, but I understand it’s a constant balancing act. I still have a full-time job, which I know will be coming to end soon. The problem is, I don’t know exactly when that end will be, making it all that much more frustrating. This is just how the retirement process works though. You submit the paperwork, it goes through the formal process, and you play the waiting game. So while I wait, I manage the time I have available to work, apply for positions, and take on additional assignments, while remembering to take care of my health, my family, and my hobbies – vital life balances.

That brings me right back to that big, bright object that’s being very distracting to me right now. That’s right, the sun. It’s great to see it again after a very rainy, dreary Memorial Day weekend. Even though rainy for some, I hope everyone had a great weekend and spent some time remembering those that paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. I am so very grateful to them.

As I reflect on my past month and think about the summer months ahead, I can truly appreciate the luxuries of working from home or working from anywhere. Those of us that work remotely can truly appreciate this. On beautiful, sunny days, it’s so comforting to know that we are not stuck inside of cubicles in a large, cold building. We can pick up our work and move outside if we so choose. We can work from our patio, the park, the coffee shop, or any other gorgeous spot that we choose. I feel it’s the number one personal benefit of any type of remote position - the luxury to work from a place that we are most comfortable. Right now, for me, that place will be in the sunshine. I’m going to satisfy that summer itch and enjoy the next few months of sunshine even if it is from behind the screen of a laptop.