Hello! I’m Megan, a cube-bound world traveler trying to manage work and life along a fine line we like to call work-life balance. I am here to satisfy your travel bug, share work-life management tips and tricks, and change your perspective on Corporate America’s limited vacation policy one travel post at a time!
This perspective began when I took my first job in Corporate America a few years ago. Before my initial start date, I expected the worst: taking no vacation days during my first year working, being trapped in a cubical for at least 8 hours a day, and literally living for the weekends. As sad as this sounds, this is what we expect coming straight out of college in this day and age, if you even land a job at all! Say goodbye to summers, goodbye to one month winter breaks, and hello to one day off Christmas Holidays…
To my surprise, I found that the grass was greener on the other side. I was fortunate enough to have interned for a company that I now work for and knew the team was one I wouldn’t mind spending more time with than I do my own family. That job turned out to be fairly generous in vacation days, flexible with working remotely (to an extent), and trusting in their employees when it came to getting work done and managing their own time. After a few months on the job and I found myself one of the most fortunate among my friends, landing a job in a company with an incredible culture and superiors that valued their employees’ work and personal lives.
Encountering the infamous Quarter Life Crisis
All was well until I found working made time go by much quicker than it did in school: days turned into weeks, weeks turned into months, and months blurred into years. Although I enjoyed the lifestyle change from broke university student to self-sufficient young professional, I began to panic that my 20’s were being wasted away behind a computer in a cubical instead of out exploring the world. On the contrary, I also found myself countering that pity-party with the fact that the company I work for is so supportive in my passions, lifestyle, and trusts my work.
I began driving myself mad and felt like there were two sides of me: 1) The Planner, who scheduled her whole life on a strict timeline revolving around saving money, getting married and retirement, and 2) The Dreamer, who saw the years of her life wasting away in a cubical and continuously brought up the idea of quitting the 9-5 to work abroad while still young, unmarried, and without children.
Struggling with Work-Life Balance
After long arguments with myself and extensive pro-con-pro lists about each, I found myself asking, “Why can’t I have both?” Now I am determined and on a mission to change the way Corporate America works, allowing for more flexibility to work remotely from home or anywhere in the world, a better vacation policy, and more superiors who trust and support their employees judgement and work ethic. I know that this is not entirely possible in some heavily regulated industries like finance, and certain jobs require the individual to physically be present such as manufacturing, but making this the norm and accepted as a whole within society will opt for better working conditions for everyone in the future.
Now, you may be thinking, “Why are you so unsatisfied with your current working situation? Why do you need to travel so much? That’s just the way it is – Welcome to Adult Hood.” Well, I am a firm believer of challenging the status quo and here’s why:
The Travel Bug Bites
My passion and love for travel started when I was young. Having two open-minded parents allowed me to see the world through a different lens and the lives of others through their eyes. As a child, I was always interested in different countries and found each different way of life fascinating.
In high-school, my family began hosting exchange students for a year at a time. Today, they continue this tradition and have been doing so for about a decade now. The mutual sharing of homes, cultures, and traditions with our exchange students from around the world opened my heart and mind even more to all that the world has to offer.
Upon graduating high-school, I took one of those notorious “senior Europe trips” which is where I became fully invested in making travel a passion and finding out more about how others lived
At University, I started a degree in Medicine, wanting to help others and make a difference in the world. However, I quickly realized that those freshman year weed-out classes are run for a reason and switched my degree to the business school, declaring a double major in both Entrepreneurship and International Business.
I had been exposed to Entrepreneurship throughout my life, having two parents who started their own business and seeing flexibility as a reward for all of the hard work that comes with it. Declaring a degree in International Business allowed me to feed my hunger for learning about different cultures’ people, food, customs, traditions, and business etiquette full-time. However, simply learning about these things behind a book or PowerPoint was not enough.
I immediately enrolled in a study abroad program, spending 6 months (and the best 6 months of my life I might add!) in London, England. From this, I realized that while tourist travel temporarily satisfies the travel bug, long-term travel allows you to embrace the country on a whole different level. With long-term travel, I realized I could live like the people, eat like the people, practice traditions with the people, and physically see the world in a different way.
The Start of Something New: Out of Office Org
Since graduating, I have juggled work, travel, and volunteering, finding that there simply is not enough time to truly do each right. Since work is only flexible to a certain extent, I have had to cut back on my true passion of working and living abroad. However, I am a firm believer of challenging the status quo, jumping out of your comfort zone, and believing you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it!
Out of Office Org became a place where I can write about my travels and support a Work-Life Integrated lifestyle. You will often see Top 10 Posts, where I satisfy the dreamer in me, guest posts from other like-minded bloggers, and work-life management tips and tricks. I strive to share an abundance of information to others so we can each support our dreams, lifestyles, and struggles together in today’s world. You can read more about Out of Office Org’s mission here.
With that being said, this site is my shared passion. So please join me in a photo passport journey of my travels, adventures, and more!