Post by Russ Reynolds
If you have done much extensive traveling, especially with family, then you have probably experienced the frustration that goes with keeping the vast amount of information and paperwork, that you might need to have access to at any given moment, organized.
Although there are a plethora of tools available to help keep you organized and preserve your sanity, one tool stands head and shoulders above the rest for location independent parents.
This tool is called Evernote and you can get started with it for free.
Evernote is a software application ‘in the clouds’ (online) that can store images, scanned paperwork and more.
The real power of Evernote is in the way it can be adapted for your personal situation. Check out these five ways Evernote can work for you as a location independent parent:
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Guest post by Russ Reynolds
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
We just couldn’t take it anymore. In truth I don’t understand how anybody can. I suppose you ‘do what you have to do,’ as they say, but the cruel irony is that you don’t; you just make yourself believe you do.
By ‘it’ I mean ‘working for the man’, ‘the rat race,’ ‘the grind’ or any other euphemism you have for slaving away at a job you hate to make somebody else wealthy.
Whatever you call it, it was just not for us. I assume, if you are reading this, it is not for you either.
Written by Alison Gresik
Our family has a rule-of-thumb for travelling: If things are going badly, head to the nearest park. This little axiom has saved our sanity in New York, London, Brussels and it came in handy again during our three-month stay in Beijing last year.
On our fourth day of never-ending jet lag, we hopped in a taxi to Tiantan, known as the Temple of Heaven, where Ming and Qing emperors prayed for good harvest. Maybe if we exposed the kids to some sunshine and fresh air, we’d be rewarded with a full night’s sleep!
On a sunny afternoon in September the trees and lawns were thick with green. People gathered on the avenues, kicking shuttlecocks or singing in impromptu choral groups. The paving stones and curbs made great race tracks and balance beams for the kids.
I took a moment to lie on my back in the grass and remember why we came to China: to slow down, see the beauty, and live like Beijingers instead of tourists; the Temple of Heaven was the perfect place to do that.
Our rule-of-thumb seems obvious – don’t most parents know that parks are a great (usually free) place to entertain kids?
What Shawn and I forget is that parks make us feel human again, and that’s just the first of three reasons we visit parks while we’re on the road.
Written by Alison Gresik
In September 2005, I was close to burn-out from working overtime at a software company. My husband Shawn and I wanted children but I couldn’t imagine how we would make room in our frantic lives. I had almost no time or energy for my passion, which is writing fiction.
In September 2009, I worked a few hours a day and then shut down my laptop to explore the city of Beijing with Shawn and our two young kids. I wrote early every morning and finished a novel by the end of the year.
It was a night and day difference. Let me tell you how we got from there to here.