(This post is sponsored by Uber.)
There are a lot of conversations happening about work-life-balance. How many hours is appropriate? Is it healthy to take your work home? To think about it on the weekends? “Unplug,” they say. “Put down the laptop,” others add. I get it. When I worked in television, I worked long hours, but I did typically know when I was “off”. There was a definitive line between personal and professional. (Although I did meet my husband at work, so lines get blurry, ya know?) What happens, though, when you create the career of your dreams? The career that you didn’t know existed when you were staying up late in college trying to pass your Economics final or worried perhaps that you really would need to show your Calculus work some day in the real world.
As a content creator who is always looking for new inspirational ideas, ideating on upcoming shoots, shooting in our home and around town, writing new copy, and then posting that new content to the blog or social media, the lines aren’t just blurry, they don’t exist. I wouldn’t change a thing, but I am always on the lookout for brands and services that give me the flexibility I need to live this crazy-wonderful-hectic-beautiful-life on my own terms. That’s one of the things I love about Uber—they give me the freedom to get things done, mentally process what I have coming up, practice a panel talk I’m about to be a part of, or compose my upcoming pitch before reaching my destination. Those 10-30 minutes in the car make a huge difference in my productivity and mindset when I arrive.
A lot of times I have multiple appointments in the same neighborhood. Rather than contemplating a drive or a walk, it's nice that I can also use Uber’s JUMP bikes to get where I need to go without having to take a car or spend the extra time on foot. There are literally so many options.
Are there things I would go back and change if I could? Of course. For starters, I would take graphic design classes instead of economics. I also would have started my blog two years earlier when the idea first began taking root in my head. The great thing, though, is that none of that really matters. Everything in the past has led me to where I am and what I get to do today. This crazy fast-paced, tech-savvy, always changing world can feel overwhelming at times but it also allows us to live in an age where doors are always opening. Make the most of the time that you have, do what you love and let Uber give you a ride on your way there. Opportunity truly is everywhere.
Photography by Katie Jameson