Last month, our friends Emily King and Corey Smith from Where’s My Office Now? stopped by the Ocean Minded global headquarters in San Clemente, CA. Discover how these two set out to Redefine our American Dream in the below excerpt, from Emily herself.
By Emily King, Where’s My Office Now?
From the stability of a house, to the finicky temperament of a 25 year old vehicle. From the comfort of nearby friends and family, to the generosity of random strangers. From a 9-5 office job, to the flexibility of a completely virtual website development company. From dreaming of endless waves and trails, to living a life overflowing with adventure. We are redefining our American Dream.
Our names are Corey Smith and Emily King and we are the creators of Where’s My Office Now?. On January 29th, 2013, we left our New England homes in a 1987 VW Vanagon to create a lifestyle of simplicity and adventure. Working from the road, we leverage today’s technology to develop websites for small businesses. We are experiencing America through our passions of surfing and mountain biking … and whatever other adventures come our way.
The Beginnings of Where’s My Office Now?
Where’s My Office Now? was born on a seven week surf trip to Nicaragua and Costa Rica in the Spring of 2012. Nicaragua is one of the poorest Latin American countries. From what we experienced, they don’t have much, but what they do have was so strikingly evident. For the most part, they have shelter, clothes to shield themselves from the sun and dust, handy farm animals to alleviate workload, strong family values, and an equally strong sense of community. In Nicaragua, it was easy to awaken to what is important. It seemed that the less material items people had, the more joy, happiness and love shined through.
And so was born our desire to simplify and assess the paths that we were on. The less we consume, the less stress we place on the Earth. Since we are all so very connected, by living consciously, we live for each other and future generations.
The journey thus far has taken us coast to coast, experiencing Hurricane Sandy devastation, 15 degree sleeping conditions, the vastness of the Midwest, perfect waves in Southern California and epic mountain biking in Sedona, AZ. We visited our friends at Ocean Minded in San Clemente, CA and took a tour of the headquarters. It’s inspiring to see a company standing for something so important, plus we were reminded of the interconnectedness of all things – and that almost everything ends up in the ocean!
Where will we end up? This is unknown. What we do know is that we will be sharing our journey through writing, photography, and video. And that we are committed to an openness to let the adventure unfold.
About Where’s My Office Now?
Where’s My Office Now? is an experiment. It’s an inquiry into a lifestyle created by the merging of two historically different paths — the blend of an adventurous nomadic lifestyle, with a traditional 9-5 business career. What challenges and opportunities will arise? What will be learned? In the end, will it all be worthwhile? Subscribe for updates at www.wheresmyofficenow.com and follow them on Instagram @wheresmyofficenow. Where’s My Office Now? is sponsored by GoWesty.