- February 1, 2018
Where am I off to this week?
As part of my journey to Tokyo, I decided to stop at a coworking space I had heard about a year early and didn’t have the opportunity to experience. Fortunately, when I reached out this time to Opodz in Los Angeles, California, we were able to connect and they welcomed me into the space for the day.
Where is it?
So why did I choose Opodz?
There are many reasons I chose this space to work out of this week but I can’t deny that the location was perfect. Opodz is located in Little Tokyo in Downtown LA. Not only was this a short walk from where I was staying but I was also able to check out a small amount of Japanese culture and food in the area. After all, in a few days, I was getting on a plane to Tokyo, Japan.
Walking up to Opodz in Little Tokyo.
When I first arrived at the space, I met Ryo and John who chatted with me for a little while, showed me around, and got me settled into one of the open hot desks. Today was a busy day with people working on both levels of the space. From solo workers to teams working through some ideas together, this space felt collaborative and helpful for anyone looking to get work done but also interested in interacting with their fellow coworkers.
I could definitely feel a strong connection between the members of the space here. It is always incredible to witness people that do more than just work next to each other.
This space and it’s members have truly become a community driving a culture of helping and assisting each other.
This community and the interactions between members often times don’t happen by accident. The design of this space with the kitchen in the center definitely helped drive this culture as it brought people together multiple times during the day to have a cup of tea, take a break, or even to discuss a business problem they were having.
Not only did I find it easy to get work done, but it was fantastic to meet and chat with everyone here. Once I brought up that I was going to Japan, a number of members here gave me plenty of recommendations and advice on where to go and what to do which was great.
Many of us also went to an event being held that evening by one of the members to raise money for a great cause in Haiti which was a blast.
Opodz checked off every need that I have for a workspace. Opodz made it easy to get work done, had a wonderful group of friendly members, and the owners curated a culture of bringing the members together into a community that supported and looked after each other.
Next time I am in Los Angeles, I will definitely stop back by to get some work done and say hello as I continue to explore the rest of what our industry has to offer around the world.
In the meantime, check out the rest of the workspaces I have worked out of during my last years of coworking around the world.
Where should I go next? What questions do you want me to answer to help you in your space or in improving the way you work?
It wasn’t long ago that I was still in Europe on my 2017 Digital Nomad European Tour. I plan to continue traveling, writing, and building a business while I…
- January 29, 2018
Before starting this article, be sure to read about my preparation for working as a digital nomad in Europe. What was going to be different from my US and…
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I initially wrote this article in September of 2017, however, I am just getting around to editing and posting it. Look forward to many more articles around my experiences and the many coworking spaces that I was able to experience.
While sitting on the plane to Glasgow, Scotland, about to start the next phase of my digital nomad journey exploring coworking spaces with Cowork22, I find myself thinking back to the stresses of the past month.
By far my worse stresses involve moments of anxiety. I am constantly thinking through all of the tasks for the day and month along with the goals associated with them all. I don’t linger in this place but it does happen when I have things to get done that I feel are behind.
The past month or two have been incredibly busy, in good ways and bad. Business was picking up and we even had a hurricane (Irma) to deal with in Tampa. I decided to just leave and drive until it’s less windy. Basically, I went home to South Carolina.
Now that I am able to reflect a bit (Airports are almost as peaceful to me as beaches. I know that’s crazy.), I see that everything that I have been working toward had ultimately come together in wonderful ways.
The idea of this trip to Europe was started back in the Spring when I just booked a one way flight to Scotland. I have a “rule” at this point that a trip isn’t real until transportation is booked. I will probably not buy or look at a travel book, website, whatever, until I have made the financial choice to get there. How many of you have bought a book and it never happened or took years and years to go? I have seen so many people that delay experiences not because of financial difficulties but due to the idea that you must do the trip the “right” way? I did that with Italy a few years ago.
Up until about a month ago, all I had was a one way flight.
I ultimately did book the return flight last month. After this was booked, I reserved housing for my first week in Glasgow and found a coworking space to work out of. Once I had that set up, there wasn’t much I had to do beyond packing and continuing to do what I normally do with work.
What is incredibly different when traveling and working this way versus traveling for vacation is that it is not booked far out and only the essentials are focused on.
The only thing you need to operate as a digital nomad is:
Housing. Transportation. Food. Work Space.
That’s it. Everything else just falls into place.
In contrast, I used to plan vacations packed to the brim with going to as many places as I could fit in which tended to cause stress for everyone. My mindset at the time was that I was only going to go to these places once and had to see as much as possible.
What I have figured out while being a digital nomad is that you can go back.
Also, the best experiences and most life changing events happen when you slow down, focus less on checking things off a list, and spend time building a bond with someone, sitting and soaking in a new place, and even just having a cup of coffee with a new coworker in a coworking space.
I am not going to be jumping from one tourist location to another.
I will be working. I will be exploring coworking spaces. I will be meeting a tremendous number of people and seeing old friends. And of course I will be jaunting through these cities and countries. Who doesn’t like to explore!?
The greatest gift of being a digital nomad is the flexibility and freedom that it provides to live anywhere you want (as long as there is good WIFI of course).
Until stepping onto the plane, I didn’t have much time at all to really relax and think about where and what I was going to be doing this fall. It really has been an exhausting month.
Now I feel at peace. I am ready both business wise and personally.
Here is to the journey of being a digital nomad and countless experiences I possibly never would have had otherwise.
What do you want to know about me? What could I share that would help you along the way?
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