Robyn Larsen: Work Where You Want
We caught up with Robyn Larsen during CAMP Festival 2017, to learn more about how she hacked her productivity to live her life the way she wanted to and not be tied to one place. Robyn is a Front End Developer at Phuse and Co-founder of Zona Fitness Academy. What to know more? Read on.
"Connections can snowball into the next thing." —Robyn Larsen
Life by design is a real thing and people have been doing it for years. Robyn Larsen used to be a nuclear engineer. She was working a 50-day stretch, living out of a hotel, when she finally burnt out. Her perspective shifted and she started exploring other ways to live more intentionally when her grandfather passed away while she was working on this project. That's when she realized that this lifestyle was not what it was cracked up to be.
Change is never easy.
When Robyn began the shift from her engineering career toward the front-end development entrepreneurial path she’s on today, she experienced resistance from friends and family. They were shocked because they had one picture of who she was and it didn’t fit any more.
You have to be intentional.
Robyn has taken the opportunity to shape her life now. She’s intentional about what she’s exposed to. Robyn points out that we’re all pushed around by external factors, including who we talk to and what we talk about. That’s where we can make decisions.
Yes, you can have both.
Robyn is perfecting the art of the work-cation. She wanted to travel more and now works remotely, splitting her time between Revelstoke, British Columbia, and Nicaragua. She works and plays in both locations. That’s life by design.
Figure out what works best for you.
Some people thrive in the midst of chaos, like Robyn, and she’s learned to capitalize on the opportunity found in being between a rock and a hard place. Maybe it’s no wonder she’s also an adrenaline junkie with a love of sports that force her to live in the moment. But she’s also super aware that she needs support to get it all done. In the mornings, she sips coffee while chatting with friends over Skype. She’s found that having a considerate and empathetic partner in life is key.
Stick with it and it might pay off.
Robyn wants you to remember that just because nothing is happening right away doesn’t mean you should give up. Follow your path and be persistent. When Robyn switched careers, she found that nothing happened for her for six months and she had to manage her anxiety around that change. You need to hustle to make that change happen while remembering that connections and effort will snowball into the next big thing.