When you’re a virtual professional, you don’t have a chance to enjoy a summer outing with your officemates because, well, you work alone.
You can actually enjoy a summer outing (or any kind of outing, depending on where and when you want to go).
You call your friends who are also virtual professionals!
That’s what we did recently. We invaded the province of Laguna, the place of hot springs and the majestic Mount Makiling. The virtual professionals who live there arranged our fun day trip to the International Rice Research Institute, University of the Philippines Los Baños Campus and Museum and Makiling Botanical Gardens.
What’s special about this Virtual Professionals Assemble was the planned seminar. When some seminars are held in a hotel or a closed room, we did ours in a road corner in Makiling Botanical Gardens! It was fun to learn with nature as our venue! Our virtual professional speaker said doing the seminar by nature was challenging yet awesome.
I learned these things from our assemble:
1. Virtual professionals may serve different clients, but they experience the same things: slow Internet, getting more clients, finishing many tasks in a day, and yes, even not being able to talk to someone who understands the online life without typing it in a chat box or using a headset.
2. Virtual professionals may be big shots in earning different currencies, but they enjoy the simple things in life: relationships.
3. Virtual professionals love offline days.
I’m excited for the next adventure with these exceptional friends!
Karl Marx once said, “Surround yourself with people who make you happy. People who make you laugh, who help you when you’re in need. People who genuinely care. They are the ones worth keeping in your life. Everyone else is just passing through.” If you are interested to find out some of the people I surround myself with (and how exceptional they are), click their names to check out their blogs:
Nolan Ray Lazaro
Jonas San Luis (to whom the photos here are credited)
Ann Kristine A. Peñaredondo is a Facebook Marketing Strategist who has managed and grew Facebook Pages of top shopping malls, lingerie, and dairy brands, as well as authors and experts in business, food, health, and education. Ann's podcast show, Pin To Top, is listed in Growth Mentor and Feedspot as one of the top podcasts for Facebook and marketing for 2020. Ann is also one of the Manila Workshop’s resident speakers and facilitators. She’s been featured in Jomar Hilario’s Online Show and book Virtual Careers, Wazzup Pilipinas, Astig.PH, Prime Influencers, Marketing in Asia, Thrive Global, and The Manila Times. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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