Why Community Is Key When You Work “Alone” - Sun and Co. | The home to location independent workers

Written by Sienna Brown We live in a time where office culture is slowly fading out and more people are becoming remote workers and digital nomads. So, what does that mean? It means that we’re becoming less attached to people in the workplace and more attached to our electronics. If you’re a self-starter odds are, you know what I mean. We spend endless hours in front of our computers and on our phones, clearing out our inboxes and checking off our to-do lists, day in and day out and that can feel pretty isolating at times. Although traveling around the world to explore new places and cultures, remote work can sometimes be lonely, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Sienna at Javea’s Port

One of the things that I love about life at Sun and Co and the coliving experience here is the sense of community that it brings. Coliving allows for people from all around the world to come together, learn from one another and connect on a more meaningful level than what you would in a café or normal co-working space. If you’re someone who is used to working remotely, here’s why it’s important to find community, no matter where you are in the world. New Ideas and Inspiration Being surrounded by new people brings new ideas and inspiration both in life and business. One of the best things about the community at Sun and Co is that people come in from all over the world and everyone has a different story. Whether you’re getting to know others during the group dinners or kayaking trips or learning different skillsets during masterminds and skillshares, you’re able to gain insight for your own life. When we work alone, it’s easy to get caught up in the day to day and forget the big picture of why we do what we do but when you are connected with new individuals, it allows for you to be challenged and it opens your mind to new thoughts and ideas, almost always leading to breakthroughs of some sort. A Chance To Disconnect When was the last time that you took a break? Not just a quick 15-minute walk around the park, but actual time to stop working and disconnect. When we disconnect with others in the community, it allows for us to remember that life isn’t just about working, but that we’re meant to live and explore as well.

Sienna enjoying the view from San Antonio Cape, Jávea

Finding the community that you need, gives us even more drive to work smarter and live better to appreciate those that we have around us. When we’re always working on our own, it’s easy to keep working until we tire ourselves out, but when you have that sense of community and support from others, it urges us to disconnect a bit more and realize the importance of human connection. Sense of Purpose Here’s the thing. You’re not in this alone… By the year 2020, it’s said that 1 in every 3 people will work remotely. This is a movement that is on the up and up and you’re on the forefront. It can seem isolating when some friends or family members don’t quite understand what you do or why you’re doing it but there are so many other people out there who share your beliefs and mindset, you just need to find them. The work you do matters and the way that you live your life is valid and when you find a community that shares those beliefs, it makes it so much easier to remember your sense of purpose and why you chose the amazing lifestyle that you live. So, we’re interested in knowing, where do you find community while traveling or on the road? — Sienna is a NY native who has been living in Murcia, Spain for the past three years with plans on staying long term. She is the founder of Las Morenas de España, which is a digital platform and community that provides resources, knowledge and cultivates connections for expats in Spain and worldwide. If you want to contact her, shoot her a message at sienna@lasmorenasdeespana.com

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