Continuing our sneak peek at where various travel bloggers are calling ‘the office’ this week we take a look at the poolside work space of designer and writer Amy Lynne Hayes. Amy’s lived all over the globe but is currently based at what she calls her ‘quiet coastal hometown’ in South Florida. It sure looks like a creative space to me!
Change has been constant theme in my life. In the past 8 years, I have graduated from college in Orlando, studied interior design in London, continued my design studies in Paris, and worked for a boutique architecture and interior design firm in Melbourne, Australia. Today, I’m a writer. And I am currently based back in my quiet coastal hometown on the eastern shore of South Florida.
During my extended stints overseas, I supported myself with various odd-jobs. A student visa allows you to work up to 20 hours per week, so that provides an option for income. During summers and holidays I returned home and worked with the same interior design firm each year, and saved all I made for the next adventure. In Australia I was fortunate to find a design firm right away who was willing to take me on. Once my visa expired, I returned to my design position in Florida and took up writing. And most days, I work poolside.
Though I have taken little trips here and there, I have predominantly stayed put in my hometown for the last 18 months. A record for me. But, this time off the road allowed me to focus on channeling my passion for travel into my career. I started my blog, Créatrice Mondial, and began submitting writing samples to magazines. Today, I support myself on a combination of freelance writing assignments and my continued work as in interior designer. I also dabble with graphic design on a freelance basis, taking on projects that range from wedding invitations to boat logos.
This is all about to change…again. In October 2014, I will be packing my bags and setting off from my sleepy little town for a new adventure: New Zealand. I have a visa that allows me to work for one year, so the only mystery that remains is where in fact I will find a position. The writing, however, will be my constant companion. And I plan to use these new experiences as inspiration to share my stories. Who knows, you might even find an article of mine published in some New Zealand-based travel magazine. Or CondéNast, someday. You never know what can happen.
Amy Lynne Hayes is a freelance writer and designer with a serious passion for travel. Her blog, Créatrice Mondial, translates from French to “global creator,”an identity she embraces in her lifestyle. In her writing, Amy aims to breathe life into the unseen and transport the reader to a time and place through her words. She even shares a few crazy travel tales of her own, of which there are many. Her articles can be found in print and online for multiple publications, including the Stuart Magazine, Jupiter Magazine, The Palm Beacher, French Quarter Magazine and The Collaboreat. She recently authored an app called Eat & Drink Charleston, available for download through iTunes.
Fancy showing us inside your office – home or away? Get in touch via jayne(at)ourtravelhome.com.
*Main image courtesy of William Mann Photography.