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I became a remote, independent worker in 2010, before it was considered cool. I worked from home, juggling three to four freelance writing jobs at a time, and made three out-of-state moves in three years without having to give up most of those gigs. My lifestyle provoked comments from others such as, “You’re like a butterfly!” “It must be really hard to make friends,” and even, “Are you running from the law?”

Now, there’s an official name for the lifestyle – digital nomad, which essentially means someone who can work online from any geographical location, and takes advantage of their location-independent status by traveling frequently and experimenting with life in different locales. There are nearly 2.5 million “digital nomad” hashtags on Instagram, and a Reddit thread of the same name has over 436,000 members. And, services like Airbnb and ride-sharing apps make it possible to live in a new city temporarily without worrying about apartment leases, moving companies and cross-country road trips.

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha Chilingerian has been immersed in the credit union industry for over a decade. She first joined CU Times in 2011 as a freelance writer, and following a two-year hiatus from 2013-2015, during which time she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union), she re-joined the CU Times team full-time as managing editor. She was promoted to executive editor in 2019. In the earlier days of her career, Chilingerian focused on news and lifestyle journalism, serving as a writer and editor for numerous regional publications in Oregon, Louisiana, South Carolina and the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition, she holds experience in marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space. At CU Times, she covers People and Community news, cybersecurity, fintech partnerships, marketing, workplace culture, leadership, DEI, branch strategies, digital banking and more. She currently works remotely and splits her time between Southern California and Portland, Ore.

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