It’s been a full year since I transitioned into working remotely and traveling back and forth to NYC. I’ve stayed in everything from boutique hotels to Quality Inns (awful, just terrible). For awhile I was at the Roger on Madison Ave. The rooms were great, and the gym was a good size and workable. Then the price just sort of skyrocketed and I was introduced to the Affinia line.
Here is why I love the Affinias in Manhattan. Aside from choosing from an array of pillows, you can also have a “stay-fit kit” delivered to your room–free of charge. These kits include DVDs and everything that you need to complete them.
I often bring my own DVDs, but regulate them to the no frill just using your own body because I don’t want to schlep weights with me. However, now that I can get yoga mats and blocks, weights and more from the hotel it has opened up more options.
Last time I was there I improvised and used a yoga block instead of a playground ball to do Physique 57.
With so many locations in the city I often don’t have to worry about not finding an affordable room–which makes work very happy. The Affinia hotels just fit me.
On my run today, I started thinking about something a former supervisor said about my work ethic. She was explaining how a colleague was upset about traveling to a client in another state every two weeks.
After speaking with this colleague my supervisor’s reaction was “if this was Laney she would be psyched about it.” She’s right; to me the business trip is more than just frequent flier miles.
It’s about face time with the client and earning the trust from your team.
Face time with the client so early in your career doesn’t come easily. More often than not you are the one behind the scenes that gets the call for monitoring questions or meeting arrangements. Having a chance to be in front of the client, offering your counsel and learning client service hands on is invaluable.
Back on the home front, your team learns you can be trusted in certain situations. It can strengthen your relationship so that your boss knows you have his or her back and reinforce the idea that he or she can count on you to handle whatever comes up.
So while, catching the 6:00 am flight to wherever and returning 12 hours later can take a lot out of you, its important to remember all the good that can come from it too.