7 years ago i vividly remember a chat i had with my then Regional VP to convince him that i would be more successful without a commute, more focused without typical office distraction and that since i didn’t have a local team, i ensured self-motivation. he was hands off… leaving me with a reminder that, “when you become less successful at home, you’ll be back in the office.” i was out to prove my value; and i won! i have a driving force, a diligent mentality that when i commit to a project, a design, a client — i will follow through regardless of circumstances.
i love working at home. i savor our afternoon naptime – i can sit in cozy clothes and work merrily in the sun and uber-quiet house. i love that i can work on my schedule… and not normal business hours. i can turn my phone off for the entire day and head to the zoo. as long as i get my work done, within the parameters of client agreements… i can relax a little bit!
when Natalia from Ma Nouvelle Mode invited me along for this writing prompt on being a work-at-home-mom, i couldn’t resist an opportunity to share.
i design, therefore i need pretty things full of color, perspective, joy. large photographs that inspire. color swatches. magazine tear-outs. lovely words to encourage. above my desk hangs an over-sized cork-board full of stuff. which i’m not going to show you — because then you would know my secrets!! no matter what you do — find pretty things & quotes & photographs & lovely tokens of love to inspire you.
1. Lisa Nelson is an INCREDIBLE designer. find her print here. /// 2. Happy Monkey photography that takes you on her travels. Photo here. /// 3. Boden flyers. These graphics make me want to be better at design. /// 4. Color swatches. /// 5. Inspirational quotes. Linked here.
#2: WATER CUP + JUSTIN’s ALMOND BAR
i keep hydrated all day long with a big cup of ice water complete with a lid & straw. and after attending the Entrepreneur GrowthCon last month i was introduced to these amazing bars of goodness. keep a few on hand because there’s no vending machines at home — so why not eat a candy bar much healthier!
#3: GADGETS & GIZMOS
1. wireless mouse = less cords to move as you move your laptop from the couch to the chair to the table and back to the desk. /// 2. wireless printer – print from anywhere. and no, i’ve not splurged on this yet… but someday when our amazing laserjet printer dies, this will be in my shopping cart. /// 3. headphones with a mic — to cancel out the noise around and for handsfree phone calls. these are amazing /// 4. quirky cord holder — yep, for everything else that is not wireless, get this. only $10 at Target and wicked amazing.
#4: LOVELY WORKSPACES
i collect ideas for new brands/logos. notebooks full of designs. inspirational online spaces. i think i need to start a new pin board. one to inspire my workspace. with a stark cold ikea desk that collects daily dust + kids fingerprints i am happier sitting at our kitchen table in our metal tub chairs than at my actual workspace. here’s a few that inspire me…
Martha Stewart always has lovely ideas, doesn’t she? i love this long, organized, lovely workspace.
white & more white & plenty of inspiration board space. i am in love. okay, ikea desk is getting painted. found here.
yes & yes. i can totally see having my dad build this desk out of reclaimed barn boards. inspiration right on the desk top.
& for that day i have an entire room to myself. i will leave crumpets on the table… or just a bowl full of Justin’s Almond Bars! thanks HGTV for the inspiration.
& one for the kids found at here.
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