So, I’ve been thinking – I’ve been neglecting you, Quarterlife Quest. I’m sorry. Life has been full of new exciting things lately, and quite frankly, QQ, you’ve been put on the back burner. I’m not super excited by you. You don’t inspire me like you used to. I do, however, have plans to give you a giant makeover. And that will come eventually. But until then, I’m busy making over other aspects of my life.
Like my office. Holy Hanna, I am so totally excited about this! A few weekends ago, Mr. Ambitious and I spent the whole entire weekend working like fiends. We moved me out of my current office (a small room on the main floor of my house), did a mega de-clutter of almost our whole house, cleared out our spare bedroom upstairs, painted it a vibrant purple, bought out Ikea, and started setting up a new office space for me.
I never realized how much my attitude, mood and motivation are affected by my surroundings. For the last couple years, I’ve worked pretty much wherever: in my office, in my living room, at my kitchen table, in a Starbucks, in my car. As long as I had an internet connection and my laptop, I was happy.
But some of those spaces seemed to be more inspiring than others. My office felt like a place I had to go to “work” – but where I simultaneously procrastinated my ass off. My living room is where I did menial tasks like creating spreadsheets or catching up on my bookkeeping – while I also watched the latest episode of American’s Next Top Model that I taped (don’t judge!). My kitchen table was a temporary workspace where I tried to make the most of my time while cooking dinner. Starbucks started out being a temporary place to catch up on work while in between meetings, but it’s ended up being a little sanctuary, somewhere I can get lost in work in the midst of the hubbub of the city. My car is where I send quick replies to those emails I don’t want to fall through the cracks.
All of this was working just fine when my work wasn’t about me. Don’t get me wrong – I love my part-time job (if you haven’t checked out Bobs & LoLo, you MUST. They are rad kids’ entertainers and I love every minute of working for them). But since starting this coaching training, I’ve really had to examine who I am. And it felt wrong that I didn’t have a place that really felt like mine. Sure, I had my own office space, but it was kinda dark and plain – not to mention, it also housed our kitty litter, my husband’s closet, our vacuum cleaner and all our luggage storage. Not exactly inspiring.
Like, seriously! I am SO excited to be in this workspace every day. It’s open, airy, colourful, vibrant and so totally ME. Now, don’t you just totally want to be coached by someone that works in a rad office like this??? (if you do, check out my free coaching offer!)