I am a creature of comfort to my core, and I am definitely a nester. So, whatever space I am in, I want to feel comfy and at home and like it is mine. Not like a rented box that anyone in the world could be occupying without any signs of personality. I love to have my things around me.
Work spaces are sometimes difficult to feel “at home” in. Mostly because they aren’t home, but also because they are often spaces filled with stress. The ole 9-to-5 (although our hours are technically 8-to-4 on non-shoot days). Also, because they aren’t really your space. You don’t own it (for those that work for a company like I do). So, I often hesitate to bring my things to work. It feels like imposing.
But with time, I have become more comfortable setting up my work space how I would like it within the parameters of the work environment; and it has been so beneficial to my daily life. Having a high-stress project management job, it makes a big difference to be able to sit down at my desk and feel comfortable. Or to be able to close my office door and play my own music, or light a candle, or simply feel a little peace and quiet when time allows surrounded by the colors and things that I enjoy seeing.
It’s nice to feel like you’re getting to put a little bit of yourself into the space, and it also comes in handy when you have a boss and co-workers who take notice of your preferences and help accommodate them. 🙂 For instance, I don’t like overhead lighting. It feels harsh. So I almost never have lights on in my office (it helps that there is a big window allowing natural light in). However, after months of battling over the light switch (when people would walk in my office, they’d turn the lights on; the second they left, I’d turn them back off), I put white Christmas lights up during the holidays in my office as a solution for when I did need additional lighting. Well, after some time, I arrived to work to see that John and Kyle had hung permanent twinkle lights in my office for me in place of the Christmas lights. It’s the little things, ya know?!
Anyways, here’s a few pictures of my office space. Some things I’ve added, some that have been gifted, some I’ve simply found around the studio. It’s still probably more a blank slate than anything else, but it makes me smile to be able to have little touches of things that I enjoy.