This is my workspace at home, where I quietly start my mornings, coffee in hand. By day, natural light streams in. At night, that little old lamp provides a nice glow. When I'm not sitting there working, this room is where I get dressed and put on makeup, so the computer becomes my music source and clock while I get ready. (Download this Old-Style Clock Screensaver for Mac here.) This is easily my favorite space in our house, but it wasn't always so.
When I moved in with Matt in January 2009, he had most of the home pretty much how he wanted it. Since the extra bedroom was the one room he hadn't given lot of thought to, it became a place where we smooshed everything 'extra' in. And which I avoided as much as possible. But, a growing obsession with workspaces had me eyeing it as a legit home office. Job after job I was either denied my own space altogether (one boss accused me of 'just wanting a place to put cat photos'), or had one of those terrible drop ceiling, fluorescent light, paper-and-wires-everywhere offices. I was so horrified by these that I would take pictures and send them to friends. I was getting pretty tired of trying to do great work without having a great environment.
So, without telling Matt, I moved everything out of the extra bedroom and bought navy blue paint. Having never really seen my style in action, he was sufficiently terrified. Fortunately, he was not able to convince me to stop, and we now have an awesome home office!
Of course, there were LOTS of trips to the store in there as well. The whole renovation only cost somewhere between $500-$750! It's been almost 2 years and the excitement still hasn't worn off.
When I started, I didn't have anyone to reassure me that I was making the right choices. Not to mention our 1939 home is full of quirks (like concrete walls throughout and metal floor trim). I had to follow my instincts and be flexible. Have you ever re-styled a room in your home? What were your challenges?
Looking back on 2013, I would say it was about starting my entrepreneurial journey (somewhere, anywhere!) and just surviving. By November, there was a flurry of new and different entrepreneurial ideas running through my head, but all through December I was feeling very quiet and reflective about them, so fortunately I stumbled upon Fresh Start, a workbook by Amber McCue. By forcing myself to write down the people, projects, and events that made up my year, I found a sense of closure and pride in what I accomplished in 2013, and a vision for 2014 that is truly connected to who I am.
I also experienced a shift in my priorities over the last few months. I sometimes let my ambition suck me into a scarcity mindset, but I am ready to break out and thrive this year! I want to: breathe more life into my home, challenge myself physically, connect with nature (places and people alike), and share my gifts of knowledge with those that need it.
What I think that looks like in list form:
And more specific to my career:
Question marks indicate things that I might like to do, but can't fully commit to (and which won't make or break my year). It will all depend what is making me happy. I do know how quickly a year can go by if you don't get clear about what you want, so I made an effort to think the whole year through. To a wild and wonderful 2014!
Hello, there! My name is Nikki Jones and this is a place for me to write about my travels, my urban homesteading adventures, and whatever else my little heart desires at a given moment. Like many personal-blog bloggers, there are times I write daily and long streteches I'm not inspired to write at all. And that's ok! At any rate, I'm glad you're here.