Four years ago, I changed jobs. It was a scary change, but a really great one. While my last company was a good one filled with great people, it just was not a good fit for me. This current company really feels like a home away from home. As the company has grown, my office has moved around a bit – I am currently in my third location, but have been happily residing at this desk in this office for about two years. I share my office with this awesome woman who is a transcriptionist – she's only here once a week so usually I have this room to myself.
The only thing bad about my office is that my back is to the window, and I have a pretty awesome view of a main street in the city. Unfortunately the way this room is configured, there's no way to adjust that.
This is what I look at every day. I usually have two computers up at all times – I need redundant Internet for work projects. Always have headphones plugged in – either I am listening to Spotify, or I am editing audio recordings. Have a headset for my phone for crisp audio when I need to speak on projects.
The lamp is from my college days – a cheapy $19.99 torchiere from Kmart or Target. It still works great, uses a standard bulb and has three settings. Proof you can get quality at any pricepoint! The chart on the wall is a list of to-dos I have created for my team – we're getting into some pretty quiet weeks before the new year and I keep adding randomness we can do now to be prepared for 2012.
Do you think I have enough beverages? The reusable Starbucks cup was my morning coffee that I drank on the commute. The mug (a super cute gift from my mom two years ago) is for when I don't have coffee from home. I usually spend the rest of the day consuming 2-3 refills of my Camelbak bottle, but because it's been a crazy week, today I treated myself to a Diet Dr. Pepper. And now you know the truth – most of my bracelets and earrings end up on my desk within an hour of arriving at the office. It's hard to wear headphones and type with them; I do put them back on when heading to lunch or a meeting!
It's almost 2012 and I still rely on a Rolodex. I have had this same Rolodex since 2001 and carry it with me from job to job. While I do have an Excel spreadsheet with the same information, I find a Rolodex to be faster and easier.
The picture is of my husband and I in 1994 when I went up to Great Lakes for his Navy boot camp graduation. We were at the Hard Rock Cafe in Chicago, both exhausted but happy. The print on the wall is from Ork Posters – they have these in a variety of colors for different cities all over the world.
Above my desk is this board. Tons of randomness – birthday cards from coworkers, pictures of my family, badges from conferences, etc. The flowers are those decals you can put on windows – I had them up when my old office's desk faced a window – it helped me recognize which office was mine from the street below. The shoes are from my sister – in college she managed a shop near campus that sold them and I acquired quite the collection. My coworker saw my collection and gave me the shoe keychains to the right to keep them company. The blank space on the ledge is because two shoes have fallen behind my desk and I keep forgetting to go back there and retrieve them.
To the right of my desk is a tall bookcase and short file cabinet. I have a second phone in my office for when I need to stream audio for a live web event. A bit more Georgia O'Keeffe, a Picasso print that represents how I sometimes feel on busy days at the office, and a bit more plant life. At my old job, a coworker gave me a small Christmas cactus; I brought it to this job and it's still living. I have broken off some of the long tendrils and put them in a vase to sprout roots – I need to bring in a larger pot and some soil to transplant them!
The frames are Liberty of London for Target – one picture is of me and my husband at Bonnaroo in 2008, one is of the three of us a year ago. Two glass insulators (I have quite a collection of them at home). The second shelf is a dust-covered pile of randomness – training manuals, HR binders, a vase from flowers my husband sent me almost a year ago… should be cleaned up. Maybe I'll do that next week when it's going to be super quite in the office. Maybe I would be able to find a smaller bookcase hiding at the office as only two shelves are really being used!
So now you know where I hang out from at least 9-5 every week day. Where I gulp down Lean Cuisines while completing blog posts on my lunch hour, where I chat with you on Twitter and Facebook. It's a good place to be, surrounded by good people doing good things. My home away from home!