Let's talk DESKS! Call it an office, call it a space -- I call it an atmosphere. I am all about creating atmospheres. That's why I love music and brands so much. They create feelings, vibes and thoughts. So I did that with where I work and create! Below are some key elements (which all go deeper and are more meaningful than "desk lamp") that I value in my working atmosphere. Plus my adorable pup, Ember, will pop in and out along the way. This will be fun:
::: A Reminder of Who You Are :::
I found these little prints at Target and they each spoke to me in sweet, quiet ways. I chose the bicycle print in representation of my Dutch heritage, citizenship and my father's side of my family. I chose the antler print, for similar reasons, because antlers remind me of my grandpa and my mom's side of the family from Michigan. The Netherlands and Michigan are both my original homes and make up who I am: my physical appearance, my mannerisms, my sense of humor -- literally, my DNA. Plus, they're gold so that was a no-brainer.
::: A Reminder of Where You are Bettering Yourself :::
The third print, reading "be you," is a special one to me. I moved here to Lakeland with the personal goal to learn how to love others and to learn how to love myself more. Self-love is something I really enjoy dwelling on and talking with others about. But it's something I am learning in new ways everyday. So I have a sweet little card here to remind me.
::: Some Encouragement :::
My really cool brother was in China for half of the summer, and he brought me back this piece of art. Not only are the colors beautiful with blush, teal and gold accents, but he told me that this piece depicts the Autumn season, a season of harvest where all of the hard work is reaped and celebrated. And my brother said, "That's you," because I'm an adult now, graduated from college with my undergrad and I'm celebrating this new season of life. He acts cool, but he's really sweet. (; So I keep it here to be reminded and encouraged multiple times throughout the day.
::: A Living Friend :::
After reading The Lord of the Rings all summer, the hobbits' romance for everything green has rubbed off on me. I have plants all over my apartment. Not only are they beautiful and bring a little bit of the outside in, they bring life in its purest form into your working atmosphere. It's a win/win.
::: A Reminder of WHY You Do What You Do :::
As co-founder and chief creative officer of Trades of Hope, I have the honor of partnering with women all around the world who are empowering themselves out of poverty. I love my job so much. I love the purpose, the creativity, the women I work with -- but sometimes it can be easy to lose focus. So I have this beautiful gold and cream globe from World Market to remind myself why I do what I do, to remind myself of those women I am so proud to partner with!
::: Light Source :::
I'm a believer in rest, so I don't advise working at night. However, if your creativity is overwhelming you or if you're on a roll with your project or if you're just a night owl -- don't let you work flow be stifled because it's getting dark. Have something there to mindlessly and quickly switch on so that you can continue with your art. I got this spherical, little gold number from Target and it was on sale. So it actually chose me.
::: A Reminder of Where You've Been :::
Initially, this can be viewed as a negative thing. But! It can actually be one of the most powerful pieces of your working atmosphere. See that beautiful pink card? My incredibly lovely friend Katy surprised me with that Lily Pulitzer card with a sincere, genuine love note inside and it is one of my most treasured gifts. However, Katy gave that meaningful gesture to a girl who is not the same girl I am today. When I see that card, I am reminded of my sweet friend, but also that I am so proud of who I have become because I have worked so hard to become that woman. And in turn, that makes me excited to propel myself forward and mold myself even more.
::: A Piece of Personalization :::
Obviously I know my name starts with an E. I don't need the mug there to remember that. E is my favorite: it is the initial of my favorite English Queen, it's my favorite key to sing in, it's a solid letter if you ask me. But it's sweet presence gently reinforces the idea that this is my space, MY space to work and create and love and impact others -- free of shame or scorn or judgement. Plus, it holds my TomBow brush pens adorably.
::: A Comfy Chair :::
As Ember is so adorably exhibiting, it's important to have a seating arrangement that can be used comfortably for the long term. And I love being cozy so I through blankets on it, too!
No matter what your style or your budget (I got 80% of this at Target!) these atmospheric elements can make your home office a haven. If you have any tips or want to share your own working atmosphere, throw it in the comments! I would love to connect with you and learn from your creative soul.