Operation New Office is underway! I have a new design space I rented and it includes a separate room where I’m setting up my new office! Having a separate workspace outside the house feels really good and I’ve discovered helps me be more productive because there is far less distraction. I’ll be blogging in the coming weeks on how that space is developing and I’m hoping to have it complete by the end of the month so 2019 will truly be a fresh start!
Right now the space is a blank canvas with plain white walls and natural wood floors, (yay!) but zero personality. I’ve been shopping for lighting and shelving and I’m looking at different paint colors. I’m also swapping out the ceiling light fixture. On my Insta stories I share the old fashioned semi flush mount fixture that lives there now.
The space needs an upgrade so I went in search of the perfect replacement and of course like I always do I’m sharing some really great flush and semi flush mount light fixtures I discovered in my search!
This week got away from me but it was only because I let it. This time of year there is a lot of pressure to do so much, to have a perfectly decorated home, the perfect gift for everyone, the perfect outfit for the holiday soiree.
Every season I push back more and more. I stopped decorating my home top to bottom. I stopped focusing on too many creative or DIY projects and decided I would use my time differently, spending it enjoying friends and family instead. Why kill yourself in pursuit of perfection when joy comes from doing just the opposite, like watching those holiday movies in your pajamas and taking the long way home just to see the twinkle lights in the neighborhoods.
Thursday night I hosted an ornament exchange party and all my favorite girlfriends came over to enjoy each other’s company. It was a simple event, and most of my appetizers were from Trader Joe’s. We sat in a circle drinking sparkling wine and swapping ornaments in a room filled with laughter.
Those hours meant so much, having those strong, beautiful women close to me. Real connection is the best thing in life, and when you tap into it, nothing compares. For me, the rest of this month is about slowing down, staying connected, being present in the moment, reflecting back on the year, and resting, just like nature does in winter, in anticipation of another productive year.