Working from home... home is work... working in an office, behind the counter, on the field, in the field, behind the lens... There are lots of places to work. Mothers, grandmothers, married without kids, single moms with kids... Grandmothers raising their children's children. We all have jobs... Mine, I plan events and meetings, I problem solve... and, as someone said to me this week --- I save people's Bacon... Ha! What does that mean? I suppose I get people out of travel jams. I am also a full time wife and mother... all of which take love and time, a whole lot of patience... even more of God and a handful of friends to believe in me, to pick me up and put me back in place.
I recently started working from home which was a great move for me and my family. I can see where it wouldn’t work for everyone but it does for me. YAY me!
It took some getting used to. Truth be told I am still getting used to it. Do I work in my pj's with a pony tail and no make-up... hardly. I have to get dressed, somehow, I just can't sit on a conference call in my sweats and a tee shirt and feel qualified to give my two cents to a table full of executives. It's bad enough when my ailing, elderly, I-am-surprised-she's-still-alive, dog wanders past my chair panting heavily because walking to her dog dish is too hard. I do have to give props to my wonderful husband who, somehow didn't realize that working from home meant my office is now in our bedroom and my IT guy, phone guy, movers, mail delivery services, etc. all rolled into one person which I lovingly call "Honey, I need help!"
I settled into my friends office. She was out on business so... lucky her... she's now the inspiration for this blog.
My friend is cozy…. when I say cozy. She has a pillow on her desk chair, a sweater is draped over the back and I know she has an Earl Gray teabag in a drawer somewhere. As a person she is genuine and loving. She also has this fantastic no-nonsense way of communicating. Contained in this amazing person is an exceptional spirit that amazed me before, but now, after my brief stay sitting in her "seat" creates an awe and new appreciation for my friend.
I am inspired.
A) How many times did she feel like she was failing at speaking with love and kindness?
B) How many times did others dish out and make her doubt?
C) How many times does she read those things each day?
D) Does she know that she makes a difference to me?
What a privilege to sit where a friend sits, where she does her best work... I sent her a message right away and I asked permission if I could share. I told her how I just loved the notes I read. She provided me a back story that I would like to share with you.
The never be the queen bee comment was after an article I read in the wall street journal about women in the work place who find other women's success threatening. Its a gentle reminder to myself to never be that person and to always help facilitate the growth and success of the women around me.
The doing small things with great love gets me through every day - because I'm so overwhelmed by the amount of work right now that I just try to do each thing that I can with love and respect - each interaction - and for the moment I can give that person my full attention.
The wild and courageous self - that is a card from "A"! She's
always been such a supporter of my quirky way and has been such a mentor to me. AND - if anyone does small things with great love, it's "A"!
So... As with past entries that take time, that develop over the course of God's will and impressions on others hearts I am working on this... with my friends. I've asked a group of friends to send me photos of what keeps them going... their work spaces... these could be any of our spaces.
I hope you enjoy!