I am very lucky to work in a thriving office space in downtown Brunswick, Georgia called The Wick. However, that wasn’t always the case. In the beginning, I worked in a little den space in my son’s nursery from home. Equipment all worked the same of course but my brain didn’t. I never left work, it was always right there, and I felt like I was never off the clock. I made myself too available, and I think I suffered creatively more than anything else.
When we moved from Florida to Georgia, I had actually found an office space outside of the home some years later before we moved. I was attached to it, and it was hard to leave. I met a few office mates and enjoyed having a destination to go to every day where no one touched anything, haha! So childish right? As a mom, with two kids having my drawing pens in the same place I left them the day before was worth its weight in gold!
Moving to Georgia brought new challenges for me and the business, new clients, new friends, new surroundings, and finding a new office. It took some time before things fell into place but did I get lucky! Not only is my office bigger and brighter here in The Golden Isles but the views are spectacular. My office mates are inspiring, and I feel more creative than ever. I routinely take kids to school, and I am in the office daily from 8 am to 2 pm everyday. I have a creative space at home, but this place in a historic old building is where I find most of my inspiration. Once The Royal Hotel here on Newcastle Street this community working space is the perfect fit. The owners have certainly taken the time to think about what our needs would be in regards to a full kitchen, a copy room, and a 14 person conference room. The accessibility is perfect, I can walk to lunch every day if I choose.
What does it all mean? First off that I am grateful. Secondly that you should consider somewhere down the road getting out of the house IF it’s something you desire to do. Rent of any magnitude is scary, I get it. I am here to tell you the rewards might actually outway the worry. As a mother, getting this little bit of “mine” made me more creative. It also gave me a space to display my work so that when clients come here, they have a visual view of the things I am explaining to them. I think it helps they understand my services so much more. Be open to what might make you better in your business. Be mindful in your daily practices. Most of all, be ready to take a risk if it feels like it’s the next step for you. Growing is change, but for me, it was worth it!