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Window with an Office

This is my new office. I am in love with it. It makes me happy. Because…it’s my own space, with a door. It’s at a University. And check out that window. It’s awesome. Really awesome! It’s so awesome, in fact, that I don’t think its even fair to call it an office with a window…it’s a window with an office.

I look out over a practice field next to the Riley Center (campus gym) and I see students coming and going, I see the weather and the light changing throughout the day and I see my husband jog past on his lunch break to either come visit me or go for his workouts. It’s a reminder of feeling connected to my community, to what I do, who I serve, where I live. Its just a window. A window that represents so much of what I value.

Office with Morning Light

Office with Morning Light

Office with Night View

Office with Night View

One thing I learned about myself in the two-ish months I spent in cubicle America: I don’t do cubicles. Period. I don’t care how much you pay me, promise me or distract me. I cannot, will not, sit in a cubicle (without meaningful interactions) and listen to people typing all day, for 9 hours, minus one hour for lunch. Cannot. Not sure if this makes me scrupulous or stubborn. Both, probably.

But, the great thing about being in an environment or situation that doesn’t fit, that bucks my values, is the clarity with which I felt to get out and run toward what does. And here I am, underpaid, with a view and happy.

What makes you happy in your space that reminds you of what makes you, you?

Discussion

2 Responses to “Window with an Office”

  1. Being a federal employee, I am destined for cube land for years to come. To keep it from bringing me down, I’ve covered all the cube walls with Ansel Adams prints. How can you not feel happy when you look at the amazing landscapes that he captured.

    Posted by Lindsay | 08. Dec, 2010, 10:33 pm
  2. So true…I have to say that some of my former cube mates did spectacular jobs decorating and personalizing their spaces. I probably need to reflect in a deeper way about my experience and what it represented about me-what I need to learn and grow from. Thanks for posting Lindsay!

    Posted by Mia Elizardi | 09. Dec, 2010, 11:04 am

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