If you had asked me a week ago I would have told you that I would never again work in an office outside my home.
I love working from home. I love the convenience of being able to work and do laundry at the same time, or being able to start dinner in the middle of the afternoon, or being with my dog and cat.
These are the pros.
There are a few cons, though, at least for me.
One is that you never meet anyone, well except for the UPS and FedEx drivers.
Another is that your work environment really has to fit your needs, and in my case that just wasn’t working very well lately.
When we first moved to New Mexico, my husband, Randy, who had retired but is not one to just sit around, immediately sought out employment as a school bus driver. He loves kids and driving big vehicles so this is the perfect job for him.
However, he’s home a good part of the day, and it was becoming very clear to me that it was not fair to him to be home for four or five hours and not be able to do the things he wanted to do because the noise would be a distraction for me.
And I’m not good with distractions.
Our long term plan (Want to make God laugh? Tell him your plans!) was to put an addition on the house or build a separate building where my office would be. But if we started on this tomorrow it would probably be almost a year before that space is completely done and ready to work out of.
The short term plan was to try to figure out how to make this work for both of us which just wasn’t happening.
Then, late last week, I saw our community newspaper lying on the table. It comes out once a month and people read it cover to cover because it contains all the news and happenings in the community. My intuition gave me a gentle nudge that said “read me”.
So I listened to my intuition, and in perusing the paper I noticed a full page ad from one of the local realty companies. My eye was drawn (pay attention, I’ll come back to this shortly) to a paragraph that said, “Looking for the perfect office space? We have Executive suites available. Come join us.”
I’m thinking “Executive suites?” I had no idea that there were any offices like this in our area.
As most executive suites come furnished and this office building is only about 10 minutes from our home I started thinking this might be a viable solution.
I pondered the idea for a day or so and then my curiosity got the best of me. I decided to call and find out more.
The woman I talked to owned the building and gave me a few details and then asked if I could come in on Monday morning to see the two suites that were available. I thought, why not.
I talked to my husband about it over the weekend and I wasn’t really sure I wanted to do this. I kept going back and forth on whether renting office space was something I really wanted to do. But I decided it couldn’t hurt to see the space.
As we were getting ready to leave the house and head to the office building this thought popped into my head (more intuition) that I better bring a business check with me just in case.
This was, by itself, very strange. In the last 11 years that I have had my business I don’t recall a time that I ever put a blank business check in my wallet “just in case.”
But I followed my intuition and put the check into my wallet.
My husband was off on Monday as school hadn’t started yet for the new school year so together we drove down to the office building and met with the owner.
She showed us the gorgeous (and I mean gorgeous) conference room that I had access to, the two full size kitchens, numerous bathrooms throughout the one-floor building, all the various companies that were housed here, and then took us into the two available suites.
The first suite had a decent wooden desk and credenza in it. The view out the window was beautiful but I was anxious to get into the second suite which was next door.
When the owner opened the door to the second suite both my husband and I said WOW! The desk, matching bookcase, and computer stand were made from beautiful, expensive wood (it looks like cherry to me), there were decorative curtains across the expanse of windows, and the space had a hardwood floor.
The view out my office window is the picture above that accompanies this post. It is gorgeous. And here’s a picture of the patio on the back side of the building where I can eat lunch, or work, or just take a break. The mountain in the background is the north end of the Sandia range that borders the east side of Albuquerque.
Not too shabby, huh?
Needless to say, I was sold. I rented the space on the spot.
After working here for a few days I can tell you I’ve made a very wise decision.
I have to confess that I was really struggling trying to figure out how to work from home. And when I find myself struggling, it’s time to open up to other possibilities and pay attention to what comes my way.
See, when I’m struggling with things I take a step back knowing that a great outcome will show up, and it always does, and it’s always a better outcome than I could have envisioned myself.
I can’t tell you how many times life has worked out this way for me.
The secret to this working for me is to let go, let new possibilities show up, follow my intuition from the gentle nudge to read the paper, to noticing the ad for the office, to listening to the little voice telling me to bring a check.
So never say never. Allow opportunities to show up in your life. From the little things to the outrageously big things.
And then let the miracles happen. I’ve had so many of these miracles occur in my life that they don’t feel like miracles anymore.
In fact, when I looked out my office window this morning, I said to myself, “of course!” Of course there was a better solution. Of course it was easy. Of course it’s perfect, because it is all divine.
If we learn to open up to possibilities, especially those we can’t even imagine, miracles do happen.
Ah………..life is so good!!!