The other day, I got an e-mail from a brand looking to speak with “the Inspiralized team” about a working partnership.
A) Yay! I love working with cool brands.
B) “The Inspiralized Team” = me.
Immediately, I thought how neat it would be to share with my readers where “The Inspiralized Team” (aka me) is headquartered.
Prepare to be underwhelmed.
What perfect timing for a feature on my office, since June 26th, 2014 will mark Inspiralized’s 1 Year Anniversary/Birthday! I have a special treat planned, so stay tuned.
Actually, when I first started Inspiralized, I was working out of Starbucks. I remember that morning so clearly, like it was yesterday. I woke up with Lu and got dressed and “ready” (with a bag packed with my ancient laptop, a notepad, a pen, some healthy snacks and my iPhone.) Around 7:45am, I walked with Lu to the PATH station (it’s a Subway line that connects NJ with NYC) and we stopped at the Starbucks across the way.
He gave me a kiss and said something encouraging like “good luck, make it happen” and I walked right inside of Starbucks, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, with a mission. I bought a soy iced coffee and sat down somewhere comfy, booted up my laptop and went for it. Started my Facebook page, my Instagram, my Twitter and blindly started making my dreams come true.
After 3 days (on June 29th), I knew that if I wanted to take this seriously, I had to make an “office.” Lu, being the supportive sweetheart he is, drove us to IKEA where I picked out my desk. Thanks to Instagram, I’ve documented that:
Good morning everyone! I’m on my way to #Ikea to buy a desk for recipe writing at home! #inspiralized
The desk was located…. in our bedroom. Picture this: every day, I rolled out of bed when Lu got up to get ready for work. I brushed my teeth, washed my face, put in my contacts and threw on a cooking and blogging-appropriate outfit (Lululemons and a t-shirt). I sat at my desk, by my bed and stayed there….. all day (well, carve out some time for cooking and photographing, of course).
Needless to say, after 11 months of this, I couldn’t take it any longer – spending over 15 hours a day in one room is not good for a person’s sanity.
So, a few weeks ago, we drove back to IKEA and bought a new desk (link here) that was slimmer, sleeker and could fit in our living room/kitchen. We have one of those open kitchens that also include the living room. Here’s Lu, “happily” building my desk:
I couldn’t be happier. What I love most about this new working space is that it’s minimalistic – it’s designed solely for blogging and writing. In my bedroom, I still have my old desk where I keep all of my paperwork, files, and office supplies. At this desk, it’s strictly business.
I prefer this, because I can easily get overwhelmed and feel disorganized if there’s clutter in my workspace.
Without further ado, here’s where The Inspiralized Team works:
What are my work desk essentials?
- My purple Under Armour water bottle, which I refill at least 3 times a day,
- A repurposed yellow mug full of pens, pencils and Sharpies,
- A pad of Post-It notes,
- My pink to-do list notebook where I keep my days prioritized, and
- My iPhone, to respond to all of my kind Instagram comments throughout the day and take calls.
You may notice the blanket basket. Sometimes I get chilly when I crank up the AC! Also, the Food & Wine magazine was there because I usually read a food magazine while I eat my lunch at my desk.
No work space could be complete without a good music system. Luckily, someone invented Spotify! Lu builds all of my playlists for me. To listen to what I listen to during the day, check out Ali’s Mix:
Also, don’t forget to enter for the Wild Mint Shop giveaway (ends tonight at 11:59pm EST). US addresses only.
What do you think of my office space? What are your work desk essentials?