{at this moment: reaching out}

Happy Friday, everyone! What a week it has been, right? Did you all have a nice Halloween? We went trick-or-treating with the kids and I have to say that it was pretty quiet on the streets this year. I wonder if it had anything to do with Sandy and the country feeling pretty somber. I've been watching the news coverage about the hurricane and all the destruction it caused. It's all quite unbelievable and mind-blowing. As the media news outlets asked, "Are storms of this magnitude the new normal?"

November has officially started and this month looks busy. Busy good or busy bad? I will plan to share more on Monday's moodboard and let you decide [smile]. Yesterday morning, I had the good fortune of meeting up with Teri (of Beach City Lifestyle) for some breakfast and chit-chat. It's always great catching up with Teri to talk shop and life. I was mentioning to Teri that for anyone who works from home, the set-up can become quite isolating. So, it's important to set up these types of meet-ups with peers and people who get you. For me, in particular, since I can become quite comfortable and content putting my head down and being a worker bee. I'm definitely trying to strike a better balance as I always walk away from meet-ups renewed and reenergized. What about you? Are you a worker bee or are you good about meeting up with peers/friends? (I suppose the official term is networking, but for some reason that word sounds too serious to me.)

Well, friends, have a really wonderful weekend! Let's collectively send some positive energy and thoughts to those who need it most right now. [hand to heart]

14 Send Me Your Thoughts:

  1. Christine DinsmoreNovember 2, 2012 at 8:04 AM

    i am like you, i work from home and can always find something to do. there is always something that needs to be done or i might even get a moment to relax! so i can go quite awhile without visiting or really getting out and enjoying the city. but i am also lucky to have neighbors that are really good friends, so in that way i am social every day. but in truth i have friends that aren't my neighbors i should see more! xo 

  2. It really is so sad to watch the news about Sandy. :( I've never been in a catastrophic storm before, and I can't imagine what they're going through. I'm like you...I work from home also, and I definitely lose sight of getting out in the world at times. Every time I do, it's like a breath of fresh air!

  3. Yes, I've been thinking about this a lot lately too! Since I spend a lot of time on social media, it's easy to feel like I'm chatting away with friends all day. But yesterday, around 4pm, I had to get on the phone and I realized that I hadn't really spoken out loud since James had left in the morning. It was a really weird realization. I like having the space to get things done without interruption, but I agree that it's healthy to get out into the world more for inspiration. Luckily, with the holidays coming up, it will be a very social couple of months anyway. 

  4. Up until this past week, I'd been quite good at reaching out (in person!). Like you, I don't like the word "networking." Feels smarmy more than serious to me. Like you're doing it for gain more than real connection. (Shrugs) I don't know. What I mean to say, is that I feel the lack of human connection, and I know my family feels it in me too. I love my quiet time working from home, but I need the counterpoint of connection too. Happy weekend, dear. 

  5. Yes! Thank you! That's exactly what I was feeling about the word networking, but didn't know how to put it into words. I'm definitely liking and wanting real connection. Happy weekend to you too, L!

  6. Ah, what an interesting realization to make at the end of the day. I have my kids to speak with, but it's definitely not the same as having adult conversation/interaction. [big smile]

  7. Hi Danie,
    Thanks for stopping by. A breath of fresh air is a perfect way to put it.

  8. I totally agree - There's always something to be done around the house. I can walk through my house right now and compile a quick to-do list. ;) 

  9. I almost feel guilty for having come through Sandy so unscathed. I guess it really takes something so devastating to cause a moment of reflection and gratitude. I'll try to get better at expressing how grateful I am on a more frequent basis, not just when a crazy storm rips through, you know? 

    I like meeting up with friends ("networking" really does sound too stodgy!) but I'm also a big fan of sitting quietly in my house by myself and just being. I'd be a terrible candidate for a work-at-home situation, I'd never get anything accomplished! Haha, though I am really envious of stay at home wives and moms, honestly. The one thing I do love about my office is the general camaraderie and socialization it gives day to day (though sometimes it's nice to put on headphones and zone out, too :)

    Have a wonderful not-so-busy weekend, doll! I'll be writing this weekend hopefully! Can't wait to see November's moodboard. xoxo

  10. 'Networking" doesn't sit well with me either. It feels too impersonal. Maybe i need to put socialising on my to-do list, because when i make the effort it really is fun and inspiring!
    Looking forward to your November moodboard. Happy weekend lovely xx

  11. Theresa-
    It was so great having a catch up. We should definitely make it a regular thing. I love your neighborhood!
    Have a fun weekend! xo Teri
    PS the halloween instagrams are too cute!

  12. i'd love to come visit with you two!  so happy you meet up and chat.  i DO make an effort to stay social, although my family comes first, and work second.  it's a joyful month - we're in the holiday season - so let's get out and enjoy.  well, after a good night's sleep.  happy november to you t, n

  13. Yes, Sandy, unbelievable. Of course, for us in London, it's quite abstract and I personally have never experienced a storm...I'm just pleased that it wasn't even worst!!

    Working from home can be isolating so it's imperative to regularly go out to meet people, chat and generally connect. I do this in many ways, from going to the gym, playing tennis, working from my club, coffee shops or having business lunches. Another good way is hot desking. For me, in order to stay creative, I have to change environments quite regularly. On the other hand, I love my own company so I try and have a healthy mixture.

    So glad you girls met up. I thoroughly enjoyed that photo;)))

  14. Well said, am joining you in sending my positive energies out there. 

    I totally get how you feel about working from home because like you, I'm a worker bee, or maybe a race horse - in the sense that I can put the blinders up and just keep going forward. But that has not always proven to be as successful as I thought. I have isolated myself and stressed myself and consequently, killed my creativity too. Balance is good, we should always keep it in mind, we should always strive for it, but we should never expect to finally achieve it, because like perfection,  it's not real. I think keeping your eye on it and accepting that it's ok to sway from side to side sometimes is in fact being balanced. You think? 

    Nice post Theresa and cute shoes ;)


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