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Behind the Scenes of my Studio

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behind the scenes studio

So happy to walk you through this behind the scenes of my studio.  We’ll talk about how it came about and why I love it! 

How did I decide on building a studio in the woods on my property vs. having another brick and mortar space? 

To start, when I did some reflection, I knew I didn’t want a long commute again.  Driving an hour and repeatedly getting stuck behind a car with a World War 1 hat peering out from the back going 15mph in a 50mph zone with no passing lanes isn’t how I wanted to start my day.  I also know how hard it is in the surrounding area to find decent, affordable office space.  With my last office, it took me 9 months to secure an office with enough space for my staff, plus all the work of setup and monthly expenses. It wasn’t worth it. I’m paperless. I’m virtual.  I like leggings, you feel me? 

Ultimately, I decided since I live in the woods that for the cost for me to take down a couple of trees and build an office, it would pay for itself in a couple of years of not paying rent or gas.   In the meantime, I was doing video coaching in my basement where my clients either had a view of a cactus print or my wine rack.  Clients would ask me where I got my cactus print or want to know about my wine collection, it was distracting! 

I was excited to have the studio built and I say “studio” instead of the office to keep my space creativity focused. When I’m in the studio I don’t feel like I’m working because when I coach, I’m designing.  Plus who wants to go to an “office” to work?  Blech!  It just sounds lame.  

Building the studio was not an easy feat. I had 4 different contractors working on various aspects of the building and of course, things take longer than you want them to.  By the time I got in it to paint and build furniture, it was 6 months in the making, but it turned out amazing!!!

Studio Zones: Although small, my space is mighty efficient for my online business and it’s broken up into 5 zones…

Zone 1-“Design Space”:  This is my primary working area.  Here I rely mostly on my laptop for coaching sessions, creating graphics, and working on my website.  I am a stationery hoarder so I have lots of cool pens, notepads, and inspirational tidbits here. I have an inbox for the paper I need to scan (I am paperless). When I had my private practice since we saw clients of all ages, etc. I had to use neutral colors.  It was liberating to be able to choose the colors I wanted for the studio, which is mainly pink (my fav) and gold.  I put some glitter in the paint for the walls because everyone needs a little sparkle. 

workspace

Zone 2-“Inspiration Station”: This area consists of my coffee cart and bookcases containing books I like to reference for inspiration or use in coaching with clients.  I keep ancillary materials I mostly use for motivational speaking in the cabinets and candles.  I light a candle every day I work and find it relaxing to look at. 

inspiration station

Zone 3-“Preview Area”: I call this area the “Preview Area” because it serves 2 functions.  1 is a whiteboard that I use to mind map ideas.  It’s easier for me to turn around and look at my map rather than have 3 screens up on my laptop. I also have plans to convert this space into a video station for YouTube, courses, and webinars when I’m ready.  Sometimes I’ll dance or do yoga in this space as well, depends on the day. 

Zone 4-“Cozy Nook”:  I try to use this area every day to have a cup of coffee and go over my plans for the day.  I also use it when I need a break or when I am reading, this area is great to relax on the couch.  Occasionally I do Zoom meetings from here as well, so I have a laptop table at the ready. 

Zone 5-“Zen Zone”: I have attic space above the cozy nook.  Part of it is for storage and the other part I converted into a little area I can relax and meditate in.  While the coffee’s brewing, this is the first place I go to start the workday after my walk.  I spend about 5-7 minutes up here, which is just enough time to clear my mind after the chaos of getting everyone out the door in the morning. The “Zen Zone” really starts when I leave my house and enter the studio.  As soon as I lock my house, I clear my mind and start breathing slower.  When I enter the studio, I put down my things, turn on my Himalayan salt lamp, light a candle, read an inspirational quote, start the coffee and head up to the attic for meditation.  (Of course, this was before COVID, homeschooling, etc 😜)

So that’s it, that’s my studio tour!  I’m so happy you get to see where the magic happens.  

I’d love to see your home or outside current COVID home office space, show us some pics! 

 

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