On Sunday we took a drive to Ikea. I created a new office space in my head and I wanted to see it come into being immediately. I haven’t been working properly lately (working here, there and everywhere with my laptop, but never properly, at a desk, with focus totally on work). I needed to be able to create a space for me, but also incorporate my husband’s office needs as well.
Ikea had all my solutions so off we went. After a fun walk through all the rooms (I’ve picked out my kitchen already!), we go to pick up a cart to pull our boxes for the table and chair I want, and I saw her. Bernice. Here she is.
This is Bernice, my office pig. Yes, we gave her that name. She looks like a Bernice. (Please feel free to laugh out loud here, and it’s okay if you think I’m a little nuts, too!)
Now, you might be wondering why the hell a grown woman would buy a stuffed pig. Honestly, because she’s cute, soft, and funny. And when I sit at my desk and am feeling frustrated, perplexed, overworked, sad, achy and perhaps just plain miserable about how the day went, she’s going to be there and I’ll look over, give her a squeeze, and laugh.
You have to make your office a place of fun. Of joy. Of silliness. You’re going to have some rough days (everyone does), and if you can’t give yourself an oasis of happiness to turn to, you’re going to find that each time you return to your desk, you’ll be more sour and more bitter, and you’ll end up putting off work, or ignoring it totally.
Have fun! A stuffed pig needed a home (and a name) and so I gave her one. In my brick and mortar days I had all sorts of toys on my desk, from silly putty to a stuffed reindeer that a co-worker gave to me when she left. You have to have fun. I once had a boss (a VP in a company) whom we took to Chuck E. Cheese for his 40th birthday. We had a blast. Everyone was silly and played. (Imaging a 6’4” man turning in his gaming tickets for some silly toys for his office.)
Do a serious, excellent job with your work, but just don’t forget to have fun while you’re doing it. And go buy yourself a stuffed pig to start. (Or cow, bat, kangaroo…. whatever floats your boat!)
Frankie and Andrea take turns sharing stories. Just good talk over a cup of coffee.