I’m not going to lie, there is something nice about rolling out of bed, making coffee, parking myself at the dining room table and getting to work. (That is, after I have woken my kids, made their breakfast, packed their lunch, yelled at them to brush their teeth, eat breakfast and put on their shoes, feed the dog, walk the dog…). After over a year of this lifestyle, I made the decision to get a small office for me and my first full-time employee. Wow – what a bittersweet decision that was!
Given our living/dining room was my office, my kids have been involved in my business, goldno.8, since its inception. My kids, Robbie and Noah were by my side when we pressed the “launch” button for my Kickstarter campaign in October 2016, they were next to me when the goldno.8 website went live in January 2017, they approved of my design sketches, they submitted their own designs for consideration, they have wear tested almost all goldno.8 proto types, and gave their final stamp of approval on pre-production samples. They have relished their role as co-conspirators in goldno.8, and I have loved having them next to me for the ride.
…I often stayed up into the wee hours of the morning working and reworking my current obsession. And so, the lines between home and office, co-worker and kids often became blurred.
But of course, as anything, it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows. When the boys got home from school, they expected me to drop everything to get them a glass of water, or heat up pizza bites. They complained endlessly that my work was taking over their living space, and at times, begged me to get an office. Seeing that I can become obsessive if I am working on a new design or business deal, I often stayed up into the wee hours of the morning working and reworking my current obsession. And so, the lines between home and office, co-worker and kids often became blurred.
With the hire of goldno.8’s first full time employee, and acquisition of our first investor, the time came to take the plunge and get a small (8’ x 8’) office at a co-working space. I must say, it feels grown up to go to an office every day and I have found there are so many benefits to having a dedicated space to work out of. Besides the obvious – less distractions, the ability to focus, a reason to get dressed in something other than sweatpants and workout gear everyday – it gives me a great sense of pride. goldno.8 is growing up. I have a professional environment to hold meetings, a place to collaborate with my co-worker, I am out in the world hustling with other go-getters. But the pride that comes with having an office – albeit a small one – is the biggest upside. For me, Pride = Motivation. Pride = a kick in the ass. Pride = hustle harder. Pride = make more connections. Pride = can’t fail, won’t fail. Pride = Success is the only option.
But at the end of the day, [my kids] are my biggest motivators. I want them to see that it is possible to have a dream and to realize it.
And my kids. They are a little bummed that I’m not around to bring them toilet paper when they run out. But guess what? They are so proud of their Mama and proud to witness what I am in the process of accomplishing. They see first-hand what hard hard work can accomplish and they love coming to my (albeit small) office. They love to get some school work done on the floor next to my desk and they love bringing their friends by to check out goldno.8s new digs. Even though I’m no longer at my dining room table, they are still a part of the goldno.8 team. Robbie and Noah they are my biggest cheerleaders and my harshest critics. But at the end of the day, they are my biggest motivators. I want them to see that it is possible to have a dream and to realize it.
And so… if I have to pick between a dining room table vs. an (albeit small) office, I’ll go for my office. I have uninterrupted time to be the CEO, Secretary, Creative Director, and Coffee Girl of goldno.8, and I still have time to be Robbie and Noah’s Mama… without the distractions.