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The Best Place to Create

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A few years ago, my husband and I moved from sunny Florida to our tiny town outside of Charlotte, North Carolina — trading sugary white sand for 3 acres of mostly undeveloped forest land. We live in the country. And by country I mean “no Target for 25 minutes but hey, there is a Piggly Wiggly down the road a piece” country.

An artist’s dream? Well, no. But it is a great place to raise a family so I’m building my business here.

I write and design from my little guest room/home office in my 1,000 sq. ft house in a tiny town of 7,000 people outside of Charlotte.

There are no co-working spaces for creatives or hip local coffee houses where people hang out on their MacBooks all day.

My home office
This is where I hatch my plans for world domination.

But solitude? I have spades of it here in my tiny town. And that’s what I need to create.

A place and time free of distraction (with a 3 year old associate that means early mornings or late nights).

I surround myself with things that inspire me. Books, artwork, photos. I always have a notebook and a favorite pen close by.

And then I write and design and build my business from desk in my little house.

Yes, we arteests dream of the perfect creative space — the cabin in the woods or the house at the beach or the spacious studio in our house. We’re convinced we’d do amazing things if we lived in New York or L.A. or Paris.

There’s nothing wrong with any of those scenarios (I still dream of them too).

But the best place to create something that matters is where you are right now. Your cubicle. Your kitchen table. Your home office. Your backyard. Your hometown.

What will you create today?

  • This is one of the most inspirational posts I’ve ever read. I don’t know why, but it’s so pure.

    • Sorry for the late reply, but thanks, Adam!

  • I just discovered you by way of Mark Shaefer (who I am a BIG fan of) and his most recent Slideshare (which you helped to create and it was awesome, by the way). So, you might be sitting out in the country with a 3-year-old associate but you are Mark Shaefer’s Art Director and THAT is pretty cool. I, on the other hand, have done something similar (designed my own little creative space in my home in order to run my business, Social Graces Media ) with twin three-year-old associates, two pomeranians and a house in Charlotte, NC; however, I am just getting started. Therefore, I completely relate to your post and couldn’t agree more. I appreciate my little space situated between large windows and green trees – it’s not huge but it’s cozy, contemporary and exactly what I need for creative inspiration.

    • Hi Krista, thanks for your kind words. It’s been a lot of fun to work with Mark as his Art Director. 🙂

      Three year old associates are a lot of fun — challenging, yes, but I’d take them most days over some of my former colleagues. 😉

  • Ooh! Look! You have a typewriter on your desk. VERY cool. Anything vintage appeals to me.

    Although I dream of having a New England style cottage overlooking the ocean some day …

    My little office space in the spare bedroom upstairs will do just fine for now. The view isn’t majestic and my dinosaur PC isn’t sparkly, but I can still do the work I love … and love every minute.

    Delightfully inspiring post! 🙂

    • Thanks, Melanie. I love anything vintage too. That typewriter was a great find at a local thrift store. Best $10 purchase ever.

      Loving the work isn’t important and little bits of inspiration help you, wherever you’re creating.