For Those of Us in an Office, Who Dream of an Artful Life
For those of you people who, like me, find themselves employed by somebody else and in an office, I offer these ideas to shake up your day:
1. Walk to work–either the whole way or a section of the way. Today is the first REAL SPRING DAY we’ve had here in New York, and I got off the subway early and walked the 15 blocks in total glee, with the sun on my shoulders and the world suddenly blooming.
2. Go get a cup of coffee outside. Offer to buy your favorite co-worker/friend a cup too. Take 15 minutes and go. (Alternative or additional incentive: drink your coffee in a CUP and SAUCER. I did this once, and I felt SO ARTY and GREAT)
3. Buy yourself flowers. I recommend daffodils.
4. Read a poem. It’s short, it won’t take up too much time, but the heart will remember wonder.
5. Make a list of things you LIKE about your job (I don’t care where you are–there are SOME THINGS that you like). Mine would be something like this: the view outside my window, several people here light up my day (hi Chin!), breakfast in the mornings, less worry about money, music from Pandora.
6. Bring your camera to work and take pictures occasionally through the day. Here is one of mine:
7. Do one thing towards your “ideal life.” I called and made an appointment at the Schol of Visual Arts and I am going for a walk in Central Park later.
8. Wear something that makes you feel good. I am wearing a pair of my purple dangly earrings my mom gave me for Christmas. They remind me of the artist I always am.
9. At 3:00, have a piece of chocolate.
10. Plan one thing to do JUST FOR YOU at 5:00. Sometimes I go to the Algonquin and write. This week I went to a bookstore and browsed for three hours.
For extra credit: keep a small notebook on your desk and either doodle while you are on the phone, or have it handy to write down ideas for later.
No matter where you are, who you’re with, or what you’re doing, you are always YOU.