As I explained, last Friday I got laid off. Committed to bouncing right back, first thing Monday morning I decided to take my garage and convert it into an office, where I can work to start up my own company. I was determined to let the layoff be a catalytic moment in my life freeing me to pursue my dreams. But I needed a good, dad’s-not-really-here place to work (I’ve got 6 kids under 12).
So, fortunately for me, we have a wonderful, separate and detached two-car garage. That’s perfect, because it means I actually “leave for work” (small commute), and am out-of-sight out-of-mind, at least for our littlest ones.
But, that left me with quite the project. I don’t have any TRUE “before” pictures, which is too bad, because that would have shown the true contrast of what I started with. But even so, this shows what it looked like after I’d cleaned up all the clutter, stacked everything on some shelves, blew and swept out all the leaves and dirt, and even mopped the floor.
Fortunately, we had some old furniture, an old rug that I dusted all off, some card tables, and even an unused 48″ HD TV (it’s “broken” in that the picture is dramatically tinted green). I’d long since retired my books to my garage, since they were less welcome inside, so I figured they’d make for a nice, natural backdrop to an office.
Looking to make it appear a bit more “homey”, I wanted to soften up the card table look, so I ran down to Wal-Mart and bought some cheap blankets to drape over the tables. I also got a lamp shade for an old (but beautiful) lamp my grandfather once made for me.
I dug up some old, unused pictures and hung them on the wall, fixed up the old lamp, and viola… an office!
As you can see in the back, I’ve got a little coat rack, it does get awful cold (there’s snow on the ground outside today), with only a little space heater, I usually keep my jacket and ski cap on. That’s kinda cool I think, I’m one of the elite few who can wear a ski-cap at work! Plus, I’ve always liked it to be colder than most people.
The bottom line, is that you’ve got to work with the cards you have. When you look around you with the right attitude, you’ll find all kinds of opportunities to create something extraordinary out of something very ordinary. It’s all in your outlook.
From one of my favorite poems called Keep-a-goin’ (read here):
‘Taint no use to sit and whine, if the fish aint on your line
bait your hook and keep a-tryin
So no matter what life has dealt to you, look around, take stock of what you’ve got, and make something out of it. Life is simply about making the most of what you have. As you approach life with that attitude, suddenly you’ll find the world a little less gloomy, and a lot more rewarding.
p.s. for a video tour, check this out, LOL