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Working Environments

Here's my Racedeck by Snaplock flooring in my studio - soon to be painted.

Here’s my Racedeck by Snaplock flooring in my studio – soon to be painted.

Still moving house

The busy time continues, as we are moving in to our new house. So far I have laid a fantastic new floor in my workshop, and started painting the walls. It will be wonderful to have all my tools, stash and books around me.

It got me thinking about geography and space planning. The environment where I set out to do creative  work matters to me. It either helps or hinders. Trying to write or sketch, trying to design or research, even just playing with scraps are made tougher for me when I’m surrounded by visual noise, clutter or present reminders of housework not done.

Then there’s ergonomics – spaces, tools and furniture made to enhance usability. For me that means being able to get at stuff without having to move other stuff aside first. It means not having to thread my way around furniture, boxes or stacks of anything. It means being able to roll my chair from one station to another, and having enough flat space to lay out a project without losing elements under other materials.

I’ll post more of my organization methods as I finish our big move.

Ways of Working

Being in the midst of hustle and bustle and construction got me thinking about different  working environments.

When I was young the powers that be would recommend turning off all “distractions” from homework. I get that, and I like silence and a sense of cocooning for heavy thinking work, like mind storming or serious research.

But I notice that some people prefer something that is effectively white noise. Some want music. When I am sewing or other crafty work I feel energized by the perception of presence near me, so I put on a talk radio station. When I’m screenwriting I often play music that I imagine could be in the soundtrack.

That’s the heart of it – what energizes you for work? Classic rock, or familiar tunes? Silence or the sounds of nature? Books on tape?

What helps you think or explore ideas? Silence, headphones, classical music, wave sounds.


Optimism! It’s wonderful. And soon it will be my favorite time of the year. I hope everyone enjoys preparing for the holidays.



The Time of Your Life is Now Online Workshop

“I let go of what I didn’t do. I release it to be carried away on the wind while I sleep tonight.
I look forward to all that awaits.  I open to the possibilities without being attached to the outcome.
I separate my value from the things I do. I identify with the goodness and grace that I share.
I declare to live a life in the pursuit of happiness.
Of my own desired design.”

Time of Your Life is Now

Here’s a creativity blast extra!

My good friend and creative being Flo Gascon is offering her creativity and life enhancing program, The Time of Your Life is Now as an online workshop for the first time.

The self-paced, email supported workshop is full of ideas and gentle guidance towards making this year, this month, this minute the beginning of the best, most fulfilled, time of your life.

And the great news is that the next supported session starts this Monday, July 15th, although you will have full access to the workbook materials the instant you register!

From the website:

The Time of Your Life program helps you design:

  • opportunities to be seen and known for your unique self
  • meaningful and productive celebrations of you
  • a toolkit for making things happen and feeling good while you do it
  • an arsenal of happiness and gratitude that inspires you
  • emotional space that honors where you’ve been while moving on


  • a New Step and Exercise in your inbox every day except Sunday for two weeks
  • a 40 page pdf workbook for in-depth examining and planning; a place to put your commitment in writing; a reference guide to remind you of your intentions
  • Intentions and Tools to make this the time of your life

My method + your work = sparks to create the life you want to live


The recommended price of the program is $37, and you can define the value of the program and choose to pay more if you wish.


But Flo understands that sometime people need a bit of encouragement and practical help to live their dreams, so she is offering the amazing “pay what you choose” option, allowing you to pay any amount from $15 on up, without judgment or sales pitches.

Click here to learn more and register.