It’s Just a Chair

“Whenever there is enthusiasm, there is a creative empowerment that goes far beyond what a mere person is capable of.” – Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth

So this past weekend I finally bought myself an actual office chair, exciting I know. It’s just a chair so why am I taking time to actually write a blog post about it? Because I feel urged to, because when I think of everything that will be created while sitting in this chair, I realize it will play a big role on my journey. Kind of funny to look at it that way but it’s true.

I’ve been all excited about starting “Smart Creative Style” with Monica Lee and one of the things she said she had done was a makeover on her office so that it fit her style better. When thinking about this I knew I needed to do the same in my office because I believe our surroundings influence our emotions and our moods. At one point my office had been completely dedicated to an office space, but it wasn’t decorated in exactly what I would want (with a daybed/trundle for guests who occasionally stayed), and then I had become pregnant and had begun to turn it into a nursery. In January my husband and I experienced the worst heartache we had ever endured, I had a miscarriage at almost 6 months pregnant. I’ve been slow to put stuff away, gradually erasing the signs that this room was going to be a nursery. With each part that I changed there were inevitably tears as I closed that chapter.  This past Sunday I put together my brand new office chair and tucked away the last remaining things from the nursery and claimed the space wholly as my office again.

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IMG_0025I chose a chair that is fresh and modern, but has a touch of traditional elements to tie in to my love of old furniture combined with new items. Oh and it’s of course comfortable! For the shelves (where the last of the nursery items had been) I wanted it full of artwork and storage + a few of my books related to design. The illustration in the top right is one my sister did for me as a gift a few years ago, then I propped up a few of my recent paintings/illustration/and patterns.

You can find this guy hiding out on my website as well! Part deer, part frog - both animals associated with good luck! ;)

You can find this guy hiding out on my website as well! Part deer, part frog – both animals associated with good luck! 😉

Aren't the bow ties on the back of the chair too cute? and the covers are removable to be washed!

Aren’t the bow ties on the back of the chair too cute? and the covers are removable to be washed!

IMG_0018IMG_0022 IMG_0021These are just a few angles of my office now, I have another area I’m still working on and will share the rest at a later date.

I love my office now. It may not be quite there in terms of every single element (if I weren’t in an apartment I would choose wood floors and white trim for one thing 🙂 ), but the overall feel to it is so fresh and inspiring to me. It gets amazing sunlight and it cheers me up every time I walk in. Which brings me to the quote I started off with…

“Whenever there is enthusiasm, there is a creative empowerment that goes far beyond what a mere person is capable of.” – Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth

I’ve been reading The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms and I came across this quote. I love it because I was a college athlete and one of my favorite coaches used to always tell us that we never know how far we can go – he’s saying this as we’re doing drills and feel like our bodies won’t take us another step, and somehow we always did. We HAD to because if we stopped then we caused the whole team to have to start over, and you do not want to be the person to cause that! Through this though I learned that each of us are capable of so much more than we can ever imagine and this quote rang so close to home for me.

When I finally realized that surface pattern design was what I was going to pursue, I was ignited with passion, with enthusiasm. I KNEW this was what I was intended to do. I had no idea how I was going to make it happen, there are days that I still have a moment of worry, but I keep pushing forward. It’s easy though because I WANT to, I have a genuine interest in what I’m doing and feel a pull to do this and it rarely feels like work because I enjoy almost every aspect. Obviously you can’t live in a constant state of enthusiasm because you would fizzle out, but that enthusiasm lit the passion and the curiosity, the interest to keep moving forward. Step by step, I’m making my way towards achieving my goals.

I look forward to all the amazing things that will happen as I sit in my new chair 😉

Until next time…

EJ

P.S. Sorry this was a bit all over the place, I write what I feel and my brain is a bit all over the place today 😉

2 Comments on “It’s Just a Chair

  1. Erynn this made me cry. I can’t even imagine what you went through and have continued going through. I like the chair and the space is coming together great!

    • Thank you Kayla, I didn’t mean to make you cry! It has been quite the emotional journey the last 7 months and I’m forever changed by it. I have a new way of seeing the world, and know she played a role in where I am today.

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