Change of Scenery

  I don't know about you guys, but I am done with this weather. This little bear is definitely starting to go stir crazy. I yearn for sunny days and flip flop weather. All I want to do is plop myself down in front of a cafe and write write write. Nothing inspires me quite like the sun shining down on me and my iced coffee.

As a fulltime writer and professional work-from-home gal, it's very easy to fall into a rut of monotony. My days are spent locked away in my apartment, typing furiously, with no real human interaction. The number of hours I spend staring at my laptop is rather depressing. Other freelancers and entrepreneurs will feel my pain on this one.

I try to get a change of scenery as often as possible, but sitting inside rowdy and cramped cafes everyday isn't always the best idea. It can be very distracting and VERY expensive, especially on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

I seem to have found a nice little solution to bring myself an affordable and effective change of scenery to my immediate workplace.

This week I took some friends site seeing around Lower Manhattan, and while they were shopping for souvenirs in Chinatown, I spotted this GORGEOUS ring at one of the stalls. I tried it on and I had to have it. Lucky for me, it was only $10!

My new bling

I'm a sucker for rings and anything black. And I haven't been able to stop staring at this ring and smiling whilst I type away frantically on my keyboard. It really is the little things in life, friends.

I guess my thought process is that if I'm going to be stuck inside all day staring at my keyboard anyways, I best make sure I have something shiny and merrymaking to stare at. This little guy was a nice, new addition to my little portable office space (and it just matches so well with my always-black manicures).

One day when I'm rich and famous, I'll buy the REAL diamond version of this ring for myself. Until then, I'll take the Chinatown knock off to motivate me every day.

There are lots of ways to change up your scenery and fight back those stir crazy feelings. Some of my favorite things to do are to rearrange all the furniture in my apartment (I'm dangerously close to becoming a feng-shui master), to buy fresh flowers, to put up Christmas lights (even though the holidays are long gone), to rotate artwork and photos, to change your bedspread or pillows, or to paint a wall (either a new color or enlist friends to help make a mural).

All of these things are easy, relatively cheap, and I guarantee that if you're stuck at home all day they will make a world of a difference to your productivity level. Not to mention - doing any one of these things provides an excellent and well-deserved break from all that hard work you've been doing!

Do any of you work from home? What are some of the things you do to break up the monotony of working and living from the same space? I want to hear all your tips and tricks, so be sure to drop 'em in the comments below!

Staring at the shiny, xx Nikbear