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The Joys of Working From (Someone Else’s) Home

Posted in A Day in the Life, DIY Diva, Future Legends | 3 Comments »

One of the great things about working from home, and not in a corporate office, is working in natural light. I get an expansive feeling when I’m able to see the sky as I write, and it just feels good. I’m also only a room away from popsicles, but that’s another story!

The actual view that I have from my home desk isn’t perfect, but I wouldn’t trade it any day for flourescent lights and unnecessary office politics.

My Home Office
My Beloved Home Office

The View from my Home Office

Another benefit about working from home is the ability to take your office with you. In the past week and a half, I visited Worthington, Massachusetts to visit my dear friend Lian, who originally introduced me to the wonders of working in natural light. As a fellow musician and independent music consultant, she’s been working from home for almost 10 years now, running her company Lotus Flower Productions in (mostly) natural light in various towns around the US. To tell you the truth, I’ve always coveted her lifestyle, and I’m so happy to be able to follow her inspiration.

Lian has a gift for natural beauty, and I have to share photos of her home office:

My View from Lian’s Home Office
(Notice the hand-picked wild flowers!)

Another Country View from Lian’s Home Office

Lian prefers country living, and she usually lives someplace with acres of open spaces. What a gift that is. I’m very much a city girl myself, but I’ve discovered an appreciation for the great outdoors, and I love to get away when I can.

And as she works from home, it was quite cool to bring my office with me and spend some quality time with her while she worked. I’d do my work in the morning, and spend the rest of the day hanging out or reading, which was a nice change of pace. We balanced it quite well actually, and I returned to NYC rested.

I’ve visited Lian’s home office in at least three towns so far, and her next move is to Austin, Texas. Can’t wait to see what her next home office looks like!

Brought to you by the Music Marketing Machine Course: July 16 – August 6, 2008 in NYC

The 2008 Mermaid Parade in Coney Island

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On the first Saturday of Summer, the Coney Island Mermaid Parade is the annual art parade that welcomes the season. After posting 24 blog posts within 24 hours for The Great Blog Off (try something like 24 in 14 hours), I happily treated myself to the spectacle, which did not disappoint.

I could write a lot about the event, I suppose, but I think I’d prefer to let the photos tell the tale:

Mermaid Parade Sign
Coney Island’s Famous Hand-Painted Signs

Coney Island Boardwalk
Coney Island’s Boardwalk featuring The Cyclone (and Mermaids)

Mermaid Parade
Lovely Mermaids

Mermaid Parade
A “Floating” Mermaid

After spending a few hours at the parade, I went to Coney Island Beach to get some sun.

Coney Island Beach
Beach Fun – NYC style

As hot as the day was, you’d never believe how cold this water was on the 1st Saturday of Summer!!!

Me and a thousand of my closest friends on Coney Island!

Brought to you by the Music Marketing Machine Course: July 16 – August 6, 2008 in NYC