As of August 2014, Different Office is a book! Pick up the hard copy or the eBook for any digital device on Amazon today! Different Office: Stories from Self-Created, Soul-Satisfying Work Space is a collection of discussions about what it takes to create and sustain soul-satisfying work space. The conversations are with an artist who transformed furniture… Read more »

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On the advice of Jacob at Office Nomads, this week Daniel and I went to Ballard (in Seattle) to meet Ruby, who has created a soul-satisfying work space in the often less-than-soul-satisfying world of home loan lending and mortgages. Could this elusive thing be real? Was Jacob crazy? As we approached Salmon Bay Community Lending, we were curious to find out…

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This spring I was part of a crazy group of Central District neighbors that decided to create a community event called Hopscotch CD – 1.8-Miles of Fun! The best part about creating the event was the opportunity it gave me to meet even more people in my neighborhood.

Danyale of Good Hair Salon was one of the first local business owners to decide that a bunch of middle-age adults who wanted to hopscotch almost 2 miles around the neighborhood and meet neighbors weren’t completely crazy. Good Hair Salon, and their next-door-neighbor Couture Nails, set up a fun beauty table for the June 1st event at Pratt Park across from the salons. They made the day of many neighborhood kids and adults by giving away nail art with nail polish and decals and cool stickers, face painting, and temporary spray-in hair color along the hopscotch path…

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I dug through my email folder and figured out that I met Susan and Jacob in early May, 2012, when I joined the Seattle Collaborative Space Alliance group–a place for coworking space owners and other collaborative space holders in our area to get to know each other, hang out together, swap stories, and help each other out. I quickly realized that I’d actually met them briefly before, back in 2008, when I visited their coworking space, Office Nomads, as I was exploring my options as a new, free, recently jumped-from-my-corporate ship human. And I remembered that seeing their space back then helped me say “No!” to going back to my old world of work.

But this past year, Daniel and I opened our home as a coworking space, so I began to get to know them as fellow coworking space holders, and I’ve come to think of them as friends. Susan and Buckley dog sometimes come and work in our space, and I recently became a 5-days-a-month member of their space. I recognized Office Nomads as a self-created, soul-satisfying work space, in large part because they both glow when they talk about their space, and the coworking community and culture in general, and their own business partnership. So Daniel and I headed over one sunny late January afternoon to hear their story…

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A few months back we interviewed hand-craft bicycle bag maker Martina of Swift Industries. As we wrapped up, she recommended several of her neighbors who had also created soul-satisfying work spaces, saying “I would go to Northwest Peaks, which is a brewery. He calls himself a nano-brewery. He’s just vending out of a garage, right around the corner here too.” As she said this Daniel, my sweetie + photographer’s eyes lit up, and I knew there was no question about it. At some point soon, we would be going to that nanobrewery…

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