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The Hustle Continues: My New Home Office!

May 27, 2014

I am so excited to share the pictures and tell you guys about my new little "home office space". It's not much, but it's mine, and I worked hard to get it this way! My 8-5 job keeps me busy. As I look back at my nearly 7 months there, I have grown tremendously with my responsibilities and functions. Thus sometimes I need to work at home to catch up or get ahead. 

Then there is my passion, my heart, my soul - Fitness Blondie. This may sound crazy, but this little blog truly means the world to me. It represents everything I love and stand for. It is my creative outlet, it is my online scrapbook to write about my daily life happenings and have memories to look back on, I have made the most amazing friendships (seriously you girls are the best in the world), I keep so motivated on my weight loss journey because I feel like I am held accountable, and most of all, I am able to take my struggles, my pain, and my journey and turn it into something to hopefully help other people.

All of that being said, I need to be motivated at home to continue working hard. Blogging during my lunch hour is not going to cut it, ha! I work at home a lot, but it is usually on my laptop, on the couch, and in front of the TV. I am ADHD and have been off of pharmaceutical medication for nearly 10 years. I take care of myself naturally, but it gets very hard at times. So I feel that working from my couch in the front of the TV is not the most successful way I can make the most out of my time. I thought the best way to solve this would be to create a home office! I live in a one-bedroom apartment. It's 900 square feet. I have a really big living area and decided that the space near my book self would be the perfect place to create the area!

I went to Target and found a cute, small desk - which is all I need, then found a gorgeous leather chair at Home Goods. It was originally $200 but I was able to get it on clearance for $30 because it a tiny scratch on the seat (who cares, right? Imperfections give character).

When I got home last week, I dived right into putting the desk together - with my trusty sidekick of course. It took me over 3 hours to do it, but I felt damn proud when I finished. There were 15 different types of screws and bolts and 13 pages of directions. Armed with only my little $20 tool kit from Home Depot and a smile, I got to work! It wasn't too bad.



I knew when my desk was put together that I wanted to have a framed picture of my blog. It just gives me that little sprinkle of hope and happiness when I am tired and/or exhausted. When I was creating it, I realized how I never print pictures anymore. By using Facebook and Instagram, plus this blog, I solely keep all of the memories online. To give more character to the new office space, I decided to add more pictures of family, friends, and good memories around my apartment. After all, that is the true meaning of life. Also, years ago, my mom bought me a "drama queen" picture frame and I never put a picture in it. I finally filled that frame as well; how fitting, ha! 






It took a couple of days, but it all quickly came together. Unfortunately my gorgeous new chair was too tall for my desk, but I quickly found a use for it. When my little assistant is not sitting on it, it acts as a mannequin in my bedroom for the next days outfit and accessories. 


Here is the final result. I really like it and it makes me want to work even harder!



31 comments

  1. looks fabulous!!!! Marty looks like he is saying not now mama, play w me instead! ;)

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  2. Wonderful! Still getting my little office area all set up. Too much wedding DIY stuff in the room.. SIGHS!

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  3. I love the cute office setting! I need to jump on creating a space in my house for my creativeness to be focused into.

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  4. Love you cat. My dog, Scout, "helps" all the time.

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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  5. looks awesome!! working in an environment that makes you happy just makes you more productive :)

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  6. Such a great space love it! It really does make the difference have a space for just "work" stuff :)

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  7. Looks great girl! It's amazing what a difference a great workplace can make huh :)

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  8. i love it! i love all the framed pics, your cat is adorable! i want a little office lol.

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  9. How perfectly cozy office! And I like the 'Drama Queen' foto :)

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  10. I love the new space!!! It is so awesome to have a designated area to be creative and productive! I keep procrastinating about getting my office area together, maybe this is the push I need!

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  11. i love it!!! love all the pics too, i recently had to print a buch out myself!!

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  12. It looks great! Marty was a big helper I see!! ;) It really helps to have your own space to be creative.

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  13. Your assistant seems to be slacking off...

    The office looks great! Get it girl!

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  14. I love having a specific office space. I can't wait to have a big enough place to have it again one day. ours looks awesome!

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  15. Great job Liz! It's a good space to churn stuff out in.

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  16. Looks beautiful!! Very professional & I agree pictures are so worth printing and putting up. When I was a senior in high school, I used to print pictures all the time, as I got older I stopped doing it. I really need to change out some of my pictures now & replace them with newer memories as I am not 16 anymore..lol Have a great tuesday darling!

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  17. Awe Marty helps like my kitties do! I love your little work space! It's perfect! I'm really bad about printing pictures too. Once I get settled in the new house that'll be my first project!

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  18. I like it! And I love that you got a deal on that chair!! I'm all about a bargain:) And that framed picture is a great idea--it reminds you daily of your goals!!! Great job honey!!

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  19. Looks Great, Liz.

    We are in the process of turning one of our guest bedrooms into my little office space..I wanted to create a room where I could go and work, or just relax and get a way when I needed it. (My husband gets the garage for that..so I want an office)....One day it will be complete. LOL It's a slow process, but I want it to be perfect! :)

    Happy Tuesday!

    -Ashlee Michelle

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  20. Working a 8-4 everyday now has put a kink in all my plans. Blog related or working out, i'm so off. I need to move my desk down to my new house and get motivated again. I love the little touches you gave your place!

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  21. LOVE your office space! Our place is way too small for even a desk... my laptop sits on the kitchen table, ahahaha!

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  22. I love how your office space turned out! Way to go on putting it together yourself :D

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  23. It looks amazing! Good for you! I love the molding in your apartment! So beautiful!

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  24. Love the set up it looks great!

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  25. Great space you've created for yourself Liz!

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  26. Awww! Your home office looks adorable. I'm glad that working from home in that little space helps you catch up with blogging. It's always a pleasure to hear from you, and we're all happy to hear that working from your home office keeps you motivated, Liz. By the way, your cat is adorable! Thanks for sharing that with us. All the best to you! :)

    Orlando Nunez @ Office & Ergonomic Solutions, Inc.

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