I’m a GIRL BOSS. In fact, as the first (and only) female Senior Partner in my law firm, I’m essentially the OG girl boss around here. I love that. In fact, I love my job. It has been my dream since I was four to be a lawyer. Although I love my job, my profession and my coworkers, sometimes I don’t love WORK.
Work can be…let’s just go with “less than fun” sometimes. I have been a trial lawyer for 17 years, and sometimes the stress makes me want to pull my (or someone else’s) hair out! I learned a long time ago that my office could be my refuge. I have it stocked with things that make me happy, things that help me unwind, and things that just make the day go by a little easier. I’m going to share with you a few of my favorites, hopefully you will find something that you can incorporate into your workspace to add a little “happy” to it!
Here’s a little secret about me. I have never had a sip of coffee. Ever. I have been a Diet Coke Girl for as long as I can remember. In law school, I would drink 5 of those 20 oz. bottles every day! Despite the fact that I don’t actually DRINK coffee, I have a mild obsession with coffee mugs. I used to put my Diet Coke in them, but I’m developing a real love for tea now, which is much more “mug appropriate”. I just love this mug, it says #Girlboss right on it. Perfect.
As a lawyer, I use files all day, every day. The ones we use officially in our office are beige, and oh-so boring. I get it, I can follow the occasional rule. For files that I use personally though, I need a little more pizazz! These files are just the thing. My Favorite one is “Bang Head Here”. One day I actually did it!
Do you feel Zen when you’re at work? Yeah, me neither. This little Zen Garden definitely helps me feel a little more relaxed, though, and with my job, that’s a tall order! I keep it next to my phone, and I rearrange the little rocks and rake patterns in the sand while I am on conference calls. It doesn’t take concentration, but it’s crazy how calming raking sand can be!
Unicorns and Mermaids. I freaking love them! This paperclip holder makes me ridiculously happy!! I pair it with brightly colored paperclips (see below) to craft a magnificent mane for him. It’s the little things.
Papercloops. Say it with me…Papercloops. How much fun is that to say?? I LOVE these circular clips. They are even better than paperclips for holding papers together, IMHO. Even better, they come in a ton of great colors, and they are perfect for the mane of my magical unicorn. Just another way I brighten up my day without being too terribly subversive.
Post-its are life. I use them about 100 times a day. When I am giving feedback, or need to send a message, I like to use these Post-its from Knock Knock. They’re funny. I am always looking for ways to inject a little humor into my day, and the days of my partners. Luckily, they get me. There aren’t a lot of lawyers who would take having a memo returned to them with a Post-it that says “Seriously?” and a snarky note very well. They’ve learned that it’s just part of having me as a partner. Too late to take that vote back now, fellas!
I have recently become an aromatherapy devotee. For years, I had such severe sinus and allergy issues that I literally could barely smell anything. Those issues have been resolved for the most part (thanks in part to aromatherapy) and I have discovered that there is an essential oil for pretty much anything that ails you. I have this diffuser in my office. It’s fantastic because it’s a diffuser, and a humidifier. But wait! There’s more!! This great set comes with eight essential oils as well. All for less than $35. YASSS!!
Sometimes, you have to remind the people you work with that you’re a badass girl boss. That’s where this little pen holder comes in. Stab him. Kill him dead with your pen and let his corpse serve as a warning to those who seek to trifle with you in the future. Message sent!
Bamboo is said to bring luck and good fortune. Who couldn’t use a little luck at work? This live bamboo plant lives in my office, and is amazingly forgiving! It doesn’t need much water (which makes us a perfect match since I have a black thumb). Bamboo lives for years, and the ceramic vase is simple and elegant.
I bought this mood flip chart to amuse myself. My partners LOVE it. I have it sitting on a shelf in my office that can be seen from the hall. I keep it up to date, and they know when they should stay away at all costs! Lol! It saves us all a lot of heartache. Bonus: It’s hilarious.
Every Girl Boss needs some bling. I fell in love with these pens filled with crystals the minute I saw them. I feel very Coco Chanel when I use them, I’m certain she would approve! They look like a million bucks. They come in a set of 12 for under $20! The amount of writing I do every day makes me a snob about pens, and these are a pleasure to write with.
I hope you enjoyed my roundup of things that make my work life a little brighter and a lot more fun! I think every Girl Boss (and aspiring Girl Boss!) should find ways to make themselves happy during those hours at the office.
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