My 5 Best Moments | A Day Coworking at IgniteHQ
I have been working from home since 2013 and a part of me loves it. I’ll have the dishwasher and laundry running as I knock out my entire inbox – feeling like Maria frolicking in the hills in The Sound of Music.
Another part of me desperately misses the office. People to keep up with (my plants don’t talk back), feeling like I’m consolidating my work (not getting distracted and working a longer day), and having a focused meeting (where a barista isn’t shouting “Dale, Dale, DALE” while I’m trying to woo a client). So I shimmied over to IgniteHQ in Marietta Square on a mission to get out of my pajamas and immerse myself in a day of coworking.
Here’s the five best moments from my afternoon hunkered down in the beautiful IgniteHQ space:
Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, brown copper kettles and FREE PARKING! It’s one of my favorite things. I live on one of the densest streets in Atlanta and there are very few destinations in my daily commute that don’t involve shelling out more than a few bucks to park my wheels. In Tech Square it’s $15 for a full day of parking. $15! Free parking is a huge time, money and stress saver. While pulling into IgniteHQ and simply parking my car I realized I had just saved/earned a nice(ish) bottle of wine to go with dinner.
I dove through IgniteHQ’s snack offerings like Donald Duck does with his riches. Damage included SunChips, Fruit Snacks and an endless stream of La Croix. The kitchen is light and airy and the conversation is as good as the variety of nibbles.
Who run the world? Girls! The two gals leading the coworking charge at IgniteHQ are phenomenal. Catherine Pearson (left) came from a chamber background and is one of the most attentive and organized people I’ve ever met. Coupled with Rumana Sultana (center), a creativity and customer guru, they are an incredible team to rely on and work alongside.
I went out for lunch and a stroll to the Historic Marietta Square. It was right around Labor Day and there were hundreds of American flags around the quaint town center. The Norman Rockwell inspired scenery made it a magical walk. I decided to pop into the Marietta Pizza Company and settled on a chicken parmesan sandwich for lunch. Delicious!
This is what it’s all about! A to-do list violently scratched off and a mostly empty inbox. At home I’ll find myself taking longer to accomplish my daily list of tasks. I’ll take a mid-morning break to run an errand or knock out a chore and then find myself working on a proposal over most of my evening. By separating my work and home responsibilities, I got more done during the day. When I got home I had quality time with the bottle of wine I bought by not paying for parking:)
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