It’s tempting to imagine that writers are creating from glossy white offices, with fresh cut flowers, and lattes in artful cups. It can feel like if that’s not your reality you’re not “doing it right”
I was very inspired by the artist, Hein Koh, when she shared an image of nursing her twins while working; it was so very close to my reality (you can read her inspiring commentary here). My own picture of mothering while working is one of my favorite pictures. The work I do, both for my business and for Improvised Life, is often done with a two-year-old at my side. This can sometimes be distracting, but often brings joy and silliness to more serious work.
I want to break down the image that lifestyle bloggers are pushing: that websites are written at pristine desks with a few ornamental succulents. This feeds into classism and elitism, and also can create insidious, internal blocks in those that may want to create.
You don’t need to have a magazine-worthy lifestyle to have something to say. Work with what you have. The reality is cooler than the fantasy. You can do it, and you can do it from your couch/farm/laboratory/kitchen.