I’ve been working remotely for almost a year now after working for four years in a crazy open space office with nerf darts, loud music, and Sarah Palin cuts traipsing around. Working remotely has been a nice change of pace and works well with my role at the startup. I’ve been working at a coffee shop for a first half of the day week and working at home for the remainder of the day. Don’t ask me how much I spend on coffee. Because I don’t know. Because I chose not to look at the bill. Because I figure it’s worth whatever it costs because it gets me out of the house.
So I’ve had this little ache in my heart for a few months.I wasn’t really sure what it was: Am I not exercising enough? Is it altitude? Do I have a heart murmur? WEB MD TELL ME THE FUTURE!!!
I started asking around and turns out it’s loneliness.
I don’t have relationships since I never see the same person twice. Since moving to Colorado, I realized I am slightly more extroverted than I thought. Turns out the “I” in Myers-Briggs was only slightly on the left (towards I).
I honestly haven’t confronted that human emotion yet in my short life. Growing up as an only child, I learned to entertain myself or make conversation with adults. I can’t say I ever felt lonely. The more people I talk to, the more common I realize it is, and that makes me feel less alone. Praise God!
Now that I had more background on this ache, I researched some coworking (autocorrect always changes this to ‘cowering’, freudian slip?) spaces in Denver and the benefits of coworking.
- increase motivation
- increase productivity
- create community
- provide exposure to other people and technologies
- typically has access to a telephone room for private calls with customers
I asked my work if they would cover a coworking space and they said I didn’t fit the company policy (not enough of us working in Denver for them to pay for it). Which means I’d be out about $2000/month to pay for it. Yikes! If my soul health is declining quickly then it’d be worth it, but I just think that’s too pricey.