Some days there is nothing like waking up, stretching out, watching your dogs cuddled nicely on the bed, your lap top open and ready to conquer the world when you stop and wonder, why on earth would anyone want to drive into the office today? One of the benefits of owning your own business is that you can define your work life and your work place. With the age of Twitter and Facebook allows you to be everywhere and anywhere and “work” can take on a whole new meaning.

With the price of office space on the rise and companies moving towards telecommuting options as employees continue to struggle with work life balance, there is a need to find alternative and creative ways to define the traditional “work space”. Have laptop will travel? Virtual offices can be anywhere and can be anything. When you factor the only thing I have to do on days that I don’t want to travel into the office is get up at 6:00 am, crack open the computer, adjust the cover on my bed, and start pounding away at the keyboard.

Take this morning, with my dogs still asleep on the bed, I have written three blogs, posted jobs for my clients, updated my website, responded to countless emails and even caught the headline news from online sources without so much as straightening the sheets or fluffing up the pillows on my bed. My bed, has personally always been my sanctuary. As a kid I loved to play with hand made paper dolls all from the safety and security of my throne, my bed. I sometimes made interesting “blanket castles” from ways I would creatively rearrange the bed covers, creating nooks and crannies that became the living room or bedroom for my paper dolls.

Reaching adult-hood and rising in the ranks of corporate America, I graduated to the corner office with the terrace, flat screen TV and fancy leather couches. Today, I have perhaps the best office in all of Southern California on the 18th floor overlooking the Pacific ocean where I can gaze at sail boats floating past my window and stare out into the endless blue ocean.

But there are still times, like now, when I love to sit comfortably cross-legged on my bed, as I listen to the soft snoring of my puppies, curled up in small white fur balls, as I think of my paper dolls and blanket castles and figure not too much has really changed. I still crave the comfort and security from the world around me in the safety of my bed. And the best news is that I can accomplish much work from the peaceful sanctuary my own little corner in my own little world. Welcome to the 21st century workplace!

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