We’re Turning 10!

Celebrating 10 Years of Coworking!

Office Nomads

You heard us right – 10 YEARS! While many coworking spaces around the world are eagerly opening their doors for their first days, Office Nomads is getting ready to really embrace a title we were given not long ago as the “Capitol Hill Granddaddy of Coworking.” Because in coworking, when you’re 10, you’re officially OLD. 😉

There really are not enough words to describe how much has happened here at 1617 Boylston Ave over the last decade. Instead of trying to write them all out, we’re just going to have a big ol’ party and we’d love for you to come.

Please join us on Friday November 3rd from 5-8pm. Expect all the usuals from a party here (good people, tasty food, delicious drinks), an all-member art show, and lots of fun and games we’ll keep a secret until the day comes. We hope that this event will be a family reunion of sorts, so if you’ve been a member at any point in time during our 10 years get yourself back here. We’d absolutely love to see you. Yes, even if you’re still here as a member 10 years later (ahem Robyn, Jonathan, Justin…I’m talking about you guys too).

You can share the event and RSVP here on Facebook.

In addition to the party, we’ll be doing some of the things we do the best all week long. So mark your calendars for waffles, snack, and happy hour. EVERY DAY. You heard us. <3 And if you drop in on Wednesday November 1st, please don your fanciest duds as we “formally” celebrate the 10 year mark.

While you’re waiting for the week begin, you should watch an old school video celebrating our first year in business. All I will share with you is the gag real because the actual video is just. too. terrible. Enjoy!

Thanks to the Seattle Times for the photo of our 3rd Birthday Party above.

Switch It Up Special

The fall is here – it is the season of change! Personally it is my favorite season – crisp air, crunchy leaves under foot, apple cider, and enjoying evening campfires outside under the stars. Aaah.

The fall also brings with it a desire to transform. Many people are transitioning back to work after a less-work focused summer season, but some are considering big changes. Feeling the need to switch things up. At long last preparing to quit that job and strike out on an independent career. Making plans to go back to school and completely change tracks. Looking for a new gig that comes with more learning opportunities. Or even beginning to plan what retirement could look like.

Are you feeling the need to switch it up? We’d love to help!

Many people think of coworking communities as places to go when you have everything figured out already. That it’s just a place to go when you need an office, and maybe some people to work around and chat to over coffee. But as we say over and over again – coworking has never been about the desk. It’s never been about the space. Coworking is about support. Connection. Ideas.

If you are looking to switch things up in your world, get on over here. For the entire month of September, let us know what you’re hoping to switch up and we’ll get you signed up on our Switch It Up Special. For just $30 we’ll give you unlimited drop-in days for an entire month. That saves you up to $400 and lands you in a community of fellow coworkers who can help support you as you figure out your next steps. (Notes: you can start anytime in September – it doesn’t have to be on the first of the month. For new or returning members only, please.)

So here’s to the fall and to making the most of it. We hope to see you soon!

Member Profile: Timothy Thomas

Today we are pleased to introduce you to Timothy Thomas, who came to us…well, you should just read the story about what brought him to Office Nomads. And one quick explanation: we snapped these photos back in February while making valentines for both our elected officials and loved ones. 🙂 Enjoy!

Tell us about what brought you to Office Nomads.

I joined because I needed to go to the bathroom while I was on the Hill. My girlfriend Susan had been part of ON for a while and kept encouraging me to join. I decided to address a pressing issue and an underlying issue at the same time. No regrets and nice bathrooms!

That’s a first for us! So, what are you working on right now?

Helping business people transform their lives and businesses. This is showing up in two ways right now – the first is through my work as a certified coach and the second is through search engine optimization and marketing.

What are you passionate about?

Language and how we use it to describe our world and in our interactions with other people. It has been a part of how I see the world since I was a young person, and in my twenties (with the help of the Internet) I got turned onto how language affects our bodies and environment. In coaching, a key area for personal growth for clients is often around how they describe themselves and their experiences.

For me, even if I am not always 100% successful at it, is that being mindful and aware of what is said, how it is said, and the context in which those words are said define our reality. If we are distinct about what we say, we can transform the world. Change our words, change our meanings, change our lives.

What is one thing about you that most people don’t know?

Back in 2000 I got upset about a major change in my work environment which I continually described as “breaking my heart.” One day really bad news came from work and in my ensuing panic attack my heart went into an arrhythmia that put me in the hospital. For a while it looked like there would need to be a major intervention with the electro-shock paddles, but when I let go of the idea of being in a “heart breaking situation” my heart went back into a normal pattern (to the surprise of the attending physician and my gathered family members). My unconsidered thoughts had a big impact on what was occurring in my life and I set out on a mission to learn more about that.

That is a powerful story. Speaking of getting away from work, what was the last place you went to for fun?

The last place Susan and I went was a BIG house overlooking Sebastopol, CA. It was an un-updated 90’s dream home built by a couple to throw huge family gatherings and obviously as a place to share with their grandkids. We sat by the pool and experienced the place as we tracked raptors hunting small game in the surrounding hills. It was relaxing and poignant at the same time because it represented something joyful that was fading with time.

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Thanks so much to Tim for sharing some of himself with us for our latest Member Profile! And big thanks to Marti Rhea for capturing these great images of Tim. Stay tuned for more Member Profiles coming soon!

 

Member Profile: Tyler LePard

We’re going to keep this introduction short and sweet: we’re thrilled to introduce you to Tyler LePard, creator of Wondershop Communications and all-around kick-ass individual.

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What are you passionate about?

Doing good – locally, nationally, and globally – drives my work. I care about many issues related to social justice and fighting poverty, but advocating for women’s health and rights as been the main thread throughout my career. After college, I worked as a medical assistant at Planned Parenthood in Portland, then helped launch a reproductive health online publication (now called Rewire) after graduate school. I went on to do media and communications for international family planning and HIV prevention at a small nonprofit, then global health at a big foundation. I helped launch a new crowdfunding platform for girls’ and women’s equality for a couple of years before I decided to start my own independent consulting business.

I believe in the power of people working together, which is the essence of organizing, activism, social media, and coworking.

What are you working on right now?

I’m managing social media and digital ads for a new campaign from the Pride Foundation that I’m excited about. TRANSform Washington is a public education initiative celebrating the dignity, diversity, and humanity of transgender and gender nonconforming people in our state. The campaign has a lot of great stories from transgender people who are community volunteers, retirees, medical professionals, family members, and more. I’ve always felt strongly about social justice issues, so it’s fun to be able to blend my work and activism in this way.

Actually, I found this work through Office Nomads (Jacob and Katie connected me with their friend, who hired me). And another nomad (Kevin Owyang) built the website!

How did you get to where you are now?

I’ve worked some random jobs in my life (pizza delivery woman, grain elevator operator, White House intern, labor union organizer) and for a long time it didn’t seem like I was on a career path. I hate being asked where I see myself in five years because that hasn’t been how my career has evolved. (I also hate the question “What do you do?” as though my job is my life, but thankfully that doesn’t come up in Seattle as often as it did in DC.) I do like to occasionally sit down and map out dreams, big ideas, and potential directions for my life, and believe in the power of putting things out into the universe. But I also think being able to take the leap for unexpected opportunities has been what’s brought me to where I am now.

Freelancing has been great and terrible. It is stressful to not have financial stability (yet), but I do love the flexible schedule and ability to work with different people on interesting projects that I care about. And, of course, I love coworking. Thankfully, my wife has a steady job and has been incredibly supportive.

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Why coworking?

I appreciate the community at Office Nomads — that’s what keeps me coming back. It’s not just a nice space to work, though I like the free coffee and wifi, access to a printer/copier, snacks, etc. I didn’t realize that I was looking for and needed this network of people that I could bounce ideas off of, ask questions about freelancing and taxes, or know who to refer a client to for help building a website. Nomads are the best resources! I’ve found clients, a financial planner, an accountant, a hiking buddy, and friends here.

I also appreciate the programming — Waffle Wednesdays, Thursday afternoon snacks, field trips to interesting places, Spanish conversation lunch, and meditation are a few of my faves (yes, I like food). Some weeks I plan which days I’m going to come in around what’s on the calendar.

It’s terrific that Office Nomads is dog-friendly, even though I don’t bring my dogs in (they aren’t well-behaved enough). It makes me feel at home that I can go cuddle a dog when I need a break from my computer.

What is one thing about you most people don’t know?

I have a green belt in kajukenbo. I have been training for more than five years at Seven Star Women’s Kung Fu, which is another wonderful community that I love. I enjoy learning new things and getting exercise that is also a ton of fun. This year I’ve been learning to teach kung fu and I’m delighted to share my love of martial arts with new students.

I think it’s important for everyone to learn self-defense and I encourage everyone I know to take at least one class.

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Thank you Tyler for sharing your story with us and for being such an awesome part of our coworking community. Thanks also to Marti Rhea for sharing these beautiful member photos with us! Stay tuned for more…

Member Profile: Legal Wellspring

Coworking is often mistakenly assumed to be part of a “tech” movement. At Office Nomads we love challenging that assumption and highlighting the incredibly diverse bunch of members who call our coworking community home. One professional crew found in our mix that can take people by surprise are our lawyers! We have a small number of people in the legal field who have found coworking to be a way to further their practice and connect with others. We are excited to introduce you to two of our legal minds at Office Nomads: Erin Sperger and Vanessa Ward of Legal Wellspring! Fun fact: Erin published an coworking and ethical considerations for New Worker Magazine. You should check it out after reading more about her and her colleague Vanessa here:

That’s Erin on the left, Vanessa on the right!

What are you passionate about?

V: Fighting injustice.

E: I believe that words are incredibly powerful. Excellent legal writing coupled with excellent legal research can change lives and make a powerful impact in our community.

Why did you come to Office Nomads?

E: I came to Office Nomads as a brand new attorney and a brand new business owner and I was looking for an office.

Why did you stay at Office Nomads?

E: I stayed at Office Nomads because I received so much more than an office. It met all of my immediate business needs, but it also gave me support that I didn’t know I needed. The people here have such diverse backgrounds and I have learned so much about a lot of different industries. I’ve also been able to help fellow Nomads with legal issues. I like the community feeling at Office Nomads – this is important to me even when I do not get much time to participate. It’s nice to know that people from different industries and backgrounds are trying to build a community.

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What was your first job?

V: Stapling campaign signs for my father campaign when he ran for State Legislator.

E: Petsitting my neighbor’s cat when I was ten years old.

Where was the last place you traveled for fun?

V: New Orleans, LA for the Blues and Jazz Festival

E: Clatskanie and Cannon Beach Oregon. I love rocky west coast beaches.

What kind of events have you participated in at Office Nomads?

E: I’ve participated in Social Media Slackers, Stretching, and Snack. I like the casual events at Office Nomads because they gave me a change to socialize and take a mental break from work. I also really enjoy working on puzzles at the front desk.

Thanks again to Marti Rhea for snapping lovely photos of our members in action. Stay tuned for the next Member Profile coming up soon!

Member Profile: Bobby Watson

It’s time for us to introduce you to another one of our spectacular Office Nomads members: Bobby Watson! We are so fortunate to have this wonderful individual in our midst.

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What are you working on right now?

I started working at Full Circle Insights in May as a senior software developer. Full Circle is a Salesforce partner that builds solutions to help marketing and sales understand the true value of their campaigns and responses.

What are you passionate about?

I’m pretty big into running. I’m not sure what I would do if I ever broke my leg or something… I would be completely lost! We have an Office Nomads Running Group that meets every other week that I love being a part of.

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What is one thing about you that most people don’t know?

Most people probably don’t know that I’m the president & co-founder of an LLC – it sounds like a big, fancy gig but it really isn’t. My best friend from high school and I set up an LLC (Adams American Capital) a few years ago for investment funding. We’re finally just now getting started on it… maybe one day we’ll become millionaires. ☺

What brought you to Office Nomads?

I moved to Seattle in the summer of 2013, but kept my job in Rochester, NY. I knew that if I just worked from home with my cat every day, I would go nuts. So I sought out Office Nomads after I got settled in, and I’ve been around ever since.

Has anything surprised you about Office Nomads?

I think what’s so surprising to me is the great diversity in the space, as well as how quickly everybody here became more than just my coworkers – they became some of the first friends I had here in Seattle. Sure, there are a lot of us who are software engineers – but we also have several writers, lawyers, financial advisors, teachers, data scientists, ornithologists, … the list goes on and on!

Even now that Office Nomads is a 30+ minute bus commute away I can’t stop coming here. It’s not an office, it’s a community.

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Bobby, we couldn’t agree more! Thanks for sharing your story with us.

You can find Bobby at Office Nomads a couple of days a week, and you can keep up with him on Twitter if that’s your jam.

Thanks as always to Marti Rhea for snapping photos of our photogenic members – you’re the best!

Member Profile: Micha Goebig

Micha confidently strode into Office Nomads in January of 2015, and when we asked “have you been to a coworking space before?” her answer was a gem: “Yes, I started a coworking space in Germany before I moved to the US!” Micha has been surprising and delighting us since day one, and we’re so glad to have her amongst us.

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What are you working on right now?

As a translator, my main customers are a German premium carmaker and its design/event agencies – there’s a great variety of stuff that ends up on my desk to be translated from German into English. Right now I am working on a longer essay on the future of individual mobility for one of the board members, and a comprehensive IT knowledge database. As a writer, I am currently in “summer hibernation,” rereading and reevaluating a couple of stories I have started and other ideas to decide about my next novel project.

What are you passionate about?

My greatest passion is learning. To benefit from the new things I learn I usually try to turn them into daily habits. The latest additions to my calendar are strength training, meditation and studying Spanish.

What brought you to Office Nomads?

I ran my own shared office space in Frankfurt, Germany, before I came to Seattle. I knew I didn’t want to work from home all the time (I really enjoy it 2-3 days a week), so I asked around and a friend who had looked at various places in town recommended Office Nomads. So I checked it out, liked the vibe and became a member.

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What keeps you at Office Nomads?

I really enjoy the focus on community. Of course we are all in the space to get our work done, but there’s plenty of time for a chat or a shared interest/activity. Since becoming a Community Cultivator, I have had even more opportunities to interact with other members, which I love. I am an extrovert with a job most suitable for introverts, so being a part of Office Nomads gives me the perfect balance in my workdays. Plus, as I cannot have my own dog (our kitty is 21 and really doesn’t like four-legged company at all), I enjoy the fact that ON is such a dog-friendly space.

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What is one thing about you most people don’t know?

That’s a tough one – I am not very private! I really dislike my first middle name (I have two), so very few people besides immigration officers actually know it. I tend to use my second middle name, Olivia, which is also part of the pen name I came up with for my writing in English, Olivia de Winter.

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You can keep tabs on what Micha is up to on Instagram (for example, right now she’s in the midst of an entire year without shopping!). For an example of a great project Micha worked on this year, check out taoteh.

Thanks again to the fabulous Marti Rhea for the wonderful photos of Micha!

Member Profile: Dave Ross

A little over two years ago Dave Ross walked into Office Nomads and we knew we were in for a treat. Well, change that. We knew Tia was in for some treats. 🙂 Introducing Dave and his awesome canine colleague Tia:

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What are you working on right now?

I primarily work on Twistle, a product built to automate healthcare processes. Twistle is focused on solving communication problems and “gaps” in anyone’s healthcare journey. We built Twistle because too many patients have told us “they never followed up with me.”

Tell us a story from your time at Office Nomads:

I can’t believe this is the first thing that came to mind, but here we go: while boating in Lake Washington two years ago, my friends and I discovered human remains! As morbid/scary as it was, without Office Nomads I would have had no one to tell the next day at work! Having people to tell the story to was really helpful, actually.

What are you passionate about?

I’m most passionate about sharing great experiences with friends and family. This means traveling, exploring the outdoors, dancing, or just watching a movie together.

What is one thing about you that most people don’t know?

This is a tough question, because I am an extraverted “over-sharer” about my past, present, and future. I would say while most people know me as a lover of slow-cooked meat dishes, they don’t know that I secretly wish I knew how to be a vegetarian.

Why did you come to Office Nomads?

I feel it is essential to have a workplace that allows you to focus and is physically separate from your home.

Why did you stay at Office Nomads?

I really enjoy the atmosphere, the people that work here, and the great location. I love being surrounded by a variety of people (especially not 100% tech), with the primary benefit being a diverse set of backgrounds, experiences, stories, and personalities.

Who is this spirit animal that follows you around?

This is Tia, who my wife and I adopted from Eastern Washington. Tia is an incredible listener, loves to hike mountains, and high jumps large obstacles for fun. I couldn’t think of being at work without her.

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As always, thanks to the incredibly talented Marti Rhea for the awesome photos!

Member Profile: Katie Davis-Sayles

It’s time to bring our blog back to life!  We couldn’t think of a better way to reconnect with y’all than to introduce you to some of the incredible individuals who call Office Nomads their coworking home. We hope these Q&As will be a way for you to glimpse into our coworking community and get a sense of how much awesome there is here.

With that, let us introduce you to the fabulous Katie Davis-Sayles – designer, educator, and all-around incredible person. Katie’s introduction to Office Nomads was unique – she came here on a second date with Jacob. We’ll let her tell you the rest!

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What are you working on right now?

I am working a bedroom remodel, a bathroom remodel, various projects for a local stone mason/artist (stone table drawings, website design, marketing materials), and my own rebranding. Plus I’m putting together some business cards for a fantastic photographer that I know.

Tell us a story from your time at Office Nomads.

My first day at Office Nomads was my second date with my now husband. I sometimes (sort of) jokingly say that with Office Nomads, it was love at first sight. With Jacob, it took a few months.

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What are you passionate about?

Design, teaching, art, houses and good food and wine.

What is one thing about you that most people don’t know?

My background is in theater and performing arts. I once worked for WCW (World Championship Wrestling). You know all of those impromptu fights that they have in hallways and dressing rooms and things? I hung the lights for those.

Why did you come to Office Nomads?

I was desperate for a place to work away from home.

Why did you stay?

I love the community. And the space. And Buckley.

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Keep your eyes on the blog for more member profiles coming soon! We’re working with the uber-talented Marti Rhea who is snapping gorgeous photos of our gorgeous members. Aren’t they lovely?!?

Coworking Signals

The little moments that happen within the bounds of a coworking community are some of the best examples of the coworking movement’s ability to make an impact. These moments are rarely newsworthy, but are incredibly important and are so much of the “why” behind what coworking is all about. So why not try to shine the light on these moments and see what happens?

Welcome to #coworkingsignals.

I introduced this little idea to the giant bullhorn festival that is Twitter and was happily surprised when I got my first response:

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And then I got another one:

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And even more. Some of them in French. Ou là là!

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YES! This is what I’m talking about. The “why” of coworking is so rarely touched on because it can be so small. But added up over time, it is pretty powerful stuff.

Please join me in adding your voice to the mix. I’d love to hear what you have to say!