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Humming In My New Office

I had this humming feeling in my belly at the end of last year. Whenever I get this feeling, I know that shifts are about to happen in my life.

The new year began with a chaotic move into a new work space. I had left my first office after one year and four months. This first space was generously offered at a time when no one really believed in me, not even me. I left for a custom two-room facility with a full front staff and support of a lovely doctor. I thought it was perfect.

Clinic Room Back

The vertical blinds are sheer enough to see through in the evening. To add more privacy for my patients, I hung up a long piece of Japanese hand-dyed Shiburi fabric. I have not figured out a way to create a more permanent cover. But this seems to work for now.

But this old adage is true: “Be careful what you wish for.” I got exactly what I had hoped for, and nothing I really wanted. After 30 days, that humming in my belly grew exceedingly strong. I left the doctor’s office in a flurry, and landed in my new office…fully independent, and finally my own boss. Yes, it’s still a shared office space, but my room is all mine 24/7. I also get interaction with colleagues, and congenial referrals. I could not have asked for more. All my patients happily returned, and within a couple of months, my practice doubled in size.

Insert a SIGH right here.

Did I land here by accident or did I will it to happen? As soon as I stopped listening to others and worrying about the “what ifs” I just made one decision to leave, and the rest manifested. Another old adage is also true: “Listen to your gut” or in my case, it was my belly.

Side note: I was able to divide the room in half using a 16 pocket shelf from IKEA. I installed openings on both sides, so I can use the shelf on either side of the room. My room is feminine with masculine colors. Yin and Yang! My chairs are from Pier 1, and my desk and lamps were a steal from Homegoods.



  1. Deb says

    Hi Mamie J, have enjoyed and appreciated your posts re Sham Shui Po. I live in HK and went to SSP last weekend and you’ve inspired me to back back more often. Daily maybe?? Thanks for the posts!


    • OH…if I lived in HK, I would be in SSP at least once a month. Besides the shopping there is a Michelin Star dim sum restaurant there. I hope to get back there soon!


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