Weekly Photo Challenge: Mine

The Weekly Challenge arrived a little late and when it did appear, my mind went into blank mode.

What is the challenge?

Mine. Is there a place, object, or view that’s entirely yours, or you’re a bit selfish or possessive about? Is it a feeling you feel when you look at the photo, or perhaps an unwillingness to share? I get rather possessive about that first cup of coffee in the morning. It’s definitely mine and I want it all to myself.

Share a picture that means MINE to you!

All sorts of ideas appeared and were subsequently dismissed until I came up with this.

I work for a large law firm, with offices across the South of England and in London. It’s typically corporate with every office in the same colours on the wall, the same desks and the same chairs, either blue or pale green depending on which office you are in. In my office they are pale pepermint green.

I spend the majority of my time at work, it’s necessary for me to personalise my own space, and make it MINE.

The photos below are really bad because they were taken at work today on my iPad – why? Well, that is where the lightbulb of an idea went off in my head. Actually the more I look at these photos I realise what poor quality they are, but I hope it doesn’t detract from the theme too much.

In the office we each have a small three drawer cabinet beneath our desks. This cabinet is full of things that are MINE. The bottom drawer is my Imelda Marcos drawer, with shoes in most colours, brown, blue and black. I travel to work in flat comfortable footwear and change into killer heels.

I have my treasured garden mug given to me several years ago by a fellow gardening friend. It is guarded with my life, anyone who works in an office knows how quickly mugs disappear. The glass is also MINE and I have kept this in my possession for a few years also, that’s no mean feat.

I regularly update the photos of my grandchildren because I love the constant reminder that they are MINE and I feel they are near to me. Their faces have been blanked out for this post because I am a little apprehensive of showing them to the whole world, I am sure you will understand.

Office plants abound – big, green, plastic looking ones that are real, we have ladies who regularly polish and water them. I have my own little plants. One is a very tired looking begonia which has not flowered, probably because of the lighting, and the other is an “Exotic” indoor plant recently bought from Wilko. These stake a claim in a space that is MINE.

Finally, in order to make my office space MINE, I have a selection of cardigans on the back of my chair. The chair even has a special hanging bar at the back, hence the peculiar shape of cardigans heaped up. Actually, this many cardigans is not the norm, I usually only have one at work but its been cold in the morning, so I have wrapped up warm and had to discard it by mid-morning. By the time 5:00pm comes around, I am rushing for a train and leave the cardigan behind – before I knew it there are three on the back of my chair.

So now you know a little more about me and how I make my personal space, in a corporate surroundings, MINE.

There are some fascinating takes on MINE from other bloggers, please hope over and take a look at the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge.

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  2. You have so many things on your desk! How do you manage with the little space left? And how/where do you hide your plants? Love the photos of your grandchildren 🙂 I could imagine their faces behind the flowers!! I was the same with cardigans (and gloves & scarves) at work. At 6.30am in winter it is bitterly cold, but by 6pm it can be quite pleasant!


  3. Hi Ronnie,

    Haha, I don’t tend to ever personalise my desk at work. The most you get is my mug, and then I’ll stick things up on the wall – nothing particularly personalised as such, but just notes or things which I might need to know/have easy access to.
    This is especially the case at the moment as I work two jobs, so actually am only in each one part time. One job generally leaves my desk alone, but the other… well I have to hide things otherwise they disappear and this does actually really annoy me. I get to work on a Monday and don’t have a pad, pen etc Grrrrr. I don’t even have any drawers in said job – which is about to change as they now have some for me so I have somewhere for my bag (In all honesty, it’s so I can hide pens, pads etc and they won’t move them).
    It’s not as it might sound though…. It’s my own office as I’m technically a ‘lone worker’ and ‘they’ are managers and carers as it’s a respite centre, but everyone is so relaxed that they will use it when I’m not there – I don’t mind this, just DON’T TAKE MY STUFF. Haha.


    • I have a deep seated desire/need/fault to fight conformity so being ‘corporate’ goes against the grain for me hence having my own personal things to surround me. I do hide everything at the end of the day though .. a clear desk policy and firm belief if its left out it’ll walk. Too many people looking for a hot desk!! It is a different case when sharing a desk it is never your own space.


  4. I love this post. I retired two and a half years ago and you made me miss it. I worked at a small college and my office was in the social sciences. These cubical were usually so cluttered that you couldn’t see work spaces or floor. The only thing clear were the keyboards – unless someone needed to leave behind an important paper. Then we would tell them to put it on the keyboard where it would be sure to be found. The business department/major was on the floor below us. All of their cubicles were completely free of clutter (and personality). I always suspected that we had more fun!


    • No not a fan of hot desking. There are too many in our office another good reason to personalised…I may come in one morning and find a stranger camped out! No one would water the plants either 😄😄😄😄


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