More Than Just a Job Title

Last week, we had our first official Armory After Hours party. Owner, Jason, and his wife Leah,
put out a spread of delicious food and got a couple growlers of beer from Loveland Aleworks.
Around six coworkers showed up with their significant others in tow.

It was an opportunity to hang out with other members outside of a 9 to 5 working environment.
It started out quiet, but as people became more comfortable with one another, the conversation
flowed.

As much as most of us enjoy talking about our work – and most of us at The Armory really
do enjoy what we do – it was refreshing to talk about other stuff. Topics that were discussed
included splinters, steampunk, poetry, honeymoons, living abroad, future business plans and
even retirement.

This shouldn’t be surprising because after all, we are more than just our job titles, more than
just our skill sets – we are husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, travelers, readers, collectors and
dreamers.

Like many coworking spaces The Armory has many different fields represented including
engineering, software, construction, journalism, consulting of various types and web design. Last
week’s party was a chance to peek behind the curtain and learn a little more about my fellow
coworking members – learn who they are behind the job titles.

I am reminded of a quote from my favorite movie, Dead Poets Society:

“Medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love… these are what we stay alive for.”

Getting to know our coworkers beyond the space is to get to know the real them, and it’s an
important part of the coworking community experience. After all, we don’t live to work, we
work to live.

Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer is a freelance writer and Mayor of HeidiTown.com, the place for Colorado
festival, event and travel information. She has been coworking since 2010.

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