Sometimes I struggle with the duality of the life I live.
I work in a very professional, educational setting in which, at the current job I work, I don't even get to wear jeans on Fridays. After work, I get home, throw on my Hufflepuff sweatpants and my favorite Princess Peach tee-shirt and throw on my gamer headphones and play the latest expansion of Hearthstone for a few hours after playing with my dog in the snow. It is hard during those moments to feel like a professional woman with a graduate degree.
What is harder is to keep that passion for video games and general geek-ness alive at work. Actually, just had to explain to an individual who works in HR what my husband does for a living, as it came up in casual conversation that my husband was in Boston for "work." Oh, so what does your husband do?"..... *sigh* "Well......"
Lately, in today's world, having subtle, yet stylish representations of video game and geek pride for women have been an increasing trend for places like ThinkGeek (full disclosure, liked them a lot more when they were not owned by Gamestop, but that's a whole other blog post that I now have written in my head), and Blizzard and other prominent producers of gamer swag.
I asked my Facebook friends if they had anything they loved to wear that was subtle, but geekish that they wore to work. I got a few awesome answers:
My new friend Sarah sent me pictures of her Solar System Necklace from Thinkgeek
LBHackEmUp rocking a cute Navi necklace
Super cute triforce earrings on my friend Elle!
I have a few things, but definitely lacking in the subtle, yet classy representation of geek.
My favorite is probably the Hearthstone necklace I wear probably 2-3 times a week:
A few weeks after Blizzcon 2015
Featuring the one and only Breakycpk in 2016
I also put a Lego brick keychain on my name badge so I can put my badge with my keys:
Gotta represent the BATMAN:
Added the yellow top recently. I think it looks better :)
These don't even include all the sports-geek side of my life, which I also kind of inherited from Breaky
What are some of your favorite subtle ways to show your geek pride at work? Do you have something at your desk? A scarf or two? Let's help each other and get more representation of geek culture in our professional lives!