Today, I'm doing one of the things I hate most: packing. SDM's editorial offices are moving this weekend to new digs at 155 N. Pfingsten Road, Suite 205, Deerfield, Ill. 60015. I’m excited to be relocating to a building that houses a larger group of BNP Media employees, and I’m looking forward to exploring a new “neighborhood” next Monday.

Still, being in this one location for the past 10 years has netted lots of “stuff.” File cabinets, desk drawers, book cases, storage closets, etc., all needed to be cleaned out and packed up. Ugh!
So, I need your opinion. For the past 10 years or so, every time I’ve returned to my office after attending a trade show or conference, I’ve hung my attendee badge on the inside door handle of my office. This habit started innocently enough, but as the bunch of badges grew, I sometimes would stop and look at it for a moment, thinking about all of the people I had met, information I’d gathered and reported on… and how tired my feet had been after canvassing all of those trade show aisles. They became my “badges of honor.”
Today, as I was packing up the last few things from my office, I decided to take a photo of my badge collection and ask you, SDM’s readers: If you were me, would you move these badges to your new office, or would you leave them behind – sort of a symbolic gesture of a new beginning?
Let me know your thoughts at – Laura Stepanek, SDM Editor