My favorite banquette table was already occupied so I nestled into one of the 70s era couches with my red-eye. Sipping pleasurably from the thick ceramic rim, peaking over the bonaroo logo, I surveyed my old local, noticing how much had changed in the many months since I had been here. It still felt so comfortable and right.
The little pixie of a barista/bartentress with warm smile and delicate latte touch remembered me and we joked about the new accoutrement: electronic cash register, bar shelves, and stage curtains. Despite the additions, the feel of the place hadn’t changed. The newer trappings began to blur into the whole as I set down my coffee and with a sigh, opened my textbook, falling into my own own routine and letting the sounds and sight become background to productivity.
An hour or two later, switching to a fresh poured (post-cycle approved) beer, I was able to reinhabit my old converted-door table. Laptop humming, sounds of drifting conversation and nervous laughter, the espressoo machine expressing its high grind and whine every now and then, it was then I really appreciated the moment. I realized how much I missed my coffeeshop. How much I enjoyed — and got done — in that space. I’m saddened that I turned in – for fiscal and time reasons – that part of my weekends in favor of my lonely desk at home.
While I’ll only be here for another few weeks, I realize now how much better I feel when I’m out there — in and of the world — while I work, study or enjoy my book. Even if I don’t talk to anyone but the friendly barista, the energy of the surroundings invigorates and soothes me, leading to greater productivity and happiness. So, as I schedule out my time before my Great Adventure to World Domination (and back), I’m planning to go to Hendershots and other locals more.
I don’t have to wait to be far away from home to get away from my isolated desk and into environments that suit me best.
My coffeshop isn’t just about the caffeine (or beer) — the inspiration and enjoyment comes from the space itself and fuels me in a deeper way. I’m excited and reassured to think about what that means for my travels and life planning going forward.
A long intro to the links of the week, I know, but after my rant last week and my enjoyment writing more off the cuff in my emails to subscribers, these longer bits before links is something I want to play with. Let me know what you think, share your stories of space or post up a good link or 2 of your own in the comments.
Find the space that works for you and enjoy what occupies your head, heart and hands this day — and maybe these links too…
Speaking of making space to do your work, maybe Seth Godin was influencing my thoughts a little more than I realized.
Resounding with honesty and forthrightness that I’m still trying to bring out in my own writing, as well as his constant refrain to find your own way and be unabashed in the pursuit, Niall hits it home with this one.
A photographer makes convincing case for chasing down your passion and the continued possibility of making artistic and exceptional photography in this picture-saturated society, and generally makes pretty with words: “wake-up, get up, abandon cliche, get loose, work harder than ever, think, feel, look, act, re-act, move close and just be a living integral part of the most exciting time of your life….” (via @solneelman)
I’m proud to call Annie my bike buddy and friend and honored that she found inspiration in our saddle chat and here on CBB, prompting a resuscitate her blog with this beautifully written post on the power of the individual to make great change. (and I now I really need to read “the Phantom Tollbooth”)
As a vibram-wearing, barefoot/natural-running advocate, I lol-ed at this take on shoes with toes from XKCD – (via @BarefootDawsy )
Funny, sad, true commentary on biking, kids these days and the big gulp.
We must remember last week’s article about food “science” but I can’t help but rejoice at literally drinking to your health. (the subject matter makes the multi-click article *grrrrrrr* fairly worth it)
How do you introduce your self and explain what it is you do? Much needed advice for something I have certainly struggled with. (via @davedelaney)