You know what’s cool about cafes?
No matter where you are in the world, cafes are a place for gathering. They are a place to meet friends, have a first date, network. If you’re like me, they’re also a place to open up your laptop and get some work done. Whenever I travel, I find cafes and sit for a while. I love to observe the locals, going about their days, gathering around tables that are always similar to the last cafe I was in. It’s a bit of a comfort, especially when you’re far away from home, and perhaps don’t know the native language.
One of my favorite travel memories to date is sitting in a cafe along the Seine in Paris, eating a nutella and strawberry crepe and sipping on a latte after an early morning train from London. It was a beautiful morning, clear and a bit crisp, trees and flowers just starting to bud in the early spring.
(BRB – checking on flights to Paris…)
My love of cafes and the ever constant supply of coffee that tends to follow me leads me to the meat of today’s post. I like to think of my readers as my friends. Some of you are real life (or internet!) friends, but a lot of you? I’ve never met you, and likely never will, at least not face-to-face. It should come as no surprise that one of the things I do with my friends is sit down to coffee at local cafes and catch up on our lives. That’s what we’re going to do today. Pour yourself a cup of coffee – or tea, hot chocolate… – and get cozy. Pretend we are at a cafe (on the Seine?), seated across from one another, pleasantries exchanged, and the heart of the conversation now on tap.
If we were having coffee, here’s what I would tell you.
- I’m utterly and entirely over my entire wardrobe. I wear the same outfits week in and week out. The style inspiration on my Pinterest board is so far away from the style in my closet. I’m resisting the urge to go out and buy all new things for a bit longer though. My spring wardrobe is lacking, and if I’m going to refresh, it makes the most sense to refresh in a new season.
- I’ve become a tea drinker. I wanted to stop my evening coffee habit. Even though it wasn’t affecting my sleep, I recognized that I didn’t need that much caffeine in my body. I’ve transitioned to (mostly) caffeine-free tea in the evenings, and I’m having so much fun trying new ones. So far, my favorites are Tazo’s Lemon Loaf, Sweet Orange, and Vanilla Bean Macaron and Good Earth’s Sweet and Spicy. If you have a tea I should try, leave it in the comments!
- I’m working on a couple of big projects that I’m really excited about. I’m not going to put a timestamp on when they’ll launch, but one of them in particular is a passion project I cannot wait to get “out there.” Of course, it’s the one that’s a bigger “lift,” and it’s in the very earliest of stages, but here we are. You’ll likely see the other project first, so how’s that for a vague tease? I’m being
tight lipped, and yet dying to tell everyone all the things.
- I’m less than two months from marking my one-year anniversary in Chapel Hill. It’s been a good year, despite a few tough moments. I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished (hello, barre studio!) and I’m developing a good group of friends here. Is this my “forever” home though? I don’t know. I’m not planning to move anywhere tomorrow, by any means, but I just don’t know that I see myself here 5 years from now.
- That brings up the question of where would I live? Y’all know I love Nashville. Chicago was a lot of fun. Des Moines was interesting. Boston was cool. I’ve never been to Philadelphia, but I think I’d like it. You won’t find me in New York or L.A. for more than a visit, however. I suppose we’ll see where the road takes me.
- I’m dangerously close to getting a second puppy. For a while, it was more of
a “aw, puppies are cute! Let’s get a second one!” Now it’s more of a “I think Knox would benefit from having a companion…” Stay tuned to see if a puppy actually comes into the house.
That’s enough coffee for one day. We’ll come back to this cafe soon.
What would you tell me if we were having coffee?