yes. i had a mini-meltdown yesterday. and, as i suspected, today i feel much better. i suppose i just needed to get that all out. i needed to process. and i needed y’all to listen. which you did, as usual. thank you so much… for your comments, advice, pep talks, and support. i’m a lucky girl since i have all of you. and you help keep me sane.
so , now, i’ve moving on.
today, i did the same thing i did yesterday in the morning after i dropped off lina… i went to a new cafe in town. not new new, but new to me. and as i sipped my coffee out of my mug that i brought from home (here in asheville, businesses encourage green living by offering discounts when you BYOM – bring your own mug. sweet, huh?), i thought that i just might do a little 40 day cafe thing. a kind of cafe challenge.
what i am challenging myself to do is to go to a cafe every day (monday -friday) for the next 40 days. blog, journal, and/or photograph my experiences each day, and see what comes of spending that intentional time alone, and yet in the community. i mean, i love coffee. i love asheville. i need to meet people. and right now, i can work from my computer anywhere that has wifi, so it’s perfect. creative. an experiment. an adventure. i wonder what will happen… will i really just sit and read for 40 days? or will i end up talking with people? will i write any? how much? will i really try 40 different coffee shops/cafes?
i think i got inspired today when i sat down with my cup of coffee and saw a person coming toward me who i recognized. soon, i realized that it was the guy that i met with a few weeks ago at a cafe. the same one where i was today actually. he slowed down and chatted for a minute, as he was on his way to work. and then, something clicked in me. i very way may get to know more people, make more connections, run into people again & again as i make these cafe visits over the next 40 days. plus, i got stuck thinking about (and coveting) his job. he works for the paper and has an online blog. i just felt something inside me as he walked past… like taking this time over the next 40 days might produce something. and i have no idea what i mean by that, it’s just something.
also, yesterday, some of my IG (instagram) buddies poked fun at me for “taking them on a tour” of different cafes in asheville with all of my photos. and, now, i’m thinking… why not build on that? why not make this a daily ritual for the next 40 days and see what happens?
so , i’m excited. motivated. and ready to see what transformations can occur over a simple cup of coffee.
40 cups. 40 cafes. 40 days.
now, i only need a title. what do i call this little cafe experiment? any suggestions?! feel free to comment away!
You’ll be a good customer to these cafes! I am impressed! It’s interesting to read the customer view to what I’m now doing / running every day! (Not that our place is really the kind of place that attracts folk to come sit alone and write, but we do have other regulars!
Is there really a potential 40 places to visit in the city… that’s some competition – I hope it keeps the prices down for you!
I look forward to following along, and I certainly think if you frequent a few similar places, you’ll get to know people! Even the staff are there for a chat 😉
As I have done my research this week, I have found that, indeed, it is quite easy to find 40 cafes/coffee shops (and even more!) in Asheville. YAY! I’ll keep you posted. 🙂
Maybe you can do some kind of Café Review and see if any papers/magazines would be interested. My friends and I use that excuse whenever we eat out, but keep forgetting to write the reviews!
Most definitely! I am in the midst of trying to decide which places I want to pitch my idea. Thank you for sharing your ideas and support.
I LOVE this idea! How about ‘fabulous froth; forty days a frivolous coffee fun’! haha
Cant wait to be taken on a little tour of Ashville!
YAY! Stay tuned! I’l be launching a new blog dedicated to my “cafe crawl” next week! Thanks for your creative suggestions. Love them.:)
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