Jun 13

Bad Coffee – Is It Forgivable?

For a long time, I worked in a corporate environment. This was well before the days that Google showed us all how an office should look and work. Those stale, uninspiring, suffocating cubicles! That is where I developed my addiction to coffee. I just needed to get out and reset the mind in an environment that didn’t murder the soul as effectively as the office cubicle.

From there I started a business and I primarily worked from home. My coffee addiction got stronger. Not so much due to the environment, I loved the home office where I worked. Rather, working from home can get over insular. I quickly realised how much I missed human contact. So my daily trip to the cafe became as much as my daily human contact as it was a caffeine shot.

Today I am as addicted to the brew as ever. I don’t even know why anymore, I just go to a cafe every day, sit and enjoy a cup of coffee. Throughout these years the one thing that never changed was how the occasion of the bad coffee would spoil the time-out. Nor how often it occurred. It’s such a simple thing, such a treat when done correctly, and given how much they cost such a lucrative product for the establishments. I can’t understand why a coffee would ever be made badly.

For me it’s the experience. The problem with a bad coffee is that it becomes the focus of the time-out, so you miss having that mind reset. And let’s face it, we are paying on a daily basis for a luxury item, so it should be spot on. There are many cheaper options for bad coffee, like international roast for example. Cafe coffee is a luxury item, I should feel like I am drinking Lamborghini oil (hmmm, not sure that’s a great analogy)

So forgiveness then, should we forgive a cafe for a bad coffee? I know forgiveness is one of the keys to a long and happy life, but I am not sure about this one. Yes I think I’ll stick to my guns, not forgive, rather go to the cafe next door that serves a great coffee every time.

May 13

Pulling Back – Where Do You Find Inspiration

As the CEO of Ocean Feather, one of the things that I sometimes find challenging is giving myself space to find inspiration, to keep the passion high and the ideas flowing.

Life can get pretty busy can’t it? Lets face it, we spend at least a third of our lives at or travelling to and from work. Then there are demands on your time at home. Then there is the upkeep requirements at home. You may have a hobby, interest, sport – or a few of these – that pull you from one pillar to the next. Kids – well I have 3 now! It doesn’t leave much time to sit back and let the inspiration come does it?

Myself, I give myself little routines through the day, which give me little breaks. For example, coffee number 1, 2 and occasionally 3 give me a moment to take stock. My rules here though are that I have to get out of the building, have someone else make it for me and sit down and enjoy it.

Also – I have found a great hour each evening where I refuse to let myself get sucked in to the latest reality TV show. During this hour I may just sit, meditate, read a book on a topic of development of some kind (that is not related to the business) or do something creative. Writing on blogs like this one is another good option – particularly as I work through certain challenges. Writing helps me clarify, find inspiration and ideas.

I’d love to hear your ideas too. What do you do to give yourself enough space that your inherent creativity and inspiration keeps flowing, day in and day out. What do you do to pull back from the every day rush and grind, to give yourself enough room to be real and in touch?