Coffee Shop + Vacation Vibes

I’m on vacation this week from work. It’s a staycation. My very first stop at the chance for time to myself is a coffee shop for time to do this. I want to journal/write this week. Arriving at Spyhouse was quite the to-do as it took me half hour to decide which Uptown coffee shop to settle into for a couple hours. I literally stalked three places all within a half mile of each other for at least 30 minutes weighing the pros and cons of table size, access to open air, hipster vibes – you know, everything that sets the mood. I’m not surprised I landed here. There’s something about us coffee-shop rats and the way we like to spend an afternoon. (Here’s to my original coffee shop love, Racy’s. And all the other favorites that followed.)

This week I’m hoping to really create space as Neil Pasricha succinctly puts it and let some ideas bubble to the surface. A sort of New Year’s resoultion exercise to reexamine priorities, have some real quiet time to think and just be. I need to refocus my energy at home and work. Fittingly, this time of year also marks my work anniversary so it is a good time to reflect. I’m thinking a lot about what I’ve learned the last year and how to use that going forward including next areas of growth and personal development.

We had a great weekend up north with Gordy and Lin, Karen, Gary and the boys. Those boys are so sweet. Gaius is getting tall and is such a sweetheart and with those blue eyes and his coordination and energy. And Keegan with his adorable zippy run and the way he looks up at you like, “Come on, Aunt Mary!” It’s fun to watch Brynn and the kids play together. She was really hard for me to handle this weekend though. She was very wound up with all the excitement of grandparents, cousins, Odie, camping, and the break from our routine.  She did totally brave a canoe ride and hiked a total of one mile with us to and from Kawishiwi Falls. (Super close to our campground east of Ely – Fall Lake which I would highly recommend for a family weekend in the woods.) But she cried and yelled a lot throughout the weekend and did not listen or take any instruction. I’m seriously worried she’s not obeying grown-ups and actually thinks she’s the boss. (Okay, is that just classic toddler?!) I don’t know exactly what to do but I’m hoping this week of no distractions of work and other things will help me get some shit together on the home front, particularly on meals and intentional activities and time with her.

Justin heads to Chicago this afternoon for a quick overnight. Erin and Isa came over today to say hi.( I love having them in town so much.) Then I went for a walk with my Aunt Susan and now here. I’m looking forward to a week with lots more of all this: spending time with people I love but don’t get to see often enough, exercise and being outside, time writing and reflecting just for me, and quality time with Brynn and Justin.

Professional/personal development stuff I’m thinking about: CFRE, Bush Fellowships, communications/leadership/nonprofit management school, community impact, blogging, yoga, books, buying a house, place. You get the drift. Geez, I’ve got it good!

That’s it on this subject for now.