To fund my life here on the road and to keep me stimulated and happy, I am working quite a lot every day. It’s a bit of an obsession because I enjoy it so much (more on that later), but it’s become super important to give appropriate attention to balance. I need rules to help myself balance all of the things I want to do every day, even here on the road. Exercise, work, exploring new places, meeting new people, writing, communicating with friends, sleeping…. And then I suppose I should be relaxing somewhere in there too. Yes, some things never change.
Anyway, my rules:
Rule #1: After waking up, exercising, drinking coffee, and working for a few hours, TAKE A SHOWER!!! And at around noon, resume working at a café in a new area/town.
Rule #2: Stop working by 3:00 and explore the area that the café has brought me to (making sure that a walk is included in there somewhere).
Rule #3: At nighttime, continue exploring and/or writing (i.e., do NOT start working again!).
Rule #4: Forgive myself when I don’t always follow Rules #1-3.
(I feel like some mention of Fight Club should be in there somewhere)
Anyway, for now, I wanted to share some of the lovely cafes (aka offices) I have visited:
In the sweet little down of Coupeville, the very lovely Knead and Feed:
…where I somehow miraculously resisted the sweetly seductive cinnamon rolls (I may still get back there to reverse that decision)
In the sprawling, strip malled ghost town that is Oak Harbor:
(which one of these cafes does not fit in?)
On the beautiful grounds of Greenbank Farm:
Complete with a view of this from my seat:
The quirky, cute Mukilteo Coffee Roasters…tucked away in the forest and filled with scrumptiousness:
And, of course, Useless Bay Coffee Company in the heart of downtown Langley – always a delight, especially on sunny days (just a little hard to read my computer screen…)
I feel grateful that the island houses so many sweet little (WiFi equipped!) cafes. Should be interesting (in quotes) to notice the changes in my office opportunities as I move around the country…