Every day I wake up, let my dog out and feed him. In between letting max in and out and listening to him chomp his food, I'm carefully measuring just the right amount of water, heating it to a boil, then spooning course dark grounds into the glass to brew my coffee. The french press has been my go to coffee make for almost 10 years and it's taught me a few things.
Bold and Bitter are the spice of life: The french press makes a bold and bitter cup of joe that I normally drink black in order to enjoy the nutty and nuanced flavors elicited through the press. In life so much can be bold and bitter, but if you take them like medicine they make you stronger and give you the opportunity to see something that you wouldn't have noticed if you had added cream.
Simplicity: There isn't a coffee maker simpler than the French Press. Boil water poor over grounds, mix, let it sit for 4 minutes and then press and pour. No electricity, no extra packaging no frills. In fact I don't even have a tea pot or boiling water i use a pot on the stove (this is something my friends and family have always noted as strange, but why have a tea kettle when the pot works perfectly?). As long as I can boil water I can have coffee. So often we try complicate things, there are so many coffee gadgets that are nice in their own right (don't get me wrong I love a latte here and there) but day to day I don' need the fuss it needs to be simple and I can say that about most things.
Patience: You can't rush the french press. I can't pour and press immediately without jeopardizing the flavor and potentially wrecking the whole pot. The grounds need at least 4 minutes to pull out the flavor. Some things can't be rushed. All of the good things take time, sticking to a yoga practice, training for a running race, building a business or making the perfect cup of morning coffee.
What has your morning cup of joe taught you?
Maybe it was the sleep deprivation, or the dehydration for that matter, but on the short rickshaw ride in I had the comforting sense that I was powerless, it felt like someone was whispering in my ear "if you want to enjoy this trip treat it like a rickshaw ride, don't hold on too tightly. Let it all unfold naturally or you'll miss the magic".
"Risking everything for this new life I’ve chosen is a daily practice in living wholeheartedly in spite of fear. By choosing the risks of living an unconventional life, I’m hoping the reward will be an extraordinary one."
"I have a moment every day where I'll be walking downtown to a meeting, or making a pot of coffee or writing a blog post or planning a goal for the month and a feeling of complete happiness will wash over me."
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I find it difficult to believe this is actually happening, but it’s my last week of work in corporate America, my last week with the steady paycheck I’ve grown comfortably accustom to. I’m a healthy dose of terrified mixed with excited beyond measure
It’s one thing to dream about something, but the reality of doing it is another thing entirely. Dreaming is fun. My heart likes to dream, but my brain is anxious and fearful, it seems to have a direct line to the reptilian DNA and thinks about the numbers and the horrible outcomes.
Are you looking for more meaning in this one big beautiful life of yours? Are you certain that you’re supposed to be doing something that makes a difference in this world but you’re not quite sure what?
These trees reminded me that destruction isn't always bad, it is often that after you burn it all down you've created space for new ideas and new growth. Clearing can be a form of creating if you can be comfortable in the chaos and destruction.
I've got 15 days total and 10 actual work days after today and I'll be a free woman. Sovereignty is a core value of mine and I'm not sure I've ever had it.
When I feel the self doubt creeping in I stop and recognize that's fear trying to steer me off course. The biggest failure here would be to not even try because of the fear.