Shop Talk

Do you ever feel weird if you’ve been alone for too long? I always thought I was one of those people who loved my alone time, really relished my solitude, but now that I live alone and have a new job that lets me work from home…where I live, alone… I’ve started to realize that a morning spent alone is bliss, but an entire day spent alone is just strange.

We’re talking midday napping on my yoga mat, talking to myself incessantly, listening to opera and feeling oddly sad about it, bowls of cereal at 2 p.m. And that was just Monday.

So, I’ve taken to doing a lot of my working in coffee shops and outside in the beautiful Presidio. And I have to say, I feel so much better. Simply having other people around makes me feel like I’m part of the larger community and in a way, it holds me accountable to getting things done. The mom at the table behind me would probably roll her eyes if she looked over to see a young, capable person wasting away in front of Facebook, but when I’m writing and creating, I feel like I’m getting the neighborly seal of approval.

Do you work in coffee shops? Are you productive there? I’d love to know if other people are wired this way, too!

Photo via the beautiful Modern Hepburn.
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2 thoughts on “Shop Talk

  1. Kate N. says:

    I realized that I too often justify staying in for hours because ‘reading is edifying!’ and that it would only take one more cat to look really sad. I’m jealous of people who can work in coffee shops – I gave up after one year of trying to do that in college! I am very impressed when I see people doing actual work at a cafe.

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    • Hilary says:

      Kate, that’s so true. I can justify hours and hours of reading…unless I have a freelance project, and then it’s too the coffee shop I go. Otherwise bed and books are just too tempting!

      Thanks for stopping by!

      XO,
      Hilary

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