Coffee and Conversation
I felt like writing a quick post on the importance of taking time out for coffee and conversation:
I met up with my friend, Augusto a month or so ago at All Time! in our neighborhood of Los Feliz. We hadn't seen each other in a while, and it was great to catch up on work-life/spiritual life and our careers. He's a designer by trade but is currently making a shift to pursue his photography more, and even gifted me a copy of his self-published magazine style portfolio. It's beautiful.
Seeing as we're both photographers we, of course, talked about cameras and gear. But it was mainly a discussion about changes in direction in our careers to focus more of our energy on a specific goal.
Interestingly - for a coffee nerd as myself - it's a rarity for me lately, to have the time to meet up with someone for the sole purpose of the conversation. There's usually a production or shoot to discuss - or something to plan. Not to say that I don't enjoy those meetups - there's often creative energy expressed in there as well as some time to chill and catch up.
All this to say, my life has become far more complicated from the days when I would chill at coffee shops non stop. Add in some children - more responsibilities - trying to focus on the business side of Americano Mondays, and my leisure time is often limited.
But I can't help but remember how nice it was to walk up the street, meet a friend over coffee, talk about life - share our art, take some photos and then walk back home refreshed and ready to rock out the day.
I need to find more time to bring back the simple act of asking someone to meet up for coffee a 'thing' in my life again.