In the idealistic version of my life I am the type of woman who sits in a coffee shop, journal in hand, relaxing and contemplating. The real life me never stops to do that though, and considers it a waste of money to buy a hot drink that I could easily make at home for ‘free’… Plus I’m usually in a hurry so can’t spare the time.
I know, it’s quite pitiful really. It might be a simple enough daydream but why do I deny myself this small pleasure? It’s not even as though I want to do it outrageously often like once a week. Once or twice a month would be fun.
I was in the city yesterday when I had this thought, so, with more than half an hour before I wanted to start heading home I dropped into Typo, a fun and inexpensive stationery store, and chose a notebook and pen. I’d normally have both these things with me, but I was carrying a tote bag for walking instead of my handbag, so only had my wallet, phone and headphones.
I then headed over to Starbucks to order a coffee. A lot of people are against Starbucks, mainly anti-corporates and coffee connoisseurs, but I have a soft spot for Starbucks. When I first moved to the big smoke sixteen years ago I was excited to go there. I felt like I was in the Friends café, or a movie, or at the very least a big city.
So I had a lovely half-hour in Starbucks, breaking in my new journal. I bought a small size to keep in my bag and I've dedicated it solely to blog post and writing ideas. I wanted a journal to keep close so that it could capture all my ideas. Yes, I could type them into my phone but I find it’s quicker to jot down a note and I don’t have to go through my phone to find them afterwards.
I always have loads of writing ideas, but they float through my head like clouds and if I don’t note them down I may never see them again as they float on by. After half an hour with my journal and coffee, I was ready to go. It was a perfectly lovely way to spend my time and money.
I really am too thrifty for my own good sometimes – my ‘decadent’ idea cost me less than $20. Phew – talk about pushing the boat out Fiona. And I truthfully did consider before I did this that I could have a cup of tea for free when I got back, that I probably already had a small notebook that I could dedicate to writing ideas at home, and I definitely have pens at home. It was a small comfort zone barrier, but I broke through it! Some people are spendthrifts, I’m the opposite. I’m so used to saving everything that it’s quite a turnaround to spend for pleasure.
So I’m committing to doing more of those things that the lady in my chic dreams does. That would be a great journal question to ponder actually: How does she live her life? What kinds of activies does she do? What doesn’t she do?
Now I’m turning the microphone onto you. I’d also love to know, what does your ideal chic lifestyle include that you don’t currently do? I mean, I’m sure she stays at the Ritz Paris, but I mean more the little, inexpensive things that you could easily do, but don’t. And of course after saying what it is, you’re going to go out and do it, within a week… and report back under this post! I dare you!
I’d also like to ask for your help gathering up lots of blog post ideas: what would you love me to add to my ideas notes? What struggles do you have? What do you need help with? What would you love inspiration on? What would you most love to see as a subject line in an email newsletter from me?