Mike and I decided to take this summer off. No work, no school, just rest, relaxation, and reflection. I’m a big proponent of self-care, and I honestly think this is one of the best decisions we’ve ever made for ourselves. After graduation, we were both burnt out. We knew we needed to take some time off to get healthy – mind, body, and soul.
With the freedom I have allowed myself this summer, I have had a lot of time to think. Quiet contemplation and introspection has led me to examine my life and the ways in which I interact with the world. I’ve taken time to identify the values important to me, and my relationships with others, nature, and material goods. I’ve developed a sort of personal mission statement or manifesto. One that helps me remember what is important to me, and the impact I’d like to have on this world.
One of the (many) things I took away from this exercise was that I wasn’t happy with the relationship I had to material things. There was too much mindless consumption, too much spending/use without connection, too much baseless desire (which often fed into jealousy and unhappiness). I shared my thoughts with Mike, and he felt a lot of the same things I did. We had long conversations about sustainability, community, and living a more mindful life. What is this all leading up to, you ask? Good question.
You’ll see some changes on the bar and bean as we move towards realigning our life with our values. Expect more of a focus on homemade, handmade, and local (we already do this to some extent, but we’d like to do so even more). We promise things won’t get preachy. This isn’t a platform for us to tell anyone how to live their life. You do you. All we’d like to do is share our journey.
We’ve got lots of ideas and plans, like transitioning to from-scratch bread, roll, and pastry baking, urban foraging, meat and fish curing, beer brewing, furniture building, wool sock knitting, etc, etc, etc.
Ambitious? You betcha. Worth a shot? We certainly think so.