Populace Coffee in the Siren Hotel (downtown Detroit)
It’s a beautiful, sunny Fall day and I’m soaking up the sunshine in a café window. I’m taking this opportunity to remind myself of how much I have to be grateful for. Not that I forgot, it’s just that I easily get caught up in my jam packed day to day routine that I don’t make time for thinking. And I’m realizing how much more effective I can be if I can make time to decompress, gather my thoughts, and prioritize.
I’m a to do list maker. Everyday I made multiple to do lists (on my phone, on my fridge at home and on our kitchen fridge at the café) because... 1. I will forget important tasks and 2. It keeps me focused and I can get more accomplished in a day. It also feels good to check off a list of accomplished tasks everyday.
But with this, I can get so focused on what I have to get done in any given day, that I forget to take a few moments to just sit down with a coffee and gather my thoughts. And I lose sight of what’s really important.
So that leads me to today… I am just sitting (with a coffee, of course) and thinking. Thinking about all the things I have to be grateful for. I’m thankful for my husband, friends and family. I’m thankful for my job and that I get to do what I love everyday with the best people. I’m thankful for my health and that I have the energy to plan full days for myself and get lots accomplished.
And with that, it puts things into perspective. I don’t wake up in the morning annoyed that I have so much on my plate and not sure how I’m going to get it all done – I wake up thankful that my days are full of things I enjoy and grateful that my body can keep up with my busy lifestyle. I choose not to complain, because I chose this lifestyle and if I really don’t like, I can change it.
I can say, with all sincerity, that I love what I do everyday. I love to make coffee for people, I love to make tasty food for people, and I love to create meaningful, enjoyable jobs for people that will hopefully make our community better. And if I’m a little bit closer to that today then I was yesterday, then I can feel good about all my to do lists.
That brings me to this blog. I am starting a series (that I hope to write more than once a month), called "Thoughts From a Coffee Shop". Every week (hopefully) I will write a blog from a different coffee shop. For whatever reason, I seem to be able to focus best and gather my thoughts while sitting in a cafe by myself, so that's the plan. I will choose a different cafe every week and write out my thoughts - new things I'm learning, what I'm working on that week, maybe a new recipe, maybe a city we've travelled to, who knows... but every week I'll feature a different cafe and explore the area surrounding it.
Today I'm sitting in Populace Coffee in the lobby of the Siren Hotel. This lobby is a work of art. Set in the 1926 art deco Wurlitzer Building, this hip boutique hotel in Downtown Detroit is across the road from the Detroit Opera House and a 5-minute walk from Comerica Park baseball stadium. This retro cafe has plush couches, moody lighting and gold accents. You feel like you're sitting in a rich person's living room in the 1920s. This hotel also hosts a trendy cocktail bar, and a high-end restaurant seating 8 guests only. The lobby is so comfortable that even if the coffee was shit, I would still come here to sit and get work done in this inviting space. But luckily, the coffee is good too! The coffee bar is Michigan roaster, Populace Coffee located in Bay City.
If you're looking for somewhere to go to get work done with good wifi and comfortable seating, I would highly recommend this spot. It's also a fun place to bring friends because the space is so interesting and unique. The cocktail bar, The Candy Bar, is fantastic too, we went a couple months ago with some friends. I haven't tried the restaurant yet, but I'm eager to.
Hope this blog series inspires you to make the time to think, take a pause in your busy schedule and look around you and be grateful for what you have.
Stay tuned for next week when I explore a different cafe! Until then ;)