Shall we just take a little break?

Given that it’s Wednesday in my part of the world and the week feels like it’s flying by, I thought it would be nice to just take a little break. A ‘time-out’ if you will. Would you care to join me? … Perhaps like me you drink coffee? Or maybe the prospect of a sweet treat is more your thing? (I think a little of both works well for me).

Shall I order you a coffee too?Or perhaps something sweet? (this one is too small to share)

Most days I find myself in a hurry – there’s never enough time, there’s always too long to wait, and I just can’t bear being stuck in a slow moving queue. Even when I take a break for coffee in the morning I try to take as little time as possible by grabbing a takeaway flat white from the closest cafe. Sure the coffee is great, but the experience isn’t very relaxing and just buys into more of that ‘rush, rush, rush’ feeling. I feel like I’ve taken on the spirit of Alice’s White Rabbit – ‘I’m late! I’m late! For a very important date! No time to say hello, goodbye! I’m late! I’m late! I’m late!‘. Living life in a constant panicked state isn’t much life (or fun) at all.

Something I’ve recently discovered is the pleasure of taking myself out for a proper coffee at a proper cafe. The whole experience is so much more relaxing and leisurely. There’s also something particularly lovely about drinking from a real cup and eating with real utensils. Instead of sipping from my takeaway cup and taking bites of food at my desk, by taking an actual break away from work, it becomes more meaningful.

So, shall I pull up an extra chair at the table next time so you can join me? Or maybe you’ve found a different way to slow things down in your week?

48 Comments

  1. Kylie

    I’m taking time out today. I woke with a weird swollen eye (a stye maybe? who knows), as well as a slightly scratchy throat and sniffly nose. Nothing major, but with the rain outside I took it as a warning to stay home. 🙂

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Kylie – I SOOOO should have taken you up on your offer of watching movies at your place … yesterday I ended up watching Revolutionary Road … certainly not the most uplifting of films for a sick day 🙁
      You’ll have to come to my place sometime so you can meet Mr Jones before he grows up too much! 🙂

      I hope your eye is getting better … sometimes our bodies do such strange things to us.

      PS. I often take a rainy day as extra incentive to stay home. 🙂

      1. Kylie

        We should definitely coordinate our sick days next time! 🙂

        And yes, I’d love to meet Mr Jones, although I am also conscious that I owe you a visit here too! Perhaps we’ll find a spare day with all the public holidays that are coming up… 😉

  2. Selma

    Well, I would certainly like to join you, especially with that lovely looking coffee and a tart that is to die for. Nom nom.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Selma – Excellent … your company would be very welcome! 🙂
      The coffee was lovely, but the size of the tart was a little on the small size … but then again, perhaps I’m just too greedy when it comes to sweet treats? 😉

  3. Galit

    I agree about going out and have a break at a cafe. I just did it this morning, just to have my head cleared before the day rushes on.
    Having my second coffee at home now with some nice fresh oranges from the Riverland! Yum!!
    Hope you feel better dear! Have a good day! xx

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Galit – It makes all the difference to change our perspectives for a little while … cafes are great for doing that and yet still making us feel like we’re amongst it all. 🙂
      Your coffee + orange treat looked delicious … your sweet treat sounds much healthier than mine! 😉
      I’m slowly feeling better, I think I just picked up one of those viruses that’s going around at the moment … I’m sure I’ll be back to 100% by the weekend.
      xx

  4. fairchildstreet

    Sounds good to me, count me in. So good to slow down and be in the present. Just a small sweet treat is lovely. Charmaine

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Charmaine – Lovely … you would make a wonderful coffee / treat companion. It is most wonderful to press ‘pause’ at least for a few minutes in our day. 🙂

  5. Lucent Imagery

    Yes, pull up a chair for me please! And some floor space for my dog. And yours? They are great teachers of appreciating the small moments. I was just talking to a loved one yesterday who was feeling overwhelmed with responsibilities etc etc and felt that she couldn’t cope with so much going on. I answered that’s why I love minimalist blogs like Zen Habits that actually advocate that taking time out, eliminating unnecessary things from the hectic schedule etc is a positive life choice, not an admittance that you can’t cope. Taking time out for coffee or whatever it may be is an important act and I love that you’re talking about this here. You know I love many of your topics!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Lucent Imagery – A chair for you will most certainly be provided … oh yes, and of course doggies are always welcome! 🙂 … I’ve often thought dogs have the right kind of approach to life – they’re always cheerful, sleep as much as they like (and whenever they like), and are happy in the company of others.

      I agree with you on the joy and calm that can be taken from minimalism and a simpler, more streamlined approach to thought and action … I know I very much enjoyed slowing down for a minute or two over a lovely cup of coffee! 🙂

      PS. Thanks so much for your kind comment. 🙂

  6. Valerie

    I’d love to join you – but only if I can have two tarts. I’m feeling greedy.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Valerie – Haha, you sound just like me with the sweet stuff (I love it too). I say it should be a double tart treat for everyone! 😉

  7. katiecrackernuts

    I think that’s a lovely idea and I am going to make a play coffee date with myself during the working week. I tend to try to do that on a weekend but like the idea of doing it through the week. A little moment to stop and enjoy the day, and glory, this autumn, I want to enjoy the days.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Katie – Yes, I think I could easily make such a mid-week coffee break a regular part of my working week … it’s a rather delicious indulgence.

      Autumn is my favourite season, so it’s wonderful to get amongst it and linger somewhere lovely for a while.
      🙂

  8. Melynda

    lovely! crafting is my time out and tim knows not to bother me when the machine is out and my head is down!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Melynda – Crafting is a great ‘time out’ activity … and it’s extra nice to know you won’t be disturbed while you go about your crafting business! 🙂

  9. Makeminemidcentury

    That sounds like a lovely idea. There is nothing more relieving than being able to sit down for half-an-hour and be waited upon.
    That coffee and tart look divine. Seeing them is enough for me! One of my favourite things is buying ground coffee from Merlo at Paddington. They give you a free coffee when you buy your bag of coffee beans. And inhaling the opened bag on returning home is ecstasy!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi MMMC – It’s lovely to visit a cafe for a little time out … even better if they have full table service!! 🙂
      Gosh, you’re good about not giving into temptation … it’s never enough for me just to look at a coffee or sweet treat, I simply must have them! 🙂

      I buy my coffee beans from Merlo in the city and grind them at home … so I’m completely with you on that whole free cup of coffee deal they have going … it’s great! 🙂

      There is nothing quite like the fragrance of fresh coffee!!

  10. Lisa

    It’s always a subdued kind of celebration when treating myself to the inside warmth, and old world charm of a welcoming café, and as Thomas Hardy would say “Far from the Maddening Crowd.” I love the instantaneous connection to the ‘in seventh heaven’ aroma, while at the same time a voice inside of me is saying ‘I love coming home.’

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Lisa – So very true … it’s that equal delight of being ‘out’ and yet at the same time it feeling like ‘home’. A wonderful balance that I would wish to incorporate into more of the places I visit within a day. There is nothing quite like that fresh fragrance of coffee to beckon me in and have me feel welcomed.
      xx

      Take care, dear one.
      🙂

  11. hila

    oh yes, I’ll join you! Cafes are dangerous places for me though, I usually go in for one cup and end up staying for more …

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Hila – Wonderful! Haha, I know what you mean about cafes being dangerous places for you … I tend to be a lingerer too. So I figure we’d be OK in that we could linger a little longer together over a cup, or two, or three … 😉

  12. Gabrielle Bryden

    Count me in! That coffee looks so good – I am feeling tired this week and unable to achieve much at all, so an extra coffee is the way to go 🙂

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gabrielle – Lovely! The coffee tasted just as good as it looks (thank goodness, as I really needed it that day). I hope you’re not feeling as tired towards the end of the week (or at least, that a coffee or two is working wonders for you).
      🙂

  13. Christine

    Thank you – a break’d be perfect! And that coffee looks yummi 🙂
    Thank you for your words – I looove Autumn. Wonderful Spring is almost breaking through here, and yet, I felta slight yearning for Autumn ;o))) On your mention of “rug” my whole being went into cozy-mode :-)))
    Happy Autumn 🙂 May all the colors and the earthy smells and the relaxed, orange light soothe and fill you 🙂

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Christine – You’re most very welcome … I suspect you’d be a particularly charming coffee companion! 🙂
      It seems we agree on autumn being a most wonderful season, though you *almost* have me thinking with delight at the prospect of spring – there’s something extra special in the air in that lovely season too.

      I think I just love cooler weather – something to do with all that cosy layering and soft padding about the house in warm things. Thanks so much for your autumn well wishes … I’m sure it will be just as you describe. 🙂
      xx

  14. louise

    Absolutely best treat, a sweet treat and a coffee, I completely agree. And this slow down treat has the added bonus of speeding you up with sugar and caffeine. xolj

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Louise – A sweet and a coffee is the best kind of treat for me, one just goes so well with the other I think. 🙂
      Haha, I didn’t even think about that whole ‘speeding up’ while ‘slowing down’ impact of the caffeine and sugar … no wonder I don’t mind this kind of ‘slow down’ technique! 😉

  15. sandrine

    Oh this such a funny coincidence Tracey! If you look at my wedenesday post you will know what I mean 🙂 LOL
    Looks like, when things get too busy, the need for a nice coffee cup just jump at us 🙂 I have reduced my coffe consumption to none for a while and thought it was really tough the first 3 days (I think I had to break addiction!), but now I occasionally indulge and it feels even more special 🙂
    Hope you feel a sense of peace real soon, Yoga was my best friend today 🙂
    Enjoy your week.
    Sandrine x

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Sandrine – I can’t believe we both had the same ‘coffee break’ idea (or need) on Wednesday … it says so much about what’s going on in both our worlds I think! 🙂

      Well done in managing to reduce your coffee consumption … I bet it was tough at first (especially going completely cold turkey). I’ve tried rather half-heartedly in the past to break my daily caffeine addiction, but it all seemed rather too hard (and I don’t think my heart was really in it). I figure there’s worse things for me to be addicted to! 😉

      I’m sure yoga brought you the peace and calm you needed in your busy day … I should look to exercise more often as a way to re-energise my day. I hope you had a lovely week! 🙂

  16. sandrine

    oops!! sorry for the jumble of typo above!! Looks like Yoga was not enough to slow down! 🙂

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Sandrine – No need to apologise for your typo (I’m always mixing my words about because I think my brain is moving too quickly for my typing hands!) 😉
      Take care xx

  17. lenore*

    that’s the kind of lifestyle I crave for Tracey, and also making conscious choices along the way~ Lovely!

    xo*

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Lenore – Yes, that slower more sedate pace of life is definitely a goal for me. I think it is the only way to really *experience* all the wonderful things this world has to offer us.
      🙂

  18. Krystal/Village

    this was good to read in the middle of my freakout about how fast the day is going, haha! have a good day fleur!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Krystal – Well I hope you were able to thwart a complete freak-out about the crazy pace of your day … it’s awful when the day feels like it’s speeding away from you like that.
      Take care,
      from your friend Fleur.
      xx

  19. Krystal/Village

    P.S Thank you always for your thoughtful comments 🙂

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Krystal – You’re most welcome … your blog is always a delight to visit, so it’s a pleasure to share my thoughts.
      Thanks for saying so.
      xx

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  21. Stafford

    Learnt the art of stopping to enjoy whatever is happening at the moment, but was, for most of my life the typical Wonderland White Rabbit!
    This morning I saw a bloke driving along Nicklin Way (main hightway near me) with a cigarette between two fingers of the hand on the wheel while trying to sip a take away coffee, all in peak hour traffic. I didn’t see hands free phone plugs in the ears, but because his mouth seemed to be forming words, I did look and thought ‘that used to be me!’! EEEEK!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Stafford – Well done to you for learning the art of ‘stopping’ and ‘slowing down’, I’m sure that’s the secret to a longer, happier life! 🙂

      That white rabbit seems to spread his influence far and wide … that story you related about the guy driving in peak hour traffic, smoking a cigarette and drinking a coffee is rather terrifying … there’s multi-tasking, and then there’s *crazy* multi-tasking. At least in seeing him, you’re able to appreciate your more relaxed state of being! 🙂

  22. Camila F.

    Taking a little time just for myself is essencial. Everyone should do it every once in a while. I think I need to take myself out for a proper coffee at a proper cafe today! : )

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Camila – I’m so glad you’re also an appreciator of taking a little time out for one’s self (it’s such a wonderful, yet simple luxury). I certainly hope you did take yourself out for a proper coffee at a proper cafe … it’s so much nicer than rushing about here, there and everywhere.
      xx

  23. previously owned

    Oh this is great! I completely agree. One should take a time out and breathe, have some coffee, meditate. To get focus and refresh. Lovely photographs!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Fi – I love it when great minds (like ours) think alike! 🙂
      Taking time out from a busy day is something I don’t do enough of, but really need to do more of. It is such a pleasure to rest and recharge, even if it just ends up being for a few minutes.

      I’m glad you liked the photos!
      Thanks for your lovely visit! 🙂

  24. Mel

    Mmmmm, now it’s coffee and cake! I should really bring a snack every time I visit your blog! 😉

    I’ve taken lots of time out to craft this week. I’ve borrowed a book which is inspiring me to the max – look out for a blog post on it soon! xx

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Mel – Haha, you should definitely bring along your own snack when you visit! Apologies if I make you crave something sweet with posts like these! 😉

      Taking time out for craft sounds like a wonderful thing to do … I love reading inspiring books, so I’ll be sure to catch up what’s been inspiring you very soon.

      Take care.
      xx

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