Coffee and self-control

I think coffee is delightful.

I am delighted just thinking about it.

But we, as curious creatures absorb copious amounts of information every day, some of which may lead us to believe otherwise.

It is known that when consumed in excess, coffee can have a negative effect on the body.

But to me it seems that as long as you are in control of your coffee intake, and that it does not exceed an amount which cause physical strain on your body, then coffee is okay.

But coffee, or caffeine, is addictive.

Every day, I have one, two or (rarely) three cups of coffee. I love it. And I don’t think there is anything wrong with that.

I have gone through periods of time when I have tried to cut back. It does seem unnecessary to have more than two a day, especially if I’m paying for it.

I have an espresso with my breakfast and another one (either a long black or flat white) later in the morning.

I enjoy sipping my espresso while carefully my breakfast each morning. I like to think as I eat, about what the day may bring. When I get to work, it’s great to step out of the office, into the fresh air and engage in conversation with a colleague who may accompany you, or a barista.

A common feeling for coffee drinkers is that the barista-consumer relationship may have gone too far.

I used to religiously have a long black on my way in to work. I would get another coffee mid-morning and maybe another at lunch. I used to go to the same shop for my pre-work coffee every day. It was good coffee, friendly service and not too far out of my way.

But, I like to mix things up a bit more now. I do have my favourites, but they have learned not to expect me.

It’s kind of creepy when they expect you.

Same time, same coffee, every day. They know your order, your dogs name, where you work, your family situation and other crucial bits of information carefully gathered to build rapport.

Some people love it, but I would say it is almost confronting.

I have read (on more than one occasion) recently that amazing things happen when we stop having coffee. We can sleep better, concentrate better and our moods change.

It makes me second guess my much-loved past time. But let’s be honest, I have tried to cut back on many occasions, and I wasn’t successful.

If you enjoy something, and it does not pose an immediate effect to your health, then why give it up?

For me it’s about self-control. I don’t want coffee to think that I can’t resist it.
So, every now and then I take time out from coffee. Whether it lasts a few days or a few weeks, I am yet to see a noticeable difference in my capacity to operate. I thought coffee made us more alert anyway?

So much information coming at us from so many different sources can sometimes feel overwhelming. Especially when you have not had your morning coffee.
Coffee makes me happy.

And it’s important to do what makes you happy. Drink your coffee, or your decaf, or none at all.

Saying this though, I would be interested to hear first-hand from an ex-coffee addict, what did you notice when you cut it out?

There is no point giving up

Last week I read two completely different opinions, from the same publication which sort of threw me.

The first article I read was this one, discouraging people from spending too much time on a side project that might not work out.

I was only slightly discouraged, but the words stayed in my mind until I was on the train home from work. I thought about what would happen if I gave up? What would be the point giving up? Writing, editing and content marketing is what I love doing so if I’m spending time outside of my ‘proper’, more stable job trying to make a living out of it, what harm could this be causing?

Sure, I may be a tiny bit obsessed with my computer and my husband may not see me much after dinner but at least I have something to keep me occupied. Not only occupied but intellectually stimulated. How’s that compared to sitting in front of the TV each night?

The second article was much more uplifting and focused on the reason that everyone needs a side project, even if they are not in a place to fully let go of their full time job. It sat much better with me as my mind turned to the blog post I would be writing that night.

I get that there is a need to be realistic in a world where every Jane, Beth and Sam want to begin a living on their own terms, to be their own boss. But there is a fine line between being honest and being discouraging.

I, or anyone working on a side project at home should never feel like it will ultimately be a waste of time.

I found the second article inspiring, encouraging and even helpful. It explained that having a project to work on in your own time allows for a high level of personal development that would not always occur in a ‘normal’ workplace, when working for someone else.

I am not saying that a side project or ‘side hustle’ is for everyone. There is absolutely no need to begin a side hustle if you are content with your current situation.

But if there is something other than your current job that piques your interest, why not give it a go?

And don’t forget to let me know about your progress!