What’s your morning routine?
I love asking entrepreneurs this question, because I find the answer varies greatly depending on who is answering.
For me, I’ve always cherished my first cup of coffee. Every morning, I turn on my Keurig, place my favourite handmade mug beneath the filter, fill my reusable pod up with coffee grinds and press the button for my individual cup. After it’s poured, I like to hold my face over the steam, breathe in the rich aroma, and sip away at my desk as I browse the latest blog posts and articles on my Feedly stream.
But I recently made a change.
It started when my husband bought me a coffee grinder for Valentine’s Day (he knows the way to my heart). Now, I am buying fresh beans instead of grinds. I am adding a step to my morning routine. And it is all so worth it for the strong burst of the cocoa, earthy and smoky perfume that fills my kitchen.
When I was trying out the grinder for the first time, I suddenly found myself back in my first year of university, pouring beans into the large grinder at Second Cup, at six o’clock in the morning.
I’ve always been fascinated by the way certain aromas can bring back vivid memories. It’s the closest thing to time travel I’ve ever experienced.
And it got me thinking.
It has been 10 years since I dragged my ass out of bed four mornings a week to clock in at the campus coffee shop.
I’ve worked a lot of jobs since then.
I have also moved six times, got married, adopted a fur baby, and built my own business.
Times have certainly changed. But there’s more to the story than that.