Journey Update: Doing Life the Hard Way et On S’en Bats Les Couilles

Tell them that this is the way it works, and I know better than them. ~Peggy: Mad Men S2E8 “Panini poulet parmesan, s’il vous plait,” requested a customer. Being in job training for the past month, I knew exactly what I needed to do when a customer places this order – Into the Merrychef oven, … Continue reading Journey Update: Doing Life the Hard Way et On S’en Bats Les Couilles

Journey Update: Armand, Motherf***ers, & Nazi Panty Jokes

The greatest risk of all is to risk nothing at all September 16, 2015 Japan adventures behind me; European adventures ahead. September 16, 2016 European adventures behind me; Paris Café adventures ahead. What a crazy amazing fantastic phenomenal year it’s been! I left Japan with this crazy idea to open a café for expats who … Continue reading Journey Update: Armand, Motherf***ers, & Nazi Panty Jokes

Bringing the World Together, One Breakfast at a Time

I give you the light of Eärendil, our most beloved star. May it be a light for you in dark places, when all other lights go out. Last Monday, I experienced a sensation I’ve never felt before. This feeling was so satisfying and at the same time enticing. No, it wasn’t physical or sexual; it … Continue reading Bringing the World Together, One Breakfast at a Time

Returning to the End of the Beginning

July 13, 2016: Arrived in Rome, Italy. This is where I ended my 3-month European tour last year. It was the end of a grand voyage, but the start of a new journey. My bag is still packed and the journey continues. So, I pause in remembrance of that crazy adventure. December 15, 2015 90 days. … Continue reading Returning to the End of the Beginning

Journey Update: Sprinting Through a Marathon

Once I was 20 years old... I only see my goals. I don't believe in failure. Cause I know the smallest voices can make it major... Once I was 20 years old. They say when life gives you lemons, make lemonade - But what if you’d rather make coffee? Chasing your dreams is kind of … Continue reading Journey Update: Sprinting Through a Marathon

Searching for Value & Contentment

*Before you begin reading, be aware that this isn’t a story to entice sympathy. My only wish is to pass on knowledge. Value [‘vɶl yu]: worth, merit, importance (n) Part l: Searching for Value *NEWSFLASH* I have imperfections. Real, debilitating imperfections. I'm a chronic avoider, and not only do I avoid people and situations that make me … Continue reading Searching for Value & Contentment

Journey Update: Proud & Panicking

"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." John Lennon Last week, life turned a little brighter. I had a series of job interviews with a host of cafes in Paris, thanks to hospo.jobs and coffeepeoplefrance, and there was one barista possibility that particularly caught my eye. But here's the catch: … Continue reading Journey Update: Proud & Panicking

Journey Update: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

For what you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing. It also depends on what type of person you are. ~C.S. Lewis Today, I have been in Paris for one month and 12 days. This time spent has been a roller-coaster of the good, the bad, and the ugly. However, … Continue reading Journey Update: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The Beginning of the Return Home

Imagine walking into a new café on an ordinary Sunday afternoon. The sweet smell of cinnamon and freshly ground coffee greets you at the door, along with a warm smile and a friendly "hello, please come in" from the barista. You've never met before, but you feel you could tell your deepest darkest secrets or … Continue reading The Beginning of the Return Home