favorite things chocolate & coffee breaks
Once upon a time five years ago, I worked in an office. It had cubicles, fluorescent lighting, an instant coffee maker, a soda vending machine, and a closet stacked from floor to ceiling with restaurant guides.
Even then, like now, I would get antsy around half past three. By 4:30 I would hit a wall at which point I would bolt out of my seat and make a beeline for Bouchon Bakery at Time Warner Center, one city block away. There, I would spend most of my meager salary on lattes and pastries. It kept me sane and poor and, for fifteen whole minutes, truly, blissfully okay with things. Then I would return to my desk and plug away at the computer for another hour or so before the end of the work day.
I was lucky to work at Zagat, but don’t miss working in an office.
These days I work from coffee shops, Chris’s music studio, at home, and, once a week, with some of the most talented people I know at FiftyThree. While my office is mobile, I still advocate for those afternoon breaks. They’re pick-me-ups, and I think everyone deserves them, and frequently. Besides, taking a stroll, indulging a craving, and bringing something back for your coworker are small steps that go a long way.