I don’t know about you, but for every job I take, I must have a happy place. An escape. A ritual. Just something for those moments when you need a mental breather.
At one of my previous jobs, it was a walk around a nature trail near the office building. At another job, it was grabbing a cup of coffee and a snack and pulling up the comfiest chair.
So now, after my first full week on my new job, I am starting to figure out what my refuge here will be when I just need a break. Thankfully, today, I discovered that the Nashville Farmers’ Market (website here, if you plan to visit) is very close to my office.
Today, I decided to spend my lunch break checking out the farmers’ market, and I can tell it may well be a nice little “happy place” for me to escape to when I need a break. The first thing I noticed on my stroll over to the market was the ample parking for bicycles, which I love. I honestly wish this city were more pedestrian and cyclist friendly.
The bicycle racks were even done up like stalks of corn, to portray the focus on homegrown produce here!
Once I went inside, I was immediately delighted by the plethora of food shops and kiosks full of goodies. Unfortunately (thankfully, for my pocketbook!) I had already packed my lunch, otherwise I would have been even more tempted by the pastries at this little coffee and pastry shop.
Finally, on my way out, I saw this adorable little stationery shop that had the cutest handmade cards, notebooks, and writing implements. I am an absolute fiend when it comes to stationery. Seriously, I cannot be trusted not to just buy all that I see!
I must say, I am quite proud of myself for not walking out a hundred dollars poorer than when I embarked on my mini-adventure!
All of this is to say that I think I’ve found a lovely little happy place just a few minutes’ stroll from my office. The fact that my newfound happy place happens to sell coffee and baked goods is an added bonus!
Tell me, what is your happy place at work?
Until next time,