I've been brainstorming lately and have been trying to think of ways I can expand my blog beyond the styled shoots, and I have finally come up with it! It includes visiting new cafes, restaurants and bars (one of my favorite hobbies, I'm a total foodie), telling you what I ordered and whether I recommend it, a "BREAK DOWN" of all the important qualities I would like to know as a reader. I will also be writing about what I am currently working on/am learning about my business that I am trying to grow. That way I can interact with more of you, and answer any questions or review places you are curious about! What do you think?!
We are going to start with my hometown, well almost hometown.. My favorite cafe in the Eugene, Springfield area to get work done right now is The Washburne Cafe. It's on Main St. in Springfield, OR. in a darling yellow building. Springfield can get a bad wrap, but Main Street is up and coming for sure. Exposed brick, white walls, leather couch and and colored metal chairs makes for an excellent, easy going work environment. They have large community tables, bar seating, tables for two, as well as a cozy seating area with chairs and a dreamy leather couch and if that's not enough, a private room that you can reserve for meetings. The baristas are super friendly and knowledge about coffee. Not sure about a drink... it's a safe place to ask! No need to feel out of place or embarrassed.
My go to order is the breakfast sandwich (egg, cheese and tomato on a english muffin) and I add on the house made sausage and a drip coffee-- so tasty! My mouth is watering just thinking about it. I'm pretty boring when it come to coffee drinks.. black for me please! Need something sweet after your sandwich? The Sassy Cupcake has three different cupcake flavors every week.
THE BREAK DOWN:
beverages: Bespoken Coffee Roasters, Tea, Kombucha, and some other tasty beverages.
food: Yes! Tons of options for breakfast and lunch.
plug ins: Quite a few.
lighting: Excellent natural light in the front half of the cafe, soft lighting and cafe string lights toward the back.
Okay, now what am I learning this week as a new-ish content creator...
I am learning how not to compare my work to others. Creative world can be so saturated and competitive and it's way too easy to compare yourself. This by far has been one of my biggest obstacles. I find myself comparing my work to people who have 10 years of age on me and have been in the industry for almost twice as long as I have. I know-- setting myself up for success on that one. Luckily, I am super blessed and have an amazing affirming group of creatives that surround me and remind me how much I have grown just in the few short years I have been in the industry, and how much more I am going to grow and develop as a stylist.