Reframing my coffee habit

I wasted $5.00 today

Today I came to a startling realization.

I went to the grocery store and then picked up a Starbucks treat, a grande iced caramel macchiato made with soy milk. It’s my go-to. I enjoy it…

…until today. Today I wasn’t feeling it. I paid over $5.00 for it, and I didn’t even enjoy much of it before I decided to pour the rest of it out. I basically poured $5.00 down the drain.

And I didn’t like that feeling. I started thinking about all the iced coffee and tea drinks I’ve been buying lately, and I suddenly felt sick to my stomach.

So much wasted money.

Don’t get me wrong. I do enjoy coffee shops and amazing hand-crafted coffees. I like the atmosphere. I like the experience of meeting up with a friend or doing some writing while I leisurely sip on the deliciousness someone has taken the care to make.

And that’s what I need to get back to. Enjoying the experience of a locally owned business as much as enjoying the cup of coffee. It’s what I’ve been missing lately. I started taking it for granted, and thus, not enjoying it very much.

It’s time to get back to why I enjoy coffee so much. It’s more about the experience and less about the coffee itself.

Even though it was an expensive lesson, it’s one that will have a bigger payoff in the grand scheme of things. A better cup of coffee and an even more positive experience.

This post originally appeared on my blog, Everyday Life Uncluttered. You can check out more posts on the topic of self-improvement and personal growth, as well as sign up for my rocking FREE newsletter, GTI Wednesday. It’s an amazing midweek positivity boost!

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