There are a lot of things that I enjoy about working from home: I have a lovely, quiet, warm apartment, with awesome internet. I have a neighbor cat that stops by to visit. I have a big external monitor, and a great set of speakers to listen to music with. But there are a few things that I especially enjoy…
One of the nice things about living in Europe is that most of the coffee is really good. I mean, even the instant coffee is good here! For years I’ve wanted one of those fancy machines that provided instant – and delicious – cappuccinos at the push of a button. But I just couldn’t justify spending 100 euros, when my french press made perfectly functional coffee. But, after finishing a rather large project – and walking down the coffee machine isle in the Media Markt for the 100th time, I decided it was time for the splurge! I’ve named him Boris and I adore him and the instant gratification that he delivers.
Another guilty pleasure is the ability to go running whenever I want, and for as long as I want. I started running a couple of years ago, and I can’t seem to stop. After training to run further and further, I’ve been curious to see how far could I actually go! For the last year, I worked on a project that required me to go into an office during the day. Because I treasure my evening collaboration session with Gretchen, my only other alternative to keep training, was to get up extremely early in the morning and go running before commuting to the office (where we were expected to arrive at 9am). When I work from home, I’m in control of my time – which gives me the ability to properly focus on my favorite hobby rather than just fitting it in.
Another work from home guilty pleasure is my pair of wool slippers. I don’t know what it is exactly, but I love wearing them! They’ve got a soft leather sole, so it feel shoe-like, yet it’s still ridiculously soft and warm with all the wool.
Sunday night sneak preview
My boyfriend and I enjoy going to the “sneak preview” movie at the local theater in his town. On Sunday nights at 22.00, we would bike to the theater, pay a discounted rate, and see a “surprise” movie. Meaning, we have no idea what the movie will be until it starts! And regardless of the quality of the movie, it’s always a great time. For the last year, I had to be up at 06.00 on Monday morning to catch the train to the office – so we skipped the sneak previews. Now that I’m working from home again, I’m looking forward to restarting that tradition!
So while all of these things are definitely non-essential items, I’m grateful for every day that I am able to revel in my guilty pleasures. It’s simple luxury, and it reminds me of how lucky I am!
I’m so curious… what are YOUR guilty pleasures?