So it’s been a couple of weeks since I started my ‘going indie’ challenge. On a week where I’ve been more stressed and tired than usual it’s been more of a challenge. The first big challenge came the other week when I was staying late at work and planned to go to the local noodle bar to get some food. And said noodle bar was shut. All of sudden I was without a plan, running out of time to get food before my next appointment. Usually that would have been an automatic local supermarket or Subway sandwich purchase. Instead I found a local cafe close by, went in, asked if they did takeaway, and I discovered they do! A panini and brownie was bought and it was fine.
And the brownie was about double the size of one you’d get in a certain coffee chain for probably around the same cost.
The up-side about ‘going indie’ is the relationships built. I’ve found that in the local cafes and shops, the staff are there for the longer haul, and they take the time to get to know their customers. I’ve been going to the same local cafe for a number of years near my work, and during the last few weeks I’ve been given Active Kids vouchers for my Guide unit by the manager, and a free bag of popcorn – as they are trying out different brands to sell. Propercorn is different but quite nice!
The most recent challenge is that I’m currently nocturnal writing an essay for university. I haven’t had time to do a proper food shop and my food supply is running out. Oh the temptation to jump into my Mum’s car at 1 a.m. and nip down to the nearest 24hr metropolitan hypermarket store.
All in all, I’m enjoying this process even with it’s challenges. It’s amazing how much I’m discovering how many of my habits come through choosing out of convenience.
Here’s hoping for more discoveries of places on the lead up to Easter Sunday!