Last week I visited the Optimism Cafe – a unique venue set up by the folks at Maxwell House, who are linking optimism to coffee, and back again. They engaged me as part of their overall campaign, which starts with renaming “Coffee Breaks” as “Optimism Breaks” and also includes a website where contributors share stories and videos of their optimistic experience, and allows you to vote on whether you are “half full” or “half empty” and lists the details on the Cafe itself. Fun to note that visitors are almost consistently 3/4 “Half Full”
The Optimism Cafe is open at 1948 Queen Street East, in the Beaches area of Toronto. It’s a bright, WIFI connected coffee shop, where you can get a free cup of coffee, and share in some optimism with fellow customers, or stay for a speaking session. On Friday I started a coffee circle with busy Moms, talking about how we can try to find some balance between work/kids/play, especially in these summer months. We heard from a part-time gym teacher, a full time professional chef, a social worker, and a artist/graphic designer branching out into using her work to help others. We all have unique paths, but we all had a vision or a goal we needed to map out. As one participant said “Do what you love and good things start coming to you.”
Drop by for some more Optimism, but do it soon – the Optimism Cafe is only open until July 30th. I’ll be there again on Wednesday, July 20th, at 9:30am, sparking a discussion on social media and optimism – do they work together?