In Praise of Wandering

The idea of just wandering off to a cafe with a notebook and writing and seeing where that takes me for awhile is just bliss.

J.K Rowling

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I was feeling a little stuck last week — it was an annoying combination of writer’s block, early spring fever and a crazy work week — when suddenly what had been a completely booked Saturday suddenly opened up. For the first time in weeks, I didn’t have anything planned.

So I did what I do best — I want wandering to see where the afternoon would take me. I do this a lot when I’m traveling, but I’m still working on working a little serendipity into my every day life.

It’s funny how when you relax a little, life gives you exactly what you need. I stumbled across a great new shop, which I’ll bring you in a post later this week –writer’s block solved! Even though it was cold, I still enjoyed the sunshine and it made me feel a little less restless.

I ended up at Nichole’s Fine Pastry, which is pretty much my personal relaxation mecca. I┬ákicked back with the High Plains Reader and discovered my new favorite thing on the planet — a chocolate croissant.

It was perfect. And when I emerged an hour later, I felt like an entirely new person.

Where are your favorite places to wander?
How do you prefer to spend a lazy afternoon?
Which treats, experiences or rituals bring you pleasure?

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