This episode is brought to you in collaboration with City Girl Coffee
, bringing awareness and equality to women in the coffee industry.
In this interview, I chat with CEO and owner of City Girl Coffee Alyza Bohbot. Not only do we discuss why it’s important to support women in the coffee industry around the world, Alyza also shares her experience on what it’s like to take over the family business. It’s challenging to be a young female CEO but through her transparency and willingness to learn, she’s developed strong leadership skills to be the force of a legacy brand. Her parents began the coffee company before coffee had reach its popularity in the US and were inspired by her father’s upbringing in Morocco. We also chat about her unique childhood as a first generation Moroccan-American and how it’s impacted her understanding of community.
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I’m in a constant state of craving. The more I slow down and invite in stillness, the more my soul tells me what it needs.
I’m craving quiet, so I turn off the car radio and spend more time alone.
I’m craving a flexible schedule, so I say no to plans and yes to space.
I’m craving the comfort of home, so I stay in my pajamas for a little too long.
I’m craving deep connection, so I get intentional about who I spend my time with.
I’m craving nourishment, but I… don’t know what that means.
See, this last one surprises me. Don’t I nourish myself well? I eat good things, I’m always well hydrated, I usually get enough sleep, so why did I hear the word nourishment whispered over and over? What kind of nourishment am I craving?
Immediately, my mind shows me a memory of The Best Nap of My Life (in all caps) . It wasn’t that I was super tired, rather that I felt safe, relaxed, and taken care of.
It was a crisp fall day a couple of years ago. The sun was shining and a cool breeze entered our second floor living room of our cute vintage coach house in Chicago. College football played on TV – my favorite time of year. My husband had baked a frozen pizza for us and brought me a couple slices. They were unusually satisfying. I remember a warmth and fullness in my belly — the feeling of someone attending to your needs — and was overwhelmed with a sense of comfort. I curled up with a fuzzy blanket and snoozed through the third quarter of the football game.
I don’t remember if my team won or lost, but I remember that delicious nap —the complete feeling of having all my needs met, the total relaxation that only creeps up when everything feels safe and I am wholly and fully nourished.
I can’t take a third quarter nap everyday, but I’m listening to my gut when it tells me it craves nourishment. I trust I’ll know what I need and how to ask for it when I hear that whisper again.
May you always feel nourished and whole.