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Coffee at Zoka in Kirkland Washington

KIRKLAND, WASHINGTON

Work and Workout in Kirkland

I like my morning routine. Monday was a typical day—and a great day. I got up early and went to the gym and did about an hour’s worth of stretching, cardio, and crunches. It wasn’t too strenuous. It allowed to me wake up. I listened to the news and to an innovative podcast about the benefits of Vitamin D3. I’m always looking for advice on health, exercise, or nutrition. Sometimes I get so engrossed in my workout, or in new ideas from a podcast, I lose track of time. It happened today. I had to rush to a business meeting in Kirkland at my favorite coffee shop. Since I was in a rush, I threw on fresh yoga pants over my same workout underwear to see how they’d handle the day. When I think of our underwear, I want to be ready for everything. I want to be ready for anything.

Coffee Blast at Zoka in Kirkland

Like I said, the meeting was at my favorite coffee shop. I always go to Zoka in Kirkland. Zoka has the best coffee on the Eastside of Seattle. After a workout, I need a caffeine blast. When you’re there, check out the scrabble-like tiles on the menu board. It’s a cool design with a list of great drinks. There are seasonal specials like Pumpkin Spice Latte, Honey Cardamom Latter, or Chai Cider. Of course they have all the beautiful espresso drinks that we love and they make all of them perfectly. I usually start with a double espresso and then an hour later I go for an oat-milk latte, which seems to be better tasting than almond milk. I’m trying to avoid dairy to see how I feel because I’m always trying new nutrition tips. Everyone is always trying new things or they go for their old favorite. What I like about Zoka is that they have every new innovation in the coffee world. Any drink is possible. Parking is easy. The people are cool. It’s all good.

Zoka Coffee in Kirkland

https://www.zokacoffee.com/pages/cafes

Kirkland YOGA 

I wanted to keep the positive feeling going for the rest of the day. A friend of mine owns a yoga studio around the corner from the coffee shop. I’ve been meaning to try it out and she texted me about a cancellation for a private session. I was already in yoga pants and all the athletic apparel so I went for it. I worked for another hour and walked over to her studio. I wanted to try a private lesson because I have been having pain in my back. When I go to group classes I don’t get the focus on those areas of pain in my body. My friend led me through an hour of yoga, most of which focused on that lower back pain. I have to say that I like how our athletic clothes felt against my skin while I was practicing yoga. They were smooth. They fit the lines of my body. They felt strong and gave me confidence. I’m very picky about how clothes feel when I workout and these yoga pants and athletic underwear make me feel like I can do anything. After a while, the pain in my back went away, and the feeling of my body went away, and I was able to focus on my thoughts. That’s how yoga should be. Your clothes shouldn’t get in the way of your body and your mind.

Spa Eir 

https://www.spaeir.com/

Deru Market - Best Restaurant in Kirkland

After yoga I was starving, so I went up to Deru Market for lunch. I decided to walk. It’s only ten minutes from the studio. I just kept rocking my yoga pants and athletic underwear. The beauty of today’s fashion is that you can look cool and feel good in casual clothes. If you buy the right clothes, you can also have some style. Deru is a masterpiece. Lots of locals who live and work in Kirkland stop by for baked goods, salads, pizzas, sandwiches, and more. I ordered a Deru Cobb Salad with harvest greens, tuna, smoked fingerlings, seasonal vegetables, beet cured egg, house bacon, herbs, and fennel buttermilk dressing. While I waited for my salad, I sat at the bar and I struck up a conversation with a programmer who works at Google, which is just a mile away. There are a lot of new tech companies in Kirkland. If you’re open to it, it’s a social place with lots of cool people working on interesting things. Coming from yoga, I didn’t feel out of place because I was wearing cool clothes. Feeling good makes me feel confident. It’s a little thing, but it’s important to me. If I wasn’t feeling confident, I wouldn’t be able to talk to new people or meet for business.

Deru Market 

http://www.derumarket.com/

Final thoughts

After yoga I was starving, so I went up to Deru Market for lunch. I decided to walk. It’s only ten minutes from the studio. I just kept rocking my yoga pants and athletic underwear. The beauty of today’s fashion is that you can look cool and feel good in casual clothes. If you buy the right clothes, you can also have some style. Deru is a masterpiece. Lots of locals who live and work in Kirkland stop by for baked goods, salads, pizzas, sandwiches, and more. I ordered a Deru Cobb Salad with harvest greens, tuna, smoked fingerlings, seasonal vegetables, beet cured egg, house bacon, herbs, and fennel buttermilk dressing. While I waited for my salad, I sat at the bar and I struck up a conversation with a programmer who works at Google, which is just a mile away. There are a lot of new tech companies in Kirkland. If you’re open to it, it’s a social place with lots of cool people working on interesting things. Coming from yoga, I didn’t feel out of place because I was wearing cool clothes. Feeling good makes me feel confident. It’s a little thing, but it’s important to me. If I wasn’t feeling confident, I wouldn’t be able to talk to new people or meet for business.

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