I graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2010 and, a mountain of debt later, I find myself working as a barista, as most artists do at some point in their lives.

Working in coffee is a wonderful, awful, hilarious, frustrating, disgusting, rewarding, degrading, challenging and exhausting way to earn a living. For every moment you hate as a barista, there is a moment you love, that makes you want to brew coffee forever; for every polite and sweet old lady at the counter, there’s a middle-aged man on a cell phone, throwing his money on the counter at you. Life is a balancing act as a barista.

Life’s a bottomless cup of coffee.

Life’s a grind.