I’m taking a long coffee shop break for the summer! Last year, Brené Brown was my superhero. She and her entire staff took a 3 month sabbatical. She led by example and gave us all permission to disappear for a while. If Brené can do it, so can I. And, so can you if you feel the need.

What does a break mean? Well, it means a break from the COKANNA Coffee Shop events. It’s not the first time I’ve taken a break. In the past I’ve taken the month of August off, but this time I’m taking 3 months off.

I love the coffee shop events. It roots me in community. It brings people together to learn new things, connect with one another, and raise awareness and support for local small businesses. The events are all offered free of charge unless it’s a fundraising event for a local charity.

I’m also grateful we could go back to in-person coffee shops in 2023. Thank you to all who have come out to enjoy the guest speakers, activities, coffee/tea/dessert, and be in good company.

Coffee break for the summer by Colleen Kanna, Photo of white coffee cup on wooden deck railing with trees in background by Malen Almonacid Trossi on Unsplash

Taking time off creates space to rest and rejuvenate. It gives us time to reflect, get curious, connect with ourselves and others, be inspired, and let our creativity bloom.

Don’t worry though, my COKANNA bamboo clothing store will still be open online and in-person by appointment.


And, I will continue to blog (maybe not every week during the summer) and post on social media.

However, I will be going back home to Thunder Bay in early July. It will be the last time for a while since my sister is moving to Ottawa. I’m really looking forward to having my sister here. And, I’m also feeling a little wistful as my sister’s place has always been my getaway whenever I needed it.

Hmmm, will I still call Thunder Bay home? Maybe after all these years, Ottawa will officially be home now. Unless, of course, I move to Italy! Ha, a topic for another blog post.

Until next time,

~ Colleen

Colleen Kanna, Photo by Anna Epp Photography

I’m a recovering Chartered Accountant and Breast Cancer Champion turned Fashion Designer. My COKANNA Canadian-made bamboo clothing is all about comfort and style. Giving back to the community is important to me so I support local breast cancer organizations who treat the whole person and not just the disease.