Every weekend is a startup weekend
For the past 2 months or so I have been spending the majority of my weekends on a passion project with another designer and an iOS developer. We all usually sleep in on Saturday mornings, eat a brunch (together or individually), converge in one location with our backpacks and laptops, and then work away until the evening. Sundays are usually left alone (hey, we still have a life, right?) but throughout the week we send each other updates and ideas through Slack. Working on the weekend sounds like a great idea, doesn't it? As if my face wasn't already being melted by a digital screen for 8+ hours every day at the office.
Even though I might be spending those Saturday hours exploring SF, running around parks and waiting in ridiculous lines for wonderful food, I really enjoy doing this project. When we launch this app, it might not go anywhere and most likely won't make us any money for all the hours spent. But, I get to experiment with color palettes, typography, and silly goat logos. It's a great complement to the work I do at my real job and I learn things from both sides that I can apply to the other.
As a side effect, I've participated in the Bay Area stereotype as the tech nerd working in a hipster coffee shop with their macbook pro. Well, those stereotypes must come from somewhere!