So, he set off from Portland, Oregon bound for Washington D.C. It took him 52 days of riding across the country in the shape of a giant ‘N’ through places like Missoula, Boulder, Chicago, Indianapolis, Asheville, Charlotte, Richmond, and then to D.C. He camped at night or slept in cheap motels; he documented the journey on YouTube. He also learned a lot about himself.
“There’s a weird thing that happens to you when you don’t speak out loud to another person for, like, 12 hours,” he shares. “It’s like meditation in the sense that you sort of learn how to watch your thoughts and your thought process as it’s unfolding.”
Rogers moved to Charlotte in 2015. Today, he works on smpl and serves as a part-time Community Manager for Hygge’s Third Ward location. He’s also roommates with an old friend – Mike Bifulco, who was referenced above. Bifulco is also a Hygge member. The two have known each other for close to a decade now. In fact, a Gmail thread started in 2005 among their core group of close friends from college is now well over 100,000 messages.
Rogers is never too far from coworking. He and Bifulco live in the condo building connected to Hygge.
“A couple of years ago, Mike went to Vietnam to see his girlfriend, and he came back, and Hygge was just there,” he remembers. “I was new to Charlotte, so we both started working from Hygge; I think that first time we walked in and Garrett and Kayla were sitting at a card table, and said, ‘you should come work here!’”