Tuesday, January 09, 2018

If You and I Had Coffee | vol 20

Join me for a conversation over coffee? #coffeedates



If you and I had coffee...

We'd find the coziest cafe with a real wood-burning fireplace and plan to meet there. The sub-zero temperatures outside make it hard to leave our warm homes, but I don't want to miss a date with you. We'd arrive bundled in our scarves and gloves, order our lattes and then settle in next to the crackling centerpiece that never fails to draw people closer together, even in flu season.

If you and I had coffee...

I'd ask you how you've been and say that it seems like an eternity since we last met, but really it's only been a short month, one full of holiday joy. It's no secret that busyness makes time go by quicker and we say it all the time but we never actually stop to slow down. I'd ask what you did for New Year's Eve and tell you that I spent the evening nerding out on Star Wars, true to form, and on the phone with a good friend who was recently stationed six hundred miles away. We both agreed we'd rather have spent the evening together instead of talking through a device, but alas. C'est la vie.

If you and I had coffee...

I'd ask you if you set New Year's resolutions or goals, and if you did, what is one you'd like to see through the year of 2018. I'd follow this up by telling you that I believe we all set these goals with the expectation that we'll never actually follow through with them for the entire year, but usually there is one we wish we could. I'd tell you that mine was to cut out all processed food and refined sugar and that I'd survived the first week of the year. Yay me. I'd go on to say I've also vowed to stop using so many exclamation points in my writing because no one exclaims that much in real life. This is a work in progress.

If you and I had coffee...

I'd tell you that the new year put me in the mood for minimalism, even more so than usual, and that I'm cleaning out my closet and bookshelves and now I'm facing a task that is quite difficult for me - purging my digital photos to get rid of the evidence of a life I once had. I'd ask you, in the past, when you'd known it was time to let go of things you'd accumulated from former relationships. I've now been divorced for a year, separated for nearly three, and feel like no photograph is going to replace the memories I have, but that it's still difficult to cut the association between a physical thing and an emotional feeling.

If you and I had coffee...

I'd tell you that I'm stretching my legs creatively after taking a break for the holidays. I'm pulling out my paints and writing poetry again and it feels like I've been reunited with a long-lost friend. I'd put everything on hold while I was working on NaNoWriMo last year and decided to wait until after the holidays to start up again and that oh, how you don't know how much you miss something until it's gone. I'd also tell you that I'm opening up the blog to new submissions in the ASG Creative Corner and ask if you knew of any creatives who wanted to share their work with a new audience and to please send them my way.

If you and I had coffee...

I'd tell you how excited I am that today is the launch of the fifteenth edition of Holl & Lane Magazine. Several months ago, I'd written an article for the issue and have been patiently awaiting the release so I can see the finished product and get to read all the other pieces inside. I'd encourage you to check it out because it is full of inspiring and encouraging words from women of all different backgrounds and walks of life.

If you and I had coffee...

Our conversation would wind down as the last drops of coffee were consumed and we'd bundle up once more and prepare to face the cold winter on the other side of the door. I'd give you a hug and promise to see you in a month when we meet for a special Valentine's Day coffee date. Until then, my friend...


What would you like to chat about over coffee?

Today, I'm joining Erin for a monthly coffee date linkup. Every second week of the month, we gather together with our favorite hot beverages and catch up. Care to join us?

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35 comments:

  1. That little cafe sounds so cozy and inviting. I wish I could actually go there. It sounds like the perfect place to curl up with a latte and and catch up on life with a friend.

    If we were on a coffee date, I would tell you that this new year has left me feeling excited and ready to take my blog to the next level. I am so ready to take this year on.

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  2. Not to sound weird but I am so in love with this post! You and I would have a wonderful coffee date and I could see a wonderful, healthy friendship blossom! I too am working towards a more simplistic 2018.

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  3. Aaah... how nice. Looking forward to your H&L article.

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  4. First, I would love to meet you at this coffee shop. Your description has me warm and cozy! I would tell you about my new workout routine and how I am loving it. Would likely complain about the cold weather but also be grateful there is no snow. Here's wishing you a fantastic year ahead!!

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  5. I love this post, and how it was written. I felt like I was chatting with you over coffee - probably the exact feeling you were trying to achieve! So nice job. Also, congrats on making a week without processed foods and refined sugars. That's impressive! The furthest I've gotten is thinking about it. I'm also trying to cut back on my exclamation points. You seem to have a lot going on, so I wish you all the best on your endeavors :)

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  6. Lecy, I am still learning so much about you... I didn't know you were married and divorced. That must have been a hard time and I am sorry you had to go through this. <3

    I love decluttering too... and I probably will do some of this again this spring. It makes you feel so much "lighter".

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  7. I'd tell you that I'm feeling the pull of minimalism too and hope to declutter at home. I'd congratulate you on a week of no processed food and refined sugar, because that is awesome. And I'd tell you that I can't wait to read this issue of H&L. So exciting.

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  8. Thanks for coming by to have coffee with me, friend! :)

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  9. I love writing these because I really do imagine sitting with a friend for coffee. Thank you so much for stopping by to read and have coffee with me, Larissa! :)

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  10. Kyla Matton OsborneJanuary 9, 2018 at 6:09 PM

    I can so identify with putting everything on hold for NaNoWriMo! And also with using too many exclamation points. I'm so guilty of that in my commenting and social media posts. As you can see! :P

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  11. There is something about the new year that makes me want to declutter everything. Haha!

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  12. It would be lovely meeting you there for a coffee. :)

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  13. Yep, I was married for twelve years. My life has changed (for the better) so much since then.

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  14. I've been wanting to try a barre class but there are none in my area. How fun!

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  15. Haha! Getting rid of exclamation points is a lot harder than I thought it was going to be. It's a bad habit of mine. :)

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  16. Aww, thank you so much, Mia. You're such a sweet friend and I'm so glad you are in my life. One day, we will have to meet up IRL for coffee. :) <3

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  17. That part in the parantheses... makes me really happy <3

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  18. I LOVE this! I'll join you for coffee any day!

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  19. I love your writing! It really felt like I was there having a coffee date with you :) I can relate to your bit about using exclamation points haha that's so me. Congratulations on your article being published!!

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  20. Thank you so much, Jess! I'm glad you stopped by to have coffee with me. :)

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  21. That's wonderful that you're getting back into all things creative. I really want this to be the year I get back into the writing groove. Blogging has kept me writing, and I love that, but I also want to work on my fictional ideas and get an agent someday. It's just difficult to find a set time that works for me. I'll work on it though.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  22. Congrats on having an article in Holl & Lane! That's so exciting! And for getting your creative groove back. I've been getting mine back, too, and it feels so, so good!

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  23. I love places that have fireplaces for you to sit by. I'd probably sit around and talk about dogs, goals for the year, and blogging.

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  24. Every time I read one of these coffee date articles I feel so comforted & cozy inside- I love the emotion put into this style of writing. I too need to stop using exclamation points so much, I use them every other sentence if I don't watch it :)

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  25. I love this idea! If you and I had coffee we would talk about life experiences and I would tell you about my current strrugles. I kinda need that now hahaha.

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  26. I can't wait to see you get back into your groove! :)

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  27. You would not have to twist my arm to talk about dogs. :)

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  28. Thank you so much for coming by to read and have coffee with me, Amanda!

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  29. These coffee dates can be quite therapeutic. :)

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  30. I love this! It sounds so cozy and relaxing on these cold days 💕

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  31. I love this it just sounds so cozy and comforting on a cold day💕

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