Tuesday, October 09, 2018

If You and I Had Coffee | vol 28

Join me for a conversation over coffee? #coffeedates #linkup



If you and I had coffee...

We'd meet up at a local farm to visit the pumpkin patch. They have a great little coffee stand there in the farm market and we'd order our drinks then we'd hitch a ride on the next hay wagon and head out to the fields. We'd enjoy the beautiful cool day while sipping our steaming beverages as we bounce along through fields of apple trees coming near the end of their season.

If you and I had coffee...

I'd ask you if you remembered what you wanted to be when you were a child. I'd tell you that I've been remembering my childhood and specifically the ambition I had when I was a kid. I often wonder how it is so easy for kids to believe they can be anything and yet, by the time we've grown into our adult years, cynicism and fear has driven us back into our shells and keeps us from reaching for our dreams. I'm trying to reverse this pattern and grasp the ambition I had when I was a little girl.

If you and I had coffee...

I'd ask you if you knew where loofahs came from. I know this is a random question, but I recently learned the answer and was amazed. I'm not talking about the synthetic plastic versions you can get from Target. I'm referring to the natural loofahs - and they are different from sea sponges. So, do you want to know? I'd share this video with you and I wouldn't be able to wait to see your reaction when you learn about the origin of the loofah. :)

If you and I had coffee...

I'd share a quote that Hannah Brencher recently shared on Twitter. It read: "You decide to either follow what matters most to you or you follow other people. You either build people up or tear them down because you think they're getting what you deserved. You build a Hunger Games arena in your brain and, as a result, you can't stop hiding in the trees." This one shook me to the core and I can't even articulate why, but damn, Hannah. I lovingly call her my soul sister because she gets me. Whether it's her tweets or Instagram stories, she always seems to say something about a topic that has been on my heart. Do you have a speaker or author that does that for you?

If you and I had coffee...

I'd ask you if you've ever been in a reading slump. I'd tell you that I'm currently in one and have no desire to read anything. It's going on two weeks. It's gotten so bad that library loans have come up and several of my books have expired before I even picked them up. I'd ask you if you have a trick to get through the slump or if you just wait until it passes naturally. I'm struggling because I've got a whole stack of books from publishers that I need to read and review and there they sit. One thing I am excited about is a new book launch I was asked to join for Joshua Becker's (the king of minimalism) new title, The Minimalist Home. I'm hoping that this book showing up in my mailbox will jump-start my drive to read again.

If you and I had coffee...

We'd choose our pumpkins, load them on the wagon and hop on to head back to the market. After a quick stroll through the store, stocking up on all the fall goodies like apples, pumpkin butter, and kettle corn, I'd give you a hug and we'd part ways for another month. I look forward to our next coffee date.


Now, it's your turn! If you wrote a coffee date post, I'd love for you to link up below so we can all meet together! Just click the "add your link" box and follow the instructions to submit.

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What would you like to chat about over coffee?

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28 comments:

  1. When I was a kid I wanted to be a "famous singer" (young Krysten's words). I used to put my headphones on and dance on the driveway, singing to Amy Grant and Paula Abdul. Or I would ride up and down our street singing. And no one could hear the music but me, they could just hear my singing.

    I also tried to rope the neighborhood kids into putting on "plays" to my favorite Disney movies. Aladdin in particular.

    I've never been in a reading slump where I can't read, but I have been in a slump where what I'm reading isn't near as interesting as a particular book I just finished. That's always so sad.

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  2. Yes I've had times when I just couldn't get into a book and then fell into a reading slump. Not fun. Often it just takes one enjoyable book to get me back into my love for reading. At the beginning of the year I read a few that I just couldn't put down. Then read a couple that just weren't page-turners and I felt a bit demotivated! I must say joining Goodreads was so much fun.
    I'm about to read a book by an Author that I haven't read before (Nicole Moriarty) and I'm excited! I love finding new Authors :)

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  3. Oh wow, I do really love that quote. It's amazing how some people can just write the feelings you have. I wish I had that talent! lol I'm usually pretty good at not getting into reading slumps, but they happen to readers all the time! A lot of people suggest reading an old favorite, or something completely different, or you know, wait it out and do something else creative. :) I'm going to a pumpkin patch with my nieces and nephew this weekend and I CANNOT wait.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  4. Girl, I feel like I learn SO much more about you on these coffee dates! If you and I would have coffee I would tell you that I am in a bit of a reading slump as well, and I am trying my hardest to get my motivation back to do so!

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  5. I'll have a coffee post tomorrow! I totally forgot about it today, shame on me! But I would love a trip to the pumpkin patch to sip warm beverages and ride out in the fields. And I'd tell you that I'm currently in a reading slump too. I have a book on CD in the car, but that's it. I need to snap out of it, thinking it might be time to return the latest books I have from the library and just start over.

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  6. I can be so moody about books and often find myself in a slump as well. The best thing I do to get through books is to climb into bed at the end of the day and read before going to sleep - even if it's only 1 page. I know that having the pressure of reviewing books sent to you probably means you don't have the time to take it one day at a time, but in general, this has helped me (I also keep a little "healthy habit tracker" in my journal, and there's so much satisfaction ticking off the box for each day that I opened a book to read).

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  7. I love pumpkin patches! It's one of my favorite fall activities and nothing beats riding into the fields with a cup of something warm and friends! Thank you for sharing!

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  8. This is so fun! I'll have to remember this for the future :) So, it sounds like we need to be friends! I love your questions! If you and I had coffee, I'd ask what your happiest Fall memory is?

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  9. WOW Hannah's quote is so powerful. Literally gave me goosebumps to read!

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  10. Yes, I'm thinking I need to pull out one of my favorites that I can read every year and not get sick of. That might do the trick. Goodreads has been awesome! I've been able to connect with so many readers and get recommendations for a lot of new books. :)

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  11. Yes, I think I'm going to pick up an old favorite and see if that does the trick! I hope you have a blast at the pumpkin patch! It's always fun getting to do those activities with kids and get to see the world through their eyes for a little bit. :)

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  12. Yay! I meant to send out an alert, but time got away from me. I'll announce in the group a few days before next month's, if that's ok. Audiobooks usually get me out of slumps, but this time, they haven't done anything for me. Hope it's over soon because I have a LOT of books to catch up on. :)

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  13. Yes, I can remember singing into my hairbrush in front of the bathroom mirror. I'm pretty sure it was Tiffany or Debbie Gibson songs... Which, on a side note, I was very excited to see that there is a mid-80's music revival show with NKOTB, Tiffany, Debbie Gibson, Naughty by Nature and Salt n Pepa. I am hunting for tickets!

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  14. I LOVE connecting with new friends over coffee. It's so good to get to know so many bloggers this way! I hope you are able to get out of your slump too. :)

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  15. That's a great tip. I want to sit down and read several chapters, but maybe that's too much stress. One page at a time... Oh, I love the idea of a healthy habit tracker. I need to look into starting one. :)

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  16. Pumpkin patches are so much fun! Thanks for coming by to read, Ro! :)

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  17. Yay! We have coffee every second Tuesday of the month and I would LOVE it if you could join us in the future! My happiest fall memory would definitely be going to the pumpkin patch with my siblings. I come from a very large family (9 kids) and so it was always fun going and running through the corn mazes and picking out pumpkins with the family. :)

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  18. I love that you are reminiscing about what you wanted to be when you were younger. I always wanted to be a botanist (what kid really knows what that means? This nerdy girl did until I had the most embarrassing moment of my life surrounding that-ha ha ha) Annnd we all know what my job is ;-)
    I always thought loofahs came from the sea... need to watch this video in 2 seconds.

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  19. That loofah video! Lol I loved it & Hannah’s quote was sooo powerful! I love this time of year and wish we could all really hop on a wagon and share a coffee :)

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  20. I would love to meet you at the pumpkin patch! We are actually thinking about going this weekend, but it looks like rain! Sometimes when my brain gets foggy, I switch from reading to watching. I binge shows. Visuals make things stick better in my memory. But speaking of books, I just remembered I have something on hold at the library that I need to pick up! I wanted to be a zoologist or a photographer for NatGeo when I grew up. I also wanted to be a mom. Now I am a mom who loves going to the zoo to take pictures of the animals LOL I can't wait to meet up again next month! XOXO

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  21. I haven't been able to go to the pumpkin patch yet because of the rain. Darn hurricane season. I also binge on shows. I don't watch a lot of tv, but when I find a show I really enjoy, I'll sit down and watch every episode in the season and even the previous seasons if they are available! Being a photographer for NatGeo would be an awesome job. I love all animals, so any job I could have that would allow me to be close to them would be a bonus. Thanks so much for stopping by to have coffee with me, Kim! Hope to see you again next month. <3

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  22. I love that you wanted to be a botanist! We definitely need more girls/women in STEM fields! I thought loofahs come from the sea too, but I guess I was just thinking about the sea sponges. There's nothing worse than a smelly dish rag. I'm with you about needing a natural alternative. :)

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  23. Hannah is full of powerful words like that. I love her! It would be so fun to be able to get all my blogging friends on a hayride together. We'd have a blast for sure! :)

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  24. When I was little, I wanted to be a writer first of all, and a teacher and a mum. I did become a teacher and I'm about to have my first baby, the writer part didn't quite happen but I'm blogging so at least that's something :)

    I'm in a bit of a reading slump too. I don't want to start anything new till baby is born but who knows how much time I'll have for reading after that!

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  25. If you are writing a blog, I say you are a writer. I don't believe you have to be "professional" in order to call yourself a writer. :) Thanks for coming by to have coffee with us, Bella!

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  26. Its so funny... STEM wasn't even a 'thing' when I was in school. I always loved flowers but didn't want to be something girly like a florist, so Botanist it was. Though now as an adult, I am very much not in that field. Child therapist, former accountant, teacher, and architect. Nope, no science classes in there. 😝

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  27. It definitely wasn't when I was in school and I remember being told that there were "boy" jobs and "girl" jobs. I laugh at that now! :)

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