Tuesday, January 08, 2019

If You and I Had Coffee | vol 31

Join me for a conversation over coffee? #coffeedates



If you and I had coffee...

We'd meet up at your favorite spot, someplace I've never been. I'd order whatever you recommended and we'd find a cozy spot to sit down for our chat. The weather has turned frigid here, so I'd keep my wool scarf wrapped around my neck and I'd warm my hands on the steamy mug that sits in front of me. It is officially winter.

If you and I had coffee...

I'd wish you a happy new year and ask if you did anything fun to ring in 2019. I'd tell you that I stayed in and chatted with one of my besties and watched a lot of movies. Basically, it was an introvert's perfect day. I'd ask you if you made any special resolutions or set some goals for the new year and tell you that I'm taking a different approach to goal setting. Instead of loading my schedule up with burdensome tasks that don't add up to mean anything at the end of the day, I'm taking it slow and hopefully, it will help contribute toward my ultimate goal of peace.

If you and I had coffee...

I'd tell you that the past few weeks have been such a stark difference from the last several months, in terms of my mental health. I'm working really hard on letting go of the things that cause me grief and push me toward depression and I'm finding each day to be easier than the last. I'd tell you that I just received the sweetest message from a complete stranger who happened to remember reading something I wrote about my depression. She just wanted to check in and make sure I knew someone was thinking of me. I can't articulate how much that meant to me and she will never know the impact she had on my life. This is really what life is all about.

If you and I had coffee...

I'd ask you what you are currently reading. I'd tell you how excited I am to start on this year's reading list, but am struggling with deciding which book to pick first. I'm just finishing the last few from the 2018 stack, and this weekend's impending snow storm is going to be the perfect time to cozy up with a new little pile of books and a pot of tea.

If you and I had coffee...

We'd linger a little longer over our mugs before sliding back into the warmth of our coats and preparing to venture into the cold once more. I'd give you a great big hug and thank you for coming every month to meet me. These dates are something I look forward to every month and it warms my heart to know that you're always here to greet me with a smile. So, I'd thank you for that. See you next time!

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.

If you link up, please hop around and visit some of the other bloggers who are joining us. Coffee dates are all about meeting friends and building community after all, and link dropping doesn't help with either. ❤

(SORRY. THIS LINK UP HAS CLOSED.)


What would you like to chat about over coffee?

Every second Tuesday of the month, we gather together with our favorite hot beverages and catch up. Care to join us? Our next coffee date will be on Tuesday, February 12th, just in time for Valentine's Day!

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24 comments:

  1. This is so beautiful. I'm an Indian, so hot, spicey milk- tea is a wee bit dearer to me than coffee :D. Nevertheless, I'd rack up my brain and would try to come out with such coffee-date post.

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  2. I'm a tea girl too. :) I've never had milk tea, but I need to try it. It sounds so good!

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  3. I love that someone remembered something you wrote and wanted to check in. That's beautiful. I'm glad that your mental health is good right now, and I hope that you have a wonderful year. I had some issues with my depression near the end of the year but I'm feeling good right now and I'm hopeful for a good 2019.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  4. Yes, that really made my week. I'm sorry to hear that the end of the year was tough for you too. It's always difficult around the holidays. I'm glad you're doing better! <3

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  5. Your new years eve sounds lovely! We went to a party for parents of little ones and were home after the 9pm fireworks :) I'm so glad you're doing better mentally. And I wish I could swap weathers with you!

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  6. omg this is so neat Lecy!! where are you/ i'm in san luis obispo, california. i'll add my picks for your next book if you like to laugh last unicorn on audible, educated a memoir, a man called ove, or lincoln in the bardo.

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  7. I love that someone reached out to you! What you share does make a difference! I'm glad you are feeling a shift in your mental health too. I am also and it's feeling nice to start 2019 feeling a little more on the up than not.

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  8. I'm so glad that you're feeling better. I truly believe there was something in the universe that was weighing on many of us in 2018 and it seems to be gone now. Yay 2019!

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  9. It was nice to relax and not have to worry about going anywhere, but your party sounds fun! I love fireworks. :)

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  10. I've read several of those books but will add the others to my list! :)

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  11. It sounds like you had the perfect New Year's! I just sent a card to another blogger who is going through a hard time. Hopefully, it will help her remember how much she is valued. I hope 2019 will be an uplifting year!

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  12. That is so thoughtful that someone read what you wrote and checked in with you to see how you are doing. Such a kind gesture and what a difference it can make.
    I'm so glad you are feeling better and I wish you all the best for 2019 - hope it is an amazing year for you.
    I always enjoy reading these posts - I hope to do a link up shortly.

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  13. How cool that someone reached out to you! People like that give me hope for this world. I'd love to grab coffee with you IRL.

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  14. Yes, this girl was the sweetest. Thank you so much, Anthea. I hope you have an amazing 2019!

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  15. That's so sweet of you. I hope she remembers that too. :)

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  16. Same! And yes! We'd have a lovely coffee date. :)

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  17. I love these posts :) I'd invite you to a great place in my hometown called Steel City Coffee. They are actually about to start brewing beer too! Great coffee and delicious food, plus live music often.

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  18. Oh, wouldn't it be fun if we could all get together for a group coffee chat :) I'd love that.

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  19. So much fun! Maybe one day we can make it happen. :)

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  20. As someone who is a therapist, it is beyond heart warming to hear that people care enough to reach out. I have a client who I met in September but its taken us til last week to be able to start therapy. That was a bit too long to wait because I did not realize they were so bad off and because they are in a different town 200 miles away, its taken a few moving pieces to get this ironed out. I tried telling them how excited I was to be able to see them again but they had suicide ideation no matter which way I approached things. I am thankful I was able to contact their guardian and get them to the ER safely but I wish everything could have fallen into place in September, you know. I feel that could have helped them significantly. A
    An email or text takes 2 seconds to write and it may just be enough for the person to feel good enough that day. Im so glad they reached out.
    As always thank you for hosting our coffee dates

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  21. It's so sad how many people don't have access to therapy when they so desperately need it or what lengths they have to go to in order to have access. I'm glad you were able to intervene on their behalf and hope things brighten for them soon. You're right. It takes two seconds to check up on a friend and I'm grateful someone did that for me. It really did make a difference. Thanks for stopping by for our date, Brittany! <3

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  22. Tobia | craftaliciousmeJanuary 25, 2019 at 2:16 AM

    I so much enjoy reading the coffee post articles unfortunately I am always too late to join. I’ll make it a mission to join more often in 2019. Also you inspired me to write my own reading list this year. We’ll see how that goes.
    On another note I am glad for the stranger who reached out to you. Kind words are so important, easily delivered and don’t cost a thing.

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  23. I include the date for the next coffee post at the bottom of the previous month's, but it's always the 2nd Tuesday of the month. Hope you are able to join us!

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