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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

If You and I Had Coffee | vol 32

Join me for a conversation over coffee? #coffeedates



If you and I had coffee...

We'd meet up at the local donut shop for a Valentine's Day treat and a cup of something warm. I'd order my favorite - a Boston creme, because I can't resist the custard filling and chocolate glaze - and a green tea with a squeeze of lemon. We'd pull up a couple of chairs to the bar window station, and fully savor our pastries.

If you and I had coffee...

I'd ask you how Mother Nature has been treating you, because she has been as ruthless as a scorned woman around these parts. I'd tell you that we've been jumping from 60° days to frigid temperatures and ice completely coating every exposed surface. Whoever pissed her off had better make amends soon, because I don't think I can handle the back and forth much longer. The only benefit of the frequent ice storms is the opportunities for my camera to go to work. Have you ever stared in wonder at a tree that has been encapsulated in ice?

If you and I had coffee...

I'd tell you that this slower approach to life that I've been taking in 2019 has been suiting me fantastically. I have allowed myself to work at my own pace, take days off without agonizing over all the things left undone, and have enjoyed the pleasure of taking care of my heart and finding peace in the quiet days. I'm beginning to wonder why I ever pushed myself so hard before because I'm still able to get plenty accomplished, but without the headache that comes from overbooked schedules and always being on the run.

If you and I had coffee...

I'd tell you that my brother recently started his own business, and in addition to running his office, he's asked me to help him design his brand. Over the last few days, I've taken his business concept and have created the visual components of his company. I'd tell you that this project has me feeling so excited. I majored in graphic design in school before I transferred out to the liberal arts department, and I didn't realize how much I missed design until now. I am considering working on a few other design projects alongside my writing career.

If you and I had coffee...

I'd tell you that something else has been happening over the last week. I don't dare share the details yet, or else I will surely jinx myself, but I will say that just when I'd given up on the idea of checking a box that I never thought I'd qualify for again, maybe, just maybe, there is a spark of hope. For some reason, it always happens that way. I get comfortable, and life flip-turns upside down. All I have to say is Bring It On.

If you and I had coffee...

We'd enjoy the last bites of our donuts before sliding back into our warm coats. I'd wish you a happy Valentine's Day, give you a great big hug, and promise to see you next month. This time, I won't be late!

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. ❤

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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 is scheduled for Tuesday, March 12th.

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18 comments:

  1. I'm excited to hear more about this new thing when you're ready to share! :) I get the feeling like you'll jinx it, that's honestly where I feel about many aspects of my life. lol

    I'd probably tell you how i'm feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and anxious. I'd talk to you about the pup, the good and the bad that has come with it. And then I'd talk to you about my career and where I see/want it to go and where I'm feeling held back. Can't say I'm a beacon of optimism in this chapter of my life but I'm trying to turn it around.

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  2. A donut date would be so fun, one of my favorites. I'd join you in complaining about the weather, because I'm pretty darn sick of it myself. I'd tell you how exciting it is about your brother's business and the help you're giving him. I'd tell you I'm really trying to focus on the things that matter lately and it's been going pretty well.

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  3. It's so strange hearing people in America complain about the cold weather cause we've been having the complete opposite! But I'm right there with you wishing for milder weather! Your slower lifestyle sounds lovely. It's amazing how much still gets done when we allow ourselves room to rest and show ourselves grace xx

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  4. Your brother starting his own business sounds super exciting! I'm always in awe of people who take such a risk in life and aren't afraid to give it everything they've got; it's truly inspiring. How nice that he wants your input on it, too!

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  5. I'm excited to share, in time, if it continues to go well. I'm sorry to hear you've been feeling out of sorts. I know you have a lot on your plate right now and hope things level out for you soon. Spring is just around the corner, my friend! <3

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  6. I would love to have a donut date with you. And yes, the weather... I woke up this morning and there are THREE snowstorms in the forecast for the coming week. I will be excited when spring gets here! Focusing on things that matter is a game changer, right? It's so easy to get wrapped up in social media and trivial things, but family and friends and real life - that's where it's at.

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  7. Yes, it would be strange! I have quite a few friends in Australia and New Zealand and they have been telling me how hot it's been. I have really been enjoying my slower days. You're right - I have been very productive now that I've quit trying to do everything. :)

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  8. I am so excited for my brother. It does take a lot of courage to make that leap and go into business for yourself. I'm really proud of him. :)

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  9. Happy Valentine's Day! This weather is seriously crazy, but I wouldn't mind going somewhere cozy and having a donut. Yum!! That's really exciting about your brother's new business, and how fun you are getting back into design. I sometimes wish I'd learned graphic design...maybe someday.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  10. I love the format of this blog and your thoughts about living a slower life. That's definitely something I should try to do more often! Looking forward to hearing more from you!

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  11. Tobia | craftaliciousmeFebruary 14, 2019 at 1:24 PM

    What a wonderful catch-up. I am longing for a bit of winter feel to be honest but I can understand that you are done with it. I have only once seen ice incapsulated trees and was mesmerised. Even though I miss your blog posts a tiny bit I am happy that you enjoy your slow life and take a rest. Healthy – physical and mental always comes first. And how fun to work with your brother.
    See you soon, Tobia

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  12. I know! I thought we all deserved a donut this month. :) If you want to learn graphic design, I highly recommend a YouTube channel called The Futur Academy. They do a lot of design tutorials. I've loved learning from them!

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  13. Trees coated in ice are so pretty. I hope you get a chance to see some more. Thank you for letting me know you miss reading posts here. I'll definitely be writing more. I just needed to ease into the year a bit. <3

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  14. Aren't winter trees awesome. We don't get ice storms here but we get Hoar Frost and mannnnn its super beautiful. I'm so excited for you to be doing some graphic design again. I miss my Architectural Design years and asked my bestie from that era if she would like to start doing it again with me as a side hustle. She got super burned at her last job and I moved onto a different field. She isn't ready but man when she is... look out world ha ha.
    Thank you as always for hosting the coffee dates!!

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  15. Congrats on helping your brother with your skills. And good luck with the secret project!

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  16. Architectural design is something I've always found interesting. I had no idea you had experience with it! Can't wait to see what you ladies can do in the future! <3

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