Tuesday, January 14, 2020

If You and I Had Coffee | vol 43

Join me for a conversation over coffee? #coffeedates



If you and I had coffee...

We'd meet up at the cafe on the corner for a quick cup and chat since both of our schedules are a little crazy at the moment, but neither of us wanted to miss out on our date. I'd order a hot black tea with honey because my throat has been a little scratchy and I'm craving something to soothe it. We'd choose a booth by the front window that overlooks a park and marvel at how pretty the view is, even though the trees are all bare for the winter.

If you and I had coffee...

I'd ask about the weather where you live. I'd tell you that we've had spring-like temperatures this week, but are forecasted to get up to six inches of snow over the weekend. I'd swear that the weather and climate are getting more bizarre every year and we'd wonder if there was any place on Earth that still gets normal seasons anymore.

If you and I had coffee...

I'd ask how your New Year's goals or resolutions are going, now that we are starting the third week of the year. I'd confess that I've had to scale back on a few of mine already. I always get overzealous and plan way more than I can reasonably manage, so it's a good practice in grace and humility for me to accept that I can't do everything. After thinking about the subject for some time, I believe it's really about what's important to each person. To some, fitness goals might not be as important as reading or doing something creative, and time spent in the gym might better be used toward a goal that's really going to improve that person's life, instead of making them feel guilty about not hitting the treadmill five times a week.

If you and I had coffee...

I'd tell you that one of my goals that is working out is my move from a paper planner to digital planning. I didn't think I'd like it, but I was very wrong. It's been much easier to integrate multiple facets of my life on one page instead of trying to organize a little box in a paper planner. I can set up reminders and checklists and move tasks easily from one day to the next. The best part about the change is I can sync with my phone, so I don't have to lug around a calendar when I'm away from my desk. Hallelujah.

If you and I had coffee...

I'd tell you that a friend posted this quote on Instagram yesterday: "I'm beginning to recognize that real happiness isn't something large and looming on the horizon ahead, but something small, numerous and already here. The smile of someone you love. A decent breakfast. The warm sunset. Your little everyday joys all lined up in a row." - Beau Taplin

I'd share with you that reading these words made me cry. I am so guilty of pushing for something, thinking that I'll be happy if I can just (fill in the blank), and I often overlook the little moments that add up to a lifetime of happiness. Joy isn't a destination. It's being able to recognize the little blessings we have in our lives every day, even when they seem to amount to nothing at first glance. This coffee date is definitely one of those little moments that makes me happy.

If you and I had coffee...

We'd finish our drinks and head for the door. I'd give you a hug and promise that we'll make time for a longer, more settled date next time. Until then, friend...


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Every second Tuesday of the month, we gather together with our favorite hot beverages and catch up. Care to join us? Our next date will be on Tuesday, February 11th. Hope to see you then!

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19 comments:

  1. Excellent chat! You cover many important subjects.

    I'd join you with a hot black tea with honey; that sounds yummy. And, with climate change, weather is a subject of serious concern. Here in New York it's supposed to be Winter but we have Summer-like temperatures.

    I'm at the age where too many New Year's have gone by with broken resolutions which taught me they are futile. The happiness-is-found-in-small-things is wise advice, mentioned in "My Dinner With Andre" and other philosophical musings. Looking back on our own lives, we savor small events -- like chats with good friends over coffee. :)

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  2. Beth Gilles KondrickJanuary 14, 2020 at 9:39 AM

    First of all, I love that quote you shared. I'm going to save that one. Next I'd tell you that we're in for six to eight inches of snow this weekend too. I'm not super excited about it, but we have yet to take Oliver sledding this winter, so maybe it's a good thing. I am trying to make the switch to digital planning too but I'm still not quite there yet. Perhaps you can help inspired me. Thanks for the coffee date. I always enjoy these moments with you!

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  3. Divya @ Eat. Teach. Blog.January 14, 2020 at 10:59 AM

    I definitely need me some hot tea with honey right now! I got a scratchy throat that popped up out of nowhere over night! Feeling a slight nostalgia hearing about snow days. I miss Tennessee for the snow!

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  4. You've got me dreaming of a hot vanilla oat milk latte, and good conversation with good people like you! If you and I had coffee... I'd be super impressed by your ability to switch to digital planning – maaaybe inspired enough to try it myself, but I don't think I"m ready to let go of my paper planner just yet :)

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  5. I am working on digital planning as well. The weather here has been spring like as well. I've been loving it!

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  6. I would tell you I'm kicking ass with my 2020 reading goals and I'm super excited about it. I'm worried about my parents leaving soon. I can't believe Matt and I have been together 18 years, that seems crazy. What else?? Hmm... oh- I have 4 boxes of Hot Tamales in my desk and I'm supposed to be reducing sugar but.... I can't quit them. HA!

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  7. The weather has definitely been odd lately. You're right! Coffee chats with friends are a happy memory I'll look back on. :)

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  8. I'm so excited to hear that you're doing well with your reading goals. I need to get moving on my own TBR list!

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  9. Oh, you can send some of that snow my way. Our forecast has been downgraded now and I love snow. I need lots of it this winter!

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  10. Aww, I bet Tennessee was so pretty when it snowed. Hope your scratchy throat is better soon!

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  11. That latte sounds lovely! It's difficult to let go of the paper planner when that's what you're used to.

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  12. We would have a long talk about how I wish I liked paper planners as much as digital. I want to make pretty plans, I just can't.

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  13. I would tell you that while I haven't started working on some of my goals for this year, that I feel comfortable with the direction things are headed and can't wait to see how 2020 goes!

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  14. I adore that happiness quote. I need to find the image on Instagram!

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  15. I have a friend who is VERY against paper planners and would never give up his digital calendar, so you're not the only one. :)

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  16. Goals or not, I'm happy to hear that you have a direction you want to move in and that you're going that way. :)

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  17. It's a great quote. Here's where my friend shared it: https://www.instagram.com/p/B7SSDFIgF0t/

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