Tuesday, June 17, 2014

fasts, froth, and faith. another coffee date.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd be making a tall mug of frothy goodness. I'd make you one too. Then I'd brag about how much, HOW MUCH, I love my milk frother. Every morning my coffee is crowned with the lightest fluff of half and half and it makes my heart soar (and my taste buds happy).

If we were on a coffee date, I'd tell you I'm taking another shopping fast. And for real this time. I keep telling myself that in the immediate feelings of guilt that follow another little online shopping trip. So, I'm doing it, for real, and it'll challenge me to look at the motivation behind buying, focus on saving for some bigger, better, more Team Thomas things, and stop feeling like I have too much to wear.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd say sometimes it's hard to keep all my shit together. Like some days I just want to cry and lay in bed and sleep a whole lot. I'd say I know life goes on, that I listen to a lot of hymns throughout the day because they lift my spirits, that I can do all the things laid out before me. But it's hard, I tell you.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd ask what you're reading. Nadine mentioned Rainbow Rowell and so I ordered one of her books, I'm half way through in just two days, so I've ordered two more. They're not part of the challenge but I couldn't help myself because Nadine and Rainbow are my kind of girls.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd gush about being really happy with my body lately. Something's happened and my arms are starting to tone up -I've never been able to say this before. It's fun to see a little tight bicep in pictures, though I've found myself staring at them over and over again the last few days.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd share with you this quote from have a little faith which I read last week. 
"Faith is about doing. 
You are how you act, not just how you believe." 
I'd tell you that it's made me think about my actions a whole lot. It's true: our words and beliefs take up a lot of airspace but they don't really communicate anything.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd bring cookies. They might be flat like cow pies and sort of stuck together because I'm still trying to figure out my oven's quirks. It's been my oven since February and I've yet to get it's heating figured out. They taste good, I promise.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd share my Fitbit obsession. I'd tell you how I bought the thing a month ago after reading Wildwater Walking Club (which I will include on my next book review) and that sweet summer read made me HAVE to have one. I like to get my daily 10,000 steps (actually I love to) and feel proud when I do so many more than that. I'd tell you you need one too.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd remind you how valuable you are to me. I know I don't tell you enough because that's mushy stuff, but you're valuable to me. 


  1. do you have any plans to come out to minnesota anytime soon lady? because it's really beautiful here now! and i'm here. and my belly is here. and we like coffee with friends. think about it. because posts like these remind me that we haven't had a gchat date in forever, and i miss you.

  2. I've been pining after the Nespresso milk frother for a few weeks now! I used to work at a coffee shop, so I'm pretty good at frothing milk with a regular old steam wand. The problem is that the steam wand on my little baby espresso maker isn't powerful enough to do a good job and usually just results in watery milk--blech. It's not a huge deal since iced drinks are usually my thing anyway, but now that I know the Nespresso frother has your stamp of approval, it might be going on my Christmas list for the occasional hot latte in winter. :)

  3. ohh i have a nike fuel band and I am just about as obsessed with it as you are your fitbit. I just love how they keep you accountable.

  4. Okay, that quote is seriously perfection and is exactly what I needed. Thank you! And I definitely need to look into this Fitbit thing...sounds amazing! And YOU are valuable, lady! I absolutely love your blog and your tweets, obviously :). I'd love a coffee date with you! Stay amazing.


  5. Rainbow Rowell has quickly become one of my favorite authors. I read all her books within a month and now I'm anxiously awaiting Landline from my library! FanGirl has been my favorite so far, though Eleanor & Park is a SUPER close second.

  6. Oh, I adore posts like this! and, hey, I am writing a real comment this time! I totally understand on it being hard to keep your shit together. I am, suddenly, going through a broken heart amid a mess of other heart issues and struggles. Trying not to snap or just want to never leave my bed or cry and cry and cry is hard. I've been desperately clinging to the Lord because of it. It's all I have. The only one who surely NEVER ever leaves. Holding tight to that truth. I woke up late this morning and I made the choice to not be bummed about it. I have no work today and the house to myself and I decided to take my time and just enjoy the day and my life and put plans into action and work on changing some things. First things first, I ate some brunch and made some tea and I decided to have Jesus time. Put it first. Make it priority and instead of putting a time limit on it, just letting it go as it goes. Take time to read. Take time to journal and focus on the devotion. Take time to listen to the worship music. Take time to write a list of who to be praying for. Take time to pray for these things and these people and for my broken heart and don't look at the clock. And it really was SO good for my soul. Over two hours later and I finished my time with the Lord. I had to make the choice to not let other distractions get in my way(my phone, social media, the clock, etc) and just let the time go as it should. And what a blessing. My heart is still hurting of course but I laid the pain and the struggle at the Lord's feet and I am trusting in that he is all I need and that is what I am going to cling to as I go through this day. No regrets, no worrying about the future. Focusing on the here and now and what he is trying to teach me in my life at this moment. I am so thankful that the Lord never fails and never leaves. Sending lots of encouragement and hugs and coffee with lots of froth your way today. and so I am just going to leave this verse here for you: "My flesh and my heart may fail but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." Psalm 73:26 lots of love ♥♥♥

  7. FITBITTT. We must be friends! I'm also obsessed. This past week has been GLOOMY and I went on vacation so I'm way under on steps but dude. FitBit is the shit.

    I loveeee these posts. Can we just hang out in person all the time? Please? You're awesome.

  8. Girl SO WORTH IT. Also, mine (the model I linked to) does cold froth too so it can go on your cold drinks... HOLY ICED LATTE IN THE AFTERNOON. We've had our 3 years and never had a problem with it so the $100 price tag seems completely worth it now. :)

    I'm impressed you can froth with a wand. Mine comes out like semi-bubbly milk and I look like one sad puppy.

  9. seriously i must come right now and see that bump before it's a live and in person baby that'll make me want to smell it and hold it and snuggle it for days. maybe we can arrange a chat pre-babe? and then of course post babe because I NEED TO SEE THAT SQUISHY HOOLEY BABY FACE.

  10. HOW DO THEY DO IT? Like, I can't stop. I just can't I need ALL. THE. STEPS. every day!

  11. Isn't it a beautiful quote? The book was amazing and so encouraging and definitely one I'd read over and over again. :) Think about the FitBit. Mine's the cheap one and it's PERFECT for my "needs" -meaning I only need steps no sleep tracking or stair counting.

  12. YES WE CAN. Especially if it means coffee then FitBit shit then cocktails. Because, obviously, life would be complete in 65946187976567 ways.

  13. Landline is on pre-order from Amazon for me so while I wait I'm tearing through the other three... HOW DOES SHE DO IT? I adore Attachments so I can't imagine how much I'll love the other two... Maybe we can coordinate reading Landline and do it together?!?

  14. So glad you took that time for yourself girl! Isn't it amazing how different you feel after breaking the routine even if just for a little bit? I've been trying to break my quiet time up to two smaller chunks of time in the day -one morning one night- and am enjoying it... Though the morning bit is still challenging for me! :)

  15. TheJessaOlsonBlogJune 18, 2014 at 6:16 AM

    I love my fitbit too. It's amazing!! I love the quote about faith..

  16. Love this post and reading these little things about you! Your coffee looks so yummy. I should really do a shopping fast as well. How long are you doing it for? I have a FitBit too! I have gotten in the bad habit of forgetting to wear it, but I need to change that and do my best to meet my goal! I'd love to have coffee :)


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