Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Coffee Date Version VII: Pumpkin Spice with a Side of Hope

If we were on a coffee date, I'd invite you over for homemade pumpkin spice lattes with homemade cinnamon-brown sugar syrup and frothy milk. I'd tell admit that I hate them from Starbucks because they have that funny orange color and for no reason other than that -I don't get that whole "Starbucks has additives issue" right now because doesn't everything?

If we were on a coffee date, I'd update you on that book I said I wanted to write. I no longer want because it's started. Started and not in a little teeny way, but in a moving, shaking, there's lots of words there way. And I'd share that a home team has surrounded me, encouraging, listening, hoping, and celebrating even the smallest of victories.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd tell you that my TO READ list is gushing and overflowing and I just keep adding more to it. But that I'm intent on carving out time to be a critical, engaged reader because consumption helps output (or so I say). Now that I'm writing more, writing privately, I'm realizing that I want to take in words and ideas that are beautiful and inspiring. Right now this book is the front runner in that race.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd share about The Skimm. I've never been one for the news because it's so damn depressing all the time, but I have always been the kind of person who loves to be educated and interesting. Enter: The Skimm. It's a daily email (but only on weekdays) that shares all the day's headlines with sarcasm and links to articles that correspond with their snarky tidbits. I find myself laughing AND being engaged in current events. Two birds, one Skimm.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd gush that we're leaving for Costa Rica this weekend. That I'm thrilled for the sun and the ocean and cocktails and adventure, but I'm nervous because we're going somewhere new that we don't know about and, well, adventure, I'm reminding myself. That there's a volcano I want to hike and zip lines I want to whoosh across and relaxation I can't wait to endure.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd be honest about a change of seasons in my life and the subsequent change in my heart. I'm a girl that loves to keep lots, to keep all of it, regardless of if I have the space or not. But lately, that keeping season has changed and I'm enjoying the process of purging, of saying goodbye to some things, people, priorities, and making room for other, new enrichment. And, if I'm honest, it feels good.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd laugh about my new-found obsession with Pinterest. Instead of Google-ing everything, I now turn to Pinterest. I sort of blame Helene. But I also blame my deep-seated love for all the pretty pictures that my searches render. Jason's thrilled because I'm trying two or three new recipes a week and so far we have not had to try and enjoy a failure. In fact, he's given me all 9 out of 10s on the dinners, saying that 10s don't leave room for improvement.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd ask you about hope. I'd ask you if it's a feeling, a noun, a verb, a state, a perspective? I'd ask you how you keep it, where it comes from, who exemplifies it to you. I'd tell you that I'm addicted to hope, desperately in love with it, and that it's got something to do with that book thing. You'd share, because, well, that's what happens with coffee, isn't it?

17 comments:

  1. I totally understand your feally about your book (I feel the same about mine ;) ), need to email you about that soon!

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  2. YES COSTA RICA! And this book- my heart is so excited for you. It's gong to be so perfect. And your addiction to hope gives me hope.

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  3. Katie @ A Beautiful Little AdvOctober 15, 2014 at 6:20 AM

    I'm so glad to hear about the progress of your book. Hope is such a big word. Changing and letting go is so hard for me too. I feel like our whole life we are taught to fill ourselves up and that when it comes time to say goodbye to certain things we are not prepared. I hope your vacation is everything a vacation is supposed to be. Cheers to adventure!

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  4. Love our coffee dates! I cannot wait to see and hear all about your wonderful trip to the beautiful Costa Rica!

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  5. I love these coffee dates so so much! So excited for you and Costa Rica :)

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  6. I have been experience a change of heart about hanging on to a lot of "stuff" too. Prioritizing what things need to be in my life and what doesn't. I've been crazy obsessed with Pinterest lately too, I would love to compare our Pinterest finds over a cup of coffee! And have some serious discussion about 'hope' because it's one of my favourite things as well! :)

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  7. Love love love your coffee dates, friend!

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  8. The fact that you're writing (even more) makes so happy. I'd love to actually go on a coffee date with you one day - and try that delicious drink of yours.

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  9. GIVE ME THAT FROTHY LATTE AND GOOD CONVERSATION RIGHT MEOW.

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  10. I use Pinterest as google, too! It's the best and has saved my butt so many times in the classroom.

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  11. Can't wait to hear more about your book! And Costa Rica...ahhh...hope to get back there someday! Enjoy every minute of the hiking, whooshing, and relaxation.

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  12. Ah I love the Skimm! Makes me feel smart when people start talking about the news (even though I'd rather read blogs and books than watch/read the news...). Have so much fun in Costa Rica! Safe travels xox

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  13. Ahhhhh! Costa Rica is on my wishlist of travel destinations! Enjoy! I can only hope that one day I'll get past my "hoarder" season and enter the "purging" season...you give me hope! :) Skimm is my favorite resource for current events...the wit keeps it interesting and maybe a little less negative (??).

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  14. I can't wait to hear what you think about Costa Rica. My parents are in love with that place and it's at the top of our places we want to visit :) Enjoy!!

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  15. If we were on a coffee date it would last for HOURS because we'd have to discuss all of these things and more. And also I would order wine. Not coffee, because I don't actually enjoy drinking coffee. But I feel like you'd be okay with that.

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  16. Costa? That's where I'm from!! I'm headed home at the end of the month for a baby shower. Where abouts are you going? Have lots of fun!!!

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