Monday, September 14, 2015

coffee date | 17

If we were on a coffee date, I'd hope it was cool enough for you and I to have something hot to drink. I'm not a fan of pumpkin spice lattes (never have been), but I do love warm lattes and the way they feel like fall in the hot trail down to your stomach. I'd probably add vanilla syrup or maybe caramel to mine because we're friends together for the morning which is grounds for celebration.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd ask you about your feelings about autumn. This is a highly controversial season, or so it seems, and I wonder where you lie in the conversation. I love calling it autumn instead of fall. And I want to dance under the changing color of the leaves. I adore cooler weather and wearing scarves and boots. But I also adore the sunshine and pool time of summer. Autumn always marks the end of the lack of routine in my summer days and, well, bittersweet.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd tell you the spender-saver complex is a real thing. I used to be a spender. After four years of marriage and a house purchase, I've become a saver who can't remember what it's like to spend without guilt. I guess, I say this all not to be scary or to complain, but to admit that it's hard to find the balance in the middle of the black and white spectrum. Conservative, liberal. Creative, logical. Try-hard, graceful. The middle is a tricky place.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd mentioned Moroccan oil. I'm sure you've heard of it and maybe put some of it on the tips of your hair before heat treatment. But what I didn't know until (fairly) recently was their entire line of wonderful smelling hair products. My recent favorites are their Gold Glimmer Shine, Luminous Hairspray, and Thermal Protect Spray. All smell lovely, all add some body and wonder to my hair, and all come in the beautiful turquoise and orange packaging Moroccan oil is known for.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd ask if you get my love letters every Thursday. I pour myself into those, sort of like a coffee date every week, and it ends up spilled all over your inbox. The last three weeks' letters have really rocked my soul and I invite you to let me into your Thursday morning routine. So, here's the chance if you haven't. I promise not to bother you, and if I do, unsubscribe and I won't be sad.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd encourage you to write out your dreams. Maybe they should go in your bullet journal or on your blog or hung on the wall in your office. It doesn't matter where they go or what they say, but write them out and look at them. I promise it'll inspire you and draw you onward. That's wonderful, so wonderful.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd thank you for being here in this time and space with me. Friends come and go. They're here for now, but not always for later, and I'm trying to be intentional here with you in this right now moment. You're dear and special and an encouragement in my life. And, though we might not always be in one another's lives, you're here now and that matters.

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