Monday, February 15, 2016

Coffee Date | 21

If we were on a coffee date, I'd be drinking a Blood Orange sweet tea from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf while two boxes of their Costa Rica K-Cups sit at my feet. Those K-Cups are Jason's favorite -I think it's because he fell in love with coffee there-, so I buy them in bulk when I can. I will corroborate his story in saying, the resulting coffee from said K-Cups is fantastic.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd say let's walk. Because I've sort of waned in my walking, step-counting frenzy and I miss the movement. I really, truly do. Plus, my birthday is coming and I want to dive into the more intense FitBit life with the (to be released) Alta model. Also, walking is healthy.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd ask all about your Lent philosophy. Not because there's a wrong or right, but because I'm a curious soul that loves Lent despite my not-so-Catholic upbringing. There's something about observing the emotional journey that is Christ's last forty days that rocks my soul. This year Lent feels especially relevant, deeply poignant, and I'm leaning into that so hard.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd tell you I started listening to East of Eden. So, I decided to get an Audible membership after Helene offered a discounted three months on her blog. I thought I'd cancel as soon as they were over but now -a year later- can't stop with the audiobooks. There's certain novels I just can't read through -mainly classic literature- because I get hung up on the formality in the words and sentence structure. BUT, when I listen to them, I can't stop.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd encourage you to send some mail. It can be so task heavy to find the card, to write the words, to buy the sames, to locate the address, and the like, but hearing from the receiver that you made their day while their kids were sick and life felt so exhausting validates every ounce of the effort you put forth. So, do it. You don't know when it'll arrive, but somehow it seems to show up at just the right moment.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd admit I'm struggling to find the life-blog-shop-faith balance lately. I wish that once the balance was found it would never leave because I hate the constant struggle. But, humility is important in life and the way that I've been leveled by managing my own schedule and time is an honest test. I'm learning patience and grace, humor and hard work over and over each day.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd marvel about blessings. I asked God to open doors for me. I am not so much a go-getter when it comes to approaching others about my work. I want a larger resume, a greater portfolio and a better awareness of my making, so I'm -essentially- biding time. So, I asked Him to open a door that would be undeniable to walk through and on the other side sits a dozen other doors that are begging to be visited. I'm thrilled and overwhelmed. As they say, when it rains it pours.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd ask how you prioritize and balance. I'd want to know what you do when there's so many doors open and so many opportunities calling your name. I'd beg you to tell me what it is you're balancing and how. HOW? HOW? HOW?

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