Monday, June 13, 2016

coffee date || 25 (and a link-up)

If we were on a coffee date, I'd be drinking caffeine on ice because southern California is a warm thing as of late. I'd have two little cocktail umbrellas in my pocket and I'd slip them in our drinks because tropical coffee tastes like heaven. I'd ask to sit outside and bask in the kisses of sweet sunshine on our cheeks. I'd probably have on shorts and sandals and I'd secretly hope I get a smidge of a tan out of our time together.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd want to show you my Bachelorette bracket. Because we are those people who can't just watch the show and laugh at the absurdness, so we place bets and make guesses at how this national TV train wreck is going to turn out. I'd suggest to you the Here to Make Friends podcast as well as Taylor's recaps because GOLD. Pure, trashy TV gold.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd tell you that we have a new door sign at work and I want to stare at it all the livelong day. It's on the outside of the door so that's impossible. But, the thing is, I'm so proud to see that name -my Popsicle's name- right there looking legitimate. I guess this isn't about the door sign at all, but is about legacy and pride. Goodness, what are we leaving behind to love?

If we were on a coffee date, I'd share about my bible-journaling change. I can't bring myself to invest in a journaling bible or find myself completely comfortable with writing over His words (I'm a hoarder of words), but I'm aching for a change up in my faith. So, I've really pushed myself to bring more color into my study and more simplicity into my process. I'm honoring the rhythms that make up my life (thanks Rachel and Leah for this internal conversation).

If we were on a coffee date, I'd ask you if you use Spotify and their new playlist folders. I stopped using Spotify because I was addicted to podcasts but have made my way back. Oh they're good to me. And the extra-organizational features make my heart sing because efficiency and clean interfaces are good, good things.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd mention the healing power of sweat. There is nothing -NOTHING- like conquering a hard workout to make one feel like you can take on the world. A few long runs and some heavy days at the gym have me remembering that strong is a word that covers more than one or two pieces of me and so, sweat on.

If we were on a coffee date, I'd confess that I've started tracking my water intake. I read somewhere (probably on Instagram) that so often our daytime fatigue comes from a need for hydration. So, I'm trying to be really intentional about water and it's made me obsessed with hitting my daily goal. (Also, I ALWAYS add lemons. Always.)

If we were on a coffee date, I'd say "you aren't alone". That's it. I wouldn't tell you how your time is going to come or that God won't give you more than you can handle or that you just need a vacation to feel better. I'd just tell you that we're all in these trenches of wondering when God will grant all our wishes together -regardless of what you're wishing for, dear friend.

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This month coffee dating looks a little bit different because of my dear friend, Erin. She said "let's meet together every month" and I said "YES" and now we're here, opening up and asking for your links, your updates, your coffee conversation because community is a real thing.

If this month isn't what fits in with your time or content (the form will stay open for two weeks), you can join the second Monday of every month from now until Kingdom come.

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