If We Were Having Coffee

I saw a life coach I love, Ashley, do a post entitled If We Were Having Coffee and I decided to take her lead and do one myself in November 2013 because I loved it and sometimes I feel like we forget that there is a whole life behind the people that write and read blogs. I got such a great response to my initial post so I made it aย  reoccurring thing for the past couple of years and do it when I feel so inclined!

 

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So, grab your coffee/beverage of your choice and meet me for a chat. Currently I’m drinking an iced mocha so YAY for once I’m actually drinking coffee when I do one of these.

 

If we were having coffee….I’d tell you that I’m currently reading Wanderlost by Jen Malone. I’d ask you what you are currently reading!

 

If we were having coffee.… I’d tell you that my heart has been very heavy after Orlando. My heart breaks for the families and friends and loved ones who lost people and for the survivors who had to witness something so unimaginable. I’m heartbroken over and over again every time something like this happens — seeing the faces and learning the names and about who they were. I feel beaten down from it and something needs to change. That’s all I’m going to say because I refuse to talk politics during our coffee date. The other aspect that comes up for me every time is this building of fear in me. I try not to let it affect me when I go in public but I would be lying if I said I didn’t check my surroundings for exits and think about what I’d do. I don’t want to live in fear and not do things but maaaan it’s hard to not feel on edge sometimes especially when these things are happening so often. I’d ask you to tell me one really great fantastic thing you saw or heard or witnessed — an act of kindness, something funny or sweet, etc — because I need to hear something good.

If we were having coffee.… I’d tell you that since we’ve gotten back from vacation I really got back into working out again. If you’ve read these posts in the past you’ll know that I really was being consistent earlier this year and then got injured and took quite a bit of time off. I’m doing the PIIT28 challenge and it’s been kicking my butt but I feel results already. I have done Blogilates with Casseyย  via youtube/her website since 2013 and when she introduced this program I knew that I wanted to. I started doing it in March but, like I said I got injured (not related to the workout) so I decided to wait and try again and then share it with you guys if I felt like it was good! It’s a workout plan (and you can add the meal plan and recipes). It’s Pilates Intense Interval Training and it’s 28 minutes every day (plus stretching before and after). You do 7 moves for 45 seconds and then 10 seconds off for four rounds. I am literally always drenched in sweat. I think if you already eat healthy like I did before, the meal plan isn’t super integral but it DID help to give me some great breakfast and snack ideas and both plans are supposed to go hand in hand. I feel like it was exactly the challenge I needed to teach me some discipline and to give me a workout to really motivate me even if I want to die the whole time. I even joined the community of others doing it on Instagram which has been SOOOO motivating and helpful for me. This whole thing was definitely what I needed. I’d ask you if you have a fitness routine you love and what it is and if you didn’t I’d commiserate with you on #thestruggle to actually work out/be fit because since this program I’ve been off and on with working out.

If we were having coffee…. Im super excited that my sister is due in 3 weeks with her 3rd kid — a nephew this time!! I love being an aunt. Like so much. Can’t wait to have another baby to love on.

 

If we were having coffee…. I’d tell you that I feel broken creatively these days. I feel like I’ve been blogging about books (and obviously other things but mostly books) for so long (six years as of next week!) and I’m just not feeling as inspired to do it — some of it was travel and just being busy lately but I know some of it deep down is that I feel like I’ve been doing this for so long. I think this summer I’m going to cut back on blogging and dabble in some other things — nothing drastic but maybe a post or two less per week. I’ve been sitting on something for YEARS at this point and I want to give myself time to explore that idea but also try some new things. I just kind of believe, based on my own experiences, that when I take time off blogging I always find some new source of inspiration. I’d ask what you do when you feel broken creatively.

 

If we were having coffee… I’d tell you next month is 10 years since we lost my mom and I feel very weird about it. I mean, it’s just a number and it’s not like it’s different than any other year I grieve and remember her but 10??? That seems…so unreal. I fear the day when that number will be more years than I have had with her.

 

If we were having coffee….I’d tell you that I am going to have a few days off in August and I’m so trying to convince Will to take another trip (even though our bank account is drained from our 2 week trip to England and Spain last month) domestically. I’m torn on finding somewhere to drive to that we’ve never been or if we want to find a good deal. There are SO many US destination I want to explore but I’m having a hard time narrowing it down to even present him with a solid plan to make this happen. I’m kind of thinking of driving to some places in the NE region which isn’t bad because we are in Philly and I’ve driven to many of these states before pretty easily. I told him if he didn’t to take any time off I’m going by myself…soooo who wants me to come visit them?? ๐Ÿ˜› I’d ask you if you could travel to one place in the US where would you choose?

 

If we were having coffee….I’d tell you that I’m currently in the process of purging my books as part of my Bookshelf Revamp Plan and it’s SO. HARD. I already have over 50+ books to be donated and still so many more to go through. I’ve always been ruthless at purging READ books but it is those unread books that kill me. I’d ask you if you have any book purging tips???

If we were having coffee….I’d tell you how interesting friendships have been in the past year. I’ve talked a lot about how offline friendship has been a big focus of my life in the past 6-8 months and I’m amazed that I’ve met so many amazing new girlfriends in this time. It’s been so amazing. But I’ve had to face some weird friendship realities recently — being dropped by a friend who I realized was only using me and suddenly had no purpose for me anymore, starting a friendship with someone only to find out they were not the person I thought they were and realizing that I had some relationships that I thought were genuine but weren’t. Those are hard things to wade through but I’m happy to clear space for these much more positive, healthy and important friendships I’ve made over the past year. I’d ask you if you have any friendship highs/lows you want to get off your chest!

 

If we were having coffee…what would you tell me? Come on…lay it all out! It’s just you, me, the pleasant sounds of a cafe…and maybe some other eyes in the comment section but NBD right?? Our we can have coffee in my inbox if you don’t feel comfortable. I really want to know! What’s going on with you?

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About Jamie

Jamie is a 30 year old married lady who is in denial that she's actually that old. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, listening to music with oversized headphones and having adventures with her husband and dog.

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  1. The good thing I would tell you is that my son finally got off his duff and went in for advisement about changing his major and registering for classes, after taking a year off to work full time to refill his coffers. I was becoming afraid he was going to decide to work another year and then never end up going back to school. I am so relieved that I am not all that mad about him changing his major, and it meaning another year and a half before he gets his B.A. Ha ha.

    If I were to go on a domestic trip I would go to Sleepy Hollow, which is not all that far, because I found out that my father’s family lived there in the 1600s, and two of them were deacons in the Old Dutch Church featured in Washington Irving’s The Ledgend Of Sleepy Hollow.

    As far as purging books, I don’t have any problems because I only request eARCs now (except for super special ones), and then I only buy hardcovers of books I love and adore. Any odd ones I receive from publishers I trade or donate, but there really aren’t that many.

    About your domestic trip plans. Do you camp? That can be really cheap.

    Thanks for the coffee chat, and (((hugs))) and (((hugs))) about your mother.

    • YAY good for your son! I had similar ~issues~ with Will…he took off and hasn’t gone back but is literally like 3 classes away from getting his degree. I’m like dude it’s been 3 years just finish that last bit!! But…nothing happens lol.

      Sleepy Hollow! I was there when I was little but would LOVE to go back as an adult!

      eARCS really are so convenient! I always forget about them though but maybe if I was more intentional about it I could ask to stop being sent physical ones to help the clutter.

      We have camped a little bit! Looking into that option as well! ๐Ÿ™‚ Esp after our trip to Europe for two weeks this is def going ot be a more economical trip haha

      Nice chatting with you, my friend! <3

      • You know, I think our “problem” with blogging is the same but it’s also kind of opposite. You blogged about the same topic (books) for many years, on the contrary, I blogged about too many things for many years (lifestyle, geeky stuff, productivity, books, etc.), probably we just need to slow down a bit.
        My editorial calendar is digital because I change my mind so many times! I basically only use it to store my blog ideas assigning them random days and also to remind me the memes, nothing fancy. I think it isn’t an actual editorial calendar at this point, haha.
        OMG girl you made my day!! I always read your blog too, but, as you probably noticed, I’m very bad at leaving comments. ๐Ÿ™‚ I stopped checking my stats, because I didn’t want it to influence my way to run the blog, so I basically have no idea of who my followers are. #bestbloggerever <3

  2. I turn 24 in 6 days (June 25th), it’s insane!! I can’t believe I’m so close to being a quarter of a century haha.

    How are you liking “Wanderlost”? The cover is pretty, but I don’t know if it’s on my TBR or not. I JUST started “Me Before You”, so I’m nervous on whether I’ll like it or not.
    I also recently finished, “The Skylighter” by: Becky Wallace!

    I totally agree about Orlando :'( People magazine did this huge piece on it and it was just SO sad! ANd the thing that happened a couple days before in Orlando also (Christina Grimmie getting shot and dying).
    All the Seb (Sebastian Stan aka Bucky/Winter Soldier in the Captain America movies) pics today from the comic con in Sacramento are so sweet! He’ll do any pose. I try to focus on things that make me smile and he’s one of them haha.

    Man, I feel like I NEED to work out, but I never do. I have muscle damage in my neck and shoulders, so it’d hurt even worse than regular people who exercise!

    When I feel broken creatively, I try to take a step back and immerse myself in things that I absolutely LOVE! Sometimes they’ll strike an inspiration cord ๐Ÿ™‚

    *tight hug* (about your mum’s passing away anniversary)

    Come visit me!! Maine is in the New England region haha. I’d love to meet you ๐Ÿ™‚ And oh wow… I think I’d have to say that I’d love to go back to Chicago! I only got to spend one day in the city and it wasn’t enough.

    I’m awful at book purging too! When people purge their books, I’m like… LET ME SEE WHAT YOU HAVE haha.

    Friendship is tough, dude haha. SO tough! I wish I could hang out with my online book friends, but y’all live so far away!!

    • Eeeee if I forget on the 25th…happy bday!!! I had a wee bit of a freakout/quarterlife crisis so I hope you don’t!

      Wanderlost started out EH for me but it ended up pretty cute. I’m not like going to rave about it but if you want a cutesy little romance with a good dose of travel…it’s good!

      Gah yes was also really sad about Christina Grimmie ๐Ÿ™

      Ah that’s hard to have injuries..my sis has a bad back so she’s limited to what she can do. Have you ever asked a doctor what some good exercises might be that would hurt less?

      YES I like what you said about immersing yourself in something else you love. I think I need to think about this and see what I could immerse myself in that might get my brain away from the things I can’t do.

      Actually Maine was on my list!! Will absolutely have to get recs from you if we go that route!

  3. …I’d tell you that I perfectly get what you mean about blogging. I joined the book blogging community only this year, but I’ve run different lifestyle blogs since 2010 and I feel like I’m doing the same thing for so long too that I probably need some kind of break, or at least to slow down. For the first time in years, I’m going to break my consistency rules, blogging only when I want to, instead of using an editorial calendar.
    …I’d tell you how much I’m proud of myself for being able to read despite the huge amount of things to study for uni. But I think it’s also because I finally started caring less and less for social media. I used to scroll my Twitter and Pinterest feeds all the time, now I check them out only once a day (if I remember). It’s good for my sanity, I can see the results ๐Ÿ™‚
    …I’d tell you that I really want to start leaving more comments around, because I’ve been super lazy lately. I always reply back to those I receive on my blog, but I don’t actually leave my comments in my favorite blogs and this have to change. โ™ก

    • YES I so feel you on that! Like I love book blogging and I *feel* like over the past 6 years I’ve been able to keep it fresh and exciting and I don’t only talk about books…but I still feel this sense that I’ve been doing this for so long and it’s kind of repetitive for me. IDK WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT. It feels weird. I still want to do it but also I’m like…..something is broken here. I think a little less time this summer doing the blog thing will be nice and maybe help me refocus on whatever I will do next. And I like your idea! I honestly was never one for an editorial calendar this whole time though so I’m biased. I have always aimed for 5 posts a week for most of the time and sometimes I hit that and sometimes I don’t. It’s all very loose for me which honestly has kept me sane through this all. I do what I can. Some weeks I have more inspiration and motivation and others I don’t so I just don’t do as much. It’s worked well for me…but I know some people need a more rigid/strategic approach! I hope you are able to find something that works for you!!

      And oh my gosh SAME. I’m finding myself less into scrolling and being on social media than I was in years past. I keep wondering if it is keeping in line with this same “I’ve been doing this for so long” feeling or maybe the surge of negativity everywhere or something else? IDK. Maybe I’m starting to realize that I need more balance to it all. Who knows! But I do find that I am happier, in general, when I spend less time on it. I used to get so fixated on dumb things and it could ruin my mood!

      Girl, I feel you! I’ve been a crappy blog commenter too! I don’t know what my problem is. Again…maybe it’s the feeling that I’m just doing the same thing over and over all these years. Regardless…I’m still reading blogs and loving things I read on them..just not making that transition to commenting after! Gotta work on that! And just as an FYI I love your blog and read it always in my reader ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I love this feature…such a nice way to share what’s going on in your life books and otherwise.

  5. You need to read 52 Cups of Coffee by Megan Gebhart. An easy read, one chapter at a time, but a very intensive book.

  6. I love this idea! Would it be okay if I did this on my blog sometime?

    I’m currently reading a cozy mystery about a beekeeper, an eARC called Walt, and so close to finishing Nonna’s Book of Mysteries. I’m re reading Poirot Investigates for an Agatha Christie read along (she’s my all-time favorite author).

    My heart has been heavy too since Orlando. It’s something I’ve really been struggling to process. Yesterday I went to a big book sale and it felt so great to be surrounded by all those books and book lovers.

    I just started working out with my mom and her personal trainer twice a week (I’m a teacher so I’m off for the summer), and that has been incredibly hard and also so wonderful. I’ve been having some struggles with my anxiety and depression, and working out regularly has really been helping.

    Yay babies!! I teach 3, 4, and 5 year olds and love little kids ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m sorry about your mom, and if we were having coffee, I’d love to hear all about her.

    I’d hug you and say to be patient with your process, as my therapist says. Take a break if needed, do something creative that’s totally different, do that project you’ve always wanted to do!

    Yay for days off! Come to Chicago ๐Ÿ˜‰ I really want to go to California to see family and Harry Potter World and the Winchester Mystery House.

    Book purging is hard! I moved last year and got rid of a lot of books then-I had a huge book sale which was a lot of fun. I’m terrible about getting rid of books I haven’t read, but when I finish a book, I decide right there if it’s a book I want and need to keep. If not, it goes in a bag for next year’s book sale!

    I’d say I’ve been thinking about friendships a lot this year too. I’ve always struggled with letting people go, with being okay that a friendship has run its course, that a person or I have changed, or whatever may have happened. I’ve been working on accepting that some people are meant to be in my life for a certain amount of time-my college roommate for example-and that just because we have drifted apart now doesn’t mean we weren’t true amazing friends for those four years. She helped me through my homesickness, I supported her through a rough breakup, and we had so much fun and so many great times those four years.

    I just had my 30th birthday party last month, a big party thrown by my parents and my best friends, and it made me realize all the people I have in my life right now who love me for just who I am. And I’ve been so blessed to have the same best friend since we were six, almost a quarter century of friendship now.

    If we were having coffee, I’d say lets do it again soon! (Especially since you didn’t make fun of me for how much sugar I put in my coffee ;D )

  7. I just finished binge reading a historical romance series (The Merridew Sisters by Anne Gracie), so that was a lot of fun! I’m thinking about what I should read next, and I’m between Everything Leads to You and Caraval. Wanderlost was super cute and I hope you’re enjoying it!

    Orlando has made my heart heavy as well. I was already someone who suffered from anxiety, but the fear I sometimes feel going out and into public, heavily populated spaces is constantly growing and constantly something I have to talk myself through. It’s a tough, scary world – but there’s also so much good. There are people who will offer you a seat on the subway during rush hour when they see you’re struggling with stuff; there are friends who will send you a funny photo of their cat because it reminds them of you.

    I’m sorry about your mom still. Ten years doesn’t mean it’s gotten any easier tot bear, though I’m sure she would be happy for you and your sisters! And congratulations to your sister as well.

    As for books unread, well, I try to decide based on how soon I would read it! I always think of whether I can see myself reaching for it within the next year, and if not, I usually give it up. I always mark it as “consideration” on Goodreads, so I don’t forget about it.

  8. I love these posts so much, Jamie! <3

    I'm currently drinking strawberry milkshake and reading A Little Course in Astronomy as I want to be an astrophysicist when I'm older – I'm really enjoying it. I also have tons of books out from the library…thinking of reading the 4th Geek Girl book by Holly Smale next. Have you read the series? ๐Ÿ™‚

    I also felt devastated after hearing about the Orlando shooting and Christina Grimmie's death – it's so awful! I really wish the world was a better place. All this happening though has made me really realise though that we need to be the change we wish to see in the world and it also made me realise how short life can be – we need to live the life we love! ๐Ÿ™‚

    A positive thing I can share with you is I'm out of my blogging slump which I've been in for most of 2016 – yay! I have so many wonderful books out from the library, I got review copies from a publishing company I've been wanting to work with for awhile (Scholastic), I colour-coordinated my bookshelves and I love the way they're looking AND I'm starting my new schoolwork next week and I'm super excited because the physics syllabus I'm doing has 5 different options for us to study and one of them is astrophysics – YAY! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I'm really sorry to hear about your mom, I can't even begin to imagine how hard it must have been on you and your family. My best friend lost her mom to cancer when she was nine and she misses her so much. I'm sure she'd be incredibly proud of the person you've become! *hugs* xxx

    And EEK, I love Blogilates! I've never liked exercising but with Cassey's workouts I actually enjoy it! THIS IS A MIRACLE. I've been struggling with a cold and hay fever the past week and a half but I'm feeling better so I want to start following her June calendar again from tomorrow! I love how positive and motivating her videos are!

    America is a place I've always wanted to visit. I'd really love to go to California (I really want to go to Yosemite Nation Park) and New York City – it looks so amazing.

    I've been struggling with friendships lately. After moving to the UK last year, I'm really missing my South African friends and because I'm home schooled I haven't really managed to make new friends. Because we lived here a few years previously I have around 6 friends with whom I've kept in contact with but it's 7 years later and people change and move on with their lives so things are different now. I thought I would still have friends moving back here but I'm rarely see any of them as they're busy with school/weekend jobs etc. I plan on starting dance again and piano – so hopefully I'll meet some people through that! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. I love these posts so much! It’s so interesting to hear about other people’s lives.

    I’m currently reading a book about Thomas Jefferson that takes a different perspective on looking at his life and analyzing some of the things that were big for him. It’s called “Most Blessed of the Patriarchs” and I really like it, though it’s taking me a while to get through, just because nonfiction never really pulls me in the way fiction does.

    I work at a grocery store and usually I just stock things. The other day a little kid was standing around near me while his dad looked at yogurt and the kid looked up at me and asked what I was doing. I usually hate talking to little kids because I’m never really sure what to say or what my tone should be because I don’t want to baby them, but I do understand that they’re not adults. But I answered him and he kept asking me questions until his dad noticed and apologized, saying, “he asks a lot of questions.” And I just said, “That’s a good idea” because I couldn’t think of what else to say and I generally believe that. And the kid’s eyes lit up and he repeated that to his dad in a really excited voice, and that made my day.

    That’s a funny question. I use work, I guess. Lugging around milk jugs and bending over to lift things are pretty good arm and ab workouts. I’ve really wanted to go run/walk lately, but the temp’s been in the upper 90s for the past two weeks.

    Usually I try to power through or I put it down for a couple hours or a day and do something completely different and try not to think about it. Getting out and driving or walking work pretty well for me.

    I’m sorry about your mom. I hope you get through the anniversary without too much trouble.

    I would want to go to the Pacific Northwest because I love the rain and I keep hearing that Seattle/Portland are beautiful. The whole region sounds like my kind of place.

    I’m a book hoarder. The floor of my room is covered in little piles of books and I’m pretty much out of room on my current bookshelf. I have no tips.

    Oh my God, I finally found a good friend. It’s like she’s my other half and I couldn’t be happier. We’re planning a road trip to DC together for next spring. I’ve always had trouble keeping friends around because I always seem to care more than the other person does. I don’t really do friendships the way other people do. I’m more partial to the “all-consuming” friendships mentioned in The Raven Cycle and I can’t really do friendship any other way. So it’s awesome to have finally found someone who seems to like me as much as I like her and who gets me.

  10. I love this post! Wanderlost is on my shelf right now, but I haven’t gotten to it yet. Do you like it? I’m reading The Killer in Me and listening to The Uninvited. I’m trying to branch out and read more than just YA, but I feel like I’m really picky when it comes to adult fiction and non-fiction.

    Some questions I ask myself when trying to purge unread books are how long has it been on my shelves? Why haven’t I read it yet? How many times have I thought about getting rid of a book but told myself I’d read it? Sometimes it helps and sometimes it doesn’t.

    I feel you on blogging. I had to quit it for so many reasons, and creativity was one of them. When I’m having a hard time writing, I like to do something completely different: color, paint, listen to music–things that let me be creative in a different way and that I hope will inspire me.

    I feel like I am so bad at friendships. 99 percent of my friends are coworkers, and I always feel bad/anxious about not having a lot of friends outside of that. I’m glad you’re focusing on the healthy friendships you have!

    Can’t wait to read more posts like this!

  11. I’ve been struggling with what to do with my blog for a while now. Work was crazy busy this spring, and I had to put it on the back burner. But…..now I have more time. I’m trying to decide what I love most about blogging and the community that I’ve met, and how to capture my favorite parts while letting some of the less favorite parts go. I’m hoping to have some inspiration for a vision soon!

    • “Iโ€™m trying to decide what I love most about blogging and the community that Iโ€™ve met, and how to capture my favorite parts while letting some of the less favorite parts go”

      THIS. This is exactly what I’ve been trying to figure out/do. You said it PERFECTLY. I’ve always been good about every year going through what I like/dislike with my blog and then I add or subtract things as needed but I need to do it on a grand scale. Blogging just doesn’t feel the same anymore and I need to adapt and figure out how I can still make this home for me!
      Good luck to you!! HOpe you find inspiration soon, Lisa!

  12. Jamie, if we were having coffee, I’d ask how you managed — I’m coming up on the 1 year mark of losing my mom, and marvel at the strength of those on this same path. I’m 22, an only child, and she was a single mother, and she’s missed so much this year. I would hug you, and tell you how thankful I am for your blog and the way you love books! I love the idea behind this kind of post, too! <3

    • Emily, the first year is the rawest. I’m sorry for you. I can’t help you feel less sad but I can send you and Jamie lots of love.

    • I’m so sorry, Emily! <333 *hugs* Honestly...just one day at a time. That first year seems forever ago but I remember it being the worst in a lot of ways because it is so raw and you have all these "firsts" without that person. I was in college that first year so I had a lot to distract me and people around me so I fell apart a lot when I was alone. I think you have to let yourself feel the emotions you are feeling. I think that's healthy. Let your friends and family be there for you. Tell people what you need (that's a biggie that was hard for me...just to be like hey bff..I need to stay in tonight and watch funny movies please do this with me). Write it out! It's cathartic. I would recommend a book called Motherless Daughters. I recc'd it to another blogger who lost her mother and she said it was what she needed to read..maybe it will be for you too..or maybe not and that's okay. Be gentle with yourself! I used to have to just write one good thing about my day on the days it was awful. Even if it was something stupid like my hair looked really good today or I ate my favorite pink and red Starbursts.

      Always here to talk <3333

  13. If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that my dad’s been gone now for more years than I had him. It brought back some of the grief. For a good many years, I was able to remember him and talk about him without any pain or sadness most of the time. Now I miss him so much. I like to think about all the ways he influenced me and helped me be the person I am now even though he died when I was young.

    • <333 I am so sorry, Megan. Isn't it strange how we can go through these waves of intensity in missing them? LIke for me, I get so emotional every time my sister is pregnant because it's just another grandbaby she will never meet. But then like random things will make it harder. Grief is just so messy and weird and awful.

      Hugs to you!

  14. I would tell you… that I’m also sometimes scared to do certain things, because of all the news reports you see lately. People getting shot or stabbed, bombs going off, new threats; the world is really in a sad state right now ๐Ÿ™

    I would tell you… that I’m struggling with working out all the time, but that I’ve been keeping up with running. I still hate that exercise, but I see a change and that is worth it. I also want to do yoga, but I’m still too scared to take the step and go to a school. I’ve found one and I REALLY want to go, but now I need to kick myself in the butt and do it.

    I would tell you.. that I’m so happy for you that you will be an aunt again ๐Ÿ˜€

    I would tell you.. that I’m also in a slump and I have no idea how you can change that. But definitely go and explore that mysterious thing you’ve been wanting to do for so long!

    I would not tell you anything, but just give you a really big hug <3

    I would tell you.. I have no idea what place you should explore, but I would really happy announce that I've finally booked my first vacation with my boyfriend ๐Ÿ˜€

  15. Congrats on the new baby! And a nephew this time, so neat! I’ve been trying the last couple of months to start exercising again, but it’s just so hard. I did running for a week (for the first time since I had my son 4 yrs ago…) and then got a horrible cold and stopped. Last week I got up early and exercised on the back porch, but this morning I hit the snooze. =/ And I’m also book purging! Over the last year, I’ve gotten rid of over 300 books. I’ve decided that when I look at my bookcases, I only want to see books that I love and would willingly reread again and again, instead of looking at my bookcase and thinking: ‘Didn’t like that, or that one, or I’m not even interested in reading that.’ So now I’m using the library to screen what books I read, and if it’s great, then I’ll buy it.

  16. I’m going to D.C. by myself in a few weeks because I need a break from some work craziness. Actually, I’m trying to become unemployed by that time. That’s turning out to be harder than expected. Anyway, I’m going to go and hang out at museums (free) and look at some touristy stuff that I haven’t seen in a long time.

  17. I have done Cassey’s videos before but haven’t tried PIIT28 challenge or know much about it. I’m trying to make some healthy changes / habits this summer and this sounds like a fun thing I could try. Is it free or do you have to pay (I think her regular videos are free, right?). Do you do it every day or a few times a week?

    • This one you have to pay for unlike her free calendar — there’s a power pack with the fitness part and the meal plan/recipes or you can buy one or the other! It’s very intense and I’m finding it worth the money but it was a splurge for me but that has kind of helped because I don’t want to have wasted money so it’s been motivating me to see it through haha! It’s 6 days a week (28 minutes each day) then a rest day (though I change up my rest day each week depending on what I have going on).

  18. ahhhh I joined PIIT too! …and abandoned it pretty quickly. It is TOUGH. you can doooo ittt! I decided to postpone the challenge until the inevitable miserable winter, allocating the tiny bit of sunshine we have to outdoor exercise. But hold me to getting back on it when the cold comes! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  19. I love these posts! It’s great way tto meet the “real life” jamie!!!

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