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 a  reoccurring thing for the past couple of years and do it when I feel so inclined!

 

So, grab your coffee/beverage of your choice and meet me for a chat. Currently I am drinking water (I’ve been slacking at hydrating myself these days).

 

If we were having coffee….I’d tell you that I’m currently reading The Girl With The Red Balloon by Katherine Locke. I’d ask what you are reading…

If we were having coffee.…I’d tell you that #momlife has been fantastic lately. I genuinely have so much fun with Riley and she is such a little ham and I love it. Getting out of the newborn stage helped but also the fact that she sleeps marvelously at night helps things, too. I’m still bumming because I miss my friends and I had hoped we would have so many baby squad playdates but I guess this is part of adjusting to life with a baby for all of us. BUT this Friday is Will’s work Christmas party and it will be the first time that we are BOTH out together without Riley. I’m kiiiinda nervous about leaving her with someone who is not us but gotta rip that bandaid off eventually because then that means more date nights for us.

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On Becoming A Mom & Motherhood So Far

 

Honest thoughts on motherhood

I didn’t know what to expect motherhood to be like. I could conjure up images in my head of what it might LOOK like — sleepless nights, sweet baby feet, cuddles, dressing up my little mini-me, idyllic afternoons doing all sorts of wonderful things while my baby napped. But I couldn’t really imagine what it would feel like.

This is what it looked like sometimes — no sleep…literally running on empty. Feeling like a zombie.

 

Basically everything I thought it would look like….was wrong. Or just different, maybe? I feel like that is like a lot of things — trips, big events, etc. Reality is typically a lot different than our expectations and romanticized visions of it before we experience it. But it’s better in ways. And in some ways I found myself thinking THIS IS NOT WHAT I IMAGINED IT TO BE WHY IS THIS BABY NOT PEACEFULLY SNOOZING RIGHT NOW WHILE I DO ALL THE CRAFTS (reader, I never did crafts before Riley) AND BECOME A DOMESTIC GODDESS.

I think a lot of it, for me, was that I couldn’t imagine something that for years I wasn’t sure if I even wanted.

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How Would You Choose To Spend Your Last Day?

Credit: Katie Daisy

 

All through my life I’ve been super aware that every day absolutely could be my last, that tomorrow is not guaranteed, that we never know which moment it could all come to an end. I’ve carried sentiments with me like “live like you were dying!” or “live every moment like it was your last” or “make the most out of every moment and live fully” etc. etc. etc. Or a personal favorite is the quote above!

But actually LIVING like that? It goes something like this:

 

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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 a  reoccurring thing for the past couple of years and do it when I feel so inclined!

 

So, grab your coffee/beverage of your choice and meet me for a chat. Currently I am drinking Spearmint Herbal Flavored Water from Trader Joe’s!

 

If we were having coffee….I’d tell you that I’m currently reading They Both Die At The End by Adam SilveraI’d ask what you are reading right now!

If we were having coffee.…I’d tell you that I’m settling into #momlife decently but I’m also still struggling with my identity. I love Riley to pieces and she’s got so much more personality than before when she was a cute little blob of newbornness. She’s fun to hang out with now but sometimes I still struggle with sharing so much of my time and feeling like I don’t have a handle on who I am. BUT I’m taking your advice and trying to be gentle with myself. Also, the blog definitely makes me feel more like myself when I have time to write.

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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 a  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 AM actually drinking some coffee because I’ve had a headache going on 24 hours and I finally called the OB because it was freaking me out (pre-eclampsia and all) because Tylenol was not even helping and he told me to drink some caffeine the next time I take my Tylenol so WE SHALL SEE.

 

If we were having coffee….I’d tell you that I’m currently reading Warcross by Marie Lu. I love her books and this one is intriguing so far but I’m equally excited to be passing this on to my 17 year old nephew who I got hooked on her books. I think he will REALLY love this one being super into video games.  I’d ask what you are reading right now!

If we were having coffee.…I’d tell you that I can’t believe I haven’t written anything on the blog since June 6th. I had gotten in a good rhythm and was excited again and then the vampire of the third trimester just came and sucked the life out of me and I kept saying “Okay tomorrow I’ll write a post” and then “okay next week I will try to post” and then nothing. Only so much energy in this body of mine right now and blogging didn’t make the cut. Stinks because I had so many good ideas in my head. If only there was a way to just let me THINK THEM and then they just show up on the blog. Until then…neglected blog is neglected.

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When A Book Just Hits So Close To Home

Sometimes when a book hits super close to home I don’t know how to write about it. I decided to go for the method I did when I wrote about Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson and write a letter to the author.

The book in question?

Emery Lord’s The Names They Gave Us which is OUT TODAY! I did receive this book as a review copy, c/o Bloomsbury for review consideration, but I pinky swear that these are all my own thoughts and I wasn’t compensated for them.

 

The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

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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 a  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 WATER…because I had to do the 3 hour glucose test today and I literally want nothing except water after that.

 

If we were having coffee….I’d tell you that I’m currently reading Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner. I can tell it’s going to destroy me just like his debut, The Serpent King, did. I’d ask what you are reading right now!

If we were having coffee.…I’d tell you that I can’t believe I’m in the third trimester and I’d tell you all about the worries I have right now — some serious, some kind of silly. I’m terrified of giving birth and, erm, the recovery. STOP READING ABOUT IT, SELF. I’m terrified something will be wrong with her. That I’ll be a terrible mom. That Will and I will not be as good of a team under the strain of parenthood as we are now. What if we go into debt bc KIDS ARE EXPENSIVE. That I will never have a life again. That I will lose who I am. That I will never get to travel ever again. And then it’s like super specific things like WHAT IF BREASTFEEDING HURTS AND IS TOO HARD or WHAT IF I NEVER FIT INTO ANY OF MY PRE-BABY CLOTHES AGAIN. There’s just so much big and little stuff to worry about and my brain can’t shut off.

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Some Real Talk About Change

 

Two weekends ago, in the spirit of making room for the baby, Will and I were SUPER productive and started going through our hall closet where — in addition to coats — I hung a lot of my fancier dresses that I didn’t want in my regular, every day closet. I pull out this short little black number I haven’t worn in like 7 years (one of those going out dresses that elicited a bewildered “HOW IS THAT A DRESS/HOW WOULD THAT EVEN COVER YOUR CROTCH?” from Will to which I was like “WELL IT DID WHEN I WAS A SIZE ZERO SO” even though I was seriously wondering how even then it did). I had to get real with myself and toss this dress in the donate pile because 1) even NOT pregnant there is no way I’m squeezing myself into that thing anytime soon and 2) I have literally no reason or occasion to wear this dress ever again.

And this happened like 8 more times with dresses that were from my early/mid 20’s. And I weirdly didn’t want to get rid of them — I was clutching on to them for dear life. I’m 31 and my 30’s are great so far. I’ve said my goodbyes to my 20’s. BUT DID I REALLY? Every time I put one of these dresses in the donate pile it felt like I was mourning my 20’s. GOODBYE YOUTH. Even though I haven’t lived that life, these dresses were echos of, in quite some time.

As I put the last dress in the pile, I look at Will and I’m like, “I HATE CHANGE!”

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On Trying New Hobbies & Learning New Things

I admire and love a lot of things about my friends but I was thinking the other day how there is something about my friend Jessie that I just admire so much and it inspires me quite a bit. Jessie is literally the most interesting person I know — she is always trying new hobbies or taking classes. Right now she’s doing tap dancing classes (just because) but before that she’s done things like glassblowing, art classes or taking an ESL class and countless other hobbies. She’s just always trying out new hobbies or taking classes to learn things.

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Things I’ve Been Doing While I Haven’t Been Blogging

Oh helloooo there! I am still alive. Trying to get myself motivated to blog again — it’s like I have motivation in my head but the actual physical act of opening my laptop, logging into this thing and typing just somehow doesn’t happen.

So let’s talk about all the things I’ve been doing that clearly aren’t blogging….seems like an easy way to get back into this.

 

1. Having an epic reading slump and then somehow defeating it: Oh man guys. Some rough days I had where I just didn’t want to read. No desire. But then I WANTED to but my brain honestly felt like it couldn’t concentrate. I’ve been told maybe it’s pregnancy brain? IDK. It was terrible. But in the past month I have been a bonafide reading machine. I cannot wait to share with you guys what I’ve been reading because I’ve read some pretty delightful things! Are we friends on Goodreads? You can get a sneak peek of what I’ve been reading before I write about it on here.

2. Having an identity crisis as a blogger: Blogging hasn’t been on my mind much since finding out I was pregnant because for the first trimester I was so so so sick that I just couldn’t do anything but then I just had so much other stuff. But honestly some of it? I don’t know what this blog is anymore after almost 7 years and where it’s going to go. It’s no secret that I write about a lot of other stuff than books and have for a long time but I just feel all sorts of “what is going to become of this blog?” feelings. I’ve moved to a bit of a lifestyle + heavy books feel mostly but I don’t know what the direction will be once I have the baby. In my heart of hearts I don’t want this to be a mom blog (just not a thing I personally want to do) but I do feel like that’s going to be a big part of my life so naturally some posts would reflect that just as anything else in my life. And then the worries of having less time and reading less books? I’m just kind of letting this blog be whatever it is. I feel like most of you have stuck around here for ME and not just all book stuff but who knows?

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