Coffee Date v.2

Whenever there is an extended absence on my blog it is usually not because I have nothing to write about. On the contrary, it's generally during periods of my life where I have a million blog-worthy things happening, but can't share for whatever reason. Before you jump the gun, rest assured that I am not with child. I do, however, have a lot of other stuff happening and my creative juices have just been zapped.

So although I haven't been writing, I kind of miss you all. I feel like I have a lot to say, and if you don't mind, I'd love to share a few things over coffee...

If we were on a coffee date...I'd probably order a soy latte with a shot of peppermint. I will never get over peppermint in coffee. Ever.

If we were on a coffee date...I'd tell you that I quit writing for Dayton Moms Blog and Cincinnati Moms Blog last week. I'm proud of the content I contributed and I'm so thankful for the experience. I genuinely feel like it made me a better writer. Not to mention, I came out of it with the most beautiful friendships with some Moms in my area. However, something had to give. I have had too much on my plate and I was getting to a place where it just wasn't a source of joy for me anymore.

If we were on a coffee date...I'd probably jot down reminders in my phone as we spoke. My Farmers' Market is back! This is my second year co-managing, and yet I still somehow forgot how much work goes into making it all happen. It's a job that sometimes leaves me frazzled as I try to tie up loose ends in between wrangling toddlers. But our little community of farmers, artisans, and patrons is just so dang wonderful. It's a blessing to be a part of it.

If we were on a coffee date...I might get real with you about how I haven't been 100% loving motherhood lately. Charlie is three. And while three is filled with loads of laughs and sweet conversations, it's also filled with attitude, tantrums, and testing boundaries. I thought I could at least count on my sweet Crosby to take it easy on me, but he's been even worse! The tantrums, whining, and crying that have erupted from him just in the last week have me wondering if he's been possessed!

If we were on a coffee date...I'd admit that I broke down crying on the phone with my sister last week. After I met up with an old college friend for dinner, I was reminded of who I was pre-babies. It kind of shocked me into realizing how much I've sacrificed the last three years. I've been a great Mom and I feel confident in saying that my boys know how loved they are, but I've also lost my sense of self. I want to unearth that college girl and start doing more to make me happy.

If we were on a coffee date...I'd say that the first step I took in regaining my pre-baby self was running again. I went for two runs last week expecting to not make it more than a mile. I was completely shocked when I ran around two miles (I didn't track it) the first day and three miles the second day. And my pace wasn't even that bad! I'm not sure how I managed to so seamlessly transition back into running again, but it was blatantly clear how much I've truly missed it and how gosh-darn great it made me feel!

If we were on a coffee date...I'd apologize for rambling and monopolizing your time. I'd ask you about your life, your career, and your family. I might even go up for a second round of coffee so I could cozy up and listen to you (and not just because I'm not ready to go back to my house of crazies!)

I hope you're doing well friends (I really have missed you). Tell me, what's something you'd share with me on a coffee date?

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