Virtual Coffee Date #3 1

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I woke up bright and early this morning and headed to the metro to drop Steve off, and then instead of going straight to work as I normally would, I got to come home and enjoy a really peaceful morning. I prepared a hot cup of coffee and sat in the dark while I slowly sipped my cup of Joe. I mean, is there anything better? Then it dawned on me that it’s been almost 3 months since our last virtual coffee date, and I think maybe we should have monthly coffee dates.

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I’m never short on thoughts, or things to say, so here goes. If we were sitting in a quiet café talking about life I’d tell you that time passes too quickly. The days fly by and I’m no further ahead in life than I was just yesterday. A constant thought in the back of my mind is there has to be more to life (you can read more about that here). That dream life stirring in my head…how do I make that a reality? Am I the only one who has such thoughts, or do people tend to bury their heads and ignore those thoughts?

As you know, Steve and I are super focused on paying off our debt (you can read about that here, here, and here). We’ve been doing this for 3 years now, and I think it’s finally catching up to us. We’re in the homestretch of this marathon and it’s hard. No worries, I’m not complaining. Okay, well maybe a little. It feels like everyone around us is moving forward and we’re stuck at a standstill. Friends and family are purchasing or building new homes and having babies. They are living is how I see it. I know we’ll get there, but it’s a slow-go. The tortoise wins the race though—I think that’s how the saying goes. At the end of the day, I know we’re doing what’s best and we can’t wait to be debt free because it means we’ll be free in so many other ways too. That is the light at the end of the tunnel.

I would tell you that I’m thinking about a new blog name (you can read more about that here), but I haven’t quite thought of a catchy name. It’ll come to me, I’m sure. I want a space where I can share my and Steve’s story because I happen to think it’s unique, and others could benefit from it. In addition, I love writing about food, sweet treats, books, money—perhaps that seems like a lot—but it’s me and it’s what I have to offer. I think that counts for something, no? At least I know that’s what I love about other blogs—the blogger’s story. Take for example Annie of Annie’s Eats who is a mother of two, a doctor, and a blogger. Lindsay and Bjork from Pinch of Yum…they are a lovely couple and are completely inspiring. Kristin from Iowa Girl Eats is a new mom and full-time blogger who seems so incredibly down-to-earth and likable. The food they blog about is just the cherry on top. These are just a few of the blogs I follow, but it’s these exact stories that inspire me to reach higher, to dream bigger, to be a better person.

To work on myself and my goals I could really use a vacation. Vacation?—I forgot the meaning of this word, so tell me about your vacation plans so I can live vicariously through you. We’ll be visiting with family soon, but I don’t much consider that a vacation. I want to vacation in a warm, sunny place with lots of fabulous food and a beach to melt into. I could be a total beach bum. We might be able to consider a REAL vacation in over a year from now. Um, that’s a long time. Bummer. On the bright side—we’ll be seeing all our nieces and nephews in just a few weeks during our non-vacation. Just look at this pretty little face!

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Lastly, I would tell you that I am soooo looking forward to the upcoming long weekend. Who knew one extra day off could be so exciting? With any luck, maybe I can go soak up some rays by the pool. Steve and I are also considering having a picnic at a local park. Sounds lovely to me!

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