It’s Monday morning, somehow it is April, one quarter of 2016 is behind us, and there already seems like so much to be catching up on. I figured it was time for a coffee date to reflect and see how we’re all doing. I heavily borrowed the idea and format for this post from my all-time favourite blog, Blonde on a Budget; it was such a fun post and I’ve been wanting to try something similar for a while. So here goes!
If we were on a coffee date, I’d tell you that Mondays are one of my favourite days of the week. Fresh starts, fresh food (I meal prep my food on Sundays, so it is always most delicious on Mondays), and lots of catching up around the office means that the day can go surprisingly quickly. It also feels like a clean slate; all the mess of the previous week is over, and often the things you were panicking about seem much more achievable after refreshing yourself from the weekend. However, I always need an extra caffeine boost, so I’d be ordering a double shot cappuccino!
If we were on a coffee date, I’d tell you that I’m loving running my own Etsy store, and shipped out my first three orders today. The weekend was full of playing with packaging, which is currently still a bit silly and not very professional, printing, cutting, designing and getting excited to see the beginnings of interest in my little hobby store. The handmade community is very supportive and committed to helping others, and it feels great to have taken the plunge on something I’ve been planning and wishing for, for a long time.
If we were on a coffee date, I’d tell you that 2016 is shaping up into a really great year. After turning 25 and beginning my career as a lawyer, I kind of thought it would all be dull from here on out. Instead, the year has been full of friends, dinner parties, smashing fitness goals, taking risks, planning trips, friends getting married and new opportunities. I hope you’re finding the same, and I’d ask you what you’re most excited about for this year.
If we were on a coffee date, I’d tell you that I’ve reset my nutrition goals for the one thousandth time, and that I’m re-attempting to eat clean. I gave up sugar and carbs for February, and saw a noticeable different in my weight, body fat percentage, skin, hair, mood and fitness. Once the month was over, and the Easter shelves filled up with creme eggs, I fell heavily off the wagon, and definitely feel the difference. To re-establish myself as a clean eater, I meal prepped, meal packed and created a MyFitnessPal account, and am feeling confident. I’d ask you if you’re interested in nutrition, and whether you subscribe to a particular food program, and if you have any favourite recipes or nutrition tips you’d like to share.
If we were on a coffee date, I’d tell you that it’s the boyf’s 27th birthday tomorrow and I’m extremely excited. As he doesn’t read this blog, I’d also tell you I splurged and got him a pair of sound-proof headphones, and organised dinner at the only waffle house I could find in Perth. I love birthdays more than he does, so the enthusiasm is definitely one-sided, but it’s fun to celebrate important things.
If we were on a coffee date, I’d tell you that I’ve had my leave approved and we’re off to Michigan, USA in July! Perth to Michigan is a depressingly long way, which is part of the motivation behind the sound-proof headphones mentioned above. We’ll be spending two weeks at the boyf’s parents’ lake house, skiing, kayaking, eating barbeque and relaxing. I’ll hopefully sneak in some trips to the neighbouring bigger towns to maximise the USA shopping experience. But the general focus is family, food and relaxing.
If we were on a coffee date, I’d ask for some of your favourite book recommendations. I’m nearing the end of a Netflix binge on Gilmore Girls, and looking to change up my hobbies to involve more reading and less passive indulgence of visuals. I have the Power of Habit lined up as my next read, and I cracked open The Light Between Oceans on the weekend, although I haven’t really warmed to it yet.
If we were on a coffee date, I’d tell you that I’ve become obsessed with the podcast Modern Love. The story telling is just beautiful. Since Serial, I’ve been an avid podcaster, and other favourites include Amicus and Science versus. Do you have any recommendations? Do you prefer music or podcasts on your walks/runs?
And finally, if we were on a coffee date, I’d tell you that I’m really excited for April. There’s a lot of fun and random activities coming up: a Canvas and Cabernet night, fancy dinner and seeing Cats the Musical with the boyf, trips to the outdoor cinemas, a fiesta networking night with tequila and tacos, an Adults only Astronaut night at the local science exhibition, and a long weekend hiking trip. Normally April is a bit of a non-event, but I’m feeling very positive about this one. Overall I’m finding an intentional attitude of positivity can have a noticeable impact upon how you view life. I find myself to be an accidental pessimist, and can complain about being too busy or wanting to be at home in my pyjamas. But by cultivating a joy around the great events of this month, I think I’ll be enjoying them so much more.
What’s your coffee order? And your favourite topic of a coffee conversation?