Since this blog began, I’ve had several women tell me that they can totally resonate with the following little tidbit. Let me know if you do, too. It makes me feel more sane (thanks!) but, more importantly, I want us to link arms and say “no more” to these kinds of days. Because we have better lives to live, ya? Ok, so here it goes:
I wake up and get my coffee brewing. I take a shower and get dressed. I shut off the coffee maker because I’m going to get it in a minute. I think about getting my coffee before I dry my hair, in case the kids wake up before I can finish it. But I get distracted by checking my email. The kids wake up. My coffee is still sitting in the maker. I get the kids their breakfast. I finally get to drying my hair. When I’m all ready to go, the kids are done eating their breakfast and need cleaned up. I look over at my coffee and realize I totally forgot to drink it. The upside? I can make it into iced coffee now if I brewed it strong enough. Otherwise, off to the microwave. Usually come lunch time, I’m still working on my cup. It’s sad. I know.
You know what’s even worse? My first job was at Dunkin Donuts. Yep no shame there. I actually liked it for the most part. And when most people work at a fast-food restaurant, they tend to gag a little at the thought of eating what they are serving. Not me. I became a coffee-lover, for better or for worse. And I still like my occasional doughnut. Not good and not proud of it. But had to be real with ya.
All that to say, this is the story of my life. Distracted with the attention span of a gnat, a bazillion thoughts and ideas running through my mind each day…all at the expense of my poor precious coffee. Hence why this is Naptime Coffee Break…because sometimes the coffee break simply doesn’t happen until naptime when those sweet little ones are hypothetically sleeping. And someday my little ones will be big and we won’t have naptime and I’ll still be stuck in this sick cycle without the naptime break. Eek!
But I want that to change.
I don’t want my mornings to be so crazy that I’m missing out on the smell of my coffee. I don’t want the above to be the mantra of my life, where I’m so caught up in chaos and letting life happen to me that this is the first time I breathe.
Let it be that our coffee is cold because we were living our lives, not letting our culture run our lives.
At Naptime Coffee Break, we discuss what it means to live intentionally, simplify, slow down, and find joy in the small things. Let’s spend our midday break together reflecting on how we are spending our days living our lives, not just passing through, seeking to embrace each moment.
But who are YOU?
Oh, you want to know a little about me now, not the blog itself? You got it! Pull up a comfy chair, grab your coffee or tea, and let’s chat. Oh, and don’t forget to take a turn after I’m done. I love hearing people’s stories and yours will be no different, I’m sure. 🙂
First and foremost, I love Jesus–He’s changed my life. I still mess up (a lot) but rest in His grace and try my best to show others the same. After that, I’m a wife to a patient, forgiving, and ever-growing husband and a mother to Lily (June 2010), Colby (Nov 2011), and Leila (May 2014). Baby Boy #4 is due in February 2015. I have a heart for young girls and volunteer within my church building relationships with them and trying my best to point them to Jesus. I’m a stay at home mom who previously worked and am blessed that God graciously brought our family to a point of being able to do that, even despite my bad attitude getting there.
Beyond that, I love:
- Organization and structure
- Taking long walks
- Not sitting still
- Coffee shops (you saw that coming, didn’t you?)
- Cadbury Mini Eggs
- Trying new foods
- Dance parties with my kids
- Singing when no one is listening
- Exploring new places
- Games (not strategy ones though–let’s make that clear–but give me Catch Phrase or Blink and you’re so my new BFF)
- Writing (duh)
- Learning (I’d be in college forever if I could…)
- Beach pizza from the NH coast
- Indie folk/alternative types of music
- Turquoise (this probably stems from growing up in Massachusetts not far from the beach…but I was told by my husband our house can’t look like a New England coastal home because well, we’re in Pennsylvania. Serious downer.)
My character weaknesses:
- I like change to a fault (though it has its benefits) and I get bored easily. I’m improving on this as I learn to be content in all circumstances but it’s a struggle at times.
- I get easily frustrated/frazzled/stressed.
- I don’t say no very well…something I’m continually working on (proud of myself for my progress, if I’m allowed to toot my own horn).
- Sometimes my desire for organization can get to an extreme so I have to keep tabs on that.
- I’m seriously slow at getting jokes. I’m that girl who things fly right over. I don’t love that part about me. But it can make for some good jokes it seems, which I’ve learned to just roll with instead of getting all uptight about.
- I am really sensitive. While I want people to help me grow by giving constructive criticism, I take it really hard. Part of my perfectionist personality and desire to please people. So if you want to help me out, just be nice about it, k? 🙂
My character strengths:
- I’m optimistic and think the best of someone until proven otherwise (I think that’s good anyway).
- I have a lot of energy. I’ll be that 90 year old still dancing away and yelling BINGO. Ok, not BINGO . . . but I’ll be playing Catch Phrase and screaming my head off to get my team to hear me. Oh man do I love that game.
- I love love love people. While I like my alone time to recharge and can’t stand being in large groups for very long, I truly enjoy hearing people’s stories one-on-one.
- I’m a good listener, or so I’ve been told.
- I’m good at time management and giving things organization (just don’t ask me to maintain it for you later).
- While I’m not perfect (don’t go pointing out all my mistakes–maybe they’re intentional!), I do pretty well with grammar/spelling.
- I’m forgiving…because I’ve seen the grace and mercy offered to me and we all deserve that if we’re willing to accept it. It took me a long time to forgive myself for some of my past choices but sometimes when we truly grasp the forgiveness and grace offered to us, we are brought to a place where we forgive ourselves. It’s a beautiful place to be.
More on my personality in this post. On the MBTI, I’m an ENFP (just an organized version of the stereotype). On the Enneagram, I’m a type 7.
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