(written Feb 2014)
One of my favorite food bloggers writes these heartfelt posts called Virtual Coffee Dates where she just talks about what’s going on in her life as if you were having coffee with her in a cute little cafe. I’ve always loved this concept and wish that I COULD have a coffee date with so many of you, so I decided to try out this concept today. Let me know if you like this post and I’ll try to work it in the rotation more often!
If we were having coffee today, I would tell you that life is crazy right now. For various reasons, I am in a place of uncertainty with different elements of my life (more to be disclosed soon) and let me tell you… I have learned that uncertainty is probably the hardest feeling for me to deal with. I binged and used food for years because of uncertainty — “I don’t like my job but I don’t know what else to do”, “why hasn’t he called me back”, etc.– and now that I no longer numb my feelings away with food, I’ve had to find other ways to handle it. I’m planning to write a longer post about dealing with uncertainty, but for now I would just tell you how much I’m letting myself feel it.
If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you how excited I am for the winter to end! I’ve never felt this sense of wanting to constantly hibernate as strong as I’ve felt it this winter. I check the 10 Day Forecast almost every day just waiting to see an upwards trend in the temperature indicating that we are somewhat close to spring. Not quite there yet…
I’d tell you that last week I challenged myself to eat at home for the entire week and ended up having a blast with it. I first looked up about 4 different recipes I wanted to cook, and then made a basic grocery list. It was so satisfying to spend one chunk of money at the grocery store at the beginning of the week and then not spend money on food again for that entire week. It felt kind of like a fun game and it forced me to get creative with food. Not to mention it was a big $$ saver!
Random smoothie combos:
Leftovers Party for Lunch:
I’d tell you that my biggest struggle right now is loosening up in my relationship. I am by nature a very Type-A person, but I’m learning how being overly Type-A in my relationship can feel so overbearing and suffocating for my boyfriend. Thankfully he is the sweetest most patient man ever and gently shines a light on these parts of my personality without ever making me feel bad, but I’ve really taken it into my hands to take a hard look at these sides to me and have made a serious attempt to loosen up control, chill the f*ck out and give him space to do things his way and realize that my way isn’t always the best way. Big lessons here, but I am slowly, slowly learning.
I would tell you that my Food Freedom Program finishes up next week and I just can’t believe that it’s over. This was my first official group program that I’ve ever run and I would tell you how different it was to coach women in a group setting vs. one-on-one. I would tell you about the immense amount of fear and self-doubt that I faced while selling the program and even starting the program, but how I’m proud of myself for pushing through it and doing my best to create something impactful.
I’d tell you about how I’ve been playing with the idea of making some of my posts a little “lighter” which is why you see this post. I’d explain that the work that I do with emotional eating and body image is so profoundly deep and intense -and I LOVE that- but I also really like talking about food, cooking, nutrition and life in a lighter sense. After I put some more thought into this, I’m going to be reaching out to you for some help to tell me what you’re looking for, what your biggest struggles are right now, and what else I can do to support you.
If we were having coffee together today, what would you talk about? Did you like this kind of post and would you want to see more of this? Please let me know in the comments below.