If We Were Having Coffee….July Edition

“Life is full of happiness and tears; be strong and have faith.” ~ Kareena Kapoor Khan

With my updates from San Diego taking a bit longer then I had planned due to a smorgasbord of unforeseen circumstances, some good some bad, I haven’t posted an update in a Loooonnngggg while. In other words I be slackin’ dear readers. Nothing is more update-y (in my humble opinion) then grabbing coffee with friends. In fact in between all my adventures, I tried to fit in some much needed coffee dates and catch-ups with my friends.

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As much as I love traveling, I do miss my peeps and caffeine dealers, a.k.a. my baristas who have my drink ready before I even order!

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Not going to lie, I would be wondering where I am, what day it is, and just be utterly confused on time. I have been on the road A LOT. I have also been in the sky, on a boat and ridin’ a train. In fact as I write this I have taken every form of major transportation there is, except a moped, or a segway, but those aren’t major and this joke fell flat, unlike the world which is NOT. I know I be traveling it!

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It seemed like I had just gotten back from San Diego and then wham four days later, I was on a ferry to Nantucket (THAT review will be coming soon) for an impromptu trip that ended up being one of the most magical (and much needed) travel experiences, I have had in a long while.

Which is saying a lot!

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Three days after I came back form Nantucket, I was back in Massachusetts to do our annual Boston Harbor Island’s trip with my sister-in-law, brother, and their adorable munchkins.

AND THEN (Yes there is more!) I surprised my Dad a few days late for his seventy-fifth birthday up in New Hampshire.

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My Dad legit breaks my heart. I actually managed to surprise him. He thought I was visiting in August (which I still am) not July. He hasn’t had an easy year health wise. But despite all the frustration and setbacks, he is still laughing, cracking jokes, and being his amazingly strong stoic self. He is such an amazing role model and I am so happy I could surprise him and bring a smile to his face.

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With all the traveling, my coffee drinking has been varied, from maple lattes, to K-cup brewed coffee with flavored creamer, (yes you read that right!) to my vanilla sweet cream cold brew, to iced coffee with cream and sugar (again read that right) to even green juice instead of coffee!

Heck I don’t even know what I am drinking anymore!

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Thankfully I am happy to have a couple weeks reprieve from traveling. No, I am not sick, and yes you read that right (again, have you dropped from shock yet?). Living out of a suitcase with the same clothes gets exhausting. Yo’ girl needs clothing options! And her bed. And her regular baristas who are wondering if I still live in the city because I haven’t really been there since the beginning of June.

Yes, despite my love for jetsetting, I am ready for a routine and to stop shocking my body with poor coffee choices.

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Joking aside, I am so incredibly blessed to be able to travel and experience different places. You learn so much, not just about yourself, but about others. You realize the small speck of land you inhabit, is just that, small. YOU have the power to make it bigger. To grow, explore, and connect with others. To actually live life and even change it, instead of making it solely about your existence. WE have that power and we need to use it.

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This summer, really this year, has been a bunch of trial and tribulations. Between my Dad, my own constant ear and sinus infections, and continued, yet completely unnecessary drama in my hometown, it has been tough. But it has been teaching me to lean on people and express myself vocally more. Something I have always shied away from and kept my emotions and feelings to myself.

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It is a process, but one that despite everything, I am incredibly grateful for. I have amazing friends in my life, and while sometimes it can be easy to get caught up in the ones who hate and spread rumors about you, ultimately THEY do not matter. It is the people who know you, really know you and have no fear of standing by your side and love you for you, who matter.

I am utterly grateful for them AND for all of you. ❤

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If we were having coffee… What are you up too? What have you been drinking?