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Coffee Date || Volume 5

coffee date-3It’s been awhile since we sat down for a coffee date. It always feels too long in between but maybe this feels especially long. I feel like I don’t have much too offer in coffee dates lately – besides tears or random confessions about how I am freaking out. “Am I going crazy!? I am right!” I’ll exclaim once or twice.

In the newest way (because I’ve totally learned this lesson before in other settings) I am learning that I don’t always have to be perfect or put together. I guess when you quit your job to follow your dreams you feel a lot of pride & excitement with a lot of fear and doubt. I think that is what is making me feel crazy. Also plus a huge case of senioritis makes finishing my job well slightly difficult 😉

The timing has never felt so right. It feels like quitting to blog full time has always been the plan – but it hasn’t. I love looking back to see how the Lord slowly started putting it on my heart and opening doors. There were lots of conversations, posts, photos, and lessons that needed to happen before I could turn in my two weeks but they all lead me here. You ask if I have a count down, I do – nine work days. Nine.

I reminisce on the coffee date we had nearly a year ago – babies, jobs, funny moments, more memories, leaps of faith, and so much more have filled that year. Man, I am so thankful for you! Without you I wouldn’t be where I am today. I mean that. You’re friendship is so very valuable to me.

Yes, I need the coffee so I’m totally sipping the real stuff. Straight black coffee is my jam and there is something about holding the warm mug in my hand that slows me down & comforts me. I need grounding moments more than ever these days. Reminding me to breath, sip, rest, savor, and be.  It’s my #coffeeconfession (you can share yours on twitter too if you want.) Also thankful for this giant Genuine Thermos® Brand Bottle so that we can have hot coffee wherever & whenever we want it. Home coffee dates are special too and I love having you over!

PS: You have to come look at these flowers I planted! I’m really hoping to keep them alive this summer! #goals – I’m really proud of myself about this little project. It is kinda silly but just the fact that I did something for fun and outside of my normal “thing” makes me so proud! lol.

Oh man. There is so much to talk about and so much to do. We’ll just sit a little longer because we both need more moments of silence and stillness. In just a few weeks things will change and I don’t really know what life will look like but we’ll figure it out. It’s okay not knowing it all. I’m just trying to enjoy each day for the gift it is and honestly dreaming of sleeping in. hehehe. I am SO ready to sleep in!

The house is getting more crowded so I guess it’s time for our next adventure. Good thing we got our coffee & quality time in! Until next time.

xoxo, elizabeth

  • Woohoo!! 9 more days! You got this, girl. 🙂 I still remember when your blog was Until Only Love Remains, and thanks to your Week’s End linkup I met my first blog friend (Robyn at Robyn’s Nest.) Haha sorry for the sentimental-ness. I just can’t wait to see how God continues to use you and this space 🙂

    • yay for link ups and blog friends! 🙂

    • Oak & Oats

      YYAYAYAYA! That is so amazing! You are so sweet – it is fun to get nostalgic with other people! It is fun to see how far this blog has come and also the people who have come with it!!

  • 9 days!! you are so close to the finish line!!! i’ve got until June 30 so i’m a bit jealous of you right now! 🙂 but you will do great & finish well! and hey, sometimes it is good to not have a plan right away & overthink things… this next step for you will be new ground, something you’ve never done before… so there is definitely time for a step back & just figuring out what this next stage looks like! and you most likely need some rest, so soak it up! 🙂

    • Oak & Oats

      Thank you SO SO much for your encouragement Robyn!

  • I’m so excited to see where your new stage of life takes you! Running a business and stepping in to anything new can be terrifying yet exhilarating. There will probably always be days of doubt throughout your path, but there will also be days of victory and excitement. Friends who listen, cheer lead, and encourage, and a trust that this is the path that God has for you and He will not let you down as long as you keep working and moving and listening are essential.

    • Oak & Oats

      Thank you SO much for your sweet encouragement!!!!

      • You’ve totally got this!

        • Oak & Oats

          Thank you so very much!

  • mmmm black coffee! (i love it! i can’t drink tons, because of acid reflux).
    and girl, you have so many exciting (and of course wonderfully scary) new adventures!

    • Oak & Oats

      I love it and can’t drink tons because of caffeine! hahaha