Coffee Date || Volume 1

I twirl my keys in my hand, throwing them in my camera bag after I’ve triple checked that I clicked the “lock” button for my car. I immediately pat my back pocket to make sure my cell phone is still there and pull it out to see how late I am. It is only three minutes past – I am relived but I’m still speed walking to the coffee shop. I swing open the door and see you sitting at the cutest table in the shop. You always show up on time and I am always rushing in late but you giggle and say you literally just got there – sure πŸ˜‰ We wait in line to order and I’m just smiling because it is so good to be here with you. I’m planning on hiding my phone in my bag the whole time and I brought my camera so I am hoping you’ll let me play around with it and be my model.

We sit back down with our drinks. Thank goodness that it is warming up out there because Iced Chais just taste so much better. There has been a lot going on lately and we haven’t been able to catch up in awhile. There is a lot going on in my heart and in my world and I feel like I am behind on everything – we should have grabbed coffee weeks ago. “We’re here now!” you graciously chime in. I am so thankful for friends like you who helps bring me back to reality. You know by now that I struggle with perfectionism in my relationships and in my world.

I ask you how you have been and you tell me so many things – “it’s been too long” I think in my head while you smile and share. Being with you is just easy and it nurtures my soul.

You tell me how the pregnancy is going and I share how I’ve been praying for a healthy baby for you long before you told me you were pregnant. I love how the Lord works like that and even though we don’t see each other everyday, you are always on my heart. We talk about all the house projects we have been working on (because we just love that kind of stuff) and we make plans for dinner and games because our husbands adore each other and the four of us could totally be some kind of super hero group!

Or you talk about your new job and how you are kinda nervous/excited about everything. All of the sudden you are the director and you are all on your own this summer. You question your ability and I just laugh because I know you have it in you – you were made for this. I also become intensely aware of my age, you were just my camper and now you are leading camp – funny how time works. I reassure you that you were called for such a time as this because I read in Ester this morning for my devotions and it was still on my heart. You got this.

Or we talk about how you are graduating in like three weeks now with your doctorate and it is kinda insane. All these years of school and all of those times I texted you just to make sure that you were not going to the dark side – your going to make it! You are so close. We are meeting today because you can finally come out of your room where you held up for the weekend as you finished your thesis. Now you just have to take your boards and I only have encouragement for you because I know nothing about taking a test like that but I know you can do it. I also could cry tears of happiness that you are thinking about finding a place to live here in town because I want you here!

I guess it is my turn to go. I’ll talk about the basement and how we are finishing it. Yes, on our own and I don’t really know much about all that so I can’t give much details. I’ll just say the boys are taking care of it for now and I’ll let you know when you can come over to help me paint!

I’ll say my job is good – I love the people, I love what I do, but I am just craving a bit more. You’ll ask me what that means and I’ll get kinda shy. You see, I would love to blog for my full time job but I always feel weird saying that out loud. You know I blog and you know that every time I tag you in an Instagram you get new random followers but it still feels strange to talk about my blog when I am not in front of a computer screen.

But you make me feel free to dream so I share with you that I have all these ideas in my head but no time to execute them. I want to offer consulting packages, write a ebook, and maybe even make an ecourse! I want to learn, learn, learn and take pictures of everything. I want to stay up late, sleep in, and create but I still have a normal job. I sigh because adult life is hard and I feel like the only way to be able to quit is to have a baby but I am not ready for that. So I joke with you and tell you to pray my blog explodes so that I can quit and we can still pay for health insurance! Maybe I’ll tell you to pray that it gets big enough to pay for a trip to the Caribbean because I want an adventure with the mister!

I whip out my camera to play around and then I hand it to you so you can have a chance! In fact, you always take some of the best photos of me and I am thankful for your help with my blogging content πŸ˜‰ Our drinks sit empty on the table and you check your phone to see the time, two hours later. We can never have a short coffee date – they just don’t exist. We could easily stay (especially if we start watching YouTube videos) but it is time to say good bye. I have dinner to make and you have errands to run. We hug because I am a huger and whether you are or not, you hug me back because you know it communicates all the love to my little soul.

We part at the door after we fiddled in our bags to find our keys. “Love you, see you later!” I shout kinda awkwardly down the street as I wave because it is true. I’ll see you soon.

Author: Elizabeth Mayberry

  • Oh best friend, I can't wait to be the one sitting across the cute coffee shop table listening to you pour out your heart. XOXO.

  • I love these sort of posts- thanks for the coffee date encouragement! πŸ™‚

  • Rachel

    This was SO good! I know the feeling of my job is good the people are great but something is missing! "Passion" for what I do, I've had that feeling for years and it feels so good to be going after somthing that I am passionate about again! You can do anything girl, believe in yourself, everything just takes longer than we want it to!:)

  • This is so wonderful! It'd be so fun to have a coffee date with you in person! Maybe we should just finally schedule another Google Hangout it'd be so great to catch up with you!

  • Beautiful girl. You have such a thoughtful and caring heart. Totally understand the craving more conflict, I too am feeling the need for change to better fit my dreams but am not quite comfortable with stepping out to do it. Maybe its a perfectionist thing that wants things to be 100% right before committing? Coffee with you sounds absoutely lovely πŸ™‚

  • Glad I get to sit on the other side of the table. Love you Beth!

  • Glad I get to sit on the other side of the table. Love you Beth!

  • We will have real life ones soon!

  • Rachel,
    Thanks so much! Your encouragement is so sweet this morning!

  • I totally know what you mean!

  • I love this. Beautiful post, Beth!

  • Wonderful post!
    I feel like you and I would be great friends if we lived closer to one another. It seems that we have similar hearts, passions, and dreams (and I too get non-huggers to hug's a gift, really :p ).
    You blog is wonderful. You will make it, Lord-willing. And that is my dream too! I hope I can get there!
    Have you read Ruth Soukup's book, "How to blog for Profit without selling your soul"? Her hubby was able to quit his job and live with a family off her blogging profit!

    Kristin // The Peculiar Treasure

  • So I am probably the only awkward reader that teared up when I read this because hello my heart! I dream of this coffee date & this conversation & I share your dream to just create and write and take pictures and do ALL the things. But adult life. My constant prayer is that the Lord would place me where HE needs me and I am SO thankful for the desires he's placed in my heart for all these things. I think it's part of it. I also think that he loves all the things too & he brings us to people who can share & relate. Like this coffee date! xo.

  • I love these posts and I love when i'm able to have a coffee date like this with a friend. Thank you so sharing your heart, Beth! I wish I lived closer so I could snag you for a coffee date like this.

  • Love love love love LOVE.

  • This was such a pleasure to read πŸ™‚

  • This was so sweet, I actually got quite emotional for some reason. My blog is no where near as successful as yours, but I understand the embarrassment of talking about it. My husband is so proud of my blog and tells everyone about it, everywhere we go. When I say everyone I mean he literally told a complete stranger the other day. It's sweet, and so loving, and supportive of him but I always get embarrassed and kind of wish he would not tell people.

  • I am so glad! Thanks for sitting down for coffee with me!

  • Thanks Hannah!

  • I know! It would be so fun to have a real life date once!

  • Oh! I am so glad you can relate as well! And I totally know what you mean! My friends tell people all the time and I am like yeah, hahah! lol!

  • Thanks Kendall!

  • Yes! Visiting Colorado + meeting you while I'm there are definitely two items on my bucket list. πŸ˜‰

  • This was so sweet, it is such a blessing to have a good friend like that!

  • love this! i'm currently at the back table at starbucks in downtown on main street because it brings in lots of people i love eavesdropping on and looking at. every attractive male that walks in gets a quick glance to the left hand ring finger – all occupied.

    and if you were here i'd tell you i share your dreams and what do we have to do to get the blog ball rolling? πŸ˜‰

  • Sounds like a wonderful coffee date and beautiful friendship! Enjoy it. πŸ™‚

  • Thanks so much!!!

  • It is such a great blessing to have sweet friends!

  • Stephanie!

    Oh, thanks for the fun encouragement!!! I totally am on a lookout for the ring finger! I am trying to marry off all my friends "I saw a cute guy at Starbucks yesterday – let's go try to find him again!" πŸ˜‰

    We are doing some huge home improvements that require my paycheck to be a part of it – but then I can say we've talked about what it would look like to set a date that I can do this full time. I think we are still trying to figure out a lot but it is on the horizon. I am just in a season of waiting!

  • Jenni!

    Now I am the awkward blogger crying at your comment πŸ˜‰ I am so thankful for you! And yes, I feel like I can see the horizon – soon I will be able to do more with this space, but right now I am in the waiting period. It is good but hard.

    And I am thankful for comments like this! One day we will all be at the same blog conference and get to meet face to face!

  • OOooh! I love learning (obvi) I'll have to check it out!!

  • Allison!!!
    Thanks so much sweet friend!