Coffee Talk 03.19.17

Good morning! Grab a cup of coffee and sit a while. It’s been ages since I’ve done a Coffee Talk post.

So evidently tomorrow is officially the first day of Spring… not that it remotely resembles Spring around here.

Snow on the Farm

I took that picture Friday morning on my run, so you can see why I can’t get too excited about the first day of Spring. It is still very much winter here, and the 10-day outlook doesn’t look like it’s going to change anytime soon. We’re going to have a couple of milder days and then it goes back to frigid temperatures and possible sleet and snow.

Of course, I’ve been in full-on spring fashion mode for weeks, so “first day of Spring” doesn’t mean much to me anyway. I really do forget what season I’m actually living in half the time, thanks to this crazy business of mine.

Since our weather was so crappy this week, I made plans to meet with Alison to shoot a few outfits tomorrow. It will be nice to get ahead again because I’m almost done posting all the outfits we shot when Paul was in Seattle last week.

I’m starting to run out of spring outfit ideas, and I’ve been trying to decide if I want to rework some of the pieces I have in my closet or try to find a few new things to show you as we wrap up this series. I might go to the mall this week and look around for some inspiration. If you have any specific trends you’d like me to style or events you need ideas for, let me know, and I’ll see what I can do.

Last night we entertained long-time friends for dinner, and that was fun, except that I made lasagna and ate too much, and now I feel gross. I’m not used to eating heavy food like that anymore. Plus, with this depressing weather lately, I’ve been indulging more than I should. I’m starting to feel it, and the scale is starting to show it, so today my goal is to drink tons of water and eat only healthy, low-carb foods and get myself back on track.

Our Savannah trip is coming up in a few weeks, and I really want to feel and look my best. We’re definitely planning to get some outfit pictures while we’re down there, but I also want to enjoy the city. If anyone has restaurant recommendations or anything else we should try to do there, I’d love to hear them. We only have two days to explore so we want to make the most of it. It better be warm, that’s all I can say. I might cry if we get there and it’s cold.

It always comes back to the weather for me, doesn’t it!?! Ha!

When your job involves being outside and your only hobby and favorite method of exercise is running, everything comes back to the weather.

Speaking of running, I’ve been terribly inconsistent lately, and when I ran on Friday, my knee crapped out on me. It hasn’t done that in a long time, and I know it’s because I’ve been so lax about keeping a good running schedule. My trainer is always lecturing me about consistency and how that is key to avoiding injury.

I’ve done my fair share of injuries, and I have no desire to go there again. Running keeps me sane, and when I couldn’t run, I thought I was going to climb the walls. Plus I keep picturing the collection of heels in my closet and thinking about what I’d do if I ended up with another stress fracture or torn tendon. I wasn’t doing fashion full-time back then, and it was bad enough.

All that to say, I must back on track (bwaha! see what I did there?) with my running as well as my eating. It doesn’t help that the optimal time to take pictures is also my favorite time to run, and the weather that is most conducive to running is also most conducive to shooting outfits, but I’m going to have to make it work somehow. It should be easier to fit it all in, now that it is lighter earlier in the mornings. (I don’t like to run in the dark; it doesn’t feel safe, plus it’s colder then.)

I share all that not to complain, but to let you know that it may look all sunshine and roses and easy breezy pumpkin squeezy on the blog, but I struggle with the same issues everyone else does. I get in a funk when the weather is crappy, I fight the scale, I wrestle with the motivation to exercise and eat right, I worry about my kids, and sometimes I even look at my closet and feel like I have nothing to wear. (Okay, so that last one is rare, ha!)

But seriously, probably anything you struggle with, I do too. I don’t share a lot of personal stuff here because it doesn’t really fit and because it is just that (personal) but I do have my moments, like everyone else.

I mentioned in my daily email earlier this week that I lost a “friend” to a sudden heart attack. I put friend in quotes because we were only friends online, but over the years, I’ve learned that online friends are every bit as real as those who live in my neighborhood and go to my church. No, we don’t see each other on a regular basis or have to deal with each other’s crap, but they are still real people with real lives, and I definitely feel her loss and mourn for those in her life who are grieving her loss.

It’s kind of helped me put things in perspective this week. When I’m tempted to get frustrated or depressed about mundane happenings, I think of her and those who are missing her right now, and I find myself choosing to celebrate life’s simple inconveniences instead of getting frustrated by them because that is all they are… small, temporary frustrations. It’s a shame we have to lose someone to get our priorities straight, isn’t it?

Of course, some of you reading along may be going through truly hard things right now, and that’s a whole different topic, but for those of us who are just ho-hum, going through the motions, feeling kind of meh, let’s decide today to choose joy. Embrace life’s minor inconveniences and laugh, because we can.

I hope you and yours have a joyful and blessed Sunday!