Hi friends! I missed you yesterday! I think I’m going to write more in-depth about what I’ve been going through but the short version just in case you were wondering where I was, is that I basically just needed a day off. I have been feeling super anxious the past couple of weeks and have been really trying to trust God in the midst of it, which meant facing one of my biggest fears (more on that later). But I’m back today and so thankful because God showed up in a huge way and took away my anxieties! I missed our coffee date yesterday so I decided to have it today instead (because I just love coffee dates!). 🙂

If we were having coffee, I would ask you how you are liking the snow! Here in the northeast, we are currently in the middle of a blizzard and it’s so bittersweet. I’m happy to have my husband home for the day, but so sad that it’s SNOWING. Spring is supposed to start next week!

If we were having coffee, I’d ask you what your favorite coffee is lately (if you drink it). Or your favorite tea. I’m learning that I don’t love to keep drinking one type. Switching it up every so often really makes it taste soo much better. I’m currently drinking Chock Full O’Nuts K-Cups (affiliate) and it is just delicious!

If we were having coffee, I would express that I’m just so thankful for the community of women who I’ve met through blogging. I used to always read other people’s blogs about how much they loved the blogging community and I’m only finally just starting to make friends and really meet people and it’s been so fun. Thank you for reading along and being so encouraging. I’m so grateful for you!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I’m becoming more and more confident with my decision to quit my corporate job and be a stay-at-home wife/full-time blogger. It’s been a very rocky road, filled with awesome joys and confusing anxieties, but over the course of a few months I’m really getting settled in to this lifestyle and it really is a dream come true. I’d also ask what is your biggest dream that just feels too impossible to actually happen? That’s how this felt to me so I’d love to talk with you about what yours is.

If we were having coffee, I’d ask you if you saw The Shack in theaters and ask what your thoughts were on it. My husband and I saw it last weekend and we absolutely loved it. I had read the book before, which actually was the beginning of my commitment to God, and it changed everything for me. If you’re struggling with trusting that God is good right now, go see it for sure! They did a great job on the movie and it is very similar to the book.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that my husband and I and my extended family are taking a trip down to Florida next month and are driving from New Jersey! I’d ask if you have any road tripping tips and if you have any summer travel plans planned yet. I’d love to hear and chat about where you’re planning on going this summer/spring! I love to talk vacation plans.

Today I am linking up with Erin Salmon, where we have coffee every second Monday (or Tuesday) of every month. Come join in with us, we’d love to have you!

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  • Rob Bear

    Hi, Ashley: It’s great that we’re (almost) having coffee.

    I we were having coffee, I’d say I’m sorry you’re feeling so anxious, and ask if there were anything I could do to help.

    If we were having coffee, I would tell you how sore I am. from moving furniture in our suite. Doing that when you are 25 or 31, is petty easy, but at 71, not so much.

    If we were having coffee, I would tell you that snow — lost of snow — is awesome! Bu I live in Western Canada (north of North Dakota and Montana), where we get lots of snow most winters. Yes, I do have a different perspective. I trust planning to go to Florida makes things feel better.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!

    • Aw do you have any family to help with things like moving? Thanks for stopping by!

      • Rob Bear

        Thanks, Ashley. We have two kids in their 40s, but they are busy with their own lives. If something BIG came up, I would ask them for help. Besides, I’m feeling pretty good today. I’m going to spend the afternoon with our son’s two kids (our grandkids). God is good; life is good.
        Blessings and Bear hugs!

  • I have been in a mad rush to start and finish grad school (a 4.5 year program) in under 2 years. I have neglected life, my family, and friends. I cannot wait for the summer because I do finally have vacations planned. Small weekend road trips, but still a moment to pause and breathe. Yours sounds considerably more fun than Wyoming, Idaho, and Oregon (only because I have been to each). But I see my bestie in WY, family in ID, and get to meet a fellow blogger in OR while making a trek to see more family.

    • Wow that’s awesome, working on finishing grad school that quickly! You must be super busy though and I’m sure a nice break will be much needed! One of these years I’d love to take a trip out west and see what it’s like out there so your trip does sound interesting to me too. Great to be having coffee with you 🙂

  • We never have snow here in Sydney, but we’re having lots and lots of rain so I suppose that’s the closest thing we get! It was exciting at first, but I’m getting a bit over it (especially when teaching kids who haven’t had a good run around outside in days).

    I’ve really loved getting to know the community of blogging women as well. I find we can get straight to the deep stuff and share what’s really going on and that’s a really beautiful thing. So happy that you’re feeling more at peace with your decision to blog full-time.

    • I’d love to live somewhere where it doesn’t snow haha!! And that’s so true, we totally can get right to the deep stuff and it’s totally awesome, I agree 🙂

  • I too, am so grateful for the women I have met through blogging. I never would have thought it would be possible to make such great friends with people you’ve never met in person. Its been such a great journey so far and I am loving it!