If we were having coffee, I would probably invite you over to my little apartment and brew some pour over coffee for you. It is my new favorite and I want to share all of the deliciousness with you, that is if you like coffee of course. (If not I would offer you some tea because I have lots of that too!)

If we were having coffee, I would share with you that since our coffee date a few months ago where I shared how I thought this winter was going to be a tough one, I would say that it has been, but in ways that I hadn’t expected it to be. Isn’t that always how life is though?

If we were having coffee, I would also say that I think spring is right around the corner and I just can’t wait to get outside and enjoy the warmth again. Ever since quitting my job to work from home, it has been tough to not really leave the house regularly. I’m thinking that once it gets warmer and I can go for walks or hikes that will help a bunch.

If we were having coffee, I would ask you what’s going on in your life. How has the winter been? What’s new in your life?

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I just got my order of essential oils on Friday and am already in love with them. I’m still definitely in the process of learning all the different ways to use them but I find them so fascinating. Have you heard of essential oils? Do you use them? I’d love to hear how if you do.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that my husband and I just tried yoga for the first time yesterday. We did a 35 minute video off of YouTube and it was so much fun and so therapeutic. I feel like it’s the perfect way to workout for me. It isn’t too hard and it really makes you feel good afterwards, especially for me since I’m home not moving around most of the day so it really loosens up my muscles and feels great. If you have a desk job I would highly suggest you try it. My husband and I are doing a 30 day challenge. You can check it out here if you’re interested.

If we were having coffee, I would ask you how you build real intentional community, whether that be online or offline. I am really struggling with getting really connected with other Christians and am also really shy so I am really struggling to put myself out there. My husband and I just switched churches to attend a smaller one in hopes that it will be easier to get really connected. I would love to hear how you build connections though because I need all the tips.

If we were having coffee, I would just say thank you for spending time with me. I really needed a friend to just listen and be there for me. I can’t wait for next time!

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

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  1. Sam

    February 13, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Oh man I feel you on the church. We attend a massive (I mean massive) church and I feel like it’s so hard to really connect and get to know other people at the same walk of life. I really wish there was more intimate and open ministries to aid in this. Hopefully your move will help! I also love that you are doing yoga together, what a wonderful way to connect! Thanks for the coffee 🙂

    1. Ashley Zinhobl

      February 14, 2017 at 10:56 am

      Thanks for stopping by! I’m hopeful that you can also get plugged in at your church! Yoga is honestly so much fun and such a great workout. I have absolutely fallen in love with it haha!

  2. Erin Salmon

    February 13, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    Ashley, I totally hear you when it comes to community. It has been a huge struggle for us, too — especially since my husband was fired from his job at the church we had attended for 6 years. We’ve been trying a couple of new churches here and there (one large one in particular) and I’m finding it really hard to put myself out there, especially while I’m still grieving the loss of our last church home and a lot of the friendships that were built there. But we met the nicest couple yesterday! My husband noticed a guy who looked to be about our age wearing a jersey for the soccer team in Atlanta, and he struck up a conversation and they ended up exchanging numbers! Sometimes you just have to dive in, I guess, but that is way easier said than done. I will be praying that the Lord brings just the right people into your life to encourage and support you guys.

    1. Ashley Zinhobl

      February 14, 2017 at 11:00 am

      Thanks so much for the words of encouragement Erin. It really helps to know I’m not in this alone, that others can relate too. It must have been really hard switching churches after such an unwelcomed close to your old church. I will be praying for you and that your hearts will be healed from that pain and open to a new church home. That’s really awesome that your husband has already made a connection, no matter how small it may be! Thank you so much for your prayers, they mean more to me than you know. <3

  3. Bella

    February 14, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    I’m with you on the whole trying to connect with people issue. I’ve been going to the same church for sixteen years and, while there are many lovely people I talk to at church, very few of them have developed into deeper friendship. I think it’s something that takes great intention on both sides, and lots of prayer. I pray that at your new church you’ll meet people that you can form deeper connections with.

    Also, my sister in law is doing the Yoga with Adriene series as well! I’ve tried some when I’m over at her place. I’ve also found a Christian woman called Caroline Williams who does online yoga classes. Having biblical reflections along with the stretching makes it even more relaxing.

    1. Ashley Zinhobl

      February 17, 2017 at 10:37 am

      Hi Bella. I completely agree, it takes so much intentionality to grow in deeper relationships with people, and it’s scary! But you are so right, prayer is the key here I think.

      I just found Yoda with Adriene and I’ve never really like working out as much as I’m liking yoga and I’m really excited to continue on with it. I will definitely check out your suggestion, Christian yoga sounds even better, haha!

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