Coffee To Go

If we were having coffee, it would be for a quick link up at the coffee shop nearest to my office. And we would have our steaming cups of java to go. It’s been a hectic week around these parts. I started in a new department on Monday and between training on my new desk and still holding the hand of the guy on my old one…I have not had much time to come up for air.

Our cuppas today is of the to-go variety because I still have stuff to complete in the office. And that’s where I’m headed. So sorry that we could not sit and savour our java today. And I am especially sorry that we can’t have our usual catch up, but it really couldn’t be helped.

I still want to hear all your news, so tell me everything and we will catch up fully when the dust settles. What’s happening in your world?

Feel free to share in the comments below.  

#WeekendCoffeeShare is an awesome link-up where coffee is being shared over great conversations. Join in this week’s fun here.

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Photo By: Aaron Burden, Unsplash

I love to travel. It’s when I am happiest. I almost wrote, most happiest…because yes it is a superlative feeling. However, my next vacation is long way from now, and that can be downright depressing if I don’t manage those feelings.

On top of that, my Instagram feed is not making me feel any better. Since it seems like everybody and their mother is travelling to some exotic destination, trying IG perfect food and of course posting about it. Then there is me. Scrolling through my feed, unhappily double-tapping on each photo…because while I am in serious need of a jet fuel fix, I cannot look away.

Travel Via A Movie Night

Until better can be done, how do I handle my vacation envy? By travelling as far as Netflix and the ‘Movie’ folder on my laptop can take me. Here are some of my favourite feel-good  travel movies.

Under the Tuscan Sun: Though not on Netflix, this is one of my all time favourite travel movies. What would my life be like, if I packed up and moved to Tuscany? Fancussingtastic is what! Diane Lane is healing up from a broken-heart, in one of the most beautiful places I daydream of visiting. Plus, she buys a white dress, that makes me want to buy a white dress and make a big romantic gesture as well!

Wild: Because this is extreme hiking in along the Pacific Crest Trail and it ends at one of my travel bucket list destinations – The Bridge of Gods.

Me Before You: Though not a very happy ending and not your typical ‘travel’ movie, the visuals are pretty and the theme of living your best life while you can, makes this a winner for me. Plus, by the end of the movie, I wanted to visit Paris too!

The 100-Foot Journey: This movie set in southern France makes me hungry every.single.time. And it is a reminder, that my second favourite thing about visiting a new place…it trying the food.

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty: This is no Eat, Pray, Love. And I could stop here and that should be enough. But Walter hates his job and daydreams about a happier, more adventurous life. Something I can relate to…not so much the hating my job part. Anyways, Walters goes on a trek that involves some stunning locations around the world.

Up: Because no matter your age, adventure is out there!

Now it’s your turn, help me travel even further and share your own favourites below!

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Photo By: Bart Anestin, Unsplash

To some people this may not sound like a good thing, but my phone fell last week and the screen completely shattered. Like splinters in my finger, when I attempted to ‘swipe to unlock’ kinda shattered. I ended up spending a few days not having a working phone. And somehow I was okay.

Today I’m sharing seven things I discovered I’m grateful for, because I had no phone for a few days:

Silence

My number one favourite thing about not having a phone was the blessed silence of no notifications. No pings, dings or chimes  alerting to this message or that email. It was eerily silent the first day, but then it got better and I remembered how much I actually like silence.

Games Night With The Fam

My brother and his wife has their house-warming this past week. Because they just moved in and there are still some things to be done, we ended up playing the game Taboo and our local version Doh Say Dat. It was so refreshing to have family time and I wasn’t looking at my phone every chance I got.

My phone Is No Longer An Extension Of My Hand

I used to say, very seriously too, that if my phone was ever lost, I would also be missing a hand. Because the two are never parted. When your phone is useless, trust me, you find other uses for your hand. Like preparing a nutritious meal and holding a newly minted toddler’s hand.

Being Present To The Present

Youuu guuuuysss…I left my phone home pretty much the entire time and I didn’t feel like a fish outta water. I knew that even if it rang or a message came through I had no way of responding. And I was okay. I wasn’t wondering who was messaging or calling or posting. Nope! The only thing that interested me was what was happening right in front of me.

I Could Manage To Have A Meal Without Snapping a Photo Of It First

Who knew this was even possible right?

No FOMO

This one truly surprised me. I really thought I would miss Instagram, I did not.

I Did Not Die

Yup! I survived.

So that’s my seven for this week. On Mondays, “we post seven positives from the previous seven days of the week as a reminder of what we have so that the week starts out on an upswing. There is much truth in the belief that happy people attract good things, so it is important to start the week out right. Sometimes it’s the more grand, but other times, it’s the simple things.” 7 for Seven originated at Key + Arrow.

I hope that by continuing to pay attention to the little things, the mundane details that make up all the blessings in my life and by sowing the seeds of faith and gratitude, I can truly carry with me and reap the rewards of “positivity + balance + bliss” throughout the days ahead.

Thank you for reading, I appreciate you! This is me blowing some glitter and confetti on you because you’re super blessed to have received the gift of another 86,400 seconds today, to spend any way you desire.

Make those seconds count!

I love hearing from you…have you ever gone a few days without a phone? How was that experience for you? Feel free to share below!