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August 2022 Coffee Chat

Hello everyone! Today’s post is our monthly coffee chat to kick things off!

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These are always my favorite posts to write, so I’m super excited for today’s! My go to drink is always a chai latte with oat milk, so that’s what I’ll be sipping as we catch up. Here we go!

If we were having coffee I’d tell you, how crazy July was! There were so many ups and downs. My personal high point was being in Providence, Rhode Island for work. Then the down part was getting COVID. But we ended on an up when my puppy niece came for Camp Cuddles! So basically it’s all worked out.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you, that I adored Providence. I would describe it as a really cute, cozy city. I loved walking around Brown University’s campus, exploring the area, and just living that New England summer life for a bit. I was there for work, so I couldn’t take off to Newport or Westerly or other areas as I would have liked, but it was still really cool. I do want to go back and go see the Newport mansions, tour some lighthouses, say hi to Taylor Swift’s Holiday House in Westerly, take a trip to Hartford to say hi to the Gilmores, and just see more of that area someday. I loved it!

If we were having coffee I’d tell you, I am struggling to keep up with so many projects! When I got sick I ditched them all though (blogging, my personal insta, and my bookstagram in particular) but now I’m slowly picking them up again. I will say, the bookstagram is fun but I don’t actually like instagram as much anymore, so I pretty much pick it up only to post then I forget about it. I don’t think that’s how I’m supposed to do it, but ah well. I do really like sharing what I’ve read though and I do think once I catch up on posting all the books I’ve read so far it’ll be a lot easier to manage and to bring more creativity in.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you, that if you aren’t up to date on those COVID vaccinations and your flu shot, that you should get on that ASAP! As I mentioned, I recently got COVID and it wasn’t that bad, which I 100% believe is because I am vaccinated. I really do recommend staying up to date on those and staying home. I’m sure I picked up COVID when I was in Rhode Island, so there’s that!

If we were having coffee I’d tell you, I have another trip coming up! I’ll be in Mexico soon for two weeks, and I can’t wait. I am sure it’ll be a really fun but busy trip as I am running some family errands when I go, but I am so excited. I plan to schedule posts for when I’m gone so you won’t even notice (I hope).

If we were having coffee I’d tell you, work is going pretty well. After the work trip I got a lot of praise for how I handled the onsite, I’ve been helping out my team with a ton of stuff since everyone is pretty busy with trips of their own, and planning for my personal time off too. The team is also rapidly growing, so we’re preparing to welcome new team members, training the newest additions, and continuing to prepare for the fall busy season, so I’m excited for what’s to come.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you, Foxy has been the bestest boy! Fox is my dog, and he came to me with quite a few behavioral issues. He’s been such a great boy lately though. He stayed with a friend when I was in Rhode Island, and behaved beautifully there. When I go to Mexico he’s staying home with my dad though. I am a little nervous as Foxy has bitten my dad before (last year in December) but he is such a different dog now and he and his grandpa are best pals so I do think they’ll be fine. I still have my friend on standby for emergency dogsitting services and leaving the info for a boarding place though, just in case!

If we were having coffee I’d tell you, that I’m sort of struggling with my monthly challenges now. I tend to travel light so it’s hard to set challenges for when I am away. I’m going to have to get creative with this next one!

If we were having coffee I’d tell you, about my year 31 goal, create inspiration. I think July was pretty inspiring, even with the COVID. I think I did take as much advantage of being in Providence as I could and explored enough that I did see a lot in a short amount of time. I do think that my onsite hours were pretty light, so I was able to see different places when I didn’t have to be at my desk as long as I could quickly get back to my hotel to check email and catch up on stuff. I do think that I did a good job focusing on the positives of the trip as everyone seems to think I had a pretty easy onsite, and it was pretty chill, but I did also work hard to make sure nothing would go terribly wrong too. Haha, balance is key!

If we were having coffee I’d tell you, about my 2022 goal, again, but better. The thing about this goal, is that I did want to do things better than I have before. I used to go onsite at my old job so that does stand out to me the most here. The main differences included things like the fact that I was never alone in my past onsites but this time I was. It was all me! If something needed attention, there wasn’t anyone else who could take care of it so there was a ton more responsibility on me. I didn’t mind it at all, and I did have a lot of support available if I had needed it. I really do think that this onsite was much better than my previous ones and I learned a lot too.

So that’s what I would share if I was having coffee with you! What would you tell me?

Thanks for reading!


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