Weekend Coffee Share
A cup of coffee and a conversation
Welcome to coffee time with Tammy! I am so glad we are getting together today. I cannot wait to hear about your week. There were some fun things that happened this week for me so I have been looking forward to our chat all wekk!
If we were having coffee I would tell you the greatest news is I do not have to go to work next week at all! We have the whole week off for the Thanksgiving holiday and I could not be more thrilled. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday anyway which makes it even better. We are cooking dinner on Wednesday — turkey, stuffing, corn bake, green bean casserole, rolls, and mashed potatoes.
If we were having coffee I would tell you I went to a vision/dream board workshop hosted by my friend Jane. It was in a lovely coffee shop. The conversation flowed, we searched for pictures for our boards and I had the best coffee called Roger That. It was full of cocoa and vanilla and cayenne. I love a coffee drink with some heat! The photo above is my delicious beverage. My board is still being added to because I had a file folder of pictures I had accumulated over the past few weeks. Vision boards are part of The Artist's Way which was the motivation. My new word for 2020 MORE is on there too! The end of the decade is rapidly approaching. Last year my word was CONNECT and I made efforts to build my communities. I nurtured my relationships especially with other writers.
If we were having coffee I would tell you I had a video chat with my writer friend who went to an amazing writing conference at the beginning of the month. she reminded me of the PIE journal technique which I used yesterday morning. I love this article and come back to it often.
How The PIE Journal Optimizes My Creativity And Self-Awareness
Prompts, ideas and experiences
The conversation also centered around short story writers and how we don’t quite fit in with the writing community at large. I am working through my thinking with this concept still. Be on the lookout for an article.
If we were having coffee I would tell you I published my “I Am Not A Niche” article and I am pleased with it. Many writers have told me they have struggled with the same issue.
If we were having coffee I would tell you I am still in the midst of my energy challenge which completes in a few days. The group is having our second call later today. I log what gives me energy, what depletes me and what I have learned every day. Doing the challenge has allowed me to be more hyper aware of what is that fuels me. Being aware also has helped me to stop negative emotions from taking over and ruining the day.
Would you like a refill? I need to warm my cup up. I also think I am going to get some ice water. Sparkling water is an option too!
If we were having coffee I would tell you I had a different experience in the post office line this week. On the surface it seems silly but is a testament to how different my thinking is lately. It was a pleasant line of polite people even through the man behind me was standing quite close. The main change was I did not feel the anxiety of having to be somewhere else and pressed for time. I was calm and just allowing the experience to be. Snowy Day stamps were purchased which made my teacher heart happy. I sent my airmail letter. It was energizing to not feel rushed and enjoy the experience.
If we were having coffee I would tell you work was busy with lots of co-teaching and supporting teachers but the week went quick. The chats were satisfying and students are making progress. Tuesday we were off school for the #redfored day. Many of my colleagues were in Indianapolis that day. I wrote and didn’t leave the house on Tuesday.
If we were having coffee I would tell you I wrote every day this week. I am struggling with the count for my NANOWRIMO project because I write so many other things. My process is still continuing to evolve as I learn more craft and identify what fuels me and what drains me. I have been having honest conversations with other writers to try to figure it all out.
If we were having coffee I would tell you I was able to pick up some great books this week at the library. When I love one thing I am going to have to vet is the library system. I am reading IN THE DREAM HOUSE which I love. I also picked up Hybrida by Chang after listening to her speak on the Commonplace podcast. Hybrida may be my new favorite poetry book. Chang has introduced me to the concept of zuihitsu which is a genre of Japanese literature consisting of loosely connected personal essays and fragmented ideas that typically respond to the author’s surroundings. She told a story about sleeping with journals under your pillow and then writing in the morning. It reminds me of morning pages so I am down several rabbit holes of research.
If we were having coffee I would tell you I started Christmas shopping this week. I love online shopping for this reason. If I am looking for specific items I want to click, pay, and have them arrive at the house. Some fun shopping will happen soon at places like 5 Below.
If we were having coffee I would tell you I got an unexpected invite to lunch and I actually went. It was energy giving. The timing was good. We went to a local place with good soup — I had stuffed green pepper.
I am looking forward to hearing about your week! If you would like to sign up for my newsletter you can do that here. I would honestly love to hear from you.