Holiday Weekend Coffee Share

A Cup of Coffee and a Conversation

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Welcome back to the weekend! It is the 4th of July weekend. For some reason, the 4th always brings back strong memories. I remember the year it was cold and we wore sweatshirts and jeans and were still freezing. I remember being very young and feeling the powder from the fireworks fall into my eyes. I remember the ones where I stayed inside and watched the fireworks through the picture window (Which I prefer). I remember the one where I lit my first roman candle.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you we finally got the boat here. It is such a relief and was such a long day. While we were coming through Illinois there was a rainstorm like I haven’t seen in years. It was so much water I am certain rainstorm isn’t even the word. The universe dumped buckets of water on us. I was thankful to get home after 8 hours.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I spent one day dealing with paperwork and trying to get loose ends tied up. I hit some obstacles along the way but put a plan is in place. Now I have to wait for others to do their part.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you my Back to Zero program is right on track. I am fasting, logging my food, and exercising every day. I am seeing progress in myself and in the way my clothes fit.

If we were having coffee I would tell you the 100 day project is coming to an end soon. Sunday is day 90. I can hardly believe it. Now the real work begins with the next step. I will read the sentences in the order I wrote them out loud and then will hear what story emerges. Then I begin the work of chunking and changing the order to make a short story. My writing prep course is also ending on the 10th. Endings mean the opportunity for new beginnings.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I had a dynamic conversation with a writing friend this week. I was so glad we made the time to chat. I think we learned some great information from each other and our friendship was strengthened after realizing even more how much we are aligned.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I went to have a medium do a spirit guide reading on me. It was interesting and thought-provoking. There were a lot of general statements but a couple of the statements resonated me with and gave me chills.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I finished Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid in less than 24 hours. It was such a good read and so well written!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I visited a botanical garden which was beautiful. We saw a baby deer tiptoeing through the plants and nestle down in front of a tree. It was magical.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I have BIG NEWS! I finally made the decision to publish my first short story collection. You can check that out here.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you episode 9 of my podcast is live as well. If you would like to listen to The Accidental Inspirationalist you can click here.

I wish all of you safety, some fun, and remembrance on the holiday!

Summer Weekend Coffee Share

A Cup of Coffee and a Conversation

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It is the weekend again! Summer is moving along. We have been engrossed in it for a week now. Have you done anything fun?

I am having black coffee today since I am fasting. I have some creamer and some other flavors. Would you like ice water today? It has been hot here. I do love these mugs though. I bought some after I had coffee in them at a coffee shop back in Indiana.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that we went to a water park for Father’s Day. Because of corona and the ripple effect, there were only about 6 rides open. It was a beautiful sunny 80-degree day. Because of my Back to Zero program, I was not embarrassed to be in a swimsuit. By the time we go camping at the end of July, I will be back to the weight and look want to be. We rode the slides until we didn’t feel like it anymore. We ate in the park because the meal deals came with our tickets. Then we of course stopped for ice cream. I am going to have to call this the ICE CREAM Share by the time summer is over.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I am taking a writing class this week and couldn’t be more thrilled. After I read the first story on Monday morning I was blown away with how wonderful all the writing is from the other participants. There was one It was one flash piece that stuck with me all day and I kept going back to reread it. The exercises are ones that I can come back to again and again. The instructor has at least 5 example stories for each day, most of which were new to me. I also appreciated the mini video explanations that she included this time as well. It was so worth the money but her classes always are.

If we were having coffee I would tell you my story was published in a book! Here is the link to purchase. I am super excited to have a story and an essay now in a real book. I loved this story too called APP WORLD and had fun writing it.

If we were having coffee I would tell you a poem was published this week. You can read it here.It is called Window of Time.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I published an article about closing gaps in Teachers on Fire magazine. Even if you aren’t a teacher, summer is a time to learn something new or take an action to become more of the person you want to be. You can click and read that here.

If we were having coffee I would tell you we went to the beach this week. We played in the water, jumped off the pier, and enjoyed the beautiful day. Of course, there was ice cream involved before we set back home.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you a friend through Unleashing Her Power Within just launched her website. Her first post is up and it is amazing! Check that out here.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you the kids and I went to a fun tourist attraction called the TOP SECRET Upside Down House. The kids’ reactions were the best. There was a photo op before we went in of course. They each got little secret agent cards. Then we went to lunch. It was an adventure.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you a writing friend and I have decided to check in with each other more often. We have been giving feedback to each other’s writing the last couple of weeks and I am glad to welcome her to my inner circle of writing! I was thrilled she reached out.

What is new with you this week? What decisions have you made to move forward?

I would love to hear. Til next week’s coffee time!

Birthday Coffee Share

A Cup of Coffee and a Conversation

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It’s the weekend again! Let’s go sit out on the porch and have our coffee. It is such a nice day. It has been a busy week for me and we have lots to talk about today! I have black coffee as always, but we bought some creamer that is delightful if you like something sweet today.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I went to the dentist this week. It was a risk for me. A power move, if you will. Due to COVID-19 and precautions I was not able to have the full visit that I needed, but there are appointments scheduled for what is needed. I did need a crown. Apparently, I do not grind my teeth but I press them together so hard I broke two teeth. These two are in addition to one I already cracked that was previously fixed.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you my Back to Zero plan is on track. I am moving every day, fasting, and have a clear vision of where I want to go! Clothes are starting to fit that have not in a long time.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I am excited to announce the podcast went up on time this week. Continuing the birthday theme, I talked about the birthday tarot card reading I did. If you want to listen you can go here. Hopefully soon the podcast will be on Spotify.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I began my video series on my blog called “5 Minute Coach”. Here I am sharing a teaching tip or activity from my education life. You can check out the first one about my story auctions here.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I was inspired by Liara Tamani and her podcast interview on Fierce Womxn Writing. She talked about The Book Of Delights by Ross Gay. I started writing about my own daily delights. If you want to get a flavor of how I write about this check out this piece I wrote about Sundays. Liara and I are birthday twins too so that is exciting.Sunday DelightA Reflection of Daily Delightsmedium.com

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I have been doodling in my notebooks again and I love it. The new pens my youngest son bought me for my birthday are perfect for adding a bit of color too. It makes writing time even more special. I am thankful for doodle accounts I follow on Instagram and Pinterest to keep the ideas brewing.

If we were having coffee I would tell you one of my delights this week was driving. I was able to listen to my podcasts and think about writing. Kathy Fish sponsors a reunion for the alumni of her classes and that is this weekend. It is nice to see familiar names. I am also starting a new writing class on Monday which I am thrilled about.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I continue my streak of writing every day. I have been transcribing my Selecky prompt into the forum and have been getting some nice comments. There is a group that seems to be forming there.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you this week was full of input and learning. I am examining the areas of my life where I need more knowledge and taking lots of action to close that gap.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you Saturday is the summer solstice. How will you take advantage of the most sunlight? Delight in the rays and warmth my friend!

I would love to hear about your week!

Sunday Delights

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There is delight in Sundays. Even during the quarantine, Sunday feels different. Time is a unique component to life. It flows or it stalls.

Sundays are for looking forward and looking back. These are things that happen no other time of the week. Sundays used to be for running long with friends. It was my worship. Now it is a time for reflection.

Sundays are for being outside in nature. Today I went for my walk. I didn’t worry about running today. I enjoyed the sun on my face. The feeling of health and being smaller. Today marks day 24 of my health program “Back to Zero.” I need to get back into a size zero which is what this means. I am in the process of losing the weight I have gained over the last couple of years and the quarantine.

But on my walk today I felt tired. I had thought if it had rained, I would have not gone. I actually went the longest mileage I have all week today. A friend reminded me, “You’re waterproof, you know. Rain is no excuse.” I remember after she types this that I have run most of my running races in rain. In fact, a half marathon was delayed for rain. It totally messed my race up.

Sundays are for reading. I look forward to the Sunday newsletter from my friend Jenna. There is always thoughtful and insightful sentences from her. It makes me think. It often inspires my own writing. I am also reading Unlimited Power by Tony Robbins, and Untamed by Glennon Doyle.

Sunday is for planning for the week. I do my Janning (journaling and planning together). I look at the items on the calendar and write about how I can make them all level 10. I anticipate the things that can mess it up and formulate a plan. I make an action items list.

Sundays are for writing. Every day in my world is for writing but Sunday is the day I write my weekend coffee share. It is my virtual cup of coffee with my friends. I reflect on the week I have had. Sometimes it is just a list of the things I have done and want to remember. Sometimes I share insights that I make.

Sundays are for getting ready for the week. Today is special. It is the first Sunday in a long time that I do not have to get ready for work and school on Monday. There is a weight to that emotion that is unexpected.

Sundays emit different feelings. It used to be the day to go to my Oma’s and have dinner. It used to be the day I visited friends.

What do Sundays mean to you?

Weekend Coffee Share

A Cup of Coffee and a Conversation

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Welcome back to the weekend! What a week this has been. There has been turmoil and change. Hopefully, we are all headed in a better direction.

I am having black coffee today. I have a few other varieties if you like.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you this was the last week of online learning for my kindergartners. My team and I decided to create Bitmoji classrooms for these final 5 days. What an amazing resource this ended up being! I am going to incorporate these into my regular instruction next school year. A fantastic resource is Teaching with Neons on Instagram.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I went into my classroom to close it up on Wednesday. Since January I started a new job, resigned from another, moved states, lost my voice, went through sheltering in place, and the list goes on. I am thankful for the opportunity to learn the new school system and curriculum this spring to be ready for the fall. When I begin the school year, I will know how things work and I am so thankful for that buffer. All my student items were put in paper bags and organized in the gym for pick up later this month. It is a strange feeling and not the “right” way in my mind to close the year but it is what we have. We did a dance party on Zoom with the kids on Thursday.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you my goal for this week was to write my Sarah Selecky prompt and post to the private forum. I am happy to say I have done this every day. I have also commented every day on other’s writing.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you my “Back to Zero” health and body program is going well. I saw a huge difference in my body this week on Day 14. The movement every day, at least 3 huge glasses of ice water, and fasting is working. I feel better, have more energy, and will be fitting back into my pants very soon!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you my #the100dayproject is going well and on track. Somehow, I had gotten a day behind so I am thankful for the update emails from the host of the challenge. The story is forming one sentence at a time.

Do you need a refill? I have some ice water as well.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I am studying more about decisions and preferences, priming, Janning, and the gap I want to close. I have been looking at my schedule and anticipating the ways it will go well and anticipating the things that might mess it up. I also color-coded my Passion Planner today. I had been using the photocopied version in a binder but purchased the real book when they went on sale during the sheltering in place. I am using the 4ish blank months of pages to write down writing prompts, tarot spreads, and quotes. I went with color pencils this time. I used to use highlighters and prefer this method.

If we were having coffee, I would give you a hug and thank you for sharing time with me. I send you happiness and light this week as you move through your week.

I would love to hear how your week was!

Weekend Coffee Share

A Cup of Coffee and a Conversation On the Last Day of May

Today is the last day of May. What was the most impactful event of this past month? It seemed to fly by compared to the last 2 months of quarantine.

Thanks for joining me for coffee today. I am glad we are able to chat. I am having some french vanilla black coffee. What would you like today?

The weather was cooler last night which I was thankful for. The heat was too high this week and we had to turn the air conditioning on. I see money flying out of the vents with the cooler air.

If we were having coffee I would tell you today is filled with a lot of endings for me. For one, the Storyaday May challenge is over. This year’s challenge was a lot different than years past. The prompts were mostly guest posts with the 10th anniversary. The host used a new platform too. Honestly, it was discombobulating for me.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I wrote every day. Quarantine has been the time of 3 prompt mornings. June starts a new pattern. I am still in the thick of my Sarah Selecky Intensive Prep class so that prompt and transcribing will continue.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I did an energy challenge for the month of May. After listening to Dani Shapiro’s Skillshare class I added the quadrant exercise to the daily reflection. In Dani’s quad exercise, you list things you did, things you saw, something you heard, and a doodle. This helped me focus on what was important to me for the day. I always learn about myself with this challenge.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I am doing the Happy Camper’s Club with Nicole Rivera. I am excited to be with this group of women again. There is a schedule of Zoom meetings for the week that I want to join!

If we were having coffee I would tell you I am taking my health back. I am back to fasting and taking my food seriously. I have exercised every day and am feeling really good. The weight needs to come off by the end of June.

If we were having coffee I would tell you we went horseback riding on Tuesday. It was super fun and it was the first time the kids had gone. I haven’t been since I was in Colorado. There were a couple horses that were on the lazy slow side (labeled by the stable person).

If we were having coffee I would tell you I start my coaching program tomorrow and I couldn’t be more excited. I think this is really going to help me hyper focus on what I need to do moving forward in addition to all the things I need to come back to that I already know.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I subscribed to the New Yorker. Did I tell you that last week? Sorry if I am repeating myself. I do love it. The magazine comes into the mailbox and it feels good to get mail again.

If we were having coffee I would tell you I posted about identity on Llama Tuesday. I am going to be thinking about this concept a lot over the next several weeks. You can read that here: https://tammysreadinglife.wordpress.com/2020/05/26/identity/

If we were having coffee I would tell you I am thinking about fall. This coming week I will close up my classroom for the summer. It is not the end of the school year I had anticipated by far, but isn’t that how life goes? I need to find a place to do printing close to me. I will utilize the copy center through my corporation more for sure this year.

I would love to hear about your week!

Happy last day of May again! What are your goals for June? What are the most important actions you need to take care of?

Until next week…

Weekend Coffee Share

A Cup of Coffee and a Conversation

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Welcome back to Sunday — this time on a holiday weekend!

Let’s have some french vanilla on the porch. The view of the hills is lovely and it isn’t too hot yet today.

I have missed you this week friend. There is lots to catch up on.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I have been obsessed with Karissa Kouchis this week. She is a national trainer and speaker for Tony Robbins and her energy is contagious. Her words have sprung me to action this week.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you this quote showed up in my Readwise app email this morning:

How to Live a Good Life by Jonathan Fields


Step 1 — Create your perfect moment. Take a few moments and ask, “What would I love to do or create or have that I’m not pursuing because it’s not a sure thing?” Write your answer in your journal. Then ask, “What would my life look and feel like, how would it be materially different, if I got what I wanted?” Journal your answer. Now ask, “What am I waiting for?” Write it out.

It seems like a good task to do today.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I learned about the Dickens Pattern. It is where you analyze the price you will pay if you don’t change now. It comes from the idea of Scrooge and The Christmas Carol with the Ghost of Christmas Past. It is not a pretty list of journaling but it is motivating. Telling yourself “It’s not that bad” keeps you stuck.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you the last couple of days we have been having fun with the kids with Kahoot games and Jeopardy. I log funny things the kids say and use that list to make questions. We also have strange categories of facts about planets, music, or sports. The wrong answer choices are sometimes the funniest part. There is lots of laughing.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you we have had great food this week! Food is a joy and a reason for gathering in our home. Favorites have been eaten this week.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I have had some great writing and life conversations with two friends. One in Montana and the other in Portland. I am lucky to have these two women in my inner circle. They always tell me the truth and the conversations are always enlightening.

Do you need a refill? Or some water?

If we were having coffee, I would tell you there was a tornado warning yesterday. The sky was black and freaked the kids out. We are safe though and I got a scene written from the experience.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I am about over e-learning in kindergarten. I am in school til June 10th. That is all about that topic this week.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I swapped stories with a newer writing friend this week and it has been wonderful. She is an amazing person and writer and I am so glad we are critique partners now.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you the running is going well and I know that because I had to order new shoes! Gray Kinvaras are on their way!

I almost forgot! I started a podcast! They are less than 10 minutes about what inspires me and how you can live a more creative life. You can listen here: https://soundcloud.com/tammy-breitweiser-792640834 New episodes drop on Fridays.

What is inspiring you this week? I would love to know!

Weekend Coffee Share

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We are back to the weekend. I took a break from the coffee share last weekend. I was tired.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you my prep course started two Mondays ago for my intensive this fall. I already get the daily prompts, but they are used within the group. We write for the prescribed 10 minutes and then transcribe and share them within the closed group. I wrote about the feelings of anxiety and pressure in my writing process journal. I decided to combat this I would just write and post without too much thought about it. If I would keep thinking about it then I would not post. I am looking forward to reading what other people’s take on the prompts are.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I am starting a short podcast. It is called The Accidental Inspirationalist. It is a 10 minute or less podcast to share what I finding inspiring. Maybe you will be inspired too.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I finally wrote an article for Teachers On Fire again. It has been a while.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I am still posting my #100randomsentences on Instagram for my 100 day project. This is a fiction project but I have been thinking a lot of personal essays. I took a class last week which was eye-opening and amazing.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I am writing my story a day for May. We are on day 15 and I am still keeping up. The style is different this year because of the anniversary. The write-in times are not when I can join in either so I am feeling a bit disconnected. If you want to check out the prompts go to storyaday.org.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you my son and I went exploring a bit and found a large park close to the apartment. There is a 5 mile paved running trail and some smaller walking trails so I will have to go back and check it out. The view of the river is amazing from the lookout point.

Thanks for having coffee with me this weekend!

Weekend Coffee Share

A Cup of Coffee and a Conversation

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Welcome to Sunday! With the time warp also known as sheltering in place, the day snuck up on me. Today I have coffee with the hint of vanilla. There is black and also caramel mocha. It is like a mini coffee bar in here!

If we were having coffee I would tell you the transition from April to May was marked with tons of emails in my box. There are challenges I am doing in May which I knew would spike the number of messages a bit but there were a lot of people who wrote the first of the month. It was a bit overwhelming.

What do you do when you have too many emails?

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I wrote an essay about missing the library on Thursday morning. While on my run the library called and said they were going to be offering no contact pick up of holds starting Monday! The universe granted my wish — at least within the shelter in place boundaries. Yes, books are an essential trip to make.

What is something you miss during this time?

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I made my icon on my Gmail a llama for the sole purpose of showing a llama in the Zoom box when I turn my camera off. Yes, it is silly but it amuses me greatly.

When was the last time you did something for the sheer joy of it?

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I had my first IG live! I was interviewed by the awesome Tim Cavey from Teachers On Fire.

Have you done Instagram lives before?

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I wrote a lot in my notebook this week. I wrote to my daily prompts. I worked on my random sentences for the 100 day project. I logged my daily tarot card study — what I notice and then the more fleshed out story from my book. I made notes of things I want to remember from IG lives, books, and podcasts. I also wrote some snippets of poems with the 2 Sylvias poetry prompts for the last part of April. I also practiced doodles and Dani Shapiro’s 4 quadrant exercise. I played with other prompts from my prompt party with my writing group the Happy Campers.

What did you write in your notebook?

If we were having coffee, I would tell you the Slack for Storyaday has been buzzing with activity. With so many new people, everyone is talking. I am three stories in and on track for my goal of 30 stories for the month.

How are you connecting with others lately?

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I started a new notebook today. My prep story course begins tomorrow and I have a special notebook just for that project (as recommended).

Do you have special projects where you use a tool JUST for that purpose?

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that the energy challenge started on Friday hosted by Sam Kimberle. We log each day what gave us energy, what depleted us, and what we learned. It is a powerful exercise we do every 6 months.

What gave you energy today?

Thank you for chatting with me today! I am so glad we were able to have coffee. It does get me going in the morning. Have a wonderful week and I cannot wait to chat next time.

Weekend Coffee Share

A Cup of Coffee and a Conversation

Welcome back to Sunday! Thank you for joining me for coffee. I always love when we sit down and chat. I have french vanilla coffee today. It makes the house smell wonderful. Would you like that today or a cup of something else?

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I made the last trip to Indiana for a while on Monday. We had a couple of loose ends to tie up and drove over for the day. I am glad to have those tasks done. They were looming in the back of my mind and I am glad for them to be gone now.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I wrote every day. There was the end of the Two Writing Teachers blog challenge on Tuesday which is always Llama Tuesday. New challenges started on April 1st for me.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you the anniversary of my Oma’s death was Wednesday. I never forget the feeling of answering the phone to hear she was gone. Dreams this week have been of my childhood home and uncomfortable. They have not been about Oma exactly but unpleasant nevertheless. I am not sure what my subconscious is trying to tell me but I wish it would be more direct.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I was interviewed for the Stop Writing Alone podcast on Tuesday and it was published on Thursday. The response was positive and it was a ton of fun to talk to my friend about something I am passionate about. I taught a class about more specifics about my submission practice and the #100rejectionsproject.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I ran every day. It has felt great to be outside doing something I love and running hills. Oh, the hills!

If we were having coffee I would tell you I am trying to figure out how I do what I do. I had a coach tell me years ago that people do not move or think at the same pace I do. No one had ever told me this before. Many people have asked me how I write the way I do. I think it is partly just because I am me. I am trying to ask myself questions to uncover the secret formula. One thing I recognize is like James Clear talks about habit stacking I prompt stack. Clear talks about associating a new habit with an already established one. For instance, I write in my notebook right after I get my coffee. I have an internal pull to do so because I associate the coffee and the notebook now. I stack prompts — I combine them. I also will take a prompt and think through that lens all day when I am listening to podcasts, conversations, or reading. Then the ideas flow automatically. I also keep an “everything” notebook. All the morning pages, ideas, short stories, poems go into one master notebook. There is a timeline to them then and I can find things associated with time. As I transcribe this week for my #quarantineretreat goal I am sorting ideas into different documents in the Google folders.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you my district is going to try to roll out distance learning with no prior experience. It should prove to be an interesting week. I am hosting a Zoom call for my kindergartners tomorrow and I am sure at the very least it will be entertaining. At least I can mute them all. HA!

Have a good week!