If We Were Having Coffee

…what would I tell you?

There are so many ‘get to know me’ posts out there. Ten random facts, seasonal tags, my favourite […] and, of course, the ubiquitous A-Z of me. I’ve tried to write some before but they always felt a little forced to me. I love reading them though. They appeal to my inner nosey bugger. My problem is that I just never felt like I could drum up enough interesting facts, certainly nothing that I’d want broadcast on the internet. A recent discovery courtesy of Eleanor and Lucie totally resonated with me though. Mostly because it involves my favourite beverage.

How many times have you met up with someone ‘for a coffee’ and ended up sitting for hours putting the world to right? Some of the biggest decisions and realest conversations of my life have been made over a cup a’ joe. There’s something about the smell of a fresh coffee that stirs my senses like nothing else, and makes me so inclined to sit down for a chat. On that note, put the kettle on (or get me an Americano and I’ll square you up) and I’ll tell you all about it.

If we were having coffee I’d ask for it black, two spoons, no sugar, no milk. I’d tell you that I started drinking it when I was a poor student, and milk and sugar were luxuries (but roll-ups and four packs of Strongbow were necessities). At first I studied film studies, which I left after a year and a half, before going back to study film production and finally a Master’s in Creative and Cultural Business. I’d lament on how coffee got me through student film shoots, and fuelled my Master’s assignments and finally dissertation. During deadline season we’d hole up in an empty classroom, sit in a circle and pass books across the tables, stopping only for a coffee and cigarette break. I’d sit there for hours, then go home and retreat my room with a coffee to power through another thousand words. I’d no doubt sigh as I thought about how hard I worked only to wind up in a vicious cycle of customer service jobs.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I studied events, branding and public relations, and that it was my dream (or rather is my dream) to work in that creative capacity. However, timing was not on my side and I never quite caught that fish. Instead, I poured my energy into volunteering, kicking up my blog again and preparing for parenthood. That I made creative outlets for myself when I couldn’t find it through work, that I’ve gone down a different path to what I thought- one that will, I hope, bring more opportunities my way (although I’m not sure what they might be).

If we were having coffee I would say that I’m actually quite proud of some of my blogging output. That writing is the one constant in my life, regardless of how long I go between doing it. It’s the one thing I’ve always done without too much difficulty. Once I’m in the process, it’s great, but writer’s block strikes more than I’d care to admit. My confidence in my own blog is picking up, and in growing it (albeit at a snail’s pace) I’ve come in contact with some pretty great people, writers who continually inspire me and push me to do better, even if they don’t know it. I’d say that I’m comfortable writing for myself, but that writing for other people is a different matter. I devour magazines and websites with a good long read to get stuck into, but rarely think that could be me. Sometimes I see writers’ communities like The Olive Fox and wish I could pitch something that people would want to read. Maybe someday I will.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I want to write more, to draw more and create more, but that my time management sucks. It’s always been pretty lax but in recent years- nay, months- it’s gotten considerably worse. So bad that when a time is suggested, I automatically add an hour on to when I’ll get there. When I think about all the stuff I want to sit down and do, it’s kind of scary. I wish I had the drive to match my ambition. For now, some caffeine will do the trick.

If we were having coffee, the time management chat would lead me into my CBT class that I’ve been doing for the last few weeks. I thought it was a postnatal group for new mums to meet up, but turns out it’s a mood management group for people living with depression. I don’t know if that’s me exactly (I’ve never been to a doctor about it, anyway). However it’s taught me to think about my thoughts, be mindful of when certain thoughts occur, to take stock of my surroundings and break out of the cycle that I’ve found myself in. Part of that is managing my week around new or alternative behaviours- doing something new, or even doing old things that I’d forgotten I loved. Things that seem trivial when work and parenting and mortgages are also in the ether, but things that keep me more grounded than any of those things.

On a lighter note, if we were having coffee, I’d talk about my love of travel. Before our son was born, Ally and I went to Berlin and planned a whole host of other trips. I’ve never been the type to want to find myself travelling across Asia for weeks at a time. What I do love is seeing Europe, its cities and cultures, packing in as much as we can for the short bursts that we’re there. I’d love to do the great American road trip, travel from one coast to another and end up in Hollywood, explore the hypnotic richness of South America or head up north to Canada. It was our plan for the next year or so. In hindsight, perhaps a baby was a blessing in disguise since America’s coat is on a shaky nail. Maybe in four years…

If we were having coffee I’d say that my Californian ambition comes from a love of movies, a nostalgia for an old Hollywood that I’ll never know. I’d ask your top five favourite films, because no one has just one. I’d ask your favourite genre, actor, director, moment in cinema. Apart from writing, it’s my other big passion and, like writing, my cinema attendance fluctuates dramatically. I’d say that, in spite of my fairly expansive home collection, I’ve missed out on a lot of the classics. From then on I’d talk about documentaries, real life, true crime, a fascination with serial killers and conspiracies and how it all grew from staying up late as a ten year old, secretly watching The X Files with the sound turned down.

If we were having coffee I’d comment on how nice it was to be in adult company, after spending most of my days with a baby whose conversational skills are limited to gurgling and crying. I’d tell you that it’s a treat to chat to someone who can not only listen but respond, too. He’d probably be there, depending on the time of day. I’d tell you that finding out about him was a huge surprise, but one that I ultimately feel will be the making of me. He’s made me reassess what’s important to me, to realise the joy of slowing down, appreciating the little things and not letting any moment pass unnoticed. He’s grumpy and drooly thanks to hitting the teething stage, but when he smiles at me he makes me feel like the most important person in the world.

 

18 Comments

  1. March 24, 2017 / 4:06 pm

    Amazing post! Great getting to know you through our mutual love of coffee!!

    • adriannecalgie
      March 24, 2017 / 6:00 pm

      Thank you! The things that a quick post about coffee can come up with, eh!

  2. March 24, 2017 / 4:50 pm

    For what it’s worth, I think you have loads of really interesting things to say that could easily be turned into articles to pitch somewhere. And I can’t wait to see how that all turns out, once you have the confidence to do it.

    xx

    • adriannecalgie
      March 24, 2017 / 5:59 pm

      Hopefully soon… once I start getting some rhythm so my own posts I’ll get better at asking if other people want to read them 😊

    • March 26, 2017 / 10:15 am

      Seconded! You should definitely throw a few pitches out there Ada xxx
      P.S. I adore this post! I’m also a nosy person who loves the All About Me posts and the coffee tag (tag? idea?) is one I’m totally on board with. Far more interesting that what’s in your bag x

      • adriannecalgie
        March 29, 2017 / 4:32 pm

        Thanks Laila! Who knows, I might. I found the tag (?) really interesting. More so than my bag, anyway. That’s just receipts, lighters and Always pads x

  3. March 26, 2017 / 8:35 pm

    Great post – you come across as really interesting and a good coffee pal 🙂 I also have the American road trip dream but yes, will sit out the next four years and save for it.

    • adriannecalgie
      March 29, 2017 / 4:28 pm

      Thank you! I do love a good chat over a coffee. Hopefully by the time Trump gets booted out we’ll have saved up enough for a decent trip!

  4. Rebecca
    March 26, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this post! I’m not a coffee drinker so I had to pretend you were discussing over tea lol. I think your writing is great and it was nice to learn more about you. x

    • adriannecalgie
      March 29, 2017 / 4:25 pm

      Thank you! I could have a herbal tea I suppose, I’m not a huge fan of normal tea… “if we were having a hot beverage of our own choice” might be more apt!

  5. March 26, 2017 / 8:55 pm

    I think I should check out CBT for some of my anxiety and phobias. Enjoyed our coffee break! 🙂

    • adriannecalgie
      March 29, 2017 / 4:19 pm

      It’s been really good for me- when I remember to do it! It’s a whole new habit which I’ve found difficult but some of the lessons really ring true. I’d definitely recommend it!

  6. March 26, 2017 / 11:25 pm

    This is a blooming brilliant idea for a post! I think I’ll do one myself, thank you! I’ll obviously tag you for my inspo too. I love coffee and was really lovely to learn more about you over my favourite drink and my favourite thing blogposts!

    • adriannecalgie
      March 29, 2017 / 4:24 pm

      Thank you! Yeah, please do so I can have a nosey. Looking through the hashtag on twitter was so satisfying (for research, obviously)

  7. March 27, 2017 / 12:03 am

    I loved this post, far more natural that the question styles and it’s so lovely getting to know a bit more about the blogger behind the blog!

    • adriannecalgie
      March 29, 2017 / 4:18 pm

      I’m not very good with the question/answer type of posts so this seemed a lot more natural to me- it turned out to be a lot of fun to write!

  8. May 26, 2017 / 8:11 am

    I love this idea! I feel like we’ve sat down and had a coffee (or two!) and have got to know you a little more already 🙂

    Lyndsay | Fizzy Peaches

    • adriannecalgie
      May 29, 2017 / 8:50 am

      Thank you, Lyndsay! Feel free to try your own! I loved this tag, it’s just nice to have something a little different in the ‘getting to know me’ vein. It’d be lovely to have a coffee with you! x

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