Coffee Conversations – November 2019

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Hey, friends. Long time, no see! It’s been a wild August, September, and October, but now that November is here and life is starting to slow on down, I finally have a moment for another Coffee Conversation.

So grab a cup of your favorite coffee (I’m finishing off the last of the Duluth Coffee Co. beans) and let’s chat!

View of Lake Superior and the coastline in fall at twilight

Initially, this was meant to be a monthly series where I could fill you in on what’s been happening behind the scenes of my life.

But, once wedding season got into full swing, everything on Do You Even Paleo took a seat on the back burner until I was ready to dive in head-first.

Well, we’re back! And I’m shifting gears to publish these monthly posts at the beginning, not the end, of the month.

Frankly, I have a LOT to bring you up to speed on, and some of it will be reserved for other posts instead of overfilling this one.

View of river, waterfall, and forest in Duluth's Lester River Park

2019 wedding season: done!

Why was I so freaking busy the past few months? Weddings were a HUGE part of it. But as of October 25, I’m done with my 2019 wedding season!

I still have editing and other sessions to attend to, but the bulk of the work is done and I can look on towards 2020.

As usual, I have a lot I want to practice and learn more about before my 2020 weddings kick off. More projects to add to my winter months!

Woman in wedding dress with long, flowing sleeves

Learning more about boundaries

This year has been instrumental towards learning my boundaries and choosing to say “NO” to things.

The other large piece of why busy-ness got the better of me from August-October: I let myself get sucked into a seasonal job that, while easy and profitable, sucked up ALL my time.

Sure, the money was great. And it’s really only a 2-3 month commitment. But holy crap did it suck all the life and motivation out of me!

I quickly realized that making some quick cash was NOT worth the time and energy I had to divert from the projects I want to focus on.

This is one topic I’d love to explore further!

I want to move to Duluth

My partner and I took our first “just the two of us” trip since we got married! We drove off to Duluth, Minnesota for about 5 days.

I fell in love.

I want to move.

So much of Duluth seized my soul. From the landscape, abundance of parks and rivers, to the dedicated farm-to-table vibe.

I’m in love with this city. Moving isn’t in the cards, at least for a while… But someday, this is where I want to end up.

In the meantime, I think we’ve found our “getaway” spot.

Couple kissing in the midst of birch trees in fall | Chelsea Joy Photography

What I’m currently reading

As a self-professed bibliophile, I’m always reading something new. Here’s what I’ve recently crossed off my “to-read” list:

  • Empire of Grass by Tad Williams – Just amazing. I LOVE this series. If you’re a fan of fantasy a la Lord of the Rings, you’ve got to read this!
  • The Core 4: Embrace Your Body and Own Your Power by Stephanie Gadreau – One of the few books I’ve actually bought instead of borrowing from the library! I pre-ordered Steph’s book waaay back because I’m such a big fan of hers. If you haven’t, check our her podcast Harder to Kill Radio.
  • War Storm by Victoria Aveyard – This is the finale of a wildly popular series, but so far I’m not too impressed with it. That might be my own fault for picking this up right after reading Empire of Grass, but the characters all seem like photocopies of each other. Still, I’m hanging in there just to finish the series!
Open book on a coffee table with a half-empty latte

Next up on my list is Outer Order, Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin. I’ve never read Gretchen Rubin’s books, despite years of recommendations. I’m finally jumping in!

New posts this month

Message from the Kitty Committee

Closeup of orange cat sleeping on the arm of a couch

The kitties are enjoying their last few days out on the balcony before it’s just too cold for their little paws.

So their advice? Enjoy what you’ve got while you have it.


I'm Chelsea, the author behind Chelsea Joy Eats! I believe life should be full of flavor. I enjoy creating recipes that are nourishing, flavorful, and satisfying. When not experimenting in the kitchen, I usually have a camera, barbell, or mug of coffee in hand. My posts may include affiliate links, which means if you click through a purchase something, I make a small commission at no cost to you. It helps me fuel my coffee habit and pay rent!

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