be present

I tend to always think about the next thing I have to do. The next task, the next place I have to be, the next step in planning a trip. While remembering what I have to do can be beneficial, it often pulls me away from fully focusing on what I am currently doing. I notice that I do this. I notice that it creates a lot of stress because there will always be something else to do.

This past weekend, I went to my favorite coffee shop (hey Six Shooter Coffee!) to relax a bit and read. The book I was reading naturally touched on mindfulness and fully experiencing each moment. Doing so creates gratitude and reduces stress. I read this and laughed a bit to myself. How could I have forgot this? How do I always get swept up in the things that I feel like I have to do to get ahead?

I put my book down and soaked everything in that was going on around me. The smell and taste of my cappuccino. Customers chatting at the front counter. The sun pouring in through the side window onto my table. The soft music playing in the background. The breeze coming in through the propped open front door (Ohio weather is amazing and unpredictable).

I felt contentment and happiness wash over me. Even writing this now, I still feel it. I was reminded of why I love going to coffee shops and reading. That taking in the little moments is so important because life is made up of little things. Little meaningful moments.

I encourage you to slow down and really observe what you are doing or where you are. Take time to pause and be all here.

our morning at brewnuts

You guys. This past Sunday was National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day and of course Mitch and I participated! If you did not already know, I absolutely love ice cream and can really eat it at any time. There’s no limit on ice cream consumption. Also, if I am traveling, I love to try out local ice cream shops. So fun! There’s only a couple of ice cream shops in Cleveland that we have yet to try.

I have been craving donuts for a couple months now, so I was thrilled to see that Brewnuts was having a collaboration with Mason’s Creamery to make donut ice cream sandwiches. When I say thrilled, I mean incredibly thrilled. Thrilled as in text-Mitch-in-all-caps about-how-excited-I-am-about-this-and-how-we-have-to-go.

 I love the people in the front window looking confused at me. Ha!
I love the people in the front window looking confused at me. Ha!

Since I love to be on time, we arrived at 10 and thankfully beat a huge line that filed in after us; the place was packed! We decided to each get an extra donut to try as well to sample some of their standards (double the donuts, double the fun!). I love bacon so naturally I went with maple bacon and Mitch picked peanut butter Oreo.

An ice cream station was set up in the back of the shop where the sandwiches were put together on the spot! There were two different types of ice cream, frosting, and toppings which were all delightful. I chatted cheerfully while patiently waiting for our treats.

 Love at first sight!
Love at first sight!

Everything was great. The donuts. The ice cream. The sprinkles. We are certainly going back at some point! If you are in the Cleveland area, go check them out!

I mean, how could you not want to check them out when I look so excited? Thanks again Brewnuts for a great morning!