That Coffee Life {In the Dark Room}

#ThatCoffeeLife {Living Outside the Stacks}

On the photo are the names of all the places I’ve lived. 

When I was a kid, my dream was to be a foreign correspondent. Or a spy. I wanted to go to war zones and report on humanitarian issues. I imagined myself going into the jungles and interviewing warlords. Just my camera and my notebooks {these were pre pocket~tech days}. I thought I’d hang out with indigenous tribes in Africa or have meetings with world leaders. Babs aka Barbara Walters would be a personal friend.

Somewhere along the way, life interrupted my plans and I joined the Army. I became a wife and mom, an history instructor and a librarian. A world away from where I thought I’d be. Imagining what could have been and seeing what is, I wouldn’t change my life one bit. Living with my kids and watching them grow up, was very much like living in a jungle. I never knew what was going to be unearthed from day to day. Peas do not go in your nose! Survival wasn’t always guaranteed. Mom, she’s looking at me! And being married, well, you married folks know that’s nothing but negotiations, peace treaties, embargoes, and truces. Don’t put your dirty socks on the side of the hamper, put them in the hamper!

No, the adventures weren’t what I expected but I’m glad I had them all the same.

What about you? Did your life turn out like you thought it would?

About That Coffee Life…

A few weeks ago, my friend and “baby brother”, Tony Armstrong of Tony Armstrong Photography noticed my morning coffee mugs on Instagram and suggested that I do a photographic series.  I loved the idea! A mug and a story. These weekly posts are a result of his suggestion. I’m honored that fellow coffee lover, writer, and photographer,  Beatrice of inspired by beatrice clay will be joining me every Tuesday morning to share coffee and inspiration. I invite you to follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter as we celebrate That Coffee Life.

If you’d like to join us, simpy take a picture of your cuppa, tell your story, and leave a comment with your link. We’ll be using the hash tag #thatcoffeelife.


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  • chandra

    i’ve always loved seeing your cup of jo photos and like how you are now adding a story to go along with them. i’ll have to try and remember this so i can snap mine! ps//glad you did not go off and become a foreign correspondent…my guess is you would have been too busy uncovering scandal and saving the world to write this blog!! x

  • Stacy Artis

    I’m not a coffee drinker, but love the idea of these posts. And no, life did not turn out the way I’d imagined. Believe it or not I too dreamed of being a foreign correspondent and I have half the credits to a journalism degree to prove it. I ended up getting married at 20 and raising 2 kids. Wouldn’t change it for the world and even though everyone’s telling me to go finish that degree….I just don’t have the desire to be a world-traveling journalist any more.

  • Erica Day

    Makes me wish I drank coffee. I only own two mugs……but I suppose taking pictures of them would be good. lol

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