january coffee date: new year new me

I know that “New Year New Me” is a bit a trite, and of course, I’m really just the same person I always was. But I’m not the same person. I’ve sustained what we have to call a “life changing event” and while my chances at full recovery are super high, I can’t deny that I am very different.

Join us for this month’s Ultimate Coffee Date. After reading here, head on over to visit Coco and Deborah, our awesome link-up hosts.

Over coffee, I would tell you…

That I am starting the year with tea! What? I had the chance to try this loose blend from Modest Mix, and it was so delicious. I especially love that it was called “Badass Babe”, because I need some of that kind of empowerment in my life right now. The blend was green-tea based with fresh notes of ginger and fennel, making it both bold but also so smooth. You can save 15% on your order with code PUGLIFE if you want to give it a try – there are so many great blends with fun and irreverent names, perfect for you or a tea-loving friend.

I have partnered with Modest Mix Tea through FlipperSplash. I was gifted the tea, filtered straw and cleaning brush in exchange for my promotion. All opinions are my own.

Over coffee, I would tell you…

That I have watched so much television since my surgery. Ugh. I am usually way more of a movie person, but it seems like I ran out of movies (or was too fuzzy from meds to focus on the movies I like). We recently canceled our DirecT and went to all streaming, so I’ve started watching all kinds of shows. So far, I’ve competed The Mandalorian, Jack Ryan (season 2), You (seasons 1 and 2), The Witcher and now I’m on to The Boys. Any suggestions?

new year new me

Over coffee, I would tell you…

That I have been getting out a little bit more, and it’s been hard. Everything is too busy, too loud and too fast and I almost cried in the middle of Chick-Fil-A because I was so overwhelmed. I’ve spent so much time inside and alone that it’s hard being out and exposed. It’s really hard to convince myself to get up and leave the house. I’m sure we can all agree that this is not like me at all, and I’m fighting a hard battle to get back to my normal, adventurous self.

Over coffee, I would tell you…

That my last PT session was absolutely amazing. My PT was really pleased with most of the range of motion in my ankle and we started working a bit more on my strength. I have four more sessions until I go back to the doctor for X-rays and hopefully get approval to lose this boot. He encourages me to start putting more weight on my leg, and I confess that I am so afraid. It’s just not second nature anymore, and relearning use of that limb is going to be so hard.

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Over coffee I would tell you

That I am a little afraid of being alone again. The boys will be going back to work and school and that leaves me here to fend for myself. I have work and books and puzzles to distract me, but I will miss Mr PugRunner taking me out for a quick Starbucks run or having someone around if I’m not feeling well. As an extroverted introvert, I was always so very ok with alone time, but this is very intimidating.

new year new me

I haven’t made any New Year’s resolutions, other than to remain healthy and to get better. That being said, I don’t have much of a choice but to embrace this “new year new me” mentality as I find a new normal and figure out where my recovery journey will take me.

What about you? What would you tell me over coffee (or tea?)

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