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Coffee Chat: End of Summer, Longings, and Starting New

Coffee Chat: End of Summer, Longings, and Starting New (Week In Review)

Good morning dove,

Can we go on a coffee date? So I can maybe tell you everything that’s rumbling around in this heart and soul of mine? Sort of like an end of summer thinking out loud meets “currently” update? Okay. Thank you. Thank you for listening. 

Telling you all about my last week, thanks to Meg 

Last week I…

Took a day off work to visit a friend in Burlington – a really nice city an hour outside of Toronto. 

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Ah trains. So relaxing. 

Over the past few months, my aversion to the city – the busyness, the hustle, the vast of people, the noise, the construction, the anger and poverty I see each day – has grown exponentially. I used to love the city. But lately my bike commutes through downtown have left me feeling a pained longing to just…get out. To nest. To settle (gasp!!). To be somewhere quieter. Somewhere that feels like it could actually be “home.” Not surprisingly, I’ve been looking for more opportunities to get away. 

My friend and I talked and talked, she showed me around, we went out for delicious Thai food and saw Dunkirk in “Dbox” (moving seats!) – my first time with this rather fun and luxurious experience. Then the morning I left we went on a beautiful 1.5 hour hike. It was so lovely. It was mostly just so nice to be with a friend from back home and be somewhere quiet. 

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This – along with some beautiful weather we’ve been having – set my heart on fire to make walks a larger part of my life. I’ve never liked wearing earphones or listening to anything while I walk around outside. I’ve just never liked that sense of distance from what’s happening around me. But this week I had an urge to put some podcasts on my phone for the first time and combine my walk with some easy listening. I LOVED IT. Funny how things change. 

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I went on a couple really nice walks and listened to a number of podcasts, including Sarah’s interview on Real Talk RD, and this interesting interview focusing on the gut microbiome. Besides these, my new favorite podcasts as of late are Desert Island Discs (which just celebrated its 75th anniversary on BBC – listen to the interview with Julie Andrews. Sooooo lovely), The Nerdists, and The Adult Chair with Michelle Chalfant. 

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I wrote this post as I’ve been going through a recent shift with movement. This past week, it become a bit more prevalent. One of the things that I’ve gained from my recent stomach struggles, is a bit of a wake up call in terms of my overall health. After eight years of exercising and an inability to break up with the gym, I’ve all of a sudden found myself in a place I’ve never quite been in before. A sincere, down to the gut, complete lack of desire. Some days it’s been sad and really scary. Some days it’s been freeing and joyous and exciting. There’s about two more coffee dates needed to fully discuss this with you, so I’ll wait until we meet again. But I will say that last week, alongside my couple of walks, I went to two yoga classes. They weren’t great classes – haha –  but they still satisfied my craving to move and breathe. 

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If we had time, I would tell you how I woke up Friday morning feeling very stressed

All of a sudden, I realized that it is almost SEPTEMBER. What. the. hell!? I realized that this time next week I will be on a plane to Victoria BC for a friends’ wedding – which I’m ridiculously excited for – but that this also means it is the end of summer and I feel like I have not done half  the things I wanted to do. I had such a clear picture of where I’d be by this time, and yet I have not seen the majority of my goals come to fruition. As I was so sure I would. I’m sad that I spent a lot of time on other things and let them take presidence over my goals. I’ve realized how I let myself work way too much. Come fall, I plan on making a change in this area so I do not have to feel this way again. Get back to what is important and not fall off course again. 

I’ve been working hard to try and not ridicule myself or feel too guilty, so have been trying to use this realization to put a real fire under my butt and get back some dedication, motivation, and set some solid priorities for this coming week. 

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Play reading + cookie + coffee = the best turn around to a day

Two things that helped were meeting a director, who has so kindly asked me to be a stage manager/production assistant on a play he is doing this winter. This won’t have me on stage where I want to be, but it will help me connect with some important people and will just enable me to work in the theatre in whatever element I can. I finished reading the play we will be doing during a really nice coffee/cookie break in-between shifts. 

I also spoke to a previous musical director of mine who has asked me to be a substitute vocal teacher for him at his new music school this winter. This also made me feel hopeful as it is something that will help me get on the road to making a living doing things in line with my passions and transition away from jo-jobs.

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Working from home

In anticipation of moving and my desire to feel a greater sense of “home,” I’ve began purging things in my apartment and have made a mini goal to  – each day – get rid of something. Or change something. Or treat myself to something that makes me feel more comfortable where I am. I bought a new dish dryer rack, which felt really good (oh the little joys). And, after three years of owning my table, I took out its’ expander piece – along with my hardy carpenter skills – and made my table into its larger size. I LOVE IT. I love the extra space for throwing things on and spreading out my work and having more comfortable meals.

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Pancake breakfast: GF pancakes / almond butter / blueberries / oranges

Speaking of meals, I would tell you how I’ve been feeling quite a bit better in terms of my stomach discomfort. I put out this food-heavy post and showed you how I’ve been going back to the basics and focusing only on very simple foods. I’ve noticed a big difference pain wise, but most importantly, eating simply has enabled me to really pin point when I have something that does trigger some discomfort. Rather than having a complex recipe where there could be 10 things that didn’t settle well, eating very simple meals makes anything weird stick out. 

I would also tell you how amazed and thankful I’ve been for all your comments during these posts. I can’t believe how many of you have said you’ve experienced similar feelings, and that a number of you have also noticed you can’t do things like fruit or yogurt or fermented foods! I really thought maybe I was just being dramatic on this one. Or crazy. After all, those things are supposed to be what you eat for better gut health, no? Regardless, I’ve been finding that all my body and brain want is very plain foods – and mostly carbs. Rice, pancakes, oats and popcorn are absolutely what are feeling best.     

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English muffin + mayo + cheese + carrots + fresh garden tomatoes 

And of course when your friend gives you a bag of her fresh grown garden tomatoes, you come home and make a little snack plate. 

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Okay. Thanks for the coffee date. 

I realized this is probably my only chance to mind dump before the end of summer – so you kind of got everything all in one.  I really hope all these realizations set me up for some positive change this coming week, and for moving on into the fall. I really hope this re-starts me to put my real priorities first again. I need to be brave and get back to my goals. I know I also need to not be too hard on myself and see all the ways I have really tried to make things happen this summer. Here’s to moving forward.  


Tell me,

How do you feel at the end of the summer?

Do you put in earphones when you walk? Any new favorite podcasts?

What’s the first thing you do when you feel an urge to “re-start?”

Did you ever feel an urge to get out of a specific environment? To feel more “at home?” What did you do? 


  1. Isabelle | 21st Aug 17

    Oh girl- I crave nature & green open spaces (or dense wilderness, or never ending Ocean views…) The city just feels toxic to me! But alas it’s also where I have to be to work/study/survive. I hope one day I can live somewhere more natural, but that dream is not looking likely anytime soon.
    Also- the food thing, yeah- health gurus & so called ‘gut healing protocols’ have be the worst thing in the world for my stomach. I hate health advice now. Listen to your own self! The thing that has worked best for me has been eating plain back to basics FOOD just like you. bread, rice, pasta, cereal, cheese, meat, cake, ice cream- feeling you on the no yogurt, fermented anything & no fruit too. Keep healing & doing Following what works for YOU šŸ™‚

    Just keep on keeping on in fact šŸ™‚

    • Cora | 29th Aug 17

      Its crazy once you learn all those “health claims” and “things you should be doing” actually do.not.work for you. Its kind of freeing, in a way. I really am learning that I can ask health professionals all I want and have people tell me things, but it is only what I find to work for myself that will ever be the answer.

      Thank you for such an awesome comment <3

  2. Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar | 21st Aug 17

    For me the end of summer is exciting (back to school is fun, even as a teacher) but also sad. It always amazes me how fast those summer months go by. You’ve been working so hard for your goals–it must be so tough that you’re not seeing progress in the particular way you wanted to. That said, it seems like you have made progress in some areas. You’ve had those movement lessons with the acting teacher that you’ve loved! Plus now the stage production job–congratulations!–and the opportunity to teach voice lessons. I hope all of these things let you learn and grow and have something new to bring to the table in future auditions and jobs.
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    • Cora | 29th Aug 17

      I do have to see that I did a lot this summer, and – more importantly – I did try. I tried and put myself out there, and the rest is all somewhat out of my control. I gotta keep those positive thoughts going, and have to keep being okay with “letting go.” End of summer is a nostalgic feeling always. I miss those “going back to school” feelings. Always so exciting šŸ™‚

  3. Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy | 21st Aug 17

    I can’t wait until we can have a real life coffee date, my friend. I can totally understand your yearning to get out of the city – a day in the countryside with a friend sound LOVELY. Isn’t it funny how sometimes we think we’re stuck in our ways (i.e. walking without podcasts) and things can change? I think allowing ourselves that flexibility is awesome. Thanks for tuning in to the podcast šŸ™‚
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    • Cora | 29th Aug 17

      Me either, Sarah šŸ™‚

      Congrats again on the podcast! It was great for me to hear, so I can imagine how perfect it would be for any new RD/RD in the making.

  4. Maureen Feeney | 21st Aug 17

    I’m a little sad the summer is ending! Granted, I’m over running in 90 degree heat but I love being able to walk outside without a jacket or anything. To feel more “at home” I like to light a candle after doing a little cleaning for a quick reset. But for a long term reset, I’ll buy something on my want list for my apartment.

    Have a great day šŸ™‚

    • Cora | 29th Aug 17

      Fall has many many perks – like cute coats and boots and that fresh air feeling (and cooler runs for you!). I’m starting to get excited for them now that Im letting myself.

      Ooo lighting a candle. What a good idea. Thank you!

  5. Evangeline | 21st Aug 17

    Is it already the end of the summer?? How’d that happen?

    Virtual coffee chats with you make my heart happy. All the self care and gentleness with which you approach life and food and movement and yourself is beautiful. The trip to visit your friend in the countryside sounds picturesque. And I haven’t seen anything in Dbox, but it looks the pinnacle of entertainment comfort. I might fall asleep šŸ™‚

    Congratulations on the two job offers!! What will your role as production assistant/stage manager look like? Oooh and what play have they chosen?

    Simple foods do a world of good. As do tomatoes. I feel like food gifts(especially homegrown/home baked ones) communicate such a kind, pure form of caring.
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    • Cora | 29th Aug 17

      Secret between you and me?….. I totally fell asleep. Even with imax screen, surround sound, and MOVING SEATS…. I am completely hopeless.

      We are doing an Irish play called, “Dublin Carol,” by Conor McPherson. A lovely short play. I will be basically organizing/planning all the props, lights, sets, and helping with anything that is needed during rehearsals. It will be nice to see the “other side” of things.

  6. marti @fitwithheart | 21st Aug 17

    so happy to hear that you are listening to your body, slowing down and keeping it simple! šŸ™‚ love these virtual chats – šŸ™‚ i love fall BUT not ready for summer to end!!

    • Cora | 29th Aug 17

      Same. I love fall but more so when I am EXPECTING it. Thank you Marti. I’m learning that simple really is best… in all ways.

  7. Jamie@TheMomGene | 21st Aug 17

    When I lived in NYC I would go hide in Central Park all the time. It was nature and good sounds (street music plus birds and kids) and gave me a break from the chaos. I loved it. I actually miss it now. Suburban parks are just not the same. I wish I could love seen to podcasts, but I’m never alone and the kids are a live stream of every thought in their heads ?

    • Cora | 29th Aug 17

      Mmm that sounds lovely. Its wonderful when you can find a beautiful/quiet getaway even amongst the heart of a city. Really is the best of all worlds. And keeps you sane so you can go back into the chaos.

  8. Emily Swanson | 21st Aug 17

    Love that you’re finding ways to move happy and that your digestive system is feeling so much better. I LOVE to walk and listen to podcasts without earbuds on my phone. Or Scripture. šŸ™‚ And it’s also encouraging to me to hear that you had such a wonderful time with your friend hiking and exploring. <3 Sometimes I do feel an urge to just get out of the house, but I DO love our house and it does feel like home, but if I want to get out, I'll just go for a walk or lay outside on the ground and look up at the sky!

    • Cora | 29th Aug 17

      Having a home that truly feels like a “home” is such a blessing šŸ™‚

  9. Miss Polkadot | 21st Aug 17

    Oh, the end of summer. It’s a melancholic, somehow sad and regret-filled time for me every year. Reflecting on the many chances I didn’t take because I postponed them, thinking summer was still long – until it’s not anymore.
    So yes, maybe you wish you’d done some things differently, set different priorities. But at least from a reader’s perspective I can say your summer sounded so very good. Not without it’s hard moments, obviously. Yet overall it looked wonderful. And even if it doesn’t feel quite the same way to you: we learn the most from regrets, not the things that went well. You’re already taking action to make changes for upcoming seasons so: go you! Congratulations on the two job offers you got. Even if they’re not acting roles, getting a foot in the door can be a major stepping stone [not like I needed to tell you].
    It’s funny how the grass always looks greener on the other side. While I like the peacefulness of living in the countryside, there are days I really wish I was in the hustle bustle of a city again. Though I think deep down, I’ll forever be a country bumpkin. I’d happily host you over here for long walks and real coffee dates.

    • Cora | 29th Aug 17

      I know that if I moved back to small town living, I would quickly miss the city life. Its going to be really interesting for me – in my next phase of my life – to see where I truly end up settling and being happy. I grew up a small town girl… I have a suspicion I may end up one as well. Or at least just something more in the country. My soul needs more countryside.

      And thank you. I do know I had a good summer. And I did do a lot. More importantly, I did try. I tried pretty hard. So I have to continue remembering that. Then let go and only look forward. <3

  10. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets | 21st Aug 17

    I feel ya on the gym business. I keep meaning to go and take better care of myself, physical fitness wise, but when I have a free minute, it’s the last thing I want to do. As such, I’m trying to be gentle with myself and I figure it will all work out when it’s supposed to. That being said, I should try to get in an easy yoga class because those are fabulous for my mental health.

    The job opportunities sound good and definitely getting you more into the business you want to be in. Also, I love how you’re doing one thing a day for yourself. I need to try something like this, outside of my normal flop on the couch and watch sleazy TV (my guilty pleasure), not that there’s anything wrong with that.

    Happy Monday.
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    • Cora | 29th Aug 17

      Some days flopping on the couch to watch sleazy IS the best thing for you. But for those days when you feel an urge to get your move on, I hope you can find yourself a mat for some downward dog-ing, or at least some extra pumped up tunes for an epic kitchen dance party. You can always add some squats in there. “Get low get low get low get low….”

  11. Stephanie ReadsWell | 21st Aug 17

    I feel sad when Summer ends. I like the laziness involved in this season. I usually put earphones and turn the volume to its high–and dance (if no one is around.)

    • Cora | 29th Aug 17

      That sounds AWESOME. Dance parties cure all.

  12. danielle | 21st Aug 17

    i used to love summer.. i thought i would be so happy to live in a hot weather environment like Houston, but not Houston, and enjoy the hot sun all year round. these days i can’t feel further from that, i want cooler temps and realized that a lot of the reason i was craving heat was because i was freezing – from being too thin and far too sickly for most my life. i can tell i’m healing, i’m restoring my body, but holy crap is it hot in here! now that my metabolism is revved up again i feel the heat, and it’s not so awesome. it’s not that i don’t like sunshine, it’s honestly just the humidity.
    am i really talking about the damn weather/?????? ok i’ll stop. just stop it.
    i’m thrilled for this hot humid summer to end, which really won’t end for us right now. it doesn’t get cooler till november. ugh. my favorite season is the fall… autum… what is more perfect than changing leaves and cooler temps and autum picnics? what???? i can’t think of anything better than fall. well maybe spring šŸ™‚
    i love simpler foods, i’ve been consuming very simple foods for my typical consumption. i got a really bad mouth ulcer 2 weeks ago and just have to revert back to soft mush in order to heal properly. it’s been quite interesting. it’s probably very horrible sounding, but honestly it’s much better than any other oral issue i’ve had. this ulcer? meh, just some pain. flesh wound. i’ll live.
    i’d be quite happy sharing your meals with you. a walk in the fall looking at leaves and dancing freely in the forrest by some water? with a picnic of gut friendly chocolate bars?
    whenever i want change i change up my morning routine. right now i’m doing more exercise because i’m a single working mom whle the other half is overseas. in order to feel like i can cope, i need some movement. it’s my zen.
    i love podcasts and love listening to them during walks… yes cheers to end of summer

    • Cora | 29th Aug 17

      You find me some gut friendly chocolate bars and I’ll hunt out the best fall picnic/walk/forest dancing area. K?

      Changing up your morning routine – such a good suggestion. I find change hard though, ya know? I have all these ideas of how I want to change something, or spend my mornings etc, and I just keep NOT doing them! Even though I think I know it will feel good.

      Sigh. Regardless. Fall always brings about feelings of change. And I do love that feeling. Plus the coats and boots are super sexy.

  13. Ellie Pell | 21st Aug 17

    The students are back in town so that means fall is coming! I love the fall weather, especially for running. I enjoy podcasts a lot but find I don’t listen to them when I am doing errands or walking from place to place like I used to. I still listen to them during runs or as I eat, but I lost my iPhone headphones and never bought new ones. I don’t feel like I’m missing out honestly. The quiet is nice šŸ™‚
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    • Cora | 29th Aug 17

      As a runner I can see how fall would be SO looked forward to. Gah it must feel so good to go out on a nice fall morning and see the leaves changing with the cool breeze in your face. Mmmmm.

  14. Michelle | 21st Aug 17

    Yay! I’m so glad you’re enjoying The Adult Chair podcast! Thank you for sharing!

    • Cora | 29th Aug 17

      Thank YOU! I’m so glad I found it. Its taking a lot of what I’ve been learning in my previous years and putting it all into a very easy to understand concept.

  15. chasetheredgrape | 21st Aug 17

    Well you know I am with you on the desire to feel more homely! We get the keys to our new place 2 weeks on Thursday and I can’t wait. We call it the treehouse because it has a beautiful balcony surrounded by trees – ahhh bliss.
    Glad you could find some comfort this week – you just got to listen to your body and go with what the heart wants. Nothing wrong with settling in the burbs!
    It’s so odd here because the spring flowers are starting to come out and each day it gets a little warmer and brighter. Will I ever get used to the seasonal switch? Probably not!

    • Cora | 29th Aug 17

      I thought about you – and about “Hygge” – a lot as I wrote this post (and just a lot in general lately). Your new place sounds amazing!! I can’t wait to hear about your move and what you think about it. I want a treehouse!!

  16. Alyssa | 22nd Aug 17

    End of summer is tough for me. Change is tough for me in general. But I’m trying to just ride the wave.

    Love listening to podcasts and going for a walk. Also- those pancakes look great. I’ve been meaning to make some!
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    • Cora | 29th Aug 17

      I hear you girl. It is for me too. That being said it kind of gives a “letting go” or “starting new” feeling which I think we can focus on – and all the positives that can bring us. Sending you as many as those good feeling/new fall vibes as I can <3

  17. Susie @ Suzlyfe | 22nd Aug 17

    I’m listening to the Nerdist a lot right now. When I got my new phone, I had to pick which podcasts to resubscribe to, and that meant that I really pared down, but that I also found some new once. There’s another one called Undone that has had a few promising episodes for me so far as well.
    I know what you mean about feeling like the gym and you need to part ways. I am there as well, actually. I would rather run than do any other form of exercise. It has been coming towards me for the past year and a half, I would say, but really since starting IVF and not being able to do things, I just stepped back and to the side. That is part of the reason that I stopped training clients–I could come up with great workouts for them, but I had no desire to further my own education and help them really progress in a new way.
    Sometimes, we just have other priorities in life, you know? And that is a-ok.
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    • Cora | 30th Aug 17

      I’m glad you and I are both listening to our bodies are choosing the type of physical movement that feels best to us. I think that’s the way to truly get all the best benefits anyways. No point forcing ourselves if it doesn’t reel right.

  18. Kat | 22nd Aug 17

    Booooo city! I moved out of LA for a reason [well, for a few actually] but one of the main ones was I just couldn’t stand ALL THE NOISE! So much noise, all the time – it never stops! I’m more of a slow paced kind of gal so the city life truly stressed me out.
    Also, it sounds like you have some really great opportunities coming your way. I’m super excited for you and the potential they may bring!
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    • Cora | 30th Aug 17

      I’m getting less and less capable of being around noise. I’m officially old.

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  20. Kaylee | 1st Sep 17

    I find riding trains by myself (and airplanes for that matter!) relaxing too. Similar to our coffeeshop penchant perhaps, that feeling connected to the world without having to completely interact with people. Sorry to hear about your recent feelings about the city though.

    I’ve gotta check those podcasts out since I’m learning to enjoy podcast-filled walks too particularly on my way to class. I do like finishing the podcasts in one sitting (or should I say walking..) so do you have any shorter length (like <20 min) recommendations ??

    I'm so glad that opportunities are coming your way to further your passions! Can't wait for these upcoming months for ya.

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