Coffee Conversations – January 2020

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Here we are: new year, new decade. 2020 is already off to a pretty wild start. So grab a cup of coffee and let’s share what’s happening!

Currently, my beverage of choice is a chai latte, made simply at home with a little honey and non-dairy milk. Yum! Grab your own and let’s start our chat.

We celebrated our 4th anniversary!

What a way to kick off the year, yeah? January 1 was our fourth anniversary, and we celebrated it in the way we usually do…

  • We spent the whole day together. Our anniversary is essentially a personal holiday for us — we make a big deal out of it!
  • We ate at Rhombus Guys, the restaurant we got married at.
  • I put on my wedding dress for a little bit.
  • We exchanged love letters, which tend to “review” the year and look ahead to our next year together.

Let’s get it out of the way — 2019 thoughts and big things for 2020

I summed up my 2019 in review already, but it’s impossible to chat in January without bringing it up again.

Thoughts on 2019:

I had big goals for 2019, but I really struggled to make some of them happen, especially with DoYouEvenPaleo. When wedding season heated up, everything with the blog fell to the wayside. I’m only now starting to get caught up and actually test recipes more than a day before they get published. Yikes!

Starting the Passion Roadmap from The Passion Planner
Filling out my Passion Planner for the year! Use my link for 10% off.

Looking ahead to 2020:

Even though I’m resistant to launching a whole litany of goals because of the new year, but it is a convenient time to realign and focus on my overall, longterm dreams. So I’ve got a few goals/habits I’m pursuing this year:

  • Time-blocking. If you haven’t heard of it, here’s a pretty good look at what it is and why you might want to do it. In 2019, I wrote to-do lists each day…but that led to me procrastinating (“I have all day! I can do that tonight.”) and never accomplishing my list. This year, I’m making time-blocking a habit — I’ll have set hours for working on specific tasks, and set time for when I’m NOT working, too.
  • Meal prep! Let me tell you, when wedding season got busy, any hope of cooking regularly went out the window. Dinners just became a hassle. This year, I want to make meal prep a habit, and I’ll try to line up recipe testing/recipe shoots on the same day. I’ve never been great about meal prep, but I definitely think it’s necessary for my weird schedule now!
  • Re-brand. 2020 is going to be FULL of changes, and that includes a re-brand. I’m meeting with a local designer soon to talk details, and I’m oh-so-excited for all the changes to come!

But, there’s already a roadblock…

To make ends meet, I’ve maintained a part time job. Right at the start of the year, though, I found out that my part time job is being rolled into a new full time position.

Thing is, I don’t think I want to go back to working full-time for anyone but myself.

So the pressure’s on, especially now (see below) to support myself and my husband through this website and my photography business. On the one hand, I knew I wanted to work less in 2020, so this is a gift from the universe. On the other hand, I need to be able to pay all my bills!

The Midwestern in me feels strange asking you for a favor, then, but here goes: every comment, like, and share has an impact on my ability to continue doing what I love. If you’re here with me, reading this post, you’re probably one of my biggest fans already, and I’m incredibly grateful for your support! If you want to keep helping, though, share one of your favorite recipes with family and friends. Pin it to Pinterest. Follow along on Instagram. Every single thing helps!

Holiday card and a cup of tea

We bought a house!

Seriously, I can’t even believe it. Just last month, I talked about how we’d started looking for a home. But we were completely convinced we’d be in it for the long haul, hunting for at least a year before we found something that checked all the boxes.

Surprisingly, THE VERY FIRST HOUSE our realtor took us to ended up being the house we just couldn’t stop thinking about. We went to another dozen house showings, but we couldn’t stop comparing every home to the first one. It seemed meant to be.

I’m so excited to share more about this house down the road! We’ll be painting, moving in, and making the house our own all of February. So stay tuned for before-and-afters in March — or follow along for Instagram Stories peeks!

Now I just have to get used to cooking on a gas cooktop. Any tips? Tell me in the comments below!

What I’m currently reading

New year, new reading goals! Last year I read a total of 31 books. My goal was 30. This year, I’m setting a goal of 35 books on Goodreads.

That comes out to roughly 3 books a month. Think I can pull it off? I hope so!

If you want to follow along in real time with what I’m reading and the books I want to read, follow me on Goodreads!

In the meantime, here’s what’s currently on my nightstand:

Shareworthy internet reads

New posts this month

Message from the Kitty Committee

Cat cuddling with a pillow

The cats have no idea why we’re packing up all our things, but they’re taking it all in stride. Their message this month is to roll with the punches and keep rockin’ that stellar attitude!


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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