Life can be divided into chapters. Some are much longer than others and some have more significance but each one is an important part of our story. When I created Life With A Side Of Coffee, I was a college kid with big dreams and ambitions. I had an idea of what I wanted to do, where I wanted to go and how much time it would take to get there. I would have never guessed I'd be wrong about all three. The one consistent theme that has never changed in my life is the desire to see the world.
The last 18 months have seen a lot. I left a career I worked incredibly hard for but never felt satisfied by. I experienced what it was like to be flat broke with nothing but debt to my name. I learned the importance of having people in your life that support you and all of your crazy ideas. I met people who have made a remarkable impact on my life and continue to do so today. I said goodbye to always saying "yes" to others and more importantly learned to say "no" to myself. I discovered what I really wanted, what I really loved and I worked for it. I am working for it. They say that your twenties are a time for self-discovery. Well, I can say they are that and so much more.
Life With A Side Of Coffee was a lifestyle blog reflecting the life a girl experiencing the world for the first time. It grew and matured with me over time. In the last six months I've begun to transform it into something different, something that reflects not only who I am but what I want my journey through life to ultimately be. During this transformation, I decided that the chapter of my life LWASOC was such a huge part of was over. It was hard to come to terms with this because closing the chapter of LWASOC meant putting a part of my life behind me I wasn't sure I was ready for. But with a little encouragement and a lot of support, I finally became ready. And with that Lattes, Life & Luggage was born.
This year, I'll be 25 years old. One quarter of a century. 25% of 100 years. I am no longer a college student. I've moved past the dingy apartments with cockroaches and smelly alleyways. I've learned that if I want to get to where I want to be I need to take responsibility of my life and push it in the direction that I want it to go. This is no crossroads where I need to pick the road less traveled by. This is me, grabbing life by the horns and saying "go straight ahead." This new chapter needed a new title. Life With A Side Of Coffee represented a girl who loved caffeine and lived life as well as she could. Lattes, Life & Luggage represents a woman who is taking charge of life with a latte in one hand and a suitcase in the other. I am particularly excited to begin this journey while also slightly anxious. It's something that I feel has already begun and I've just now started to catch up. There is much to come and I have a feeling this will become something I'm more proud of than I could ever imagine. So I hope that you will tag a long for the journey and support me in this enormous decision I have finally made.