When we were thinking about what we wanted our post to be today, we scratched our heads for a long time. A lot of thoughts swirl through your head when you think about putting something that you’ve created out there for the world to judge. And then it hit us. We started this blog because we wanted to build a community around it. We wanted to meet like-minded people who enjoyed talking over a cup of coffee and exploring new coffee shops. While that hasn’t changed, we do feel a sort of disconnect from the coffee community and so this is an open letter to you from us. We hope you enjoy reading it! Okay, here goes nothing…
Dear Coffee Community,
We’re pretty new to this word of third wave coffee and learning about all the different ways to roast and brew, but we’re even newer to Southern California. Don’t get us wrong, moving is exciting and fun, but it’s also a little scary jumping into the unknown and trying to find where you fit within your new community. I’m sure some of you can remember the adjustment period when moving, whether it be moving out of your parents house, moving cross country or even moving a few cities over from where everything was safe and familiar. Moving is like being able to wipe your slate clean and start over, but it also means you’re starting from the ground up again, in terms of new jobs, new friends, new churches, new cultures, and new neighbors. Even the grocery store is new and takes you an hour longer than normal because everything is in different places than what you were used to at your old store.
All of this to say that we’re still adjusting to this new and exciting change in our lives. For those of you who know us (hi, mom and dad), you know we’ve been preparing for this adventure for two years. In two years of dreaming, it’s easy to romanticize how things are going to be once you get to where you want to be. It’s easy for us to get discouraged, disappointed and upset about people or things once the dream has come to fruition, but that’s when we have to remind ourselves that we’ve only lived here for a little over a month. A MONTH!
And that’s when we realized that a lot has happened within that time period. We’ve met some amazing people through our blog, Instagram and at coffee shops. It’s been fun to connect with people over coffee and conversation (which is exactly what we strive for on DCR). Thank you to the people who read this blog every week, the people who like our Instagram posts and connect with us through direct messages and the businesses we’ve written about that have shared our blog with their followers (HUGE THANK YOU TO YOU!). You really make our day, especially while we’re going through this kinda weird, super fun transition stage. You see, we thought we knew Southern California like the back of our hands – we both grew up here – however, it’s an entirely new world as a married couple in our mid-20s. Side note: don’t let us being married deter you from hanging out with us. We’re not that weird annoying couple that makes everybody feel awkward – you know what we’re talking about. But, on the other side, we’re pretty proud to be married. Marriage rocks because you get to eat ice cream in bed with a face mask on while binging Stranger Things on Netflix until 3am (who watches that show alone???).
Our move has been a mixture of culture shock (why are people always in a rush??) and inspiration (everybody is moving and grooving to create here, which is awesome). We’ve had some really great conversations with baristas, owners, people we meet at coffee shops, roasters, the online coffee community, etc and we do want to continue meeting as many awesome people as we can, but (and this is a big BUT) we’re nervous. It’s one thing to have the same interests online, but another thing to meet in person and connect. Does that make sense?! With that being said, it’s time for us to get out there and meet you! We want to meet up for coffee, talk about life and just take it easy. Coffee shouldn’t be a chore. It should be enjoyed and we want to enjoy it with you. I’m sure we all can agree that finding/meeting friends in our 20s is weird. It’s not like in our younger years where we go up to somebody on the playground and say “Want to be best friends?” It’s a weird version of dating – friend dating – a series of interactions to see if you mesh well or not. The point is, we all hate going out of our comfort zone but we might be missing out on some of the best relationships if we never reach out, so we’re making a conscious effort to reach out to you!
We want to start broadening our blog, too and would love to have guest bloggers writing about their experiences at coffee shops. We want to make this blog more of a community, rather than a one-sided conversation about coffee (trust us, we don’t know coffee as well as you make think haha). We want this to be a one-stop shop for people looking for a coffee shop, but we can’t be everywhere so we need you and your awesome stories and coffee shops. Contact us here with an idea of a post and we’ll get back to you ASAP!
Again, thank you for being kind, supportive and friendly! We want to grab a drink with you and chat. We want to hear your suggestions on coffee shops to check out and people to get connected with. We’re also always looking for somebody who knows their way around a camera because photography is a fun hobby that we’re kinda intimidated by haha!
And last, but certainly not least, Happy Veterans Day to our dads who each served our country for over 20 years! We wish we could share a cuppa joe with you today, but we love and miss you guys! To all the other military men and women who have fought and served our great country, THANK YOU and happy veterans day!! We hope you know how much your service means to us and our country (#proudmilitarybrats).
Hope you have a great and weekend, everybody! We hope this post didn’t bore you to death and allowed you to get to know us a bit more!
Jay and Whit