My real motivation behind this blog was to share my dreams with the world, but *especially* with my friends and family. I have so many things I aspire to do in my life, and I want to be able to write them out and look back on these posts in years to come to see what God has brought into fruition. That being said, I wanted to share a dream Nathan and I have that has only grown stronger as a married couple now…
Nathan and I are big lovers of coffee. One, because caffeine is important and necessary and I would not have made it through nursing school without it (shoutout to nursing students everywhere because literally the toughest two years of my life). Two, we LOVE visiting new coffee shops, traveling to our tried and true favorite shops, and being able to experience new flavors and recipes of coffee.
Three, coffee has helped build our relationship through our many coffee dates, trips to go get coffee, and late night talks fueled by coffee. Four (and finally, but I could give you a million reasons to love coffee), the taste of coffee rejuvenates me, and no joke, most days it feels as if it is touching my soul with each sip. To us, coffee reminds us of home, and not “home” in our physical apartment that we go back to every night, but “home” in this place where we feel comfortable in, where we belong, and where we can make new memories. So for us, walking into a coffee shop, is a breath of fresh air to us. We are able to meet new people (because baristas are the absolute best), learn about a new coffee shop and the roots behind it, and be able to take in and experience the coffee together in a new place. Because of all this, Nathan and I have played around with the idea of starting a coffee shop. Again, I’m a dreamer, so it has never been a set in stone plan, but after our recent visit to Hawaii and being able to experience a coffee farm for the first time, we have *somewhat* started to plan….
One of our last minute, I literally looked it up 3 days before we went and had no idea coffee farms existed on Maui, spontaneous excursions was a trip to O’o farm in Upcountry Maui. We honestly had no idea what to expect, as this is the only coffee farm on the island that lets tourists come in and try their coffee. We pull up to the most beautiful view of Wailea Beach as we stare out along the hillside of the Maui mountains. This farm functions as both a coffee farm and a regular vegetable/fruit farm outsourcing both coffee and produce to restaurants in the area (which we actually went and tried one in Lahaina right after our trip!). We were greeted with the most amazing french press I’ve had in my life! And then we began our tour around the farm.
We sampled different edible plants and flowers along the trip. We went through the coffee trees and picked coffee cherries off the trees. It was such an incredible experience being able to see where the coffee bean comes from and just walking through a beautiful farm of Hawaii and feel the sea breeze. We were able to see the roasting process of the coffee and different stages of coffee beans as they are roasted. After we finished our tour, the chef on site created us an amazing breakfast with produce from the farm (and of course coffee). After breakfast, we had a coffee cupping! Nathan worked at our favorite coffee shop, Three Tree Coffee Roasters, as an intern during college and did a cupping during this time. But for me, this was my first coffee cupping! Honestly, I don’t like my coffee black (at all), so most of the coffee I did not enjoy at first sip, but it was fun using the coffee tasting wheel and being able to see the difference in aromas and flavors of each coffee!
We literally bought all the merchandise and coffee we physically could from this place because we loved our experience so much. I think this experience just fueled and confirmed our dream that we have to one day create our own coffee shop. Nathan has been using an espresso machine and making all different types of specialty coffee drinks. He has also been practicing his latte art. And we have both started the process of learning as much as we can about coffee, its origins, how we can help farmers/customers/the community through coffee, and how to start up a coffee shop. It will probably be years in the making, but we are excited to start dreaming up ideas, search for inspiration from every coffee shop we visit, and searching for a place we would love to settle down and raise a family (and hopefully start a coffee shop). I love being able to dream, and actually begin to carry out a dream!
So we are in the process of praying and dreaming and waiting on God’s direction for our lives and this maybe coffee shop we hope to have. We obviously cannot guarantee that this coffee shop will ever actually happen, but Nathan and I are excited to plan and dream and start some saving for it! A lesson I have learned lately is that you can have more than one dream, and any and/or all of those dreams can come true. One of my dreams since my cancer diagnosis has been to become a nurse (which I have achieved!), but I now realize that does not have to be my only dream/my only plan/my only career. I’m excited to share all the dreams on my heart, and hopefully inspire you to dream more and accomplish all the dreams you can.
Here’s to never-ending dreaming,