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If you and I were to sit down and have coffee this morning, I’d totally order a PSL, because I’m basic like that and love pumpkin spice anything.

Other basic things about me: I love Britney Spears (always have always will). My closet is full of jeggings. Gilmore Girls is my favorite TV show ever. I drive a gray SUV. I’d make pretty much the worst hipster ever—I’m so mainstream. But you knew that about me, because we’re friends. And you like the same things I do. Gosh, you are just my favorite (well, right behind Britney and Lorelai, that is).

The first thing I’d do when I sat down is yawn. You aren’t boring, I promise. You’re actually super interesting and pretty and intelligent and delightful. It’s just that I’ve been getting up at 5am each morning to try to get a few uninterrupted hours of work in before the rest of the house wakes up. It’s been great for my business, but my body still is like “WTF. 5AM.” (even though I go to bed much earlier to compensate). If I could control the yawns, I would. Don’t blame me!

Cass in Office

I’d ask you how work was going, and you’d tell me all about the super cool things you are doing at your job. You’re such an inspiration to me! I love hearing about other boss babes. Women who are kicking ass in their chosen life (no matter if that’s career, family, alpaca farming) give me such hope for my kid’s generation.

I know they always told us that we could be anything we wanted to be when we were growing up, but I feel like Juniper’s generation is maybe the first time that’s actually true. And awesome women like you are why. So thanks for that.

You’d then ask me about my job, and I’d tell you that I am so insanely happy in my career. I feel so fortunate to have stumbled into this weird, random, and totally crazy occupation that is just such a good fit for my skillset, personality, and lifestyle and actually pays my bills. I’d tell you that I’m thinking of starting a mentorship program because I want to help other people rock this awesome career. This is just too darn good to keep to myself.

Cass Cooking

Because my Midwestern roots don’t allow me to do anything that even resembles bragging for more than 30 seconds, I quickly change the subject and ask you if you have any fun plans coming up. You tell me that you are going apple picking this weekend. Can we go along, too? I’m jonesin’ for some fresh apple cider and those killer pumpkin donuts they have at the apple orchard. I normally don’t like donuts (I know, freak). But dude. I dream about those things.

Although, it can’t be Saturday, because we’re headed up to my alma mater to tailgate at the football game. Did I tell you my oldest niece is a Freshman there? I didn’t want to pressure her into going to any one school or another, but it makes me heart so happy that she chose my alma mater (although I’m 112% sure than me being an alumna had absolutely nothing to do with her decision). She’s actually living in the same dorm I did my Freshman year! She’s going to have such a blast. College was awesome. I’m so excited for her.

Me IU

Speaking of sport-like endeavors, I’d then ask you how in the world you manage to fit in a regular exercise routine with your packed schedule? You are so healthy and strong and just such an inspiration. Regular exercise has always been a struggle for me—the fact is, I don’t like it, and I’m impressively lazy. I just can’t seem to get it locked down. I have a wonderful career. A beautiful home. A great marriage. An awesome kid. I eat really well. I get enough sleep (most of the time). But I just can’t seem to figure out the damn fitness thing. Teach me your ways, dear friend of mine!

Me Yoga

You’d tell me to be kind to myself. You’d tell me that life is seasonal, and just because I can’t figure out how to fit fitness in this current season of my life doesn’t mean I never will. You’d remind me to do what I can with what I have when I have it. And then you tell me that we’ll make our next coffee date a walking date. You’re such a positive force in my life.

We’d move on, and I’d ask you about your family. I’m so glad to hear they are doing so well! Craig and Juniper are both doing really well, too. I’d tell you that the children’s book that my amazing husband wrote and illustrated went on sale this week, and I honestly couldn’t be prouder of the guy. The book is BEAUTIFUL and INTELLIGENT and INSPIRING. I mean, how swoon-worthy is a father who MAKES a book for his daughter (and well, other kids everywhere)? He’s also donating copies to over 100 public libraries all across North America. He’s such a good person. Gosh, I could just gush about my husband for days.

You’d then ask me where you could grab a copy, and I’d whip out my phone and show you this page where you can buy a copy. Friends of mine (like you, babe) get a 10% discount by using the coupon: BACKTOHERROOTS. I tell you that I’ll probably post a whole thing about it later on my blog if you want to read more.

What Do I Want to Bee?

As far as Juni goes, I tell you that, I can say with 100% certainty that she is the smartest child ever in the history of ever. Not that I’m biased or anything. Mark my words: she’s going to change the world someday. You laugh because you think I’m being hyperbolic. I’m not. You just watch.

She’s super into Thomas and Friends right now—in particular, her collection of Thomas Minis. You look at me like you have no idea what I’m talking about—and I wouldn’t have either six months ago. Think of it like if Hot Wheels were trains. And they came in little surprise blind bags so you don’t know which one you are getting (although, us intense Thomas Mini collectors know there is a code system written on the outside of the bag that tells you what is inside).

She LOVES these trains. She plays with them for hours and hours each day. She takes them with her everywhere (the bath, the car, Nana and Grandpa’s house). She even snuggles with them for naps (well, as much as you can snuggle with a two-inch plastic train). She tells them “good morning” when she wakes up and “good night” before she goes to bed. She can name every single train. We have almost 40 of them, and we can literally pull a random one out, and she names it in a split second. I’m sure she’ll grow out of the train stage at some point, but for now, we’re having fun with it. I’m soaking up that it only takes a $1.49 train to make her really excited. Too soon it’ll be $800 smartphones that I have to buy to get her excited.

Thomas Minis

I’d tell you that, in general, my little baby is turning into a kid, and it’s super fun. She’s a full-of-personality, favorite-color-having, giggling, dancing, coloring KID. And it’s awesome. I mean, the baby stage was nice and cuddly, but being able to actually interact with my kid is awesome. I can hold conversations with her. She has likes and dislikes and opinions. We watch movies and eat popcorn. She helps me bake cookies (which reminds me I have a plate of Juni-baked cookies for you in the car—don’t let me leave without giving them to you). She’s just awesome. My kid is awesome.

I’d glance down at my watch and sigh. Look at me wasting another one of our coffee dates talking all about myself. I’m kinda the worst. Next time, I promise. Next time, we’ll talk about you and only you. I’ll tape my mouth shut. PROMISE. Now, follow me out to my car so I can pawn off some cookies on you.

Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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  1. I love, love, love this post! So much fun! and I immediately pinned the photo of you in your workspace and the photo of you in your red tee and gray sweater.

    *WHERE did you get the sweater? I’ve been looking for one like that!*

    Can’t wait to read more of your posts. (clearly, I’m new here!)

    Greetings from the Midwest (Wisconsin!)

  2. Cassi

    These are my favorite posts! I haven’t been around my computer recently due to work taking over my life and sleep taking over my free time, but I was so excited to see this posted! It was great meeting up with you, Cassie!

  3. Loved having coffee with you! Basic gals forever! And I also feel that pressure to workout and be in tip-top shape (or really even pretty good shape) but I’ve told myself over and over right now is not the “slay at fitness” time in my life. It will come back and I DO want more than right now, but I’m not going to be busting any records or anything. Right now, my focus in my family. And yes, my little girl is 2 1/2 and she is SO fun! The things that come out of her mouth always amaze me! She is going to be a world-changer!

  4. Lynn

    Good morning! I do enjoy your coffee chat posts. I am also loving your porch pics on Snapchat too! So jealous! 😉

    I can certainly understand and appreciate the workout dilemma. I embrace the perspective that 5 minutes is better than 0 minutes of exercise. My family is used to my squats in front of the stove and a few trips up and down the stairs before I need to stir our dinner.

    Plus, to Katie’s point above all the work you do outside counts too! I was helping my son make some improvements to our chicken coop the other evening. Although it wasn’t “typical” exercise it allowed me to move, be outside on a lovely evening, and spend some one on one time with him as well.

    I live in your neck of the woods so enjoy and appreciate the posts you share. I had to laugh at your Midwestern bragging comment. So true!

    Have a great weekend! Go IU! 🙂

  5. Mateja

    Hi, long time reader, first time poster form all the way across the globe. Your blog is such an inspiration and I really like your friendly style! The coffee dates are always a pleasure to read, I feel as though I were really on one with you!
    May I just weigh in on the working out thing?
    Like others have said, give yourself grace. And when/if you do feel a need to exercise – find something that works for YOU. As a mom of 2 with a stressful job and a self-employed husband who is away a lot – I just couldn’t fit in any regular gym or class into my hectic schedule (or budget for that matter). Tried many things, always gave up for one reason or the other. And then I stumbled upon the Walk at home program by Leslie Sansone, that one works for me. There are also other options, like youtube channels and other home exercise programs that maybe work for others.
    Well for me It was a lifesaver I tell you, must be the endorphins or something…. Now whenever I have some “free” time or when I feel stressed or frustrated, it’s my thing to do to vent. Even my kids noticed the improvement – and if they see I’m cranky, they’ll suggest that I go do the walk-walk-walk. Sometimes they’ll even join me and work out with me. Those times are my happiest – I get a work out in, have fun with the kids and in the back of my mind I know that I’m setting a good example for them. The best thing is, if I only have 10-15 minutes, that’s fine, it’s enough. If I have an hour and feel like doing a big workout, I can do it. And I have not lost any weight at all, but I am FIT and happy and my family even benefits from it…
    But If you don’t feel like exercising, absolutely no pressure! If it’s a chore and off-putting and you don’t look forward to exercising, then you might even not benefit from it, at least that’s my opinion…

  6. Cassie!

    I have so much respect for you and what you’ve built. Just pure delight. Let’s schedule that IRL coffee date soon and we can talk about Simple Facebook Media 😉

    Happy fall.

    1. Cassie

      The respect is mutual, lady. 🙂 And YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS! Take my money! Take my money!

      Seriously—if you ever want to get started, you know where to find me.

  7. Tash

    LOVE these posts! Thank you, Cassie. I would jump on any mentorship/podcast initiatives you might embark on. And as many others have said, don’t sweat the exercise stuff. It sounds to me you’re doing an amazingly awesome job!

  8. Tori

    Seriously, THE best blog post. I walk away from the feeling like we’re bff’s and super inspired to keep my far-away friends and family in the loop in a similar way too 🙂

    Great work! What a great life you’ve got going on right now 🙂

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