Let’s have a September 2022 coffee date catch-up

My friend, how about we sit down for coffee? A pumpkin spice latte with oat milk for me, of course. What will you be sipping on?

Once we’re done with the awkward small talk that happens while we wait for our drinks (you know the part I mean), we’re ready to really get into the “tea” (that’s what the kids are saying these days for gossip, in case you were wondering) …

Let’s have a September 2022 coffee date catch-up

September 2022 coffee chat by A Lady Goes West

First of all, how was your weekend? Mine was fun! I went to a surprise birthday dinner and a birthday brunch for a friend, and I went to a tennis clinic. It was nice to be in town after two weekends in a row away. Now, let’s get to chatting …

Planning festive activities far in advance

Okay, this is a first for me, but I’ve already purchased and planned three holiday activities for us for December, as well as a festive fall activity for September and one for October too. I always want to go to shows, festivals and events, but I often don’t hear about them until it’s too late. And then we missed a couple years of fun stuff due to COVID, and of course, there weren’t quite as many family friendly fun things near us in the Bay Area as there are here in Charlotte.

Lucky for me, some of my sweet girlfriends in my neighborhood (and one who lives outside the neighborhood, but I consider her to be a neighborhood friend), are big into planning this type of stuff. One day, one of them told me about a special train ride for kids about an hour away, and that started the discussion of all the upcoming events we could attend throughout the year. All of sudden, I found myself booking tickets far in advance for all sorts of stuff. In one weekend, I purchased four sets of tickets for things.

Before BCC drink date by A Lady Goes West

Right now, I have tickets for apple picking in September, Disney on Ice in October, a Polar Express ride in December, a lights festival in December and a holiday Cirque show in December. And that doesn’t even cover the actual holiday parties we’ll likely attend. I know I’ve mentioned that I love to have things to look forward to, so buying all these tickets is good for my soul!

Next up, I want to add a concert to the line-up. Do you have any upcoming events on the calendar, friend? If not, you should book one! And tell me what it is, in case I want to go too. 

But it doesn’t end there, in addition to these festive events, we’re also hosting a big fifth birthday party for Brady in a few weeks, we’re going to Dave’s sister’s wedding in Florida in October, and we’re going to a birthday party weekend for some friends in Orlando in November. Lots of good stuff on tap to keep us busy.

Sometimes I get overbooked and overwhelmed with our schedule, but then I also sign myself up for all these extra things, and I’m okay with that. Life is meant to be lived, and by nature, I like to be go-go-go. Are you with me?

Looking back at summer 2022

I know that the official start to fall/autumn hasn’t happened yet, but summer is over, if you ask me. It may not look or feel like fall, but the season has changed in my world.

Ashley heading to Nashville girls trip by A Lady Goes West

When I look back at summer 2022, I have some very mixed feelings. It was an incredibly fun summer in some respects, and I caught up with and spent time with so many people important to me.

My Nashville girls’ weekend with my long-time Florida friends was so incredible. We also had a joint family trip to Pigeon Forge with our best friends, where many memories were made (then we visited these same friends in Columbus just last weekend for more fun). My mom visited twice. I went to IDEA World Fitness Convention in Las Vegas for my first solo trip away in three years, and I learned a ton and saw some fitness friends. And then of course … I was pregnant for 10 weeks of summer, which changed much of my experiences.

Dollywood Mooitt pic by the train by A Lady Goes West

During the pregnancy, while I didn’t feel great physically, I was looking forward to a different future than I’m looking forward to now, and that’s a constant in my mind these days. I’m doing what I can to take my life one day at a time, but when I look back even just a month or so, I do get sad. I’m not trying to bring this up and harp on it, because sometimes you need to move on. But it’s important for me to put it out there — that life is not always perfect — and sometimes you don’t have a perfect plan. Sometimes you have doubts and questions and grief. I’m hopeful that a change in season will bring some clarity for me, but we shall see.

Brady and Ashley on Father's Day 2022 by A Lady Goes West

And if you ever feel this way about circumstances in your life too, know that you’re not alone. I’m trying my best to not fixate on the unknown, and instead embrace what’s right here in my life at this moment. Much easier said than done. And that’s all I’ll say about that. Let’s move on to something way more positive …

A very exciting addition to our lives coming soon

I’ve been waiting to tell you this, and I’ve got some big, big news. My mom is officially moving to Charlotte! Yes, that’s right! She found a place and she moves up at the end of September. She’ll be living about 10 minutes from us, and we’re really excited about it. 

I haven’t lived in the same town as my mom since I was in high school. Although we’ve remained very close throughout all the distance in our lives, we were never sure if we’d live in the same city again — which was really sad. But then, once we moved to Charlotte, and my mom started visiting us, it started to seem like maybe it was possible we could get her here full time.

Mom at class by A Lady Goes West

My mom loves Charlotte, in fact, she went to Queens College here in Charlotte many years ago (it’s now called Queens University, but it used to be a college just for women).

Over the last year-and-a-half of our visits, I was slowly able to convince her, until it became very clear it was the right move for her and for us. Yes, she’ll miss her long-time friends in Florida and she’ll miss her routine that she loves. But, it’s time for her to be closer to us, time for her to be closer to my brother and his wife (who are in Atlanta), and it’s time for her to be an everyday fixture in our lives, instead of just a visitor.

Christmas Eve Blakeney 2021 by A Lady Goes West

She’ll get more time with Brady, more time with us, and she’ll get to live outside of Florida for the first time in like 40 years. We’re so grateful she’s making the move, and we hope she loves it here like we do. That’s the news! And that’s the coffee date. 🙂 

Let's have a September 2022 coffee chat by A Lady Goes West

(In this photo, which we actually took this morning before my class/preschool drop-off, I’m wearing my favorite sneakers (which are on sale right now), my favorite leggings, my favorite workout top and my favorite sunglasses all in one outfit. And this is an outfit I wear at least once a week.)

Thanks for joining me for our September 2022 coffee chat, my friend. Now let’s get out there and enjoy our day and our week! Come say hi to me on Instagram too!

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What drink are you sipping on right now?



  1. What’s one thing you want to tell me during our coffee date? that i just finished Breaking Bad (late to the party) and it was AWESOME!!!!!! what an incredible show, did you see it? if not, see it!

    What drink are you sipping on right now? water!

    Thats fantastic your mom is moving. congrats! and i look forward to seeing pics of your upcoming events. i’m the same way, i love to have things on the calendar, things to look forward to!!

    1. Hi Stacy! I love how thorough you are when you answer my questions — my type of gal! Yes, I’ve seen “Breaking Bad” and loved it. I barely made it through the first few gruesome episodes, but then I totally enjoyed it. Glad you liked it too! We started watching “Better Call Saul” (the prequel), but never quite made it through that. Have a great week! 🙂

  2. this was such a great post! i really enjoyed reading it, and i hope you know how many people have you in their thoughts and prayers.

  3. I’m sure I say this each time it’s this kind of post but I love reading them! I’m very happy for your family with your moms move – it will be lovely having her closer. My mom is actually moving to the other side of the country at the end of October. I’m going to miss her but am so happy for her new adventure ♡

    1. Hi Shelby! I hope your mom enjoys her new adventure, and I hope you like visiting her in her new place hehe! Thank you, as always, for reading and being so kind to me. Have a wonderful day! 🙂 xoxo

  4. I’m so happy for you that your mom is moving here!!!! You’re going to have so much fun and such a greater sense of being rooted, I bet. Just wonderful! I hope she loves it.

    1. That’s exactly it, Sarah! We’ve never lived somewhere where we knew we wanted to stay for a long, long time, and this is the place. And having my mom here will cement that even more. Thank you for reading and for saying hi, lady! Have a great day! 🙂 xoxo

  5. Yay about your mom’s move! I’m drinking black coffee and we just finished the new season of Kobra Kai last night. It was so good! If you ever watched Karate Kid (and had a crush on Ralph Macchio like I did lol) or if you haven’t check it out! For the locals can you share the apple picking and lights festival locations? We are visiting a pumpkin farm at the end the month but would love to do apple picking too. 🙂

    1. Yes! I would be happy to share everything! Let me know if you book anything!
      Here’s Disney on Ice: https://www.disneyonice.com/frozen-and-encanto/charlotte-nc-bojangles-coliseum
      Here’s the apple picking: https://windyhillorchard.ticketleap.com/
      Here’s the lights festival: https://ncholidaylights.com/
      Here’s the holiday Cirque show: https://www.boplex.com/events/holiday-dreams-a-spectacular-holiday-cirque
      Here’s the Polar Express: https://www.nctransportationmuseum.org/the-polar-express-train-ride/

  6. That’s such exciting news about your mom, Ashley! I’m sure everyone is looking forward to the extra quality time 🙂

  7. We just bought polar express tickets this past weekend as well (we are in Illinois though so we won’t see you but I wish we were on the same train ride!). Great reminder to look into some more festive events in our area bc things get booked really quickly! I am so excited for you and your mom! That will be wonderful for you both. I am glad you have lots of fun activities to look forward to 🙂

    1. Hi Erica! You are ahead of the game too with your Polar Express tickets — I hope it’s cool — I’ve heard great things about the one in my area. Hope you have a wonderful week, lady! 🙂

  8. Love this type of post 🙂 What great news about your Mum moving!
    I’m trying to get tickets to see Luke Combs here in Scotland, missed out in the presale so keep your fingers crossed for me in the general sale!

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