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Caffeinate and Dominate

This is, one hundred percent, my mantra for life. My schedule as a student was pretty grueling, and my schedule as a student teacher was even more so (we’re talking 16-hour days, minimum). Coffee and Diet Coke became key parts of my life in college to get me through these times, although I’ve toned down the Diet Coke because soda isn’t great for you.

I love it, but shouldn’t drink it.

(Of course, one reason why I rely so much on caffeine was the chronic fatigue that comes with inflammatory arthritis, fibromyalgia, and anemia. And none of that fatigue is helped by pain-filled nights where I don’t get much sleep, but whatever. Moving right along …)

I love coffee. I love the smell of the house when it’s brewing, I love the taste of the first sip of the day, I love the refreshing gulps of iced coffee mid-afternoon, I love the various shades it takes based on what and how much you put it in. I love how it wakes up my brain.

Coffee keeps me going. Once I drink my morning cup, I know that I can conquer my to-do- list. I know that, even if the day is tough, I can do it.


Like I said, caffeinate and dominate.

Of course, I’m not the only one who says this. Lots of college students do during exams and all-nighters. But this phrase holds a special meaning for me.

It’s so easy to feel weak and like I can’t accomplish anything when I’m not feeling well and am having trouble moving around. Luckily, my current treatment has me feeling way better than I did for most of college, but it’s still a bit harder for me to get through the day than someone who doesn’t have their body fighting them. So I drink my coffee and then I can act like a “normal” person.

Of course, what does “normal” mean? Everyone has stuff going on. As the Spring Awakening song “My Junk” says, we’ve all got our junk. My junk is my autoimmune disease(s).

But then I have coffee. And the day doesn’t look as rough as it did before that morning cup.


PS – I’m also linking up for the GFC Lovin Blog Hop!

GFC Lovin

Happy Wednesday!

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  • Reply Kimberly Munoz

    Found and followed you though the gfc hop. Looking forward to reading though your posts! -Kim

    May 29, 2013 at 1:33 pm
    • Reply Kate Mitchell

      Glad you made your way here! Thanks for stopping by.

      May 29, 2013 at 2:00 pm
  • Reply akaterri

    Love your mantra! I'm hooked on caffeine too, but had to switch from Coke to tea as so much soda was causing havoc with my stomach. I can go through a pitcher or two of iced tea a day, but it helps me function. 🙂

    Found you through the GFC hop and now following!

    May 29, 2013 at 7:11 pm
    • Reply Kate Mitchell

      It's crazy how much caffeine helps! Good thing there are sources other than sodas. Thanks for stopping by – I'm glad you found me!

      May 29, 2013 at 8:57 pm
  • Reply Essie

    Confession: I'm a diet soda junkie 🙁 haha! I'm working on it too!

    Love your blog!!


    May 30, 2013 at 8:45 pm
    • Reply Kate Mitchell

      It's hard to resist some days! Thanks for stopping by.

      May 30, 2013 at 10:05 pm

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