So today I day tripped in Hendersonville. It’s not super far from my hometown and it’s probably one of my favorite places to go on a weekend, only being like 30-40 minutes away.
We mainly walk through the downtown area and go to good ole Kilwins. There’s a really great used book store called Joy of Books to peruse and if you’re down for coffee (who isn’t?) there’s Black Bear Coffee Co. which I still have yet to go into…
The old courthouse stands as the Henderson County Heritage Museum and I mean, it’s actually really interesting if you’re into history like moi.
It’s a pretty dope little mountain town, right up the road from Flat Rock, where the Carl Sandburg Home stands, and about 30 minutes away from Asheville. Anyway, I love this little town…
So it’s been a while… I’m still alive and I will survive. As of late I feel like I’m on the struggle bus and what does one do when they’re driving the bus? She writes! No, my eyes are not on the road at this very moment but on a computer screen screaming “WHY ME!”
To be honest I knew this season of struggle was on its way. I felt really calm a month ago, like right before a storm hits. You can smell it in the air, the wind is blowing, and on the horizon you see a huge, impending, formidable storm coming for you.
School is going well, yet it feels unchallenging. Work is extremely slow and I don’t know where I’m going to next. I’ve fallen for the lie that I look like Sloth from the Goonies. I’m constantly worried about my family, and the Lord and I seem to be drifting apart… When Jesus stood on water during the storm He didn’t say “hey, look at that cloud over there! It looks like your life because you failed.” He said “Take courage. I am here. Come and stand out here with me.” And yet, in this moment in my life I keep allowing the storm to get in the way. I’m bending over the side of the boat going “What? I can’t here you. Hey, look at that cloud!”I wake up every morning believing God is gonna scrub me of this sinful thinking but the truth is is that it’s up to me to get up and decide it’s gonna be a good day. He does get me up, and he pushes me here and there but he allows me to choose. He sent Jesus to let me know He’s got my back, to not forget, and to always keep my eyes on Him- to jump out in that storm. To keep my faith. To hold firmly and never let go.
So I’ve woken up today and I decide that.
He won’t get rid of my struggles like a quick snap of the fingers but He’ll stand by me through them all. Maybe I just need to grab some courage from within my life preserver and jump. I might fall in the water but I know how to swim to Him. He won’t let the sharks get me.
So this past week or two- eh,
maybe three, nope, more like a couple of months, my friend Rachel and I decided to have something I like to call #foodhangz. We meet up at a cool “hipster-ish” restaurant or coffee house and chat about the ole grind. We did this so much so that it convinced me I should write a post about most of the places we chilled at. All of them being basically awesome in their own way. I recounted our steps and started in Traveler’s Rest which is a part of Greenville County, SC but to be specific it’s not actually a part of Greenville the city- even though I’m sure a lot of people would beg to differ. Sidewall Pizza Company or as most of us just call it Sidewall, is some of the best pizza I’ve ever had. They have their own rendition of the popular “Hawaiian” pizza, adding jalapeno peppers to make it spicy but sweet. Recently I tried the roasted mushroom pizza. It had mushrooms, oysters, shallots, and more mushrooms. It was freaking delicious. I could, but don’t dare me, eat a whole pizza by myself. ^^This is their new location in downtown Greenville. Only open at designated times. Check out their website for the deets. And yes, that is moi.ANYWAY, There’s also Tandem Creperie. I believe their name explains exactly what they serve which is crepes (duh). All kinds as a matter of fact. From savory to sweet, from ham to Nutella. They also serve waffles, seasonal treats, and make the best lattes I’ve ever had. This is one place I wish I could’ve taken pictures of inside. It’s bright, it’s got light, and I feel all the more happier when I leave the place. Oh! And happiest service I’ve experienced in a long time. Then I moved my way to Greer- which is still a part of Greenville County but like I said not in the city- or town- I don’t know what your definition of a city is but Greenville is surely growing up. So next is Due South Coffee Roasters. Nestled in an old warehouse, with art studios and craft schools around, they grind, roast, and serve up their coffee. This is somewhere to sit and study and to chat? To be completely honest, and this is my opinion, I wouldn’t sit and chat here. The acoustics aren’t great and when they get to grinding the beans it can get pretty loud- but great ambiance for sure.So Tupelo Honey Cafe is definitely a chain… But I enjoy brunch and brunch enjoys me–and Tupelo Honey provides me with brunch. This southern fried restaurant was not my favorite when it first opened because of the not so great service but when I went recently I completely enjoyed my time. I recommend the Eggs Betty. Mmm-mmm-mmm!And now, for the grand finale, I give you Methodical Coffee! Best. Coffee. Ever. I don’t care if you’re from the planet coffee and your blood flows with the morning nectar, this is the best coffee had by far from any place I’ve gone to. I wish I could’ve also taken a picture of the inside but I don’t know if that would’ve been legal. They’re a tiny coffeehouse hidden amongst the overgrowth of downtown Greenville but they’re a jewel in the land of tattooed, ambiguous, hipsterdom. I love the place. Greenville might be small but it’s growing, and the areas around it thrive as well. I’m excited about all the places popping up and I can’t wait to experience them all. It makes me excited yet I’m a little pensive. I don’t know if I’m staying in Greenville or if I’ll be jet-setting (God willing) to far and wide places. I can’t wait to teach but I know I’ll always have a home. So this is where I’ll end. Have a good night!
P.S. Next up Swamp Rabbit Brewery!