Walking Through Fear

Hello friends,

This is Steve, co-owner and coffee roaster.  When I’m not roasting coffee, one of my hobbies and interests is to write poetry/prose.  I recently posted a blog on my writing blog about some thoughts on walking through fear and finding more balance, peace, and joy in life.  Here is a link to the original posting and I will re-post here for convenience sake:



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Please feel free to visit my writing blog and pass it along to whoever you feel it might resonate with it.  I truly wish for it to become a place, where dialogue can happen and we can all grow together.


“Find a place inside where there is joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.”

     -Joseph Campbell


I wanted to share some brief thoughts on my own experience at walking through fear.  I hope you can find some value or encouragement from it.  As always, I welcome any comments or questions.  Thanks and glad to be on the journey with all you!

Fear can be a challenging obstacle and at its worst can keep us from living the life of our dreams.  Life can be flowing freely, not a worry on the radar, but fear always seems to make its way back around again.  With the arrival of fear comes the choice:  do I fixate on it and let it freeze me?  Or, do I acknowledge it, embracing it as part of this journey I’m on, as I take the next step?  Many times I choose the former, but on my most clear moments, I courageously and lovingly choose myself and take the latter.   

Fear will inevitably come to visit, but in that moment I have the power and inner wisdom to lovingly acknowledge and embrace all that is arising.  I find that as I embrace all of my life, even the fear that I habitually want to run from, I can find the courage to shift my experience into a lighter, more peaceful state.   

As I take each step, the fear begins to dissipate and I see that it wasn’t so fixed and solid after all.  The fear felt bad, but it was this feeling that motivated me to find that place inside where I could take the courage to walk towards a lighter state of being, more in harmony with my higher or true Self.  It turns out; my fear was a guide nudging me, reminding me of the pathway home. 

I encourage you to look inside and find that place in you where there is joy.  Follow the breadcrumb trail of your joy and let it lead you into more and more joy.  As you follow your joy, you may just find yourself feeling more connected with yourself and with all of life.

The Adventure Continues

The Adventure Continues


It has been a pleasure sharing our coffee with you at Pete N Repeat Repurposed (PNR) down in the West Bottoms in Kansas City, MO.  We are grateful for every conversation, every smile, handshake, or encouraging word.  Thank you for support!

We have decided to close up our coffee bar inside PNR and set our intention in other directions.  One of these changes is that we will be the supplier for an upcoming  local coffee shop in Olathe, Kansas: Sweet Tee’s Coffee Shop.  They hope to be open by the beginning of September.  Come check out some of our new roasts and hang out!  Stay tuned for updates…


Sweet Tee’s Coffee Shop

2063 E. Santa Fe

Olathe, KS  66060


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The Scenery of Life is Always Changing

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”  -Socrates


It is interesting to observe how everything is always changing in life.  It is easy to get stuck in the story of our minds and the emotions that those thoughts can produce in our bodies.  I have found it a helpful practice to take a step back from the ever changing content and story of my life and observe how everything is always moving and changing.  It is a “natural” tendency to resist change and to hold on to how we think things should be.  However, this grasping and resistance to life causes suffering and keeps us from experience the joy of our Being.

It is good to plan and dream for the things that our hearts desire.  This is a vital component in creating the life of your dreams.  However, it is equally vital to accept whatever this present moment contains, learning to let go of resistance.  Pay attention to where life is flowing, through the power of your intuition.  Through practice you will find that you can retract from the noise of the mind and rest more fully in your true self, where creativity, intuition, and love spring forth from.  Keep dreaming from your center, your true self, while you also embrace whatever life presents.New coffee partnership

Speaking of change, Red-Headed Philosopher Coffee is paying attention to the flow of the Universe and where it is beckoning us.  One exciting change is that we will be welcoming with open arms our good friend Jerry Umscheid, as he joins our team.  He will be assisting with sales/marketing, along with a variety of creative endeavors.  He is an outgoing, social guy, who loves exploring the mysteries of life.  It will be a blast having him be part of our team!

In the last few months we have been running our coffee shop in the Waldo area in Kansas City.  It has been a season full of hard work and growth for both our business and in our personal lives.  It’s been exciting sharing our freshly roasted coffee and engaging in rich conversations with all our customers.  We would like to thank all of our customers for your business and for sharing this leg of the journey with us.  We are all in this together, and we are thankful that you have been part of our story.

As part of the changes flowing within our company,we will  be transitioning out of our Waldo coffee shop and will be opening up a coffee bar in the west bottoms for the first weekends of each month.  Our first weekend in the west bottoms will be December 5-7th.  We will be located inside Pete ‘N Repeat, or PNR, at 1323 W.13th ST in Kansas City, MO (on the second floor, directly above Hello Sailor).  This change will allow us more time and resources to focus on our roasting operation and distribute our freshly roasted coffee to more locations around the metro.  More updates will follow in the near future.  We hope to see many friendly faces down there for the first weekends in the west bottoms.

Our last day we will be open at our Waldo location will be tomorrow, November 15th.  This will give us the time to recharge for this next adventure and remodel our new space and get it ready for opening day on December 5th.  We are really excited to serve you at this new location and enter this new chapter.  We would also like to remind you that you can order all of our coffee online, as well as buy select roasts from Nature’s Own Health Food Market and Hy-vee in Mission, KS.   Thanks again for all your support and patronage.  In celebration of new fresh beginnings, we will have all of our fresh roasted coffee beans 10% off through closing on Saturday at 4:30!  


Happy Friday!