November 21, 2014


Stay happy : Keep active during winter seasonal depression

  While I am not a big fan of the cold I do love how everything changes once winter arrives. It has always provoked a need to bundle up and stay inside, but not this year! Every year around this time I feel sluggish and seasonal depression kicks in. To fight it off I am going to make an effort to get in some light exercise. I suggest that you do the same, your body will thank you. 
  Now I am not saying get in the same exercise you were achieving over summer. Just go for a walk once a day or even take a yoga class a few times a week. It will give you more energy and improve your mood ( let's admit it, winter can make us really grumpy).
   Give it a chance for a week or two and take note of how you feel. Just make sure when you get home to follow up with a cup of tea. That itself will make everything better.
Keep warm! Till next time,


Stay happy : Keep active during winter seasonal depression

  While I am not a big fan of the cold I do love how everything changes once winter arrives. It has always provoked a need to bundle up and stay inside, but not this year! Every year around this time I feel sluggish and seasonal depression kicks in. To fight it off I am going to make an effort to get in some light exercise. I suggest that you do the same, your body will thank you. 
  Now I am not saying get in the same exercise you were achieving over summer. Just go for a walk once a day or even take a yoga class a few times a week. It will give you more energy and improve your mood ( let's admit it, winter can make us really grumpy).
   Give it a chance for a week or two and take note of how you feel. Just make sure when you get home to follow up with a cup of tea. That itself will make everything better.
Keep warm! Till next time,

November 19, 2014

Every piece of tea ware we get has a story behind it. We may have just picked it up or given it as a gift. Each one has meaning to us. These stories are beautiful and need to be shared.

Teaware Stories: Red Peony Chinese Tea Pot personal stories katherine bellman OCAD University

 Fall 2009, I was in my final year at OCAD University.  In class we were told of a tradition where the graduating class would go to New York City in the early months of the school year.
    Excitedly I told my parents, but was told I may not be able to go due to finances. I was very heart broken. I took myself out to a tea shop near my school to make things a bit better.
   There I saw this lovely set. I contemplated getting it. It was only on my second day of visiting that I bought it. This peony set was my first tea purchase and it gave me a sense of pride.
   It was quite funny a few hours after my purchase was made, my parents told me I could go on the trip. I then celebrated with many cups of tea brewed in this little pot.
    Now you may wonder where the rest of the set has gone. A few years latter an accident occured with the pitcher. It left me devastated but I substituted it for a glass one. The cups are packed away but I am going to be taking them out , perhaps, on Christmas day.
     
   Do you have any special "teaware" stories? Share them in the comments below, I can not wait to read them!

Every piece of tea ware we get has a story behind it. We may have just picked it up or given it as a gift. Each one has meaning to us. These stories are beautiful and need to be shared.

Teaware Stories: Red Peony Chinese Tea Pot personal stories katherine bellman OCAD University

 Fall 2009, I was in my final year at OCAD University.  In class we were told of a tradition where the graduating class would go to New York City in the early months of the school year.
    Excitedly I told my parents, but was told I may not be able to go due to finances. I was very heart broken. I took myself out to a tea shop near my school to make things a bit better.
   There I saw this lovely set. I contemplated getting it. It was only on my second day of visiting that I bought it. This peony set was my first tea purchase and it gave me a sense of pride.
   It was quite funny a few hours after my purchase was made, my parents told me I could go on the trip. I then celebrated with many cups of tea brewed in this little pot.
    Now you may wonder where the rest of the set has gone. A few years latter an accident occured with the pitcher. It left me devastated but I substituted it for a glass one. The cups are packed away but I am going to be taking them out , perhaps, on Christmas day.
     
   Do you have any special "teaware" stories? Share them in the comments below, I can not wait to read them!

November 17, 2014

Urban Oasis is a collection of images of spaces in cities where we can take a few moments to connect with nature, find balance and find peace. Past posts from the series can be found here.
Urban Oasis: Yellow Creek at St.Clair East toronto nature images collection balance peace connection

Urban Oasis: Yellow Creek at St.Clair East toronto nature images collection balance peace connection

Urban Oasis: Yellow Creek at St.Clair East toronto nature images collection balance peace connection

Urban Oasis: Yellow Creek at St.Clair East toronto nature images collection balance peace connection

 It is an adventure in itself when you find a little bit of calmness in a big city.  This little forest was located just below the bridge which you can see on google maps if you do street view.



  Go off the path and find your own. It is the only way that you can find the path that is meant for you alone.
best,

Urban Oasis is a collection of images of spaces in cities where we can take a few moments to connect with nature, find balance and find peace. Past posts from the series can be found here.
Urban Oasis: Yellow Creek at St.Clair East toronto nature images collection balance peace connection

Urban Oasis: Yellow Creek at St.Clair East toronto nature images collection balance peace connection

Urban Oasis: Yellow Creek at St.Clair East toronto nature images collection balance peace connection

Urban Oasis: Yellow Creek at St.Clair East toronto nature images collection balance peace connection

 It is an adventure in itself when you find a little bit of calmness in a big city.  This little forest was located just below the bridge which you can see on google maps if you do street view.



  Go off the path and find your own. It is the only way that you can find the path that is meant for you alone.
best,

November 14, 2014

 Over the years I have met many amazing people that have touched me with their story and mission. Michelle is a great example. I still remember the day we met at the Coffee and tea Expo two years ago. She welcomed me with a smile and knew my name. At the time I knew of her but did not have a face to put with it. 
   It was a great honour to have the chance two years after to have a great talk with her and learn more about her company beTeas, and about herself. We all have our gifts that when shared inspire others. My hope is that you are as inspired as I am of her mission.

Inspire An Interview with Michelle Pierce Hamilton of beTeas yoga meditation tea tea sommelier entrepreneur

1. When did you first know you wanted to be an Entrepreneur, and what wa the point that really made you go for it?

If I’m honest I don’t think I consciously thought of being an Entrepreneur and all that means. At least not at first! I had developed a passion for nutrition and health which quickly led to discovering a distinct passion for tea. Ideas morphed into other ideas that swirled around in my head constantly, until they started to take shape into something that felt unique and yearned to be implemented. I was a project manager by trade, and I think I thought of it more as a project than a business. The difference is perhaps subtle but project is a less scary word than business. Over time I couldn’t get the ideas out of my head and it became an obsession that I had to follow through on. I looked at my career at about the 17 year mark and asked myself if I could see myself doing this until retirement – and so I decided to start taking some courses that really interested me so I’d have some exciting opportunities available to me to transition to when the time was right. I wanted to have credibility when I did. I started studying nutrition and tea at about the same time in night school and within 3 years I was both Registered Holistic Nutritionist and a Certified Canadian Tea Sommelier. I met a critical point in my corporate career where I required a lot of travel and time away from my family and I decided I needed to make a change to be a more present wife and mother. This decision enabled me to start executing on what would become, beTeas Inc.

2.Where did the name "Be Teas" come from?


“be” is the simple state of enjoying the present moment. Tea is the way to spend that moment. It’s the union of everything a person needs to cope, to be still, to let the noise of the world stop even if only for a few minutes. For some of us a few minutes is all we can muster, and that is a start.  A moment to be with yourself and enjoy, nourish and regenerate. For a moment, just be with an incredible cup of tea that you love.

Inspire An Interview with Michelle Pierce Hamilton of beTeas yoga meditation tea tea sommelier entrepreneur

3. What is the best and what is the hardest part about having your own tea company?


There is a funny expression that when you own your own business you can work any 100 hours a week that you want! The best part is being able to bring your vision to life and to own it and watch it grow! The hardest part is to do it alone. I had always been a part of a corporate team, and I was used to picking up the phone to the IT department or the marketing department to make problems go away. As my own boss, I had to do it all myself, and I had to get used to that! Slowly, I am building my ‘team’ around me of trusted vendors. I’ve learned I need to create a support infrastructure so I can spend my valuable time on the most important things only I can do to build the business, and hire for the pieces that make the most sense. You can’t grow, and do everything by yourself.


4. I'm sure everyday is different, but is there one thing that you do that helps you maintain a routine?


Maybe it’s the project manager in me but the best activity I have for myself is list making. So many things pile up when you’re a one woman show with a new and growing business so the best way to stay on top of it is to prioritize and always make sure the most important tasks are taken care of first. Often there are big items in the works that take up a majority of my time, so I dedicate at least 2 days of each week to doing my best to make sure those lists of all the other items get taken care of. You need to keep on top of that long list of little things or they can bog you down because the devil is always in the details!

Inspire An Interview with Michelle Pierce Hamilton of beTeas yoga meditation tea tea sommelier entrepreneur

5. Tea and health are a big topic but sometimes are put down by select crowds in the online community. What do you think of this, and what would you say to them on the topic?


I think the biggest problem with these types of sources is that often they focus on single nutrients or isolated pieces of science information that are neither practical or valid in the context of whole health.  Often caffeine is picked on or a particular antioxidant is held up as superior, creating the illusion that a single nutrient makes one type of tea, or one type of food better or worse than all the others. Nutrients don’t work like that, and the body doesn't use nutrients like that. It’s about how nutrients work together that make whole foods, like tea, so powerful to human health. It’s never about single nutrients, it’s how nutrients work together that is key.

6. What 3 key points about tea/nutrition would you like to share?

  1. It’s never about single nutrients, it’s about the whole package. When you drink tea, you are ingesting a whole food that can benefit your whole mind/body health.
  2. No other natural beverages contains more free radical fighting, antioxidants. Period. No matter what type of tea you prefer (camellia sinensis), healthful antioxidants abound in all of them.
  3. Concerns about tea and caffeine are unfounded because unlike other caffeinated beverages tea’s concert of nutrients modulates caffeine release in a way that provides enhanced mental concentration and focus but with calm and soothing to muscles and nerves. 
Inspire An Interview with Michelle Pierce Hamilton of beTeas yoga meditation tea tea sommelier entrepreneur

7. What kind of connection between yoga and tea do you see?


Tea and yoga are a perfect match. Tea’s biologically active nutrients will allow for mental concentration, calm and relaxed muscles and nerves, deeper breathing, increased circulation, reduced inflammation and more. Tea before yoga or yoga before tea – it’s a perfect match, and either way, the mind and the body are allowed to come together in the present moment where the focus is you, and your breath. You and your tea. One is a perfect bridge to the other, and if we all did more of this, we’d have more peaceful moments which strung together, can create a really healthful lifestyle. Once the body gets used to being treated well, it craves more of it – and this can lead to better diet, better outlook on life or maybe even being more grateful and more kind to yourself and others.

8. Anything else you would like to share today?


Thank-you so much for the opportunity to share a little about beTeas.  Life is short, so make sure you take the time to 'love your cup!'

Inspire An Interview with Michelle Pierce Hamilton of beTeas yoga meditation tea tea sommelier entrepreneur



Many thanks to Michelle for letting me interview her and for sending her beautiful images.  If you wish to learn more about betTeas please feel free to check out their website. I hope Michelle's story has inspired you just as much as it has me. 
Love,

 Over the years I have met many amazing people that have touched me with their story and mission. Michelle is a great example. I still remember the day we met at the Coffee and tea Expo two years ago. She welcomed me with a smile and knew my name. At the time I knew of her but did not have a face to put with it. 
   It was a great honour to have the chance two years after to have a great talk with her and learn more about her company beTeas, and about herself. We all have our gifts that when shared inspire others. My hope is that you are as inspired as I am of her mission.

Inspire An Interview with Michelle Pierce Hamilton of beTeas yoga meditation tea tea sommelier entrepreneur

1. When did you first know you wanted to be an Entrepreneur, and what wa the point that really made you go for it?

If I’m honest I don’t think I consciously thought of being an Entrepreneur and all that means. At least not at first! I had developed a passion for nutrition and health which quickly led to discovering a distinct passion for tea. Ideas morphed into other ideas that swirled around in my head constantly, until they started to take shape into something that felt unique and yearned to be implemented. I was a project manager by trade, and I think I thought of it more as a project than a business. The difference is perhaps subtle but project is a less scary word than business. Over time I couldn’t get the ideas out of my head and it became an obsession that I had to follow through on. I looked at my career at about the 17 year mark and asked myself if I could see myself doing this until retirement – and so I decided to start taking some courses that really interested me so I’d have some exciting opportunities available to me to transition to when the time was right. I wanted to have credibility when I did. I started studying nutrition and tea at about the same time in night school and within 3 years I was both Registered Holistic Nutritionist and a Certified Canadian Tea Sommelier. I met a critical point in my corporate career where I required a lot of travel and time away from my family and I decided I needed to make a change to be a more present wife and mother. This decision enabled me to start executing on what would become, beTeas Inc.

2.Where did the name "Be Teas" come from?


“be” is the simple state of enjoying the present moment. Tea is the way to spend that moment. It’s the union of everything a person needs to cope, to be still, to let the noise of the world stop even if only for a few minutes. For some of us a few minutes is all we can muster, and that is a start.  A moment to be with yourself and enjoy, nourish and regenerate. For a moment, just be with an incredible cup of tea that you love.

Inspire An Interview with Michelle Pierce Hamilton of beTeas yoga meditation tea tea sommelier entrepreneur

3. What is the best and what is the hardest part about having your own tea company?


There is a funny expression that when you own your own business you can work any 100 hours a week that you want! The best part is being able to bring your vision to life and to own it and watch it grow! The hardest part is to do it alone. I had always been a part of a corporate team, and I was used to picking up the phone to the IT department or the marketing department to make problems go away. As my own boss, I had to do it all myself, and I had to get used to that! Slowly, I am building my ‘team’ around me of trusted vendors. I’ve learned I need to create a support infrastructure so I can spend my valuable time on the most important things only I can do to build the business, and hire for the pieces that make the most sense. You can’t grow, and do everything by yourself.


4. I'm sure everyday is different, but is there one thing that you do that helps you maintain a routine?


Maybe it’s the project manager in me but the best activity I have for myself is list making. So many things pile up when you’re a one woman show with a new and growing business so the best way to stay on top of it is to prioritize and always make sure the most important tasks are taken care of first. Often there are big items in the works that take up a majority of my time, so I dedicate at least 2 days of each week to doing my best to make sure those lists of all the other items get taken care of. You need to keep on top of that long list of little things or they can bog you down because the devil is always in the details!

Inspire An Interview with Michelle Pierce Hamilton of beTeas yoga meditation tea tea sommelier entrepreneur

5. Tea and health are a big topic but sometimes are put down by select crowds in the online community. What do you think of this, and what would you say to them on the topic?


I think the biggest problem with these types of sources is that often they focus on single nutrients or isolated pieces of science information that are neither practical or valid in the context of whole health.  Often caffeine is picked on or a particular antioxidant is held up as superior, creating the illusion that a single nutrient makes one type of tea, or one type of food better or worse than all the others. Nutrients don’t work like that, and the body doesn't use nutrients like that. It’s about how nutrients work together that make whole foods, like tea, so powerful to human health. It’s never about single nutrients, it’s how nutrients work together that is key.

6. What 3 key points about tea/nutrition would you like to share?

  1. It’s never about single nutrients, it’s about the whole package. When you drink tea, you are ingesting a whole food that can benefit your whole mind/body health.
  2. No other natural beverages contains more free radical fighting, antioxidants. Period. No matter what type of tea you prefer (camellia sinensis), healthful antioxidants abound in all of them.
  3. Concerns about tea and caffeine are unfounded because unlike other caffeinated beverages tea’s concert of nutrients modulates caffeine release in a way that provides enhanced mental concentration and focus but with calm and soothing to muscles and nerves. 
Inspire An Interview with Michelle Pierce Hamilton of beTeas yoga meditation tea tea sommelier entrepreneur

7. What kind of connection between yoga and tea do you see?


Tea and yoga are a perfect match. Tea’s biologically active nutrients will allow for mental concentration, calm and relaxed muscles and nerves, deeper breathing, increased circulation, reduced inflammation and more. Tea before yoga or yoga before tea – it’s a perfect match, and either way, the mind and the body are allowed to come together in the present moment where the focus is you, and your breath. You and your tea. One is a perfect bridge to the other, and if we all did more of this, we’d have more peaceful moments which strung together, can create a really healthful lifestyle. Once the body gets used to being treated well, it craves more of it – and this can lead to better diet, better outlook on life or maybe even being more grateful and more kind to yourself and others.

8. Anything else you would like to share today?


Thank-you so much for the opportunity to share a little about beTeas.  Life is short, so make sure you take the time to 'love your cup!'

Inspire An Interview with Michelle Pierce Hamilton of beTeas yoga meditation tea tea sommelier entrepreneur



Many thanks to Michelle for letting me interview her and for sending her beautiful images.  If you wish to learn more about betTeas please feel free to check out their website. I hope Michelle's story has inspired you just as much as it has me. 
Love,

November 10, 2014

    Quotable is a series of little life lessons that can be taken from quotes. Learn about little ways to improve your life, learn more about yourself and find balance. It is a great place to learn a bit about Dao and Zen, without all the jargon. More Quotable Life lessons can be found here.

the riches i achieve comes from nature the sources of my inspiration claude money quotable life lessons

   We walk through it everyday and dismiss it, just because it has become routine. When you take the time to actually take in the "riches" of nature you will find it easier to think. Over the years I have made the effort to take in each season as it sets in. It is something I have learned from studying Chado ( Japanese Tea Ceremony). 

the riches i achieve comes from nature the sources of my inspiration claude money quotable life lessons
  
The very act of "bringing nature" into the tea room makes the ceremony itself a work of art. Every aspect is thought of in advance while looking at nature. Its no wonder that the impressionists looked to Japan for inspiration for their style. When you look at any of Monet's works you can almost feel the wind on your face and hear the water as it flows through the park.
    Why are these two art forms so profound? It is because they take the time to take in their surroundings. Next time you look out the window, go out for a walk or get out of the car. Look around you. Breath in and take in the seasons as they happen. Let them clear your mind so that it can inspire something new for you.

    Quotable is a series of little life lessons that can be taken from quotes. Learn about little ways to improve your life, learn more about yourself and find balance. It is a great place to learn a bit about Dao and Zen, without all the jargon. More Quotable Life lessons can be found here.

the riches i achieve comes from nature the sources of my inspiration claude money quotable life lessons

   We walk through it everyday and dismiss it, just because it has become routine. When you take the time to actually take in the "riches" of nature you will find it easier to think. Over the years I have made the effort to take in each season as it sets in. It is something I have learned from studying Chado ( Japanese Tea Ceremony). 

the riches i achieve comes from nature the sources of my inspiration claude money quotable life lessons
  
The very act of "bringing nature" into the tea room makes the ceremony itself a work of art. Every aspect is thought of in advance while looking at nature. Its no wonder that the impressionists looked to Japan for inspiration for their style. When you look at any of Monet's works you can almost feel the wind on your face and hear the water as it flows through the park.
    Why are these two art forms so profound? It is because they take the time to take in their surroundings. Next time you look out the window, go out for a walk or get out of the car. Look around you. Breath in and take in the seasons as they happen. Let them clear your mind so that it can inspire something new for you.

November 5, 2014

As we get closer to the holidays we tend to be all over the place. Taking the time to catch up with family and friends is very important for your health. It gives you a moment of peace and a distraction from all the running around.  So let's catch up with each other.
What is "brewing" in your life : November Catch up kalidoscope spirit yoga studio bellmanart art portfolio sword ary online japanese gaming blogging exam entrepreneurship certificate

Blogging for a friend's Yoga studio
  About a week or so ago I was invited to blog for a yoga studio.  Kaleidoscope Spirit is fairly new and it is beginning to feel like my other office (where my co-workers are teachers and students). As of right now I am just compiling info and getting super excited to begin posting, but for now I am getting a feel for the studio as this budding start-up blossoms. 

Welcome to S.A.O (Sword Art Online) !
Everyone needs a few minutes (or longer) to just be a kid again. In a game trade with my brother I got Sword Art Online for leisurely play. It makes me so happy to finally be able to play. The best part I have to say is that it is in Japanese and I get to practice reading and listening as I play. 

Creating a detailed business plan 
 Last week I handed in my final assignment for Entrepreneurship 101, a basic business plan. While I could have stopped there, I found a more detailed outline on byregina. On there it breaks down the plan further with a blog in mind, than it would for a traditional business. Chek it out if you are a fellow blogger as Regina has lots of goodies to share,

Bellman Art on the way
  After a little break and getting everything together, it is on its way.  I have been collaborating with my designer , Bobbi from Ready to Blog Designs ,to get this other project going. With that said I can not wait to share it with you all when its done.

Exam on Friday!
 The end has finally come and it makes me a little sad. I enjoyed Entrepreneurship 101 as we learned about creating our own start-up from the ground up. Even though this class has come to an end I intend on taking more classes for the certificate ( I LOVE to learn new things).

As we get closer to the holidays we tend to be all over the place. Taking the time to catch up with family and friends is very important for your health. It gives you a moment of peace and a distraction from all the running around.  So let's catch up with each other.
What is "brewing" in your life : November Catch up kalidoscope spirit yoga studio bellmanart art portfolio sword ary online japanese gaming blogging exam entrepreneurship certificate

Blogging for a friend's Yoga studio
  About a week or so ago I was invited to blog for a yoga studio.  Kaleidoscope Spirit is fairly new and it is beginning to feel like my other office (where my co-workers are teachers and students). As of right now I am just compiling info and getting super excited to begin posting, but for now I am getting a feel for the studio as this budding start-up blossoms. 

Welcome to S.A.O (Sword Art Online) !
Everyone needs a few minutes (or longer) to just be a kid again. In a game trade with my brother I got Sword Art Online for leisurely play. It makes me so happy to finally be able to play. The best part I have to say is that it is in Japanese and I get to practice reading and listening as I play. 

Creating a detailed business plan 
 Last week I handed in my final assignment for Entrepreneurship 101, a basic business plan. While I could have stopped there, I found a more detailed outline on byregina. On there it breaks down the plan further with a blog in mind, than it would for a traditional business. Chek it out if you are a fellow blogger as Regina has lots of goodies to share,

Bellman Art on the way
  After a little break and getting everything together, it is on its way.  I have been collaborating with my designer , Bobbi from Ready to Blog Designs ,to get this other project going. With that said I can not wait to share it with you all when its done.

Exam on Friday!
 The end has finally come and it makes me a little sad. I enjoyed Entrepreneurship 101 as we learned about creating our own start-up from the ground up. Even though this class has come to an end I intend on taking more classes for the certificate ( I LOVE to learn new things).

November 3, 2014

Urban Oasis is a collection of images of spaces in cities where we can take a few moments to connect with nature, find balance and find peace. Past posts from the series can be found here.

Loring- Wyle Parkette Toronto Urban Oasis is a collection of images of spaces in cities where we can take a few moments to connect with nature, find balance and find peace.

Loring- Wyle Parkette Toronto Urban Oasis is a collection of images of spaces in cities where we can take a few moments to connect with nature, find balance and find peace.

Loring- Wyle Parkette Toronto Urban Oasis is a collection of images of spaces in cities where we can take a few moments to connect with nature, find balance and find peace.

Loring- Wyle Parkette Toronto Urban Oasis is a collection of images of spaces in cities where we can take a few moments to connect with nature, find balance and find peace.

Loring- Wyle Parkette Toronto Urban Oasis is a collection of images of spaces in cities where we can take a few moments to connect with nature, find balance and find peace.

Urban Oasis is a collection of images of spaces in cities where we can take a few moments to connect with nature, find balance and find peace. Past posts from the series can be found here.

Loring- Wyle Parkette Toronto Urban Oasis is a collection of images of spaces in cities where we can take a few moments to connect with nature, find balance and find peace.

Loring- Wyle Parkette Toronto Urban Oasis is a collection of images of spaces in cities where we can take a few moments to connect with nature, find balance and find peace.

Loring- Wyle Parkette Toronto Urban Oasis is a collection of images of spaces in cities where we can take a few moments to connect with nature, find balance and find peace.

Loring- Wyle Parkette Toronto Urban Oasis is a collection of images of spaces in cities where we can take a few moments to connect with nature, find balance and find peace.

Loring- Wyle Parkette Toronto Urban Oasis is a collection of images of spaces in cities where we can take a few moments to connect with nature, find balance and find peace.

October 30, 2014

 Welcome to the Digital Table where you are part of a global conversation with tea. Global Tea Hut is a Non-Profit Organization that sends out a sampling of tea, a gift and a special magazine. Everything is brought together by the community to spread the love of tea, Dao and Zen. Join us the last Wednesday of every month to discuss the current packet from Global Tea Hut.

      This series was created because the message from Global Tea Hut touched me. It is of my own creation and I receive nothing from them ,but good karma of spreading their message and cause . All past posts can be found under "Digital Table" here.

Digital Table:  Global Tea Hut October Global Tea Hut is a digital community non-profit review spirituality zen dao

 My apologies for the late post, I have been a bit under the weather but I wanted to get this post up for you so lets get started! This months packet was greatly appreciated. The tea for this month was a Summer 2014 Red Tea from Sun Moon Lake called " Elevation" by the center. it was delightfully smooth with some fruity notes. This was not the first time receiving a tea from Sun Moon Lake, so it was a nice treat considering I ran out.
    The magazine that came with it was focused on Qi Cultivation and was very informational. Qi, or the bodys internal energies has been an interest to me since I began my tea studies early 2009. The article titled "The Three Treasures" by Andrew Taylor was very enlightening. Andrew taught about  about these three : Jing (Essence) , Qi (Vital Energy) and Shen (Spirit Mind).

Digital Table:  Global Tea Hut October Global Tea Hut is a digital community non-profit review spirituality zen dao

 They sound like they are not connected but they are. Each one is within the body and can be "nourished" through different means, but first lets go over what each one is. Jing is referred to as the basis of the human body meaning blood and fluids. Qi is the life force of living things that are around us. Shen is connected to the mind especially when it comes to spirituality, creativity, the unconscious and even the divine. To nourish the energy of each consist of meditation (or yoga or even qigong), healthy in-season diet, breathing exercises (can be even done though meditation),and tea.  Each is very simple and who does not want a good tea session?
   There is so much information in this issue that I may share more latter on about Qi as it is a great topic. It is actually a big reason why I just adore getting a new packet every month from Global Tea Hut as it is also focused on tea, zen and dao. But all at the same time.

Global Tea Hut is a digital community where tea drinkers enjoy the same tea(s) every month across the world. It is subscription based where all the proceeds go towards a non-profit tea center (Tea Sage Hut) in Taiwan that is open to all. For more information on Global Tea Hut and the center please visit them at:

**All opinions are my own and subscription is paid by me, as a donation to the tea center

 Welcome to the Digital Table where you are part of a global conversation with tea. Global Tea Hut is a Non-Profit Organization that sends out a sampling of tea, a gift and a special magazine. Everything is brought together by the community to spread the love of tea, Dao and Zen. Join us the last Wednesday of every month to discuss the current packet from Global Tea Hut.

      This series was created because the message from Global Tea Hut touched me. It is of my own creation and I receive nothing from them ,but good karma of spreading their message and cause . All past posts can be found under "Digital Table" here.

Digital Table:  Global Tea Hut October Global Tea Hut is a digital community non-profit review spirituality zen dao

 My apologies for the late post, I have been a bit under the weather but I wanted to get this post up for you so lets get started! This months packet was greatly appreciated. The tea for this month was a Summer 2014 Red Tea from Sun Moon Lake called " Elevation" by the center. it was delightfully smooth with some fruity notes. This was not the first time receiving a tea from Sun Moon Lake, so it was a nice treat considering I ran out.
    The magazine that came with it was focused on Qi Cultivation and was very informational. Qi, or the bodys internal energies has been an interest to me since I began my tea studies early 2009. The article titled "The Three Treasures" by Andrew Taylor was very enlightening. Andrew taught about  about these three : Jing (Essence) , Qi (Vital Energy) and Shen (Spirit Mind).

Digital Table:  Global Tea Hut October Global Tea Hut is a digital community non-profit review spirituality zen dao

 They sound like they are not connected but they are. Each one is within the body and can be "nourished" through different means, but first lets go over what each one is. Jing is referred to as the basis of the human body meaning blood and fluids. Qi is the life force of living things that are around us. Shen is connected to the mind especially when it comes to spirituality, creativity, the unconscious and even the divine. To nourish the energy of each consist of meditation (or yoga or even qigong), healthy in-season diet, breathing exercises (can be even done though meditation),and tea.  Each is very simple and who does not want a good tea session?
   There is so much information in this issue that I may share more latter on about Qi as it is a great topic. It is actually a big reason why I just adore getting a new packet every month from Global Tea Hut as it is also focused on tea, zen and dao. But all at the same time.

Global Tea Hut is a digital community where tea drinkers enjoy the same tea(s) every month across the world. It is subscription based where all the proceeds go towards a non-profit tea center (Tea Sage Hut) in Taiwan that is open to all. For more information on Global Tea Hut and the center please visit them at:

**All opinions are my own and subscription is paid by me, as a donation to the tea center

October 27, 2014


Tea Guild of Canada Toronto Gardiner Museum partnership tour ceramics tea coffee hot chocolate

   As November is reaching us I thought Id share a re-cap of what happened at the last Tea Guild of Canada meeting last month. What a great day it was, still warm but with a light coolness that made you welcome a cup of tea (right?).

Tea Guild of Canada Toronto Gardiner Museum partnership tour ceramics tea coffee hot chocolate

 We were invited to meet at the Gardiner Museum for a tour. It was a great  to see old friends. Shortly after the meeting started we were informed that they were now officially partnered with the Gardiner Museum. This news put a smile on everyones face with the thought of having the chance to have more events with in the space.

Tea Guild of Canada Toronto Gardiner Museum partnership tour ceramics tea coffee hot chocolate

As a group (and after a bit of tea) we were lead to the rest of the gallery for a tour. The topic was on Ceramics History of Tea, Coffee and Hot Chocolate. It was a fun talk with all of us Tea-Fans together, as we discussed how history developed because of tea (Opium War was over tea by the way).

Tea Guild of Canada Toronto Gardiner Museum partnership tour ceramics tea coffee hot chocolate

Most of the pieces in the museum are actually part of the founders own collection in the space. This one particularly was bought for Mr.Gardiner's wife as a surprise.
   Over all it was a great evening that left me impatiently waiting for the next meet up. As it is in November I will not have long to wait now but still its a way off (November 20th). Till then drink on and perhaps I will see you there at the next meeting for the AGM.

 The Tea Guild of Canada has regular meeting throughout the year in Toronto. Additional chapters being added are part current of discussions with the board. The guild is a place for tea lovers, Tea Sommeliers, students and tea professionals to come together under a single passion for tea. At the meetings we learn something new about various aspects of the beverage and its culture.
   For more information about the Tea Guild of Canada visit their website


Tea Guild of Canada Toronto Gardiner Museum partnership tour ceramics tea coffee hot chocolate

   As November is reaching us I thought Id share a re-cap of what happened at the last Tea Guild of Canada meeting last month. What a great day it was, still warm but with a light coolness that made you welcome a cup of tea (right?).

Tea Guild of Canada Toronto Gardiner Museum partnership tour ceramics tea coffee hot chocolate

 We were invited to meet at the Gardiner Museum for a tour. It was a great  to see old friends. Shortly after the meeting started we were informed that they were now officially partnered with the Gardiner Museum. This news put a smile on everyones face with the thought of having the chance to have more events with in the space.

Tea Guild of Canada Toronto Gardiner Museum partnership tour ceramics tea coffee hot chocolate

As a group (and after a bit of tea) we were lead to the rest of the gallery for a tour. The topic was on Ceramics History of Tea, Coffee and Hot Chocolate. It was a fun talk with all of us Tea-Fans together, as we discussed how history developed because of tea (Opium War was over tea by the way).

Tea Guild of Canada Toronto Gardiner Museum partnership tour ceramics tea coffee hot chocolate

Most of the pieces in the museum are actually part of the founders own collection in the space. This one particularly was bought for Mr.Gardiner's wife as a surprise.
   Over all it was a great evening that left me impatiently waiting for the next meet up. As it is in November I will not have long to wait now but still its a way off (November 20th). Till then drink on and perhaps I will see you there at the next meeting for the AGM.

 The Tea Guild of Canada has regular meeting throughout the year in Toronto. Additional chapters being added are part current of discussions with the board. The guild is a place for tea lovers, Tea Sommeliers, students and tea professionals to come together under a single passion for tea. At the meetings we learn something new about various aspects of the beverage and its culture.
   For more information about the Tea Guild of Canada visit their website

October 24, 2014

Nature: Take a walk to feed the soul fresh air get away from everything exercise

After living in Toronto for close to 8 years (wow), I must admit it is a relief to be back in my hometown. Dont get me wrong, I adored Toronto. The hustle and bustle, noise and going out at 3am where people were still around. The biggest change from there to here is that there is a forest/nature park just a short walk away. No need for TTC, no busses, no train. Just a simple walk.
     That little difference has made my stay with my parents just a blessing. Have you compared how you feel before you go to a similar place to after? I bet you have felt that bliss too. But there is a place here that gives me more bliss than anywhere else. Walking somewhere close to water with nothing but trees around me.
  When ever I am frustrated with coming up with an idea for a work or a post here, a walk by the creek does the trick. It clears the mind and helps inspire you for your next project, but deeper down there is more that you get from being with nature. It will help your soul feel a bit lighter through the things that come out of going for a walk (also it fights stress!).

1. Fresh Air
  If you are in a forest the air will feel better in your lungs. As trees filter out some pollution, it is the best place to get some true "Fresh Air" to reset your body.

2. Getting away from everything 
  When we get really stuck or something in the back of our mind just refuses to go away. Literally getting away helps to melt it all. Try it before a big meeting or even a yoga class and see the difference in yourself.

3.Exercise
  Who does not like a good walk? It helps your mind work at peak efficiency and you can work off that treat (mind is cookie dough ice cream, whats yours? ).

Nature: Take a walk to feed the soul fresh air get away from everything exercise

After living in Toronto for close to 8 years (wow), I must admit it is a relief to be back in my hometown. Dont get me wrong, I adored Toronto. The hustle and bustle, noise and going out at 3am where people were still around. The biggest change from there to here is that there is a forest/nature park just a short walk away. No need for TTC, no busses, no train. Just a simple walk.
     That little difference has made my stay with my parents just a blessing. Have you compared how you feel before you go to a similar place to after? I bet you have felt that bliss too. But there is a place here that gives me more bliss than anywhere else. Walking somewhere close to water with nothing but trees around me.
  When ever I am frustrated with coming up with an idea for a work or a post here, a walk by the creek does the trick. It clears the mind and helps inspire you for your next project, but deeper down there is more that you get from being with nature. It will help your soul feel a bit lighter through the things that come out of going for a walk (also it fights stress!).

1. Fresh Air
  If you are in a forest the air will feel better in your lungs. As trees filter out some pollution, it is the best place to get some true "Fresh Air" to reset your body.

2. Getting away from everything 
  When we get really stuck or something in the back of our mind just refuses to go away. Literally getting away helps to melt it all. Try it before a big meeting or even a yoga class and see the difference in yourself.

3.Exercise
  Who does not like a good walk? It helps your mind work at peak efficiency and you can work off that treat (mind is cookie dough ice cream, whats yours? ).

October 22, 2014

Positive songs that get me dancing I'm so happy by Pharrel William Shake it off by Taylor Swift  "Let it Go" from Frozen  "Defying Gravity" - From Wicked  "My Favorite Things" - From The Sound of Music

"I'm so Happy" by Pharrel Williams


 The first time I listened to this song was at my Best Friends wedding in June. It suited her and her husband perfectly. Now it not only puts a smile on my face from the memory but also its overall theme of , well, happiness.

"Shake It off" by Taylor Swift



 Do you wish this song came out when you were in High School? I sure do. it has literally followed me everywhere for about a week before I asked for the name of it. It has a great main idea to it that is very contagious. You are bound to find yourself shaking it while you listen it it.

"Let it Go" from Frozen



  I have mentioned how much this song inspired me late spring and it still is on my playlist. When we carry so many negative views or even thoughts that keep us from being ourselves, this song makes them just melt away. If you have not watched the movie yet, I highly recommend you add it to your list.

"Defying Gravity" - From Wicked



  A close friend of mind introduced this song to me, now I can not get enough of it! As a budding entrepreneur I feel this is a great song for those moments we begin to doubt ourselves. It just gives you an internal feeling of strength that I just love!

"My Favorite Things" - From The Sound of Music



 This song has been with me since I was little and It will be shared with my own children. As the season progresses I feel myself looking forward to the radio playing this song for the holiday season. Don't you?

Positive songs that get me dancing I'm so happy by Pharrel William Shake it off by Taylor Swift  "Let it Go" from Frozen  "Defying Gravity" - From Wicked  "My Favorite Things" - From The Sound of Music

"I'm so Happy" by Pharrel Williams


 The first time I listened to this song was at my Best Friends wedding in June. It suited her and her husband perfectly. Now it not only puts a smile on my face from the memory but also its overall theme of , well, happiness.

"Shake It off" by Taylor Swift



 Do you wish this song came out when you were in High School? I sure do. it has literally followed me everywhere for about a week before I asked for the name of it. It has a great main idea to it that is very contagious. You are bound to find yourself shaking it while you listen it it.

"Let it Go" from Frozen



  I have mentioned how much this song inspired me late spring and it still is on my playlist. When we carry so many negative views or even thoughts that keep us from being ourselves, this song makes them just melt away. If you have not watched the movie yet, I highly recommend you add it to your list.

"Defying Gravity" - From Wicked



  A close friend of mind introduced this song to me, now I can not get enough of it! As a budding entrepreneur I feel this is a great song for those moments we begin to doubt ourselves. It just gives you an internal feeling of strength that I just love!

"My Favorite Things" - From The Sound of Music



 This song has been with me since I was little and It will be shared with my own children. As the season progresses I feel myself looking forward to the radio playing this song for the holiday season. Don't you?

October 21, 2014

feel good blogging Challenge Just let me do what I love by sharing my gifts katherine bellman entreprenurship

 Today wraps up the 7 day challenge from Alex Beadon and we were given a hard topic to write about. Controversy. All day I was trying to come up with ideas till it hit me, so here we go.
   For the last 10 months I have been told countless times that I should apply to :

  • Walmart
  • Shoppers Drug Mart
  • Teavana (again)
  • Home Depot
  • Metro
There is a trend with all these places, they are not places I want to work at. Maybe if I did not have my support system I would. But I just will not do that to myself. I want to do something that I love. All creatives (really anyone for that matter) should do what makes them happy. I adore helping people but after 6 plus years working in Customer Service, I want to make sure I am truly helping those around me. Not just filling a need.

   There has been a big jump in small businesses the last few years, especially in my age group. If more of us took this route to create something of our own I feel that the world would become a happier place. While this may not be a full-time option for some, it is still something that I strongly suggest you do.

   Last year I decided that It was time to share what I know about anime ,Japanese Culture and Language. By using just a few moments of my time I created an ad and had a student. The money I earned helped me at that time but I also felt like I gave more value. When we were studying Japanese I encouraged her to pop on an anime and we would go through what they were saying. She was able to not only recite back what was said but also learn more about why certain things were done in the Japanese Culture (also with some great work sheets and other fun things.

  This for me shows that anyone can start to make the change to something that they love. You just need to put in the effort and love into it. Its hard work, but well worth it. When ever she smiled during and at the end of class, I felt like I was being paid 20 fold.  

    I propose that we break this trend and start something that we love. Do it on the side and trust me. It never feels like work because YOU love it! To all my entrepreneur friends out here, keep going for your dreams because I know you can do it! I will be right there with you doing what I love and cheering you on all the way!

xxoo

feel good blogging Challenge Just let me do what I love by sharing my gifts katherine bellman entreprenurship

 Today wraps up the 7 day challenge from Alex Beadon and we were given a hard topic to write about. Controversy. All day I was trying to come up with ideas till it hit me, so here we go.
   For the last 10 months I have been told countless times that I should apply to :

  • Walmart
  • Shoppers Drug Mart
  • Teavana (again)
  • Home Depot
  • Metro
There is a trend with all these places, they are not places I want to work at. Maybe if I did not have my support system I would. But I just will not do that to myself. I want to do something that I love. All creatives (really anyone for that matter) should do what makes them happy. I adore helping people but after 6 plus years working in Customer Service, I want to make sure I am truly helping those around me. Not just filling a need.

   There has been a big jump in small businesses the last few years, especially in my age group. If more of us took this route to create something of our own I feel that the world would become a happier place. While this may not be a full-time option for some, it is still something that I strongly suggest you do.

   Last year I decided that It was time to share what I know about anime ,Japanese Culture and Language. By using just a few moments of my time I created an ad and had a student. The money I earned helped me at that time but I also felt like I gave more value. When we were studying Japanese I encouraged her to pop on an anime and we would go through what they were saying. She was able to not only recite back what was said but also learn more about why certain things were done in the Japanese Culture (also with some great work sheets and other fun things.

  This for me shows that anyone can start to make the change to something that they love. You just need to put in the effort and love into it. Its hard work, but well worth it. When ever she smiled during and at the end of class, I felt like I was being paid 20 fold.  

    I propose that we break this trend and start something that we love. Do it on the side and trust me. It never feels like work because YOU love it! To all my entrepreneur friends out here, keep going for your dreams because I know you can do it! I will be right there with you doing what I love and cheering you on all the way!

xxoo