October 11, 2015

Unplugged: 4 Tips to Take Control of Your Social Media Cravings

Throughout October we are going to focus on being present by unplugging. "Unplugged" is going to help you find things to do when you just want to disconnect. It can be 10 minutes or a whole day. Take a chance and join us. All unplugged posts can be found here.


Do you remember the first time you created a social media account? Perhaps it was facebook to connect with friends and family. Or even Instagram or twitter. My first account was Facebook back in 2007. At the time it was handy to catch up with friends from High School or even plan outings. But since then there has been an increasing amount of studies that connect it to depression, anxiety or worse. But this is when you spend hours (or a whole day) on it. It takes dedication , control and some tricks to take control of this consumption.

     While writing this I have got notifications from Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus. I am just as guilty of being on Social Media too much. My "poison" is Instagram, but I avoid Facebook.  This is because I feel the social pressure to get married, have kids etc. On the other side is the negativity that is just constant for some that I just can not bring myself to unfriend, I care about them so much. My choice is to choose when I look at these platforms and also monitor the time I spend (less than 5 min on Facebook is my record low).  But it I had to use a few little things to help me get there and I hope they help you.

Use these tips to take control of your Social Media Habits

Leave Priority Mode On

    My favorite trick, which my phone left on one day. I got work done and when I truly had a bit of time to update I could. No sounds go off which means no calls for attention from any platform.

Put it on Airplane Mode

   Take advantage of this built in feature of your devices. Turn it on when you have work to do or out with family. Being present is better than letting others look at back of your phone.

  Use a "Self Control" App

An App like this (such as Productivity Owl) will allow you to set times or days that you can look at social media. But it blocks them until then. And if you need a bit of info (maybe an event address) you can go to the page but once the timer is up, the window will be closed on you.

Log Out

This will make you think before you check messages or updates as you are completely logged out of all your platforms of choice. While it may come off extreme, it works.


How do you feel about how social media has developed over the years? Share your opinion, negative or positive, in the comments below.
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October 5, 2015

Quotable Life Lessons: Don't be a prisoner

    Inspiring quotes can provoke you to set intentions and become closer to your truth. Quotable is a series where thought provoking lines from various sources are brought together and lessons can be learned from each one. 
   Tune in to either set your intention for the week and learn more about yourself to get closer to living in your highest truth. All past posts can be found over on the Quotable series page


        Ever since we passed the age of pure innocence, we constantly are looking for approval from everyone around us.  It is like a nagging feeling that just will not go away.  It can stay with us even till adulthood.  Not only do we seek it from our parents but also our bosses (some times teachers and partners). For me it was my parents throughout University. Every piece the first few years I showed them, but every time it felt half hearted. Now I know this was not their intention but something that I made myself see.
        In my last year (and beyond), I decided to just do things for myself to express how I am in that moment (no mater the subject matter).  By letting go I was eventually able go further. But letting go of the need for approval from others is a struggle, one you need to take one day at a time.
   The most recent struggle is with the mental voice which represents all of you. I ask myself am I making the right choice for a post, this picture or that and even am I the right person to write this?                You have to make the choice to trust your intuition and do it. For me this is writing posts that talk about tea in a different way and trusting that all of you will stick with me.
    Take a chance for the good of being true to yourself. Listen to your intuition. It has your best interest in mind.

    Have you been "prisoner"  to the opinion of others before? Share your story with us in the comments below. Much love everyone.
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October 4, 2015

Let's Talk Taiwanese Oolong: Tie Kwan Yin Oolong

Taiwanese Oolongs have a special place in my heart as they are one of the first teas I tried when I begun my Tea Journey.  So in dedication to the leaf and Taiwanese teas, we are going to look at 5 different Oolongs throughout September. To see past posts check out our "Let's Talk Oolong" page.

Taiwanese Oolongs have a special place in my heart as they are one of the first teas I tried when I begun my Tea Journey.  So in dedication to the leaf and Taiwanese teas, we are going to look at 5 different Oolongs throughout September. Our fifth tea is Tie Kwan Yin Oolong.

  It is only natural to end with the first Taiwanese tea I ever tried.  This roasted variety has a special place in my heart. On that note it saddens me that other tea drinkers are moving away from this variety in favor of the green version.  There is a uniqueness to both of them, that makes me treat them as entirely separate teas. But let's get back to our roasted one.
    It is a great idea to see them separately as it is Taiwan's unique take on the tea that originally started in Main Land China. The same plant, the Tie Kwan Yin Cultivar, was taken by the Tsang brothers back to Taiwan in 1875. It is thanks to them that we have this tea available in Taiwan's Muzha District. But there is a legend that says otherwise. 
  A poor farmer regularly visited a local temple to pray to Guwan Yin, the Goddess of compassion and mercy. While there he took extra moment to burn incense, sweep and clean the statue of worship. He did this everyday, showing true devotion. One night, in a dream, Guwan Yin visited him. She said "Look behind the temple. There is a treasure there that will last for generations. Please also share it with your neighbors". 

Taiwanese Oolongs have a special place in my heart as they are one of the first teas I tried when I begun my Tea Journey.  So in dedication to the leaf and Taiwanese teas, we are going to look at 5 different Oolongs throughout September. Our fifth tea is Tie Kwan Yin Oolong.

   When he woke, he went behind the temple to find the treasure. The only thing there was a tiny tea bush. He brought it home and nurtured it. Years latter he made tea from the bush and kept his word, by sharing it also with hig neighbors. From then on him and his neighbors prospered. This legend is just one version. Like all legends they change over time.     
   The one thing that will not change much is the tea itself. This tea gives you a smooth toastyness that makes you want to snuggle up with a book (and reading socks). But like all versions of this tea there are fruity notes. The taste of cooked plums are welcomed with the weather slowly getting cooler. Give yourself a warm hug, and brew yourself a cup. 

What version of this tea do you enjoy most? Green or toasty? Share your thoughts in the comments below (and feed my curiosity).
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October 3, 2015

Unplugged : How to Improve your Handwriting

Throughout October we are going to focus on being present by unplugging. "Unplugged" is going to help you find things to do when you just want to disconnect. It can be 10 minutes or a whole day. Take a chance and join us. All unplugged posts can be found here.
Want to improve your handwriting?Here are a few tips to get you started and why you should take the time to write by hand. |Throughout October we are going to focus on being present by unplugging. "Unplugged" is going to help you find things to do when you just want to disconnect. It can be 10 minutes or a whole day. Take a chance and join us.

When was the last time you took the time to write for the sake of writing? Was it during University, College , High School or , as far back as Elementary school? No matter when was the last time, there is always a chance to start again. Even with technology slowly taking over our lives, pen and paper has taken the back seat.
    Why should you start again? Writing with good old pen and paper helps you focus on a task ( by the way put your phone on air plane mode, you will thank me). Secondly, it also helps you remember material. The very act of taking notes during a lecture (or webinar) helps you absorb and keep the information. Thirdly, doing something mindful (aka turning off and being present) has been known to reduce stress, anxiety and fight depression. Lastly, (this is for my tea friends) it connects us to something from the earth. Paper comes from a plant just like tea, take a moment like the tea sages and reflect on paper.
    Before we get into the tips, I wanted to discuss tools. There are so many out there it can be daunting. Try different materials next time you are out. My favorites are fountain pens (refillable with ink you want), brush pens and fine tipped pens (0.3 point). Go to your local art store or hobby shop and test a few out. It is welcomed. Always.

Want to improve your handwriting?Here are a few tips to get you started and why you should take the time to write by hand. |Throughout October we are going to focus on being present by unplugging. "Unplugged" is going to help you find things to do when you just want to disconnect. It can be 10 minutes or a whole day. Take a chance and join us.

Tips to improve your writing

Practice writing

   Get some scrap paper and get messy (make mistakes). Most of all have fun. Write out the alphabet or even just write out words you love to write. Some of mine include: love, free, live, and breath (with an occasional "wheeee" because I can). By the way if it feels like your cramping up you may want to check out this post for form. Remember: move your arm, not your wrist.

Morning pages

  Morning pages are what Julia Cameron encourages in her book "The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity". All you have to do is free write (no editing, this is for your eyes only after all) three pages every morning. The very act will allow you to let go of all the thoughts that are going on (consciously and subconsciously). After doing this for a while you will have more focus, and had the chance to practice. Two birds with one stone. Yey!

Always take written notes

   As I said earlier there is a link to writing and memory. But it also let's you reframe thoughts as you go.  During university this was my go to method. Writing out my exam notes by hand helped me remember crazy dates and names that I needed to pass. In any field this is something that will help you go further ( and perhaps even improve your memory over time).

Keep a physical planner

   There is something that just satisfies the soul when you create a to-do list, plan out gifts to buy, budget, wish lists etc. It helps you focus and keep your mind free for other things (like more tea or yoga maybe).  From experience my planner keeps me accountable. All my reminders are in there (with some alarms on my phone too).  For job hunting it has allowed me to make a list of places to apply, numbers to follow up by and keep track of who I even talked to. It just makes things simple.

Send hand written letter or cards

  This is high on my list for this month, sending a little note to friends or family goes a long way.  When you write it by hand it gives it a personal touch that will be conveyed to the reader. Now I am not talking about buying a card and putting their name, date, and signing. I am referring to actually writing a little note from the heart. Tell them why they matter to you and that they are in your thoughts. Or hey you can even start sending mail to a pen pal for practice. Anything is better than nothing. 

What ways do you use to improve your handwriting? Share in the comments below. 
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September 29, 2015

Let's Talk Taiwanese Oolong: Dong Ding Oolong

 Taiwanese Oolongs have a special place in my heart as they are one of the first teas I tried when I begun my Tea Journey.  So in dedication to the leaf and Taiwanese teas, we are going to look at 5 different Oolongs throughout September. To see past posts check out our "Let's Talk Oolong" page.
Taiwanese Oolongs have a special place in my heart as they are one of the first teas I tried when I begun my Tea Journey.  So in dedication to the leaf and Taiwanese teas, we are going to look at 5 different Oolongs throughout September. Our fourth tea is Dong Ding Oolong.
    
 It feels good to be back with the fourth part of "Let's Talk Taiwanese Oolong".  The first time I heard of Dong Ding was from reading +TeaMasters  blog during university.  The name itself made me want to look more into it and seek out the tea. Now years latter  we can look at this wonderful tea together. Let's jump in.

Taiwanese Oolongs have a special place in my heart as they are one of the first teas I tried when I begun my Tea Journey.  So in dedication to the leaf and Taiwanese teas, we are going to look at 5 different Oolongs throughout September. Our fourth tea is Dong Ding Oolong.      Dong Ding translates to "frozen peaks", this relates to where it is grown up on Mountain Dong Ding. This mountain is responsible for approximately 11,000 Ton of tea ( the thought of that much tea makes you want to put the kettle on doesn't it?).  The reason for this amount is that it is almost entirely covered in tea plantations, with somewhere between 4,000-5,000 growers.
    Currently there is around 4,000 growers in the region using the name "Dong Ding" for their tea, even if its not grown on the mountain. That's a lot of Dong Ding teas out there.  Lucky for us Tea Ave sought out the real deal for us, grown between 600 - 1000m above sea level on Mountain Dong Ding.

Taiwanese Oolongs have a special place in my heart as they are one of the first teas I tried when I begun my Tea Journey.  So in dedication to the leaf and Taiwanese teas, we are going to look at 5 different Oolongs throughout September. Our fourth tea is Dong Ding Oolong.     What is there to say about this tea? So much. Every sip makes your mouth beg for more. It has a lasting feeling in the mouth, with a peach like taste and texture that I can only describe as butter. It sits in the mouth and "melts", leaving that lovely soothing floral taste behind. This tea means business and I highly suggest it for your evening work (or play why not) activities. I even made some more as I am writing this, it is hard to pass up this little gem.

What tea makes you come back for more? (this one is calling right now) Share your experience with tea in the comments below!
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September 19, 2015

Let's Talk Taiwanese Oolong: Alishan Jin Xuan Oolong

 Taiwanese Oolongs have a special place in my heart as they are one of the first teas I tried when I begun my Tea Journey.  So in dedication to the leaf and Taiwanese teas, we are going to look at 5 different Oolongs throughout September. To see past posts check out our "Let's Talk Oolong" page.

Taiwanese Oolongs have a special place in my heart as they are one of the first teas I tried when I begun my Tea Journey.  So in dedication to the leaf and Taiwanese teas, we are going to look at 5 different Oolongs throughout September. Our third tea is Alishan Jin Xuan Oolong

Another week so that means another installment for "Let's Talk Taiwanese Oolong"! Alishan is up there along with Oriental Beauty in my top favorites of Taiwanese oolongs.  This series has helped refresh my memory of all the little points that make these teas truly unique.
   But let's get back to Alishan Jin Xuan. This tea is grown on Alishan Mountain, the most famous mountain of Taiwan (making it a big tourist attraction). During the time that Taiwan was occupied (1895-1945) many of this mountains giant evergreens were exported.  This area is now a protected area with a natural park, protecting many differnt forms of life.

Taiwanese Oolongs have a special place in my heart as they are one of the first teas I tried when I begun my Tea Journey.  So in dedication to the leaf and Taiwanese teas, we are going to look at 5 different Oolongs throughout September. Our third tea is Alishan Jin Xuan Oolong

    On this very mountain is where this tea is grown, between 700 - 1700m above sea level. In the area of Nantou, high quality- high altitude grown tea is produced. From tasting many different teas grown at high altitudes, I find they have a unique smoothness that comes though in the brewing.
    This tea produced a golden liquor that sooths the body with every sip (or in my case eases a sore throat). The lingering sweet finish with some nectar or honey like notes coat your mouth and throat evenly.  The taste that it starts with has fruit and pastry notes with a touch of vegetalness that lingers beneath.  It is very smooth and calms the body.  The taste is due to the similar cultivar we have seen already so far, QinXin. It is what gives the floral smell to the leaves after they are steeped. The best way to describe this tea though is yumm.

Taiwanese Oolongs have a special place in my heart as they are one of the first teas I tried when I begun my Tea Journey.  So in dedication to the leaf and Taiwanese teas, we are going to look at 5 different Oolongs throughout September. Our third tea is Alishan Jin Xuan Oolong

  Now that fall has set in finally (and the cold), make sure you are taking care of yourself. Best wishes to all my readers to your health and well being.

  What teas do you turn to once fall has set in?
P.S. The Tea Ave Giveaway has been extended to September 25th at Midnight! Get yourself in there for some yummy Oolongs from Tea Ave!
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September 17, 2015

Think Beyond your tea: Using a Mala for meditation

Using a Mala as part of your meditation before brewing tea could change how you look at your process. Take a note from Sen Genshitsu and take a moment to center yourself before you start to prepare your tea. Mala Collective is located in British Columbia Canada, and they have curated a selection of Bali created malas with an array of intentions. Online Global Mediation for Wold Peace Saturday September 19th with Unify.Org


 It is strange the little things that make our lives that little bit better. Getting a mala helped my life, I find it impossible but it's the same feeling I get from a tea. When you have you when things seem impossible and all things make sense after that last sip (sometimes after a few cups even).  This is the subtle power that this little gen has.

    I have talked before about doing things intentionally (such as planning and living), but you can also have that intention with you in the form of a mala (or gem stone). This mala has green aventurine which Mala Collective says  "The stone is known to protect, activate and clear the heart chakra. Those with heart problems often turn to the stone's healing qualities of strength and stability. Green Aventurine not only encourages regeneration, but is also thought to be a stone of comfort and balance. "

My belief for this that it works in the background, a subtle energy that assists if you let it, but you have to have some faith in it. When I wear this mala , Prana Mala, I feel like there is a little push to get things done. Anything that will push me to achieve something for my greater dream or (at times) pushes me to go seek a friend to talk to. These little things add up over time.


Using a Mala as part of your meditation before brewing tea could change how you look at your process. Take a note from Sen Genshitsu and take a moment to center yourself before you start to prepare your tea. Mala Collective is located in British Columbia Canada, and they have curated a selection of Bali created malas with an array of intentions. Online Global Mediation for Wold Peace Saturday September 19th with Unify.Org
  
  You may be asking what I use this for other than jewelry. When I have a mantra I want to focus on I use the mala very similarly to how a rosary is used. Each bead is used as a counter, with there being 108 in total. If you have trouble with concentration I find 1-2 rounds of a mala and using "I am calm" helps clear it up.

Taking a simple moment to meditate, such as while your water is boiling, will help you focus on the act you are about to do. It saddens me that this tradition is not part of many tea practices. While reading "Tea Life, Tea Mind" I was reminded by Sen Genshitsu the importance of the importance of taking a moment to center yourself before brewing any tea. It can be by breathing , visualization or even by using a mala.  It's so simple to add to your current routine.

 If you have never meditated before there is a great chance to try it out in the comfort of your own home. Unify has a free Online Global Meditation for World Peace that is happening this weekend.  Starting at 4PM PST/ 7PM EST on Saturday September 19th , the evening will begin with a Premier of a film called "Inner Peace to Global Peace". Then an hour latter will begin the meditation.  It is a great chance to try it out.

 What tools do you use to assist your meditation or tea time?  Share in the comments below.
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September 11, 2015

Let's Talk Taiwanese Oolong: Wenshan Baochong Oolong

  Taiwanese Oolongs have a special place in my heart as they are one of the first teas I tried when I begun my Tea Journey.  So in dedication to the leaf and Taiwanese teas, we are going to look at 5 different Oolongs throughout September. To see past posts check out our "Let's Talk Oolong" page.

Taiwanese Oolongs have a special place in my heart as they are one of the first teas I tried when I begun my Tea Journey.  So in dedication to the leaf and Taiwanese teas, we are going to look at 5 different Oolongs throughout September. Our second tea is Whenshan Baochong Oolong


This weeks tea is on the greener side with some lovely vegetal notes. Like last week this tea is also from Pingling District. There are some news out there that this tea is becoming harder to find. Which is such a pitty but the reason makes sense. Twisted leaf style teas are being replaced by rolled ball style. The latter style is easier to package for shipment, while twisted leaves break easily. Let's hope that it never disappears so that we can continue to enjoy natures gift. 
   The cultivar that is used for this tea is QinXin. This special variety of tea plant is recognized by the unique scent it gives off during processing. This comes out in the brew. Deliciously floral with touches of vegetal notes. With the leaves being on the green side it is not surprising to have these notes.

Taiwanese Oolongs have a special place in my heart as they are one of the first teas I tried when I begun my Tea Journey.  So in dedication to the leaf and Taiwanese teas, we are going to look at 5 different Oolongs throughout September. Our second tea is Whenshan Baochong Oolong

    But let's now talk about the name of this tea.  Bao Zhong is another way to write the name of this tea which means "wrapped in paper". It got this name in China (Anxi) were a merchant used to present a type of tea wrapped in paper. This same custom was taken up by the Wen Shan in Taiwan. And latter became part of the names of this tea.
  There is so much to learn about all these teas. It is much more fun to learn what is beyond what we simply drink. With that I'm going finish this cup and brew up next weeks tea.

Tea Ave
is located in Vancouver, British Columbia here in Canada. Heidi and Jeff source the best Taiwan Oolongs for their company so that they can share their passion for tea with the world.


** All of the teas that we will be discussing were purchased from Tea Ave. Only the giveaway prize was donated.
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September 9, 2015

Learning from a master: New read from Sen Genshitsu Urasenke Grand Master XV

Learning from a master: New read from Sen Genshitsu Urasenke Grand Master XV || A few years ago I was fortunate enough to stumble upon " Tea Life, Tea Mind" which was written by the former Urasenke Grand Master. It inspired my life with tea at that time.

  A few years ago I was fortunate enough to stumble upon " Tea Life, Tea Mind" which was written by the former Urasenke Grand Master. It inspired my life with tea at that time. Growing up in western culture it is hard at times to grasp other cultures. It was the words from Sen Genshitsu, his perspective, that changed how I viewed tea.
    What changed was how he explained everything in a simple way that anyone could understand. This week I received his other book "The Enjoyment of Tea". I am looking forward to learning more about his life with tea and his view on everything that is related. Most of all I look forward to how it will inspire me to create posts to share with all of you. So I hope you have the kettle on, because I can not wait to share things from this book with you.

Is there someone who inspires your tea? A master? Fellow student? Tell me about them in the comments below. I look forward to hearing about who you admire.
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September 4, 2015

Let's Talk Taiwanese Oolong: Oriental Beauty and Tea Ave Giveaway

This series has been on my mind all year and I am proud that I can finally do it.  Taiwanese Oolongs have a special place in my heart as they are one of the first teas I tried when I begun my Tea Journey.  So in dedication to the leaf and Taiwanese teas, we are going to look at 5 different Oolongs throughout September. I hope you are as excited as I am.

Taiwanese Oolongs have a special place in my heart as they are one of the first teas I tried when I begun my Tea Journey.  So in dedication to the leaf and Taiwanese teas, we are going to look at 5 different Oolongs throughout September. Our first tea is Oriental Beauty with a giveaway for 8 teas in a tin with a 15$ gift card.

Our first tea of September is Oriental Beauty. After watching "Tea Fight", a fun tea themed movie, I felt compelled to find this tea. There was a great scene where it was lightly discussed and I began to look everywhere for it. It took me sometime but that first experience was well worth the wait.

Taiwanese Oolongs have a special place in my heart as they are one of the first teas I tried when I begun my Tea Journey.  So in dedication to the leaf and Taiwanese teas, we are going to look at 5 different Oolongs throughout September. Our first tea is Oriental Beauty with a giveaway for 8 teas in a tin with a 15$ gift card.

   I enjoy this tea so much that I began this post with a nice big cup. So let's take a closer look at it together.  This tea is grown in Pingling, Taiwan within the Wen shan Mountains. It is a popular village , only 30 minutes from Taipei, for buying tea.  With it being that close any tea lover would take that trip in a heart beat.

Taiwanese Oolongs have a special place in my heart as they are one of the first teas I tried when I begun my Tea Journey.  So in dedication to the leaf and Taiwanese teas, we are going to look at 5 different Oolongs throughout September. Our first tea is Oriental Beauty with a giveaway for 8 teas in a tin with a 15$ gift card.

Incase you have never had this tea before let's talk taste (but let me run off to make another cup first). What really draws you into this tea is the taste of honey, it has a natural sweetness like no other tea. To compare it to a tea that is tasted more widely, it is light like Darjeeling.  Both make you want to curl up with a good book and sip away (maybe a snack too, why not). Or you can be like me this evening and create an evening out of it.

    Starting today I am running a giveaway with Tea Ave, who were so kind to put this prize together for us. The giveaway will run till Friday September 18th and will close at midnight (EST). There is 8 silk tea bags in the tin and many of the ones we will be discussing this month.

**Edit* Giveaway extended to Friday September 25th and will close at midnight (EST).

Taiwanese Oolongs have a special place in my heart as they are one of the first teas I tried when I begun my Tea Journey.  So in dedication to the leaf and Taiwanese teas, we are going to look at 5 different Oolongs throughout September. Our first tea is Oriental Beauty with a giveaway for 8 teas in a tin with a 15$ gift card.

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Tea Ave
is located in Vancouver, British Columbia here in Canada. Heidi and Jeff source the best Taiwan Oolongs for their company so that they can share their passion for tea with the world.


** All of the teas that we will be discussing were purchased from Tea Ave. Only the giveaway prize was donated.
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September 1, 2015

Urban Oasis: Lole White at Fort York Toronto 2015

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 peace. Past posts from the series can be found here.
Lole White event. If you have never been to this event before, it is a yoga event which is dedicated to peace. Thousands of yogis (depending on venue size of course) get together for a yoga session together with that single thought in mind. With Grace Dubery at Toronto's Fort York for 2015 Lole White Tour.

The second last Saturday of August was Toronto's chance to have the Lole White event. If you have never been to this event before, it is a yoga event which is dedicated to peace. Thousands of yogis (depending on venue size of course) get together for a yoga session together with that single thought in mind. Trust me it is well worth it to go at least once my first experience brought me close to tears, as the energy from everyone with this single thought was so powerful.

Lole White event. If you have never been to this event before, it is a yoga event which is dedicated to peace. Thousands of yogis (depending on venue size of course) get together for a yoga session together with that single thought in mind. With Grace Dubery at Toronto's Fort York for 2015 Lole White Tour.

Unlike last year which was held inside the ROM (and in the evening rather than the morning), we got packed up in the wee hours of the morning to get to Toronto by 8am or so. The view while we waited in line for the gates to open was breath taking.  It felt like I was called to this space as it was so close to the Exhibition grounds which was gearing up for Warrior's day (which always falls on the first Saturday during its run). It was very nostalgic as when my Grandfather was alive we would go on that exact same day every year with him. So for me it felt a little more emotional than it usually would.

Lole White event. If you have never been to this event before, it is a yoga event which is dedicated to peace. Thousands of yogis (depending on venue size of course) get together for a yoga session together with that single thought in mind. With Grace Dubery at Toronto's Fort York for 2015 Lole White Tour.

Once settled in (and picked our spot on the field) we relaxed a bit. Ahem.. I mean went shopping at the pop up shop. I really wish they had sunglasses there as I left mine at home (aka was too sleepy to remember them). A lovely volunteer offered to take our picture to remember the event. By the way if you look at last years photo, we are pose quite similar to then (how does that happen?).

Lole White event. If you have never been to this event before, it is a yoga event which is dedicated to peace. Thousands of yogis (depending on venue size of course) get together for a yoga session together with that single thought in mind. With Grace Dubery at Toronto's Fort York for 2015 Lole White Tour.

The wait till the event started was well worth it. In front of my Mom and I was a lovely lady who used to come into Teaopia when I worked there. It was so touching that she remembered me. When the event ended I ensured to say goodbye to her before we left the grounds. I hope to run into her again in the future (ah Teaopia).



   Overall the event was very uplifting and set the right tone for the rest of the day. I almost forgot how unique it is to practice yoga and meditation in the morning rather than latter in the day.
   I hope you check out this event (or one near you, by the way there is a free one in New York City at Central Park tomorrow ).  If you want to find out more about the event check out their webpage at the link below. Till next time everyone.

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August 27, 2015

Oasis (Tea and Meditation) Room Project: Room Tour

Oasis Room Project was a project to create a space that inspired and allowed myself somewhere to rest (meditate). lucky cat tablet audrey hepburn shoe tiffany blue

   What a week so far! Saturday's Outdoor Yoga Event really kicked me down for a while (aka Sunburnt), but I am back with a room tour! Putting this together for  you guys really made me feel a little nervous but I am glad to get this out there for you to see. 
    There are a few things that still need to be done (like the switch plates and finding frames), but they are so minor that I just had to share this with you now.

Oasis Room Project was a project to create a space that inspired and allowed myself somewhere to rest (meditate). Altar space table oracle cards Inari meditation spirituality
 
I am so proud that all of these areas have come together as they have. It was such an adventure from start to finish (check out some progress images over on Instagram). My meditation corner is so comfy now that I have used it a few times to read (or finish up a post). The table fits perfectly into the space and allowed me to really sink into my meditations.

Oasis Room Project was a project to create a space that inspired and allowed myself somewhere to rest (meditate). Bed wall art mandala nature

    From last week you might have noticed the medallion art piece, here is the one that I got last year. It was a local find and I adore how it brings nature into the room. On the opposite wall is a canvas piece I created last year for motivation. The same line is on a print over at Every Girl but I wanted the colors to fit into the space and pop off the wall. 

Oasis Room Project was a project to create a space that inspired and allowed myself somewhere to rest (meditate). yoga mats Bmat gold meditation side table candles

  Right next to my bed is a wire plant stand that I found at Winners. The color did not suit my room so it got a little face lift. The surprising part about it was that it fit my storage basket with my yoga supplies in it.  To top it off I got this adorable lamp at Walmart for about 10$ (My Mom get's the credit though as I was unsure how it would look). Right beside it are a few things to help me relax just before bed (a sandalwood candle and lavender pillow mist). 

Oasis Room Project was a project to create a space that inspired and allowed myself somewhere to rest (meditate). planner desk tea studio calico happie scrappie bamboo china japnese

This is a rare sight to see on my desk (so clean!) but even with it covered in planner supplies (or tea) it still inspires me each time I sit at it. For my books, rather than using a bookend, I am useing a statue I have in my collection (ahem, my brothers collection). I am debating switching Ganish to Lu Yu as he would be a friendly sight while I am at my desk. 

Oasis Room Project was a project to create a space that inspired and allowed myself somewhere to rest (meditate). inspiration board kikki.k

         While putting together this room I was not going to keep this board in my room but I opted last minute to create an "inspiration board". Most of the cards are from Kikki.K's inspiration board kit but there is also a quote that came with a Julep Maven box. To the left of the yellow card is a mini bud vase that I got as a gift from my mom a few years ago. Nothing in it right now but I will soon.

Oasis Room Project was a project to create a space that inspired and allowed myself somewhere to rest (meditate). books tea japan japanese amp create crafting

       This project gave me the time to finally go through the books I have out while living at home. Now all the ones I have on hand are ones that not only I reference regularly, but make me happy to see. Throughout my room is many different volumes on tea and also learning Japanese. 
      For when I make tea I have my kensui available to make clean up a breeze.

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   As I said I have to get more frames but in the mean time I still have the pieces up to inspire me. All of the tea art is from Global Tea Hut and I can not see myself ever letting them go.

Oasis Room Project was a project to create a space that inspired and allowed myself somewhere to rest (meditate). Gallery wall project life watercolor watercolour manifest prints tea

I hope you enjoyed this little room tour and perhaps it inspired you to create a space that brings you joy.  Till next time, cheers!
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