March 6, 2015

 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 week 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


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 week of every month to discuss the current packet from Global Tea Hut.

December 2014 

 Spring 2007 "Old Man Camphor" Shou Puerh from Lincang, Yunnan

  This tea was a just what I needed when  I was sick a few weeks ago. It gave me a little energy and also casted a calmness over my body. Old Man Camphor smelt very similar to wet forest, earthy and rich. The liquor brewed thick with a sweetness at the end. I noticed a taste of baked cookies that came in before the taste of cooked fruit. Each infusion washed a warmth over you with each sip.
     It was like a big hug from the Global Tea Hut Community . A togetherness that is very similar to the lovely holiday card and photo of Global Tea Hut members. The together they invoked the spirit of the season, family.

January 2015 

 Winter 2014 "Buddha's Palm" Oolong from Pingling, Taiwan

    Who doesn't love a roasted oolong on a cold night? They just warm you right up and that is exactly what this tea did. Buddha's Palm is a lightly roasted rolled oolong that just begged to be steeped. When steeped had delicious smell of dried fruit, perhaps raisins.  The taste reminded me of cooked apple crumble. It just coated the mouth just right.

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 week of every month to discuss the current packet from Global Tea Hut.

"With Slow, Gentle Graceful Movements" by Wu De

 December's issue continued the discussion of a poem on essence of Gongfu tea. This month we are touching on "slow, gentle graceful movements". This line refers to the elegance that comes from being awareness of every move you make as you brew. Wu De suggests we "connect to you tea practice at every stage of the process". We do this by being present and being in the practice of connecting to your tools. 
    To boil it down even further, you need to have a complete awareness (like being aware of your body in yoga) as you brew. Slow down, take your time and make each movement with your full concentration. Focus on each specific task as it arises: when you are rinsing the leaves, boiling water, cleaning etc. Do each task with focus and love.

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 week of every month to discuss the current packet from Global Tea Hut.

"Changing Lives with a Kettle & Some Bowls" by Sam Gibb

   January's issue touched me with Sam's article about sharing tea with children. I have always believed that they are our future and should be taught things to make it better. Meditation is just one of those things, and Sam took it up a notch with some tea (why not?). Sharing tea to teach and foster meditation, is an easier manner for those not used to it. It is perfect method to use with kids and teaching anything is always rewarding (even more so with children).
    It all started with camping retreats where Sam early in the morning held his morning ritual of tea and meditation. He was soon surprised with a few kids (and more each day) who joined him. After they all returned back to school some students wanted to continue having tea. This is where Tea Club started.
  Sam stated that his reason for teaching them meditation is that: "society is moving away from stillness and true connection, instead we are all looking at our phones".  With his teaching his students began to notice nature around them and even started to have tea at home.
  A few of the students wrote about what tea ment for them Amelia wrote a powerful line in hers "Tea for me is a safe, peaceful place".  For me this shows how important skills such as meditation and tea should be taught at an earlier age. That way we may reach a day where there is more respect and harmony amongst the world. Which may very well lead to peace.


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 week 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


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 week of every month to discuss the current packet from Global Tea Hut.

December 2014 

 Spring 2007 "Old Man Camphor" Shou Puerh from Lincang, Yunnan

  This tea was a just what I needed when  I was sick a few weeks ago. It gave me a little energy and also casted a calmness over my body. Old Man Camphor smelt very similar to wet forest, earthy and rich. The liquor brewed thick with a sweetness at the end. I noticed a taste of baked cookies that came in before the taste of cooked fruit. Each infusion washed a warmth over you with each sip.
     It was like a big hug from the Global Tea Hut Community . A togetherness that is very similar to the lovely holiday card and photo of Global Tea Hut members. The together they invoked the spirit of the season, family.

January 2015 

 Winter 2014 "Buddha's Palm" Oolong from Pingling, Taiwan

    Who doesn't love a roasted oolong on a cold night? They just warm you right up and that is exactly what this tea did. Buddha's Palm is a lightly roasted rolled oolong that just begged to be steeped. When steeped had delicious smell of dried fruit, perhaps raisins.  The taste reminded me of cooked apple crumble. It just coated the mouth just right.

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 week of every month to discuss the current packet from Global Tea Hut.

"With Slow, Gentle Graceful Movements" by Wu De

 December's issue continued the discussion of a poem on essence of Gongfu tea. This month we are touching on "slow, gentle graceful movements". This line refers to the elegance that comes from being awareness of every move you make as you brew. Wu De suggests we "connect to you tea practice at every stage of the process". We do this by being present and being in the practice of connecting to your tools. 
    To boil it down even further, you need to have a complete awareness (like being aware of your body in yoga) as you brew. Slow down, take your time and make each movement with your full concentration. Focus on each specific task as it arises: when you are rinsing the leaves, boiling water, cleaning etc. Do each task with focus and love.

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 week of every month to discuss the current packet from Global Tea Hut.

"Changing Lives with a Kettle & Some Bowls" by Sam Gibb

   January's issue touched me with Sam's article about sharing tea with children. I have always believed that they are our future and should be taught things to make it better. Meditation is just one of those things, and Sam took it up a notch with some tea (why not?). Sharing tea to teach and foster meditation, is an easier manner for those not used to it. It is perfect method to use with kids and teaching anything is always rewarding (even more so with children).
    It all started with camping retreats where Sam early in the morning held his morning ritual of tea and meditation. He was soon surprised with a few kids (and more each day) who joined him. After they all returned back to school some students wanted to continue having tea. This is where Tea Club started.
  Sam stated that his reason for teaching them meditation is that: "society is moving away from stillness and true connection, instead we are all looking at our phones".  With his teaching his students began to notice nature around them and even started to have tea at home.
  A few of the students wrote about what tea ment for them Amelia wrote a powerful line in hers "Tea for me is a safe, peaceful place".  For me this shows how important skills such as meditation and tea should be taught at an earlier age. That way we may reach a day where there is more respect and harmony amongst the world. Which may very well lead to peace.


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

March 3, 2015

Goals are something that I keep close to my heart and I picked up "2015 Create Your Shining Year" to continue that tradition. Worksheets similar to the pages in this book that got me not only through High School but helped me plan for what I needed to get into University. If we don't plan, we miss out on things on our bucket list. Keep going after your dream because it is closer than you think,with a little work (More on that latter).


Wow, where did February go? I am glad that we got here as March means Spring. I bet you are also eager for warmer weather, but before we get there it is time to set the tone for the rest of the year (and tidy up too). With my birthday around the corner it is time to get things done (cue the music).

  1. Finish blog business plan from By Regina

             A few months ago I started a standard version of a business plan for class. During that adventure I found an outline for a "blogger" business plan. I love that it covers everything from social media to products. So lets get this party started.

2. Start turning my room into an Oasis

         In September luck was on my side when I won my paint colours from my room fro  Para Paints. Since then I have been planning what the space may look like for me, and when I move out.  I have never had the chance to decorate this much and I can not wait to get started.

3.File taxes and budget

        Its that time of the year again. I can not wait to get my return and tuck it away. My plan is to save up enough to enroll myself in Yoga Teacher Training, as part of my long term plan for myself.  While I still do not know what the future holds, I want to do what is right for me right now.

4.Clean out wardrobe 

       Its almost spring! Time to clean out the closet and break open a bottle of wine. I have all my clothes from while living in Toronto  near my room ready for this purge. I can not wait to help a friend out in her search for spaghetti tank tops (seriously I have too many) and donate what no longer works. The best part will be a wardrobe that will serve me well into my 30s (in two years).

5.Plan out my birthday week (and fun with my bestie)

       Its the big 28 on April 6 and a few days latter is my Best Friends birthday. So, us Arians are ringing in our birthdays in style. Ideas so far are Ajax Slots, and the Yoga Conference. Any suggestions? 

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Linking up with The Nectar Collective's Monthly Wishes

Goals are something that I keep close to my heart and I picked up "2015 Create Your Shining Year" to continue that tradition. Worksheets similar to the pages in this book that got me not only through High School but helped me plan for what I needed to get into University. If we don't plan, we miss out on things on our bucket list. Keep going after your dream because it is closer than you think,with a little work (More on that latter).


Wow, where did February go? I am glad that we got here as March means Spring. I bet you are also eager for warmer weather, but before we get there it is time to set the tone for the rest of the year (and tidy up too). With my birthday around the corner it is time to get things done (cue the music).

  1. Finish blog business plan from By Regina

             A few months ago I started a standard version of a business plan for class. During that adventure I found an outline for a "blogger" business plan. I love that it covers everything from social media to products. So lets get this party started.

2. Start turning my room into an Oasis

         In September luck was on my side when I won my paint colours from my room fro  Para Paints. Since then I have been planning what the space may look like for me, and when I move out.  I have never had the chance to decorate this much and I can not wait to get started.

3.File taxes and budget

        Its that time of the year again. I can not wait to get my return and tuck it away. My plan is to save up enough to enroll myself in Yoga Teacher Training, as part of my long term plan for myself.  While I still do not know what the future holds, I want to do what is right for me right now.

4.Clean out wardrobe 

       Its almost spring! Time to clean out the closet and break open a bottle of wine. I have all my clothes from while living in Toronto  near my room ready for this purge. I can not wait to help a friend out in her search for spaghetti tank tops (seriously I have too many) and donate what no longer works. The best part will be a wardrobe that will serve me well into my 30s (in two years).

5.Plan out my birthday week (and fun with my bestie)

       Its the big 28 on April 6 and a few days latter is my Best Friends birthday. So, us Arians are ringing in our birthdays in style. Ideas so far are Ajax Slots, and the Yoga Conference. Any suggestions? 

-
Linking up with The Nectar Collective's Monthly Wishes

February 23, 2015

    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

This weeks quote is about accepting yourself as you are. When the topic of self-acceptance comes up we tend to feel a little anxious (I'm feeling it). That is to be expected as it can be scary to go on that journey. It takes time and effort, but when we do get there it will help you become an even better version of yourself.

This weeks quote is about accepting yourself as you are. When the topic of self-acceptance comes up we tend to feel a little anxious (I'm feeling it). That is to be expected as it can be scary to go on that journey. It takes time and effort, but when we do get there it will help you become an even better version of yourself.

      We can be build it through practices such as yoga,meditation , tea and even art. Each of these offer you a chance to really experiment without the worry of making a mistake. You are instead given the freedom to experiment, and that is the beauty of these practices. Learning what works for you as you as you play and learn from your "happy mistakes".
        Have fun, get messy and make mistakes!

    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

This weeks quote is about accepting yourself as you are. When the topic of self-acceptance comes up we tend to feel a little anxious (I'm feeling it). That is to be expected as it can be scary to go on that journey. It takes time and effort, but when we do get there it will help you become an even better version of yourself.

This weeks quote is about accepting yourself as you are. When the topic of self-acceptance comes up we tend to feel a little anxious (I'm feeling it). That is to be expected as it can be scary to go on that journey. It takes time and effort, but when we do get there it will help you become an even better version of yourself.

      We can be build it through practices such as yoga,meditation , tea and even art. Each of these offer you a chance to really experiment without the worry of making a mistake. You are instead given the freedom to experiment, and that is the beauty of these practices. Learning what works for you as you as you play and learn from your "happy mistakes".
        Have fun, get messy and make mistakes!

February 13, 2015

Its almost valentines day and it is also a great time to celebrate the relations around you. Focusing on family and friends lets celebrate being single and put good intentions out there. These intentions, by celebrating the good relationships, you can attract other good things in your life (maybe Mr. Right even).
   Lets make this a day where the rule is to not have pity on yourself for past relationships. Having fun instead is the key. So here are some ideas for your day whether it is a night in or out.
photo via IheartU via photopin

If you are having a day in...


  • Go out ahead of time to get anything you need  (face masks, bath bombs or even new colour of polish, or even all of it)
  • set up flowers to be delivered to you with a little intention or affirmation (maybe "I am loved")
  • Pick your movies for the day of (You've got Mail is my personal favorite, what is yours?)
  • Order in dinner and set up your plate like your at a high end restaurant (you can even light some candles)


If you are going out...


  • Gather up some other single friends and plan a night together
  • Go out to play slots
  • Make a reservation at a restaurant
  • Go to the movies
  • Go out dancing

Its almost valentines day and it is also a great time to celebrate the relations around you. Focusing on family and friends lets celebrate being single and put good intentions out there. These intentions, by celebrating the good relationships, you can attract other good things in your life (maybe Mr. Right even).
   Lets make this a day where the rule is to not have pity on yourself for past relationships. Having fun instead is the key. So here are some ideas for your day whether it is a night in or out.
photo via IheartU via photopin

If you are having a day in...


  • Go out ahead of time to get anything you need  (face masks, bath bombs or even new colour of polish, or even all of it)
  • set up flowers to be delivered to you with a little intention or affirmation (maybe "I am loved")
  • Pick your movies for the day of (You've got Mail is my personal favorite, what is yours?)
  • Order in dinner and set up your plate like your at a high end restaurant (you can even light some candles)


If you are going out...


  • Gather up some other single friends and plan a night together
  • Go out to play slots
  • Make a reservation at a restaurant
  • Go to the movies
  • Go out dancing

January 22, 2015

Every year we realize we want to do something new, such as, exercise or stop buying candy. For me this is reading. I always find I never read enough books throughout the year, so I am going to change that. I have created a list of books I have wanted to read and ones I am very curious about. The goal: to read them all before the end of the year (plenty of time to finish!). So lets check out the list together and I will start this, tonight.

books Tea Reader book thief romance of the three kingdoms book of the five rings tale of genji zen flavour Aaron Fisher a course in miracles not that kind of girl what I know for sure oprah winfrey

1. A Tea Reader: Living Life One Cup at a Time by Katrina Avila Munichiello

   I will admit I have started this book last year ,but have yet to finish. So, guess where I am starting? Anyhow, this book is fantastic for any tea drinker as it is written by tea drinkers. I was drawn to this anthology because Cinebar, the writer for Gongfu Girl, has contributed a piece, and I am all for supporting other bloggers.

2.The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

     After watching the movie late last year, I was itching to read the book. Liesel is a character that you just have to fall in love with. Her life through WWII is full of special moments with family and  friend she makes (I am hoping the slight romance between her and the stowaway is in here too).

3.Romance of the Three Kingdoms Vol.1 by Lo Kuan-Chung

   Romance, history and a bit of mythology: Romance of the Three Kingdoms is one of four great classical novels from China. Parts of it have been made into movies, such as, Red Cliff (Fave! ). I adore my Chinese Dramas (Currently watching Romance of the Condor Heroes), so reading a novel is a must for me. It really ties into my mini goal of a few Chinese/Japanese Authors on this list.

4.Tale of Genji by Shikubu Murasaki

    When my love for kimono brought me to Liza Dalby's book "Kimono", I was introduced lightly to this novel. In contrast to the previous book this one is full of: forbidden love, revenge, poetry and even a demon/ghost. Its written during the height of the Heian era which places the publication year before 1021. Let's just say I love history.

5.Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi

 While in my final year at OCAD University, I read Sun Tzu's "Art of war". Both of which I am reading as a "guide" to business, which is what "Art of War" is often re-framed as. The time difference is significant as this book was published in 1645, many years after "Art of War".  A time that was just a few years before big changes in Japan (letting foreigners in etc).
 

6.Zen and Tea: One Flavour by Aaron Fisher

  Aaron Fisher is one of my favorite authors, naturally he is on this list. I just love how he writes and adored "The Way of Tea". This one goes deeper into the relationship of tea and zen. Both things, which you know by reading this blog, that I just can not get enough of. I can not wait to learn more about "Wu Wei" and the even deeper meaning behind it (than what I already know).

7.Tea Medicine by Aaron Fisher

 Did you know that tea was once used medicinally? or that in Chanoyu (Japanese Tea Ceremony) it is still referred to as a "dosage of tea"? Through these two points, I hope to learn more about tea from this perspective as  "student" under my teacher Wu De (Aaron Fisher).

8. A Course in Miracles by Helen Schucman

  After reading a few books by Gabrielle Bernstein, who references this text, I felt the need to learn from the same text that helped her become who she is, by learning self-forgiveness and listening to your inner voice. She used this text as a basis to bring forth the same "healing" that she received from this very book. While this book is more of a textbook in format, it is also a workbook as well. It will be a little companion of mine for the next while as I work towards my own "healing".

9.Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

 After many trips to chapters and spotting this book, its time to read it (alright A Beautiful Mess's Book Club read it and now I want to). Just by reading the description of the book, it made me want to run out and get it. Lena has set this book up as a collection of essays, lists and e-mails from her own life. What kind of Woman can pass up the opportunity to  learn the lessons that another Woman experienced? Definitely not me.

10.What I know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

  For as long as I can remember I have watched Oprah with my mom regularly growing up, it is very empowering to see a woman give back so much to the world around her (and even take the time to write). When I saw this book It called to me and also felt like a book my mom would give me. With that thought in mind I want to take the time to read this and then pass it on to her, as we can both use a little wisdom from a Woman we both respect.

  I can not wait to get to many of these but I am (as mentioned) starting with "The Tea Reader". No exact order will be followed for the course of this adventure (okay I might get "Not That Kind of Girl" next).

till next time,

Every year we realize we want to do something new, such as, exercise or stop buying candy. For me this is reading. I always find I never read enough books throughout the year, so I am going to change that. I have created a list of books I have wanted to read and ones I am very curious about. The goal: to read them all before the end of the year (plenty of time to finish!). So lets check out the list together and I will start this, tonight.

books Tea Reader book thief romance of the three kingdoms book of the five rings tale of genji zen flavour Aaron Fisher a course in miracles not that kind of girl what I know for sure oprah winfrey

1. A Tea Reader: Living Life One Cup at a Time by Katrina Avila Munichiello

   I will admit I have started this book last year ,but have yet to finish. So, guess where I am starting? Anyhow, this book is fantastic for any tea drinker as it is written by tea drinkers. I was drawn to this anthology because Cinebar, the writer for Gongfu Girl, has contributed a piece, and I am all for supporting other bloggers.

2.The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

     After watching the movie late last year, I was itching to read the book. Liesel is a character that you just have to fall in love with. Her life through WWII is full of special moments with family and  friend she makes (I am hoping the slight romance between her and the stowaway is in here too).

3.Romance of the Three Kingdoms Vol.1 by Lo Kuan-Chung

   Romance, history and a bit of mythology: Romance of the Three Kingdoms is one of four great classical novels from China. Parts of it have been made into movies, such as, Red Cliff (Fave! ). I adore my Chinese Dramas (Currently watching Romance of the Condor Heroes), so reading a novel is a must for me. It really ties into my mini goal of a few Chinese/Japanese Authors on this list.

4.Tale of Genji by Shikubu Murasaki

    When my love for kimono brought me to Liza Dalby's book "Kimono", I was introduced lightly to this novel. In contrast to the previous book this one is full of: forbidden love, revenge, poetry and even a demon/ghost. Its written during the height of the Heian era which places the publication year before 1021. Let's just say I love history.

5.Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi

 While in my final year at OCAD University, I read Sun Tzu's "Art of war". Both of which I am reading as a "guide" to business, which is what "Art of War" is often re-framed as. The time difference is significant as this book was published in 1645, many years after "Art of War".  A time that was just a few years before big changes in Japan (letting foreigners in etc).
 

6.Zen and Tea: One Flavour by Aaron Fisher

  Aaron Fisher is one of my favorite authors, naturally he is on this list. I just love how he writes and adored "The Way of Tea". This one goes deeper into the relationship of tea and zen. Both things, which you know by reading this blog, that I just can not get enough of. I can not wait to learn more about "Wu Wei" and the even deeper meaning behind it (than what I already know).

7.Tea Medicine by Aaron Fisher

 Did you know that tea was once used medicinally? or that in Chanoyu (Japanese Tea Ceremony) it is still referred to as a "dosage of tea"? Through these two points, I hope to learn more about tea from this perspective as  "student" under my teacher Wu De (Aaron Fisher).

8. A Course in Miracles by Helen Schucman

  After reading a few books by Gabrielle Bernstein, who references this text, I felt the need to learn from the same text that helped her become who she is, by learning self-forgiveness and listening to your inner voice. She used this text as a basis to bring forth the same "healing" that she received from this very book. While this book is more of a textbook in format, it is also a workbook as well. It will be a little companion of mine for the next while as I work towards my own "healing".

9.Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

 After many trips to chapters and spotting this book, its time to read it (alright A Beautiful Mess's Book Club read it and now I want to). Just by reading the description of the book, it made me want to run out and get it. Lena has set this book up as a collection of essays, lists and e-mails from her own life. What kind of Woman can pass up the opportunity to  learn the lessons that another Woman experienced? Definitely not me.

10.What I know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

  For as long as I can remember I have watched Oprah with my mom regularly growing up, it is very empowering to see a woman give back so much to the world around her (and even take the time to write). When I saw this book It called to me and also felt like a book my mom would give me. With that thought in mind I want to take the time to read this and then pass it on to her, as we can both use a little wisdom from a Woman we both respect.

  I can not wait to get to many of these but I am (as mentioned) starting with "The Tea Reader". No exact order will be followed for the course of this adventure (okay I might get "Not That Kind of Girl" next).

till next time,

January 19, 2015

2015 goal planning create your shining year life biz leonie dawson

Three weeks into 2015, how the time flies. The last little while I was sick and am back to full health last week. The little down time was just what was needed to ring in the new year and get things going (with a little help).
 To start the year right, I ordered "My Shining Year Life + Biz". This book has been a blessing. It encourages you to review the previous year and set goals for the new one. The absolutely best part is the colorful pages that beg to be filled out (its a little addicting).
  It will be another little bit before I have some concrete goals to share but I wanted to share this book with you all. Last year was amazing but I feel we can step it up and make it even better. Let's get the most out of this year together and achieve our dreams!
2015 Goal planning is the way to a shining year. Create your shining year with Leonie Dawson's book!
P.S. There is also an e-book version if you want to save a bit of money ( and paper). 

2015 goal planning create your shining year life biz leonie dawson

Three weeks into 2015, how the time flies. The last little while I was sick and am back to full health last week. The little down time was just what was needed to ring in the new year and get things going (with a little help).
 To start the year right, I ordered "My Shining Year Life + Biz". This book has been a blessing. It encourages you to review the previous year and set goals for the new one. The absolutely best part is the colorful pages that beg to be filled out (its a little addicting).
  It will be another little bit before I have some concrete goals to share but I wanted to share this book with you all. Last year was amazing but I feel we can step it up and make it even better. Let's get the most out of this year together and achieve our dreams!
2015 Goal planning is the way to a shining year. Create your shining year with Leonie Dawson's book!
P.S. There is also an e-book version if you want to save a bit of money ( and paper). 

December 26, 2014

Have you been feeling a little parched lately? With this weather no wonder we are all feeling thirsty. Brewing up a good cup of tea needs one key thing: good clean water. My personal choice for ensuring my water is truly clean is with my Brita pitcher. It's time to talk water.


  Water is important, even if you drink coffee ( Did you know that, Starbucks filters their water?).  
 Its the time of year where its super easy to forget to drink water. its so cold that at times we forget. 
 This pitcher is a game changer from the last version I had around almost 10-15 years ago. This one is built to last. I just love that it is green (don't you?). 
 The size, 10 liters, is perfect for while I am living  at home. We used to buy water bottles all the time but we have almost cut that out. Which is a big change from the old style. This one has a little flip lid, so that you can fill it with the rest of the lid on. That and the LED light, that tells you when to change the filter, made me jump for joy.
    Alright enough talk about the device, lets get back to water. I compared Brita water to regular tap water, they are quite the same but with a little more life in the first. So much that it is my water of choice for when I am going to make a cup of tea (or pot of coffee). By the way, my parents (Read: Brother) fills the reservoir of their Keurig with the water, and they love it.   
Giveaway!!!
I have partnered with Brita for  a giveaway of their Filtered Water Bottle.  I picked up one of my own over the summer, and, I just love it (it stays next to my bed now). Here's to a your health!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
**Open to Canadians only

     Both pitcher and product giveaway were provided by Brita. All thoughts are my own, and true. All product mentions are done only if I have used and love the product itself. 

Have you been feeling a little parched lately? With this weather no wonder we are all feeling thirsty. Brewing up a good cup of tea needs one key thing: good clean water. My personal choice for ensuring my water is truly clean is with my Brita pitcher. It's time to talk water.


  Water is important, even if you drink coffee ( Did you know that, Starbucks filters their water?).  
 Its the time of year where its super easy to forget to drink water. its so cold that at times we forget. 
 This pitcher is a game changer from the last version I had around almost 10-15 years ago. This one is built to last. I just love that it is green (don't you?). 
 The size, 10 liters, is perfect for while I am living  at home. We used to buy water bottles all the time but we have almost cut that out. Which is a big change from the old style. This one has a little flip lid, so that you can fill it with the rest of the lid on. That and the LED light, that tells you when to change the filter, made me jump for joy.
    Alright enough talk about the device, lets get back to water. I compared Brita water to regular tap water, they are quite the same but with a little more life in the first. So much that it is my water of choice for when I am going to make a cup of tea (or pot of coffee). By the way, my parents (Read: Brother) fills the reservoir of their Keurig with the water, and they love it.   
Giveaway!!!
I have partnered with Brita for  a giveaway of their Filtered Water Bottle.  I picked up one of my own over the summer, and, I just love it (it stays next to my bed now). Here's to a your health!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
**Open to Canadians only

     Both pitcher and product giveaway were provided by Brita. All thoughts are my own, and true. All product mentions are done only if I have used and love the product itself. 

December 24, 2014

Little miracles can happen at any moment, everyday. This is what I believe since reading "Spirit Junkie" and "May Cause Miracles" by Gabrielle Bernstein. Something amazingly touching happened last night on my walk here in my hometown.

Pay it forward is a real thing! Read my story about a little miracle that happened to me and a close friend. Miracles happen more often than we think, just look to Gabrielle Bernstein.

 Quite regularly I go for walks with my best friend James for a bit of exercise and a good talk. After a long walk (and discovering that my Grandparents home still stands), we sat down for a bit. Like usual we chatted about what is going on in our lives, the holidays etc.
   Part way through a talk about classes, a guy walked up to us. Usually when someone does this our first thought is they want something. But, something told us this was not the case. In his hand were a few bills. He said "hi", handed us each money while saying "Merry Christmas". It was not much, but the very act was priceless. 
  We were both shocked. James  hurried after him and thanked him. This guy who knew nothing about us, just felt blessed and wanted to give back. Little did he know both of us were struggling financially and this act made us feel the love which comes with the season. 
  We both felt like anything that made us feel down from the past was so small and we can focus on the present. I am not sure what I will do with hid gift yet, but I am sure a sign will come. 
     
    I wish you all a wonderful Holiday Season. Happy Holidays everyone from my family to yours!

Pay it forward is a real thing! Read my story about a little miracle that happened to me and a close friend. Miracles happen more often than we think, just look to Gabrielle Bernstein.

Little miracles can happen at any moment, everyday. This is what I believe since reading "Spirit Junkie" and "May Cause Miracles" by Gabrielle Bernstein. Something amazingly touching happened last night on my walk here in my hometown.

Pay it forward is a real thing! Read my story about a little miracle that happened to me and a close friend. Miracles happen more often than we think, just look to Gabrielle Bernstein.

 Quite regularly I go for walks with my best friend James for a bit of exercise and a good talk. After a long walk (and discovering that my Grandparents home still stands), we sat down for a bit. Like usual we chatted about what is going on in our lives, the holidays etc.
   Part way through a talk about classes, a guy walked up to us. Usually when someone does this our first thought is they want something. But, something told us this was not the case. In his hand were a few bills. He said "hi", handed us each money while saying "Merry Christmas". It was not much, but the very act was priceless. 
  We were both shocked. James  hurried after him and thanked him. This guy who knew nothing about us, just felt blessed and wanted to give back. Little did he know both of us were struggling financially and this act made us feel the love which comes with the season. 
  We both felt like anything that made us feel down from the past was so small and we can focus on the present. I am not sure what I will do with hid gift yet, but I am sure a sign will come. 
     
    I wish you all a wonderful Holiday Season. Happy Holidays everyone from my family to yours!

Pay it forward is a real thing! Read my story about a little miracle that happened to me and a close friend. Miracles happen more often than we think, just look to Gabrielle Bernstein.

December 19, 2014

 Monday is the new moon for me, this month I have decided to set some intentions. If you have a few things you would love to manifest into your life this is for you. Think of "new beginnings" or even little things you wish would happen, make a list and come along for the ride.

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.

 The other night I had an emotional talk with a close friend of mine about how things have been really great this year. To continue this pattern, I choose to try something new, intention setting with the moon. Its a really powerful thing in itself. It makes oceans raise and lower, and even can effect our moods ( we are mostly water).
    To get prepared for the new moon, which is this coming monday, I started a list of things I want to manifest. I am asking the universe to bring these things into my life. The overall theme is things you want in your life, beginnings or newness. So right now my list includes things like "Forgiving the past" and "Spending 2014 New Years with friends".
   The last one is very achievable, it is important for this process to have smaller things that can manifest sooner than others. Now for the first one, that will take time. A good balance of both types will help things manifest things quicker.
  On Monday night I am going to do my own little spiritual practice with a bath, meditation, incense and candles. My plan is to really prepare myself to let things things come in their own time (and give my friends a call).
   I really suggest you try it out. I unknowingly did this while in Halifax while paiting and wrote many things that I wished happen. If it were not for that moment and the work I did on my part, I feel I would not have gotten as far as I have (I am starting to work in the New Year!).

Try this out, but make it your own. If meditation is not your thing and you want to pray or dance, just do it. Intention setting is really a personal thing.
 Happy Holidays everyone. I have a great supprise for you all after Christmas.

Cheers,

 Monday is the new moon for me, this month I have decided to set some intentions. If you have a few things you would love to manifest into your life this is for you. Think of "new beginnings" or even little things you wish would happen, make a list and come along for the ride.

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.

 The other night I had an emotional talk with a close friend of mine about how things have been really great this year. To continue this pattern, I choose to try something new, intention setting with the moon. Its a really powerful thing in itself. It makes oceans raise and lower, and even can effect our moods ( we are mostly water).
    To get prepared for the new moon, which is this coming monday, I started a list of things I want to manifest. I am asking the universe to bring these things into my life. The overall theme is things you want in your life, beginnings or newness. So right now my list includes things like "Forgiving the past" and "Spending 2014 New Years with friends".
   The last one is very achievable, it is important for this process to have smaller things that can manifest sooner than others. Now for the first one, that will take time. A good balance of both types will help things manifest things quicker.
  On Monday night I am going to do my own little spiritual practice with a bath, meditation, incense and candles. My plan is to really prepare myself to let things things come in their own time (and give my friends a call).
   I really suggest you try it out. I unknowingly did this while in Halifax while paiting and wrote many things that I wished happen. If it were not for that moment and the work I did on my part, I feel I would not have gotten as far as I have (I am starting to work in the New Year!).

Try this out, but make it your own. If meditation is not your thing and you want to pray or dance, just do it. Intention setting is really a personal thing.
 Happy Holidays everyone. I have a great supprise for you all after Christmas.

Cheers,

December 16, 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.

There are little spaces within a city where you can get some peace. Little Oasis' that help you feel grounded within the busy downtown. Join us for our regular Urban Oasis series to discover them!

There are little spaces within a city where you can get some peace. Little Oasis' that help you feel grounded within the busy downtown. Join us for our regular Urban Oasis series to discover them!

There are little spaces within a city where you can get some peace. Little Oasis' that help you feel grounded within the busy downtown. Join us for our regular Urban Oasis series to discover them!

 If you want to see where this park is go to street view on the map below. If you have any problems just send me a message and I can help out!
                                      

P.S. This location is great for a little time "out" of the city. I have taken some tea gear with me a number of times here for a little peace. While it is beautiful in the winter I can not wait to show you how it is during the warmer months.

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.

There are little spaces within a city where you can get some peace. Little Oasis' that help you feel grounded within the busy downtown. Join us for our regular Urban Oasis series to discover them!

There are little spaces within a city where you can get some peace. Little Oasis' that help you feel grounded within the busy downtown. Join us for our regular Urban Oasis series to discover them!

There are little spaces within a city where you can get some peace. Little Oasis' that help you feel grounded within the busy downtown. Join us for our regular Urban Oasis series to discover them!

 If you want to see where this park is go to street view on the map below. If you have any problems just send me a message and I can help out!
                                      

P.S. This location is great for a little time "out" of the city. I have taken some tea gear with me a number of times here for a little peace. While it is beautiful in the winter I can not wait to show you how it is during the warmer months.

December 10, 2014

We have many experiences though our lives. Everyone offers lessons. Oprah Winfrey explains this well in todays quotable. With a little image of Guanyin painted with tea and watercolours.

We have many experiences though our lives. Everyone offers lessons. Oprah Winfrey explains this well in todays quotable. I have learned a lot through out the last year and a bit such as relationships, change and even trusting your gut.

Tough relationship

   Speaking of gut feeling last year I had a sinking feeling while visiting an ex, not just once but every time I was over. I first thought, what is this? What does it mean? Meanwhile I was spending time with them, I found out latter, had begun to close the chapter in their life with me in it. Apparently being on "a break" means that the relationship was over but I did not know that is how they felt.
   For three years I thought that we were trying to grow our friendship , as they told me. The actual end had happened and I had missed it. Friends and even co-workers told me to get out, it was over. I did not listen.

Time to end it

   It was not till November last year that I made a decision to end it. A weight was lifted off of me and I began to see things clearly. My intuition told me that they were now with their roommate, little did I know that it was right. After ending it, I saw them both twice. I stopped there because I wanted to only have positive people in my life.

Listen to lifes lessons

   Clarity quickly came in the following months as I carefully choose who I wanted in my life. With that I rekindled a friendship and now we are closer than before. I learned that life can throw us these lessons in the form of a problem or even a person. We just need to understand that it is an assignment and we can not get around it.
   My lesson was to listen to my intuition and be selective who I hang around with. Negativity is something no one has time for because theirs can bring you down as well.

P.S. Did you know that this weeks Quotable was created with both tea and watercolours? They are a few of my favorite mediums to work with. I am a little shy when it comes to my work, so I am going to to share it with you to work through it.

Till next time!

We have many experiences though our lives. Everyone offers lessons. Oprah Winfrey explains this well in todays quotable. With a little image of Guanyin painted with tea and watercolours.

We have many experiences though our lives. Everyone offers lessons. Oprah Winfrey explains this well in todays quotable. I have learned a lot through out the last year and a bit such as relationships, change and even trusting your gut.

Tough relationship

   Speaking of gut feeling last year I had a sinking feeling while visiting an ex, not just once but every time I was over. I first thought, what is this? What does it mean? Meanwhile I was spending time with them, I found out latter, had begun to close the chapter in their life with me in it. Apparently being on "a break" means that the relationship was over but I did not know that is how they felt.
   For three years I thought that we were trying to grow our friendship , as they told me. The actual end had happened and I had missed it. Friends and even co-workers told me to get out, it was over. I did not listen.

Time to end it

   It was not till November last year that I made a decision to end it. A weight was lifted off of me and I began to see things clearly. My intuition told me that they were now with their roommate, little did I know that it was right. After ending it, I saw them both twice. I stopped there because I wanted to only have positive people in my life.

Listen to lifes lessons

   Clarity quickly came in the following months as I carefully choose who I wanted in my life. With that I rekindled a friendship and now we are closer than before. I learned that life can throw us these lessons in the form of a problem or even a person. We just need to understand that it is an assignment and we can not get around it.
   My lesson was to listen to my intuition and be selective who I hang around with. Negativity is something no one has time for because theirs can bring you down as well.

P.S. Did you know that this weeks Quotable was created with both tea and watercolours? They are a few of my favorite mediums to work with. I am a little shy when it comes to my work, so I am going to to share it with you to work through it.

Till next time!

December 5, 2014

Welcome to the second (and last) part of gift guides for the holiday season! This weeks two guides were put together with yogis and those of us that are a little bit of a spirit junkie (I'm guilty, how about you?). Naturally there are items that even tea lover or even creatives may like, so have an open mind when looking around. If you missed last weeks post here is a link to it here. Happy Holidays everyone!
Bring the Holiday Cheer with gift guides for those yogis and spirit junkies on your list. Or just pamper yourself with a little something something.

Freckle Face Creations Unusual Positive Stamped Word Charms  Sugar Blossom Beatrix with Tassel Friendship Bracelet  Tealish Delicious Detox Green Tea  Lole "Yoga a Paris" City Water Bottle Dusky Leaf Yoga Mat in Avocado and Chocolate
Freckle Face Creations Unusual Positive Stamped Word Charms // Sugar Blossom Beatrix with Tassel Friendship Bracelet // Tealish Delicious Detox Green Tea // Lole "Yoga a Paris" City Water Bottle// Dusky Leaf Yoga Mat in Avocado and Chocolate
 Mala Collective Prana Mala Necklace Arbonne FC5 Exfoliating New Cell Scrub Mask  May Cause Miracles: A 40-day Guidebook Of Subtle Shifts For Radical Change And Unlimited Happiness   Davids Tea Blueberry Jam Tea Scented Candle  Spirit Junkie Alternative Ladies Maniac Sweatshirt

There is less than 24 hours left for the current Spirit Junkie tops but I had to add it in to the collection. I am going to be snagging one before time runs out. How about you? Or is there an item that you want to share that you recommend? Post it in the comments below and I'll send a little love your way.

till next time

Welcome to the second (and last) part of gift guides for the holiday season! This weeks two guides were put together with yogis and those of us that are a little bit of a spirit junkie (I'm guilty, how about you?). Naturally there are items that even tea lover or even creatives may like, so have an open mind when looking around. If you missed last weeks post here is a link to it here. Happy Holidays everyone!
Bring the Holiday Cheer with gift guides for those yogis and spirit junkies on your list. Or just pamper yourself with a little something something.

Freckle Face Creations Unusual Positive Stamped Word Charms  Sugar Blossom Beatrix with Tassel Friendship Bracelet  Tealish Delicious Detox Green Tea  Lole "Yoga a Paris" City Water Bottle Dusky Leaf Yoga Mat in Avocado and Chocolate
Freckle Face Creations Unusual Positive Stamped Word Charms // Sugar Blossom Beatrix with Tassel Friendship Bracelet // Tealish Delicious Detox Green Tea // Lole "Yoga a Paris" City Water Bottle// Dusky Leaf Yoga Mat in Avocado and Chocolate
 Mala Collective Prana Mala Necklace Arbonne FC5 Exfoliating New Cell Scrub Mask  May Cause Miracles: A 40-day Guidebook Of Subtle Shifts For Radical Change And Unlimited Happiness   Davids Tea Blueberry Jam Tea Scented Candle  Spirit Junkie Alternative Ladies Maniac Sweatshirt

There is less than 24 hours left for the current Spirit Junkie tops but I had to add it in to the collection. I am going to be snagging one before time runs out. How about you? Or is there an item that you want to share that you recommend? Post it in the comments below and I'll send a little love your way.

till next time