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

December 1, 2014


Trust yourself the power of self-belief finding the strength within to do everything you want to.There was many times through my life I doubted myself. Especially during university going through art school. Every piece I created was a part of me,  just as it is with all other artists.
  During one class in my final year , each student was given a price is paper. Printed in it were words that have helped me through dark times and reach my goals. "Trust yourself". 
Who would have known that those three words helped me begin to develop Tea Journey and even dream up new things for my portfolio. It even helped a dear friend of mine when he was conflicted with some personal matters. Those two words helped him find the answer he needed. 

   I know I am not the only one who has moments when you need a little push. So feel free to print out the image above and place it somewhere you will see it every day, or even write it on a small card and carry it with you in your wallet. You hold with in you everything you need to do the best thing for your self, Trust Yourself.

ps. If any guys want a less girly version, leave a comment and I'll post one just for you. 
much love,


Trust yourself the power of self-belief finding the strength within to do everything you want to.There was many times through my life I doubted myself. Especially during university going through art school. Every piece I created was a part of me,  just as it is with all other artists.
  During one class in my final year , each student was given a price is paper. Printed in it were words that have helped me through dark times and reach my goals. "Trust yourself". 
Who would have known that those three words helped me begin to develop Tea Journey and even dream up new things for my portfolio. It even helped a dear friend of mine when he was conflicted with some personal matters. Those two words helped him find the answer he needed. 

   I know I am not the only one who has moments when you need a little push. So feel free to print out the image above and place it somewhere you will see it every day, or even write it on a small card and carry it with you in your wallet. You hold with in you everything you need to do the best thing for your self, Trust Yourself.

ps. If any guys want a less girly version, leave a comment and I'll post one just for you. 
much love,

November 28, 2014

 When it comes to gift giving there is always a moment where we need a little help. This year I have created four guides that are split up into two posts. Each guide has various ideas for that special someone on your list. From Tea lovers to creatives ,and even those Yogis and that super earthy spiritual someone.

Bring the  Holiday cheer:  gift guides for  Tea lovers  and  creatives Moleskine Sloane Tea Art Watercolour Frends with Benefits Headphones  Ashley Brooke Designs Faber-castle Kate Spade Camellia-Sinensis

Bring the  Holiday cheer:  gift guides for  Tea lovers  and  creatives Moleskine Sloane Tea Art Watercolour Frends with Benefits Headphones  Ashley Brooke Designs Faber-castle Kate Spade Camellia-Sinensis



Bring the  Holiday cheer:  gift guides for  Tea lovers  and  creatives Moleskine Sloane Tea Art Watercolour Frends with Benefits Headphones  Ashley Brooke Designs Faber-castle Kate Spade Camellia-Sinensis

Frends with Benifits Taylor Rose Gold Headphones // Winsor and Newton Cotman Water Colours Field Box Set- 12 Half Pans // Ashley Brooke Designs "Everyday I'm Hustlin'!" Travel Mug // Faber-Castell Perfect Pencil // Moleskine Creative Cloud Smart Notebook

Every item was curated with you in mind, but I want to know what you would add or change. Let me know in the comments below!
Happy Holidays!~

 When it comes to gift giving there is always a moment where we need a little help. This year I have created four guides that are split up into two posts. Each guide has various ideas for that special someone on your list. From Tea lovers to creatives ,and even those Yogis and that super earthy spiritual someone.

Bring the  Holiday cheer:  gift guides for  Tea lovers  and  creatives Moleskine Sloane Tea Art Watercolour Frends with Benefits Headphones  Ashley Brooke Designs Faber-castle Kate Spade Camellia-Sinensis

Bring the  Holiday cheer:  gift guides for  Tea lovers  and  creatives Moleskine Sloane Tea Art Watercolour Frends with Benefits Headphones  Ashley Brooke Designs Faber-castle Kate Spade Camellia-Sinensis



Bring the  Holiday cheer:  gift guides for  Tea lovers  and  creatives Moleskine Sloane Tea Art Watercolour Frends with Benefits Headphones  Ashley Brooke Designs Faber-castle Kate Spade Camellia-Sinensis

Frends with Benifits Taylor Rose Gold Headphones // Winsor and Newton Cotman Water Colours Field Box Set- 12 Half Pans // Ashley Brooke Designs "Everyday I'm Hustlin'!" Travel Mug // Faber-Castell Perfect Pencil // Moleskine Creative Cloud Smart Notebook

Every item was curated with you in mind, but I want to know what you would add or change. Let me know in the comments below!
Happy Holidays!~

November 27, 2014

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

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

 This series was created because the message from Global Tea Hut touched me. This months Digital Table brings us a Spring 2014 GABA Tea called Peaceful slumber from Taiwan.

 Ran a little late with this post ( technical difficulties mostly) but there was a lot to share with you regarding this months tea! It's well worth the wait and I am eager to have another cup. So let's put this show on the road!
  This months tea blew me away.... and also had me reaching for a good book.  It has a body that reminded me of the "Champagne" like body of a Bai Hao Oolong (Oriental Beauty) with that touch of aroma fruity. The name "Peaceful Slumber" or "An Mian"suits it very well . This tea is grown in Pingling in Northern Taiwan and it relaxes every part of your body with each sip.

  It is a great tea, but what is up with the GABA?   This one is semi-oxidized as it is from taiwan but in Japan they make a less-oxidized version. Global Tea hut made the suggestion that it perhaps deserves its own category much like pu-er because of  its unique qualities . I totally agree with them after  investigating more into GABA or Gamma Amino Butyric Acid.

It exists naturally within our bodies. It is part of our nervous system where it prevents over-excitement of the system itself.  It has been documented that when there is a low level in the body it can lead to disorders in the same area of the body.  It was discovered in Japan about twenty to twenty five years ago. Soon after it was brought to Taiwan, where it is slow to gain notice with the locals.The thing is that its true categorization is hard to make. The same tea originally from Japan is made differently than it is in Taiwan, but the for the latter version Oolong varieties are used and the processing makes the tea look closer to red tea.


 This series was created because the message from Global Tea Hut touched me. This months Digital Table brings us a Spring 2014 GABA Tea called Peaceful slumber from Taiwan.
GABA Tea is always organically grown and that it because the amount of GABA decreases if it is grown any other way. This tea is seed grown and are given plenty of space to grow in.  This is where nature is allowed to do its thing. There is a deep respect for nature between the farmer and the trees themselves. 

  With its deep connection to nature, it is a perfect tea for meditation.  Just like what is suggested in "And Begin to Absorb Peace" article.  During older times, as the kettle slowly reached a boil, that time was used for this practice. Very similar to the moment that a host would take before starting to clean their tools in Japanese  Tea Ceremony.  It really sets the tone for any tea session and you can still do it with an electric kettle, but it is best done the old fashioned way (read  that as fun way).

This article really got me itching to get out my tetsubin, Of course I would do it only while the rest of the family is at work. How about you? Are you eager to try this centering practice before your next tea session? Let me know in the comments below (or hey send me a tweet if that works for you).
 Till next time, keep on steeping and Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends.
Cheers!

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

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

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

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

 This series was created because the message from Global Tea Hut touched me. This months Digital Table brings us a Spring 2014 GABA Tea called Peaceful slumber from Taiwan.

 Ran a little late with this post ( technical difficulties mostly) but there was a lot to share with you regarding this months tea! It's well worth the wait and I am eager to have another cup. So let's put this show on the road!
  This months tea blew me away.... and also had me reaching for a good book.  It has a body that reminded me of the "Champagne" like body of a Bai Hao Oolong (Oriental Beauty) with that touch of aroma fruity. The name "Peaceful Slumber" or "An Mian"suits it very well . This tea is grown in Pingling in Northern Taiwan and it relaxes every part of your body with each sip.

  It is a great tea, but what is up with the GABA?   This one is semi-oxidized as it is from taiwan but in Japan they make a less-oxidized version. Global Tea hut made the suggestion that it perhaps deserves its own category much like pu-er because of  its unique qualities . I totally agree with them after  investigating more into GABA or Gamma Amino Butyric Acid.

It exists naturally within our bodies. It is part of our nervous system where it prevents over-excitement of the system itself.  It has been documented that when there is a low level in the body it can lead to disorders in the same area of the body.  It was discovered in Japan about twenty to twenty five years ago. Soon after it was brought to Taiwan, where it is slow to gain notice with the locals.The thing is that its true categorization is hard to make. The same tea originally from Japan is made differently than it is in Taiwan, but the for the latter version Oolong varieties are used and the processing makes the tea look closer to red tea.


 This series was created because the message from Global Tea Hut touched me. This months Digital Table brings us a Spring 2014 GABA Tea called Peaceful slumber from Taiwan.
GABA Tea is always organically grown and that it because the amount of GABA decreases if it is grown any other way. This tea is seed grown and are given plenty of space to grow in.  This is where nature is allowed to do its thing. There is a deep respect for nature between the farmer and the trees themselves. 

  With its deep connection to nature, it is a perfect tea for meditation.  Just like what is suggested in "And Begin to Absorb Peace" article.  During older times, as the kettle slowly reached a boil, that time was used for this practice. Very similar to the moment that a host would take before starting to clean their tools in Japanese  Tea Ceremony.  It really sets the tone for any tea session and you can still do it with an electric kettle, but it is best done the old fashioned way (read  that as fun way).

This article really got me itching to get out my tetsubin, Of course I would do it only while the rest of the family is at work. How about you? Are you eager to try this centering practice before your next tea session? Let me know in the comments below (or hey send me a tweet if that works for you).
 Till next time, keep on steeping and Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends.
Cheers!

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

November 24, 2014

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

"There is no beauty without some STRANGENESS" -Edgar Allan Poe Alice in wonderland self acceptance

Perhaps it is because I went on a "Alice in Wonderland" binge today, but this quote just was begging to be shared. Think about it how many quirky things do you do. I personally talk to my cat by imitating him  or just talking to him like he could  understand. Oh but thats just one of the things I do. I bet even you have a little list.

"There is no beauty without some STRANGENESS" -Edgar Allan Poe Alice in wonderland self acceptance


     These little things are part of us. They give us the unique beauty that only we have. They make us stand out from a crowd when someone gets to know us. Like how you have a large collection of steamy romance novels  or a large collection of zombie movies. They help create who we are, no matter how strange.
   So embrace it and never let it go, be yourself!

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

"There is no beauty without some STRANGENESS" -Edgar Allan Poe Alice in wonderland self acceptance

Perhaps it is because I went on a "Alice in Wonderland" binge today, but this quote just was begging to be shared. Think about it how many quirky things do you do. I personally talk to my cat by imitating him  or just talking to him like he could  understand. Oh but thats just one of the things I do. I bet even you have a little list.

"There is no beauty without some STRANGENESS" -Edgar Allan Poe Alice in wonderland self acceptance


     These little things are part of us. They give us the unique beauty that only we have. They make us stand out from a crowd when someone gets to know us. Like how you have a large collection of steamy romance novels  or a large collection of zombie movies. They help create who we are, no matter how strange.
   So embrace it and never let it go, be yourself!

November 21, 2014


Stay happy : Keep active during winter seasonal depression

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


Stay happy : Keep active during winter seasonal depression

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

November 19, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 17, 2014

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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



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

November 14, 2014

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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


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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

8. Anything else you would like to share today?


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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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


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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

8. Anything else you would like to share today?


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

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



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