October 30, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 27, 2014


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 24, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 22, 2014

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

"I'm so Happy" by Pharrel Williams


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

"Shake It off" by Taylor Swift



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

"Let it Go" from Frozen



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

"Defying Gravity" - From Wicked



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

"My Favorite Things" - From The Sound of Music



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

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

"I'm so Happy" by Pharrel Williams


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

"Shake It off" by Taylor Swift



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

"Let it Go" from Frozen



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

"Defying Gravity" - From Wicked



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

"My Favorite Things" - From The Sound of Music



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

October 21, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

xxoo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

xxoo

October 20, 2014

I have been meaning to start something new and it came to me, in an e-mail from Alex Beadon. For the next 7 days I am participating in a blogger challenge to help push us beyond our comfort zone. If you would like to join in all the information can be found here at Alex's page for the challenge.


It happened
In a few months it will be a year. Of what you may be saying to yourself right now. Let me get it out, December 2nd I lost my job due to cut backs. I still remember being asked to come sit with the two owners of the business at 4:30pm, and it all came out. It was my last day and I would be done at 5pm. I did not talk to anyone after I left with exception of a kind gentleman outside a bar, I asked for a smoke after 3 months of quitting. It was only a temporary fix.
    I went to the Reference Library as I was meeting friends in an hour. My emotions at the time slowly bubbled up quickly as I reached the door and I headed for the closest bathroom. I can not remember how long I was in there for. While  I understood the position they were in financially, I felt like I was to blame. I continued to put the fault on myself, till I felt like I had been in there too long. I looked in the mirror and took a deep breath. "Things will work out". I said to myself and gave a weak smile.

A secret
    Once I was out I tried to distract myself till my friends came. When they did I avoided mentioning the heaviness that was clinging to my very being. On the way home I found it hard to look at the other passengers on the Subway. For some reason I felt like they some how knew what had happened. It felt like such a blessing to get away from them and walk home from the station. I made dinner and curled up on my bed. Shuuhei (my cat) tried to cheer me up but I did not want to do anything,
    Never had I been let go with no prior notice. While in School the shop I was working for was sold, but my job was at least safe. This time I had nothing.
   
Vulnerable inside
 A few days went by and I had to negotiate with the owners regarding regulations for having employees. It felt like salt on a wound. Things slowly cleared up and I was finally free to decide what to do next. What held me back was that it was December. Not exactly the best time to be looking for a job. Instead for a few days I stayed inside. I did not want to see anyone. It was a few days before I told my room mate and a week or more before I told my family.
  Telling them made me feel like a failure. Again I slipped into a state where nothing felt fulfilling.

Gifts are not always things
  My roommate had talked to one of her clients, there was a sampling position that I could have.The news made everything so much brighter. That day I went out and actually got a few things done such as groceries and getting some much needed fresh air.
   The next weekend I started to work and loved it. I met so many people and was treated with kindness. I felt much healthier for once since "IT" happened.  Then I got a phone call from my dad, he offered to help me move out. Back then it hurt, I had to leave my safe place. I agreed.
  Slowly right past Christmas and into early January, I packed up my life. It was hard, when dad took me home I remember crying the first few nights. The next morning or afternoon I had to get dressed and go with my dad back to Toronto.
 
Warmth of love
It took sometime to get used to living at home again. I often sat on the couch with my mom to watch TV and hear how her day at work was. I built up a routine. It was broken when I went to Halifax but right after I was so glad to be back. I spent time with my brother watching Marvel movies, playing games and we even went to the mall a few times.
  It took sometime for me to notice but I felt better than I ever did while in Toronto. I was surounded by my family. They knew it was hard on me to loose my job but they helped me realize what I needed most. Love, I needed the love of my family. They helped me heal before I even knew I needed it. I would not be where I am without them. I love everyone one of them.
 

I have been meaning to start something new and it came to me, in an e-mail from Alex Beadon. For the next 7 days I am participating in a blogger challenge to help push us beyond our comfort zone. If you would like to join in all the information can be found here at Alex's page for the challenge.


It happened
In a few months it will be a year. Of what you may be saying to yourself right now. Let me get it out, December 2nd I lost my job due to cut backs. I still remember being asked to come sit with the two owners of the business at 4:30pm, and it all came out. It was my last day and I would be done at 5pm. I did not talk to anyone after I left with exception of a kind gentleman outside a bar, I asked for a smoke after 3 months of quitting. It was only a temporary fix.
    I went to the Reference Library as I was meeting friends in an hour. My emotions at the time slowly bubbled up quickly as I reached the door and I headed for the closest bathroom. I can not remember how long I was in there for. While  I understood the position they were in financially, I felt like I was to blame. I continued to put the fault on myself, till I felt like I had been in there too long. I looked in the mirror and took a deep breath. "Things will work out". I said to myself and gave a weak smile.

A secret
    Once I was out I tried to distract myself till my friends came. When they did I avoided mentioning the heaviness that was clinging to my very being. On the way home I found it hard to look at the other passengers on the Subway. For some reason I felt like they some how knew what had happened. It felt like such a blessing to get away from them and walk home from the station. I made dinner and curled up on my bed. Shuuhei (my cat) tried to cheer me up but I did not want to do anything,
    Never had I been let go with no prior notice. While in School the shop I was working for was sold, but my job was at least safe. This time I had nothing.
   
Vulnerable inside
 A few days went by and I had to negotiate with the owners regarding regulations for having employees. It felt like salt on a wound. Things slowly cleared up and I was finally free to decide what to do next. What held me back was that it was December. Not exactly the best time to be looking for a job. Instead for a few days I stayed inside. I did not want to see anyone. It was a few days before I told my room mate and a week or more before I told my family.
  Telling them made me feel like a failure. Again I slipped into a state where nothing felt fulfilling.

Gifts are not always things
  My roommate had talked to one of her clients, there was a sampling position that I could have.The news made everything so much brighter. That day I went out and actually got a few things done such as groceries and getting some much needed fresh air.
   The next weekend I started to work and loved it. I met so many people and was treated with kindness. I felt much healthier for once since "IT" happened.  Then I got a phone call from my dad, he offered to help me move out. Back then it hurt, I had to leave my safe place. I agreed.
  Slowly right past Christmas and into early January, I packed up my life. It was hard, when dad took me home I remember crying the first few nights. The next morning or afternoon I had to get dressed and go with my dad back to Toronto.
 
Warmth of love
It took sometime to get used to living at home again. I often sat on the couch with my mom to watch TV and hear how her day at work was. I built up a routine. It was broken when I went to Halifax but right after I was so glad to be back. I spent time with my brother watching Marvel movies, playing games and we even went to the mall a few times.
  It took sometime for me to notice but I felt better than I ever did while in Toronto. I was surounded by my family. They knew it was hard on me to loose my job but they helped me realize what I needed most. Love, I needed the love of my family. They helped me heal before I even knew I needed it. I would not be where I am without them. I love everyone one of them.
 

October 18, 2014

I have been meaning to start something new and it came to me, in an e-mail from Alex Beadon. For the next 7 days I am participating in a blogger challenge to help push us beyond our comfort zone. If you would like to join in all the information can be found here at Alex's page for the challenge.

#feelgoodbloggingchallenge: My Favorite books for motivation , healing and self-love Spirit Junkie By Gabrielle Bernstein  May Cause Miracles Make Every Man Want You by Marie Forleo #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso  Own it by Tabatha Coffey

 When things hit rock bottom for me last year it was not till the Spring that I make the conscious choice to heal. I sought out books that would help me go at my own pace and from the comfort of home with family around me.  Self-help books get a really bad reputation for being scary and "make you seem desperate" , but when you embrace them they are a gift that we need once in a while.
   This list is of books I have either read or have read enough (and am still reading) to deem it of good quality to help others too. Most of them should be at your local library where you can get the book with no problems , if buying them is not an option. So let's now , together, go through the list one item at a time.

Spirit Junkie By Gabrielle Bernstein
   As soon as you begin reading the first few pages you get a feel for who Gabby is. She is a fun loving woman who struggled to heal her own past. To start her own healing she used the book "A Course in Miracles", this very book is what she refers to throughout. 
   This book reads more as a partner book to May Cause Miracles ( at least to me it seems so). The whole feel (so far) is that our Ego is what fuels our negative thoughts and even brings hurtful past to our minds. By changing our thought pattern by accepting love instead we can begin to heal.

May Cause Miracles by Gabrielle Bernstein
   If you are like me then a guide book with steps for each day will help wonders (almost at day 20 yey!). Each day for this 40 day guide book you have a morning intention, an afternoon affirmation and an evening task. 
In the morning Gabby has you sitting for one minute meditations but ( if you have time) go longer. Pull up a guided meditation that works for the day and jump into your Ing zone. The afternoon affirmations are great as it reminds you what you are working on, pop a notification on your phone with it and you are good. The evening, I just love this part, each day varies. So far I have done meditations, Ing writing in my journal and even had to say "I love you" to myself in the mirror (three times). When you want to dig deep Gabby is the way to go!

Make Every Man Want You by Marie Forleo
     I mentioned this book before in the spring. I literally could not put it down till I was done (and I even lent it to a friend who I thought needed it). Disguised as a book to help you get a guy, Marie guides you to be a better you and be more present in your life. This was the first book I read out of all the ones on this page. With Marie's friendly tone to her writing it just makes you feel like a good friend is helping you out (and who doesn't want to hang with their friends?). I suggest this not only for all you girls out there but the men as well (by the way I think there is a digital copy available).  
   Give yourself the push you need to be more present and authentically you. Get it from the library, its a quick read (you can always go back and take notes or get the workbook online) and give something loving to YOU! (By the way I love you~)

#Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso
  What can I say about this girl? She is the new image of a woman in my books, at least when it comes to entrepreneurship. Sophia build Nasty Gal from nothing on Ebay to a $100 Million plus online fashion retailer. Her story includes hitchhiking, random odd jobs, and trills. Everything build up to who she is. 
   Now when you read this book (especially if you are an entrepreneur ) take notes! There are so much information in the book that could very well help you in your own ventures. Believe me , when I say I am going back through it and taking notes. Become a #girlboss and kick some butt!  

Own it by Tabatha Coffey
   Why did I pick up this book? Not only did it have a woman on the cover that looked like she could take on anything but there was a quote on the back that got me.

 I'm Tabatha. Some call what I do "tough love." You better belive it is. I have made gown men cry like babies. But they thanked me latter. Why? Because I taught them how to Own It.

 In my book she means business, right away she sets the tone for the whole book. She takes your keys to "Your Life" and you have to earn them back. This really was new to me, but I am still working through the book. She gets you to work on thing like attitude, passion, style, relationships, business etc.
   I have just dipped my feet into this one but I feel it will be a good book to compliment the books by Gabby. Not only will the reader of both be self-loving and present. But also taking charge of their life (it just gives it a good balance)!
 

I have been meaning to start something new and it came to me, in an e-mail from Alex Beadon. For the next 7 days I am participating in a blogger challenge to help push us beyond our comfort zone. If you would like to join in all the information can be found here at Alex's page for the challenge.

#feelgoodbloggingchallenge: My Favorite books for motivation , healing and self-love Spirit Junkie By Gabrielle Bernstein  May Cause Miracles Make Every Man Want You by Marie Forleo #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso  Own it by Tabatha Coffey

 When things hit rock bottom for me last year it was not till the Spring that I make the conscious choice to heal. I sought out books that would help me go at my own pace and from the comfort of home with family around me.  Self-help books get a really bad reputation for being scary and "make you seem desperate" , but when you embrace them they are a gift that we need once in a while.
   This list is of books I have either read or have read enough (and am still reading) to deem it of good quality to help others too. Most of them should be at your local library where you can get the book with no problems , if buying them is not an option. So let's now , together, go through the list one item at a time.

Spirit Junkie By Gabrielle Bernstein
   As soon as you begin reading the first few pages you get a feel for who Gabby is. She is a fun loving woman who struggled to heal her own past. To start her own healing she used the book "A Course in Miracles", this very book is what she refers to throughout. 
   This book reads more as a partner book to May Cause Miracles ( at least to me it seems so). The whole feel (so far) is that our Ego is what fuels our negative thoughts and even brings hurtful past to our minds. By changing our thought pattern by accepting love instead we can begin to heal.

May Cause Miracles by Gabrielle Bernstein
   If you are like me then a guide book with steps for each day will help wonders (almost at day 20 yey!). Each day for this 40 day guide book you have a morning intention, an afternoon affirmation and an evening task. 
In the morning Gabby has you sitting for one minute meditations but ( if you have time) go longer. Pull up a guided meditation that works for the day and jump into your Ing zone. The afternoon affirmations are great as it reminds you what you are working on, pop a notification on your phone with it and you are good. The evening, I just love this part, each day varies. So far I have done meditations, Ing writing in my journal and even had to say "I love you" to myself in the mirror (three times). When you want to dig deep Gabby is the way to go!

Make Every Man Want You by Marie Forleo
     I mentioned this book before in the spring. I literally could not put it down till I was done (and I even lent it to a friend who I thought needed it). Disguised as a book to help you get a guy, Marie guides you to be a better you and be more present in your life. This was the first book I read out of all the ones on this page. With Marie's friendly tone to her writing it just makes you feel like a good friend is helping you out (and who doesn't want to hang with their friends?). I suggest this not only for all you girls out there but the men as well (by the way I think there is a digital copy available).  
   Give yourself the push you need to be more present and authentically you. Get it from the library, its a quick read (you can always go back and take notes or get the workbook online) and give something loving to YOU! (By the way I love you~)

#Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso
  What can I say about this girl? She is the new image of a woman in my books, at least when it comes to entrepreneurship. Sophia build Nasty Gal from nothing on Ebay to a $100 Million plus online fashion retailer. Her story includes hitchhiking, random odd jobs, and trills. Everything build up to who she is. 
   Now when you read this book (especially if you are an entrepreneur ) take notes! There are so much information in the book that could very well help you in your own ventures. Believe me , when I say I am going back through it and taking notes. Become a #girlboss and kick some butt!  

Own it by Tabatha Coffey
   Why did I pick up this book? Not only did it have a woman on the cover that looked like she could take on anything but there was a quote on the back that got me.

 I'm Tabatha. Some call what I do "tough love." You better belive it is. I have made gown men cry like babies. But they thanked me latter. Why? Because I taught them how to Own It.

 In my book she means business, right away she sets the tone for the whole book. She takes your keys to "Your Life" and you have to earn them back. This really was new to me, but I am still working through the book. She gets you to work on thing like attitude, passion, style, relationships, business etc.
   I have just dipped my feet into this one but I feel it will be a good book to compliment the books by Gabby. Not only will the reader of both be self-loving and present. But also taking charge of their life (it just gives it a good balance)!
 

October 17, 2014

 I have been meaning to start something new and it came to me, in an e-mail from Alex Beadon. For the next 7 days I am participating in a blogger challenge to help push us beyond our comfort zone. If you would like to join in all the information can be found here at Alex's page for the challenge.


#feelgoodblogging Challenge : 10 Things that most people do not know about me  alex beadon Katherine Bellman

1.I have a pen addiction
      When there are no art stores around Staples and those like it are like a candy store for me. On my desk currently there has to be at least 20 different types of writing gear. At least I am prepared right? With the new fountain pens I have recently aquired, my hands have ink marks all over them. That's when I can be seen washing my hands like a mad woman right before I go out (especially before yoga).

2. I also have a paper addiction
     Have you ever touched the different types of paper in an art store and you get that "ah" kind of feeling? If you do then you must have the same addiction. Cold press or hot press. Different weights. Cotton or not. Each one is so yummy to me.

3. Not all of my sketchbooks are full
     So, my paper addiction extends to my sketchbooks. This means I tend to get a few new ones each year, I think this year I have bought at least three maybe more. Why do I get so many? First of all I forget about the older one or I grown bored of the paper. The other possibility is maybe I found a sketchbook with a new type of paper that feels and (yup) smells great. If that's the case then you can find me at the cash very quickly.

4. LOVE antiques (Bonus points for Chinese and Japanese)
      Put me on e-bay , Ichroya or Rikyu Mart and I am one happy girl. I will look endlessly at different pieces and dream about them. If I do buy something, I can not help but smile at the musty smell that comes with some pieces. Over the years I have curated a small collection of different items and I can not wait to have more space to display them all.

5.  I have had two boyfriends to date and two heart breaks to heal
    You may have noticed that I do not talk about this often, instead I may have mentioned them but then changed the topic quickly. Currently, I am single and I am alright with that. After two heart breaks I am focusing on learning more about me because we tend to develop a persona when we are with another person. Learning about yourself is very important when you want to move on from  someone who cheated., lied or lied to others about you (which is what I am trying to heal from). You just need to remember that it was not your fault and to forgive yourself. 

6. I dislike wearing socks inside
  Since I was little I would always take them off, even in the coldest months of the year. There is just something about having them on for longer than 10-20 minutes that just annoys me. On the other hand I can never find a pair. I have bought socks three times this year and they are gone. Is it just me that has this problem or you too?

7. I have three tattoos 
   On my left wrist I have the characters for Wabisabi and on the right wrist I have the characters for WuWei. Both of which are considered also tea terms . Then finally, I have a red pentagram on my back to represent the Chinese elements and my interest in Onmyoudou. Overtop of the back tattoo I am planning on getting the characters Wa, Kei, Sei and Jaku. These are the four principals of Chanoyu (Japanese Tea Ceremony) as taught by Sen no Rikyu. 

8. I enjoy reading up on demonology and fairy tales from other cultures
     For me this is not weird at all. It is totally fun to learn about them as they pop up in anime or even dramas. Each one, for me, represents something that we hide deep inside ourselves. Meaning, perhaps there are no "actual" demons but the dark side of humans. With that it is more of the study of psychology and culture than something weird. By the way my favorite is a Kitsune, a demon fox, which is always a bonus for me when watching anime.

9. I have been learning Japanese for over 5 years straight (and 14 on and off)
  At first it was to understand anime before it was subtitled but it has developed into the need to read Japanese books (and games). My understanding has improved with the structure I have put in place for myself, I even passed the N5 level exam for proficiency (yey!). My goal is to keep on studying as I want to learn not only "normal" Japanese but art and tea specifics as well. If you are studying too let me know and maybe we can set up a skype or hangout to practice together!

10. I love re-watching my shows
   Anime especially, speaking of which I am re-watching Inuyasha again. There is just something about it that makes me do it, also I can do work and not worry about missing an important part.  So basically its my fun background noise. When it is anime, I adore hearing my favorite voice actors performing their craft. and anytime its something Japanese, you can hear me repeat things that are said (why not get a little extra practice in right?). Does anyone else do this too?

 I have been meaning to start something new and it came to me, in an e-mail from Alex Beadon. For the next 7 days I am participating in a blogger challenge to help push us beyond our comfort zone. If you would like to join in all the information can be found here at Alex's page for the challenge.


#feelgoodblogging Challenge : 10 Things that most people do not know about me  alex beadon Katherine Bellman

1.I have a pen addiction
      When there are no art stores around Staples and those like it are like a candy store for me. On my desk currently there has to be at least 20 different types of writing gear. At least I am prepared right? With the new fountain pens I have recently aquired, my hands have ink marks all over them. That's when I can be seen washing my hands like a mad woman right before I go out (especially before yoga).

2. I also have a paper addiction
     Have you ever touched the different types of paper in an art store and you get that "ah" kind of feeling? If you do then you must have the same addiction. Cold press or hot press. Different weights. Cotton or not. Each one is so yummy to me.

3. Not all of my sketchbooks are full
     So, my paper addiction extends to my sketchbooks. This means I tend to get a few new ones each year, I think this year I have bought at least three maybe more. Why do I get so many? First of all I forget about the older one or I grown bored of the paper. The other possibility is maybe I found a sketchbook with a new type of paper that feels and (yup) smells great. If that's the case then you can find me at the cash very quickly.

4. LOVE antiques (Bonus points for Chinese and Japanese)
      Put me on e-bay , Ichroya or Rikyu Mart and I am one happy girl. I will look endlessly at different pieces and dream about them. If I do buy something, I can not help but smile at the musty smell that comes with some pieces. Over the years I have curated a small collection of different items and I can not wait to have more space to display them all.

5.  I have had two boyfriends to date and two heart breaks to heal
    You may have noticed that I do not talk about this often, instead I may have mentioned them but then changed the topic quickly. Currently, I am single and I am alright with that. After two heart breaks I am focusing on learning more about me because we tend to develop a persona when we are with another person. Learning about yourself is very important when you want to move on from  someone who cheated., lied or lied to others about you (which is what I am trying to heal from). You just need to remember that it was not your fault and to forgive yourself. 

6. I dislike wearing socks inside
  Since I was little I would always take them off, even in the coldest months of the year. There is just something about having them on for longer than 10-20 minutes that just annoys me. On the other hand I can never find a pair. I have bought socks three times this year and they are gone. Is it just me that has this problem or you too?

7. I have three tattoos 
   On my left wrist I have the characters for Wabisabi and on the right wrist I have the characters for WuWei. Both of which are considered also tea terms . Then finally, I have a red pentagram on my back to represent the Chinese elements and my interest in Onmyoudou. Overtop of the back tattoo I am planning on getting the characters Wa, Kei, Sei and Jaku. These are the four principals of Chanoyu (Japanese Tea Ceremony) as taught by Sen no Rikyu. 

8. I enjoy reading up on demonology and fairy tales from other cultures
     For me this is not weird at all. It is totally fun to learn about them as they pop up in anime or even dramas. Each one, for me, represents something that we hide deep inside ourselves. Meaning, perhaps there are no "actual" demons but the dark side of humans. With that it is more of the study of psychology and culture than something weird. By the way my favorite is a Kitsune, a demon fox, which is always a bonus for me when watching anime.

9. I have been learning Japanese for over 5 years straight (and 14 on and off)
  At first it was to understand anime before it was subtitled but it has developed into the need to read Japanese books (and games). My understanding has improved with the structure I have put in place for myself, I even passed the N5 level exam for proficiency (yey!). My goal is to keep on studying as I want to learn not only "normal" Japanese but art and tea specifics as well. If you are studying too let me know and maybe we can set up a skype or hangout to practice together!

10. I love re-watching my shows
   Anime especially, speaking of which I am re-watching Inuyasha again. There is just something about it that makes me do it, also I can do work and not worry about missing an important part.  So basically its my fun background noise. When it is anime, I adore hearing my favorite voice actors performing their craft. and anytime its something Japanese, you can hear me repeat things that are said (why not get a little extra practice in right?). Does anyone else do this too?

October 16, 2014

 I have been meaning to start something new and it came to me, in an e-mail from Alex Beadon. For the next 7 days I am participating in a blogger challenge to help push us beyond our comfort zone. If you would like to join in all the information can be found here at Alex's page for the challenge.

Bowl tea is meant to be simple, taking it right down to the bear bones of tea. This means that all you need is a bowl ( or even a cup), freshly-drawn boiled water and tea leaves. That is all. There is no need for this gadget or that , or even any special tea ware there is out there.
   Why do this at all? By taking it down to its very core it allows you to the element of play and tunes you into listening to the tea. When you are brewing try more water and less tea or any other ratio. This way you will know the way your tea wants to be brewed.

#feelgoodblogging challenge Alex Beadon tutorial how to make bowl tea

Materials:
A Tea bowl
Freshly-drawn boiled water
Tea Leaves

1. Gather your materials together, and then choose the amount of tea you are going to work with. I encourage you to not use a scale or even something to measure. Listen to your intuition, trust and learn from it.

#feelgoodblogging challenge Alex Beadon tutorial how to make bowl tea

2. Pour water over the leaves, or down the inside of the bowl to make them "dance". For this portion feel free to play with temperature as well. Again avoid using pre-set temperatures on your kettle if you have it, instead set it to the highest and listen to the water. By listening you will learn the different stages of a boil and how they relate to "real temperature". But please be careful not to burn yourself.

#feelgoodblogging challenge Alex Beadon tutorial how to make bowl tea

3. Lastly decide when you are going to drink the tea. Personally I like to drink it very slowly but start sipping right away. This way I can taste how the tea develops as it steeps longer.
   This is where the amount of tea you used will come into play. Make mental notes on how it tastes now and then a bit latter (10--30 seconds latter perhaps). Do you like it? Does this represent the tea truthfully? Let your answers guide you for your next bowl of tea.

#feelgoodblogging challenge Alex Beadon tutorial how to make bowl tea


 I have been meaning to start something new and it came to me, in an e-mail from Alex Beadon. For the next 7 days I am participating in a blogger challenge to help push us beyond our comfort zone. If you would like to join in all the information can be found here at Alex's page for the challenge.

Bowl tea is meant to be simple, taking it right down to the bear bones of tea. This means that all you need is a bowl ( or even a cup), freshly-drawn boiled water and tea leaves. That is all. There is no need for this gadget or that , or even any special tea ware there is out there.
   Why do this at all? By taking it down to its very core it allows you to the element of play and tunes you into listening to the tea. When you are brewing try more water and less tea or any other ratio. This way you will know the way your tea wants to be brewed.

#feelgoodblogging challenge Alex Beadon tutorial how to make bowl tea

Materials:
A Tea bowl
Freshly-drawn boiled water
Tea Leaves

1. Gather your materials together, and then choose the amount of tea you are going to work with. I encourage you to not use a scale or even something to measure. Listen to your intuition, trust and learn from it.

#feelgoodblogging challenge Alex Beadon tutorial how to make bowl tea

2. Pour water over the leaves, or down the inside of the bowl to make them "dance". For this portion feel free to play with temperature as well. Again avoid using pre-set temperatures on your kettle if you have it, instead set it to the highest and listen to the water. By listening you will learn the different stages of a boil and how they relate to "real temperature". But please be careful not to burn yourself.

#feelgoodblogging challenge Alex Beadon tutorial how to make bowl tea

3. Lastly decide when you are going to drink the tea. Personally I like to drink it very slowly but start sipping right away. This way I can taste how the tea develops as it steeps longer.
   This is where the amount of tea you used will come into play. Make mental notes on how it tastes now and then a bit latter (10--30 seconds latter perhaps). Do you like it? Does this represent the tea truthfully? Let your answers guide you for your next bowl of tea.

#feelgoodblogging challenge Alex Beadon tutorial how to make bowl tea


October 15, 2014

I have been meaning to start something new and it came to me, in an e-mail from Alex Beadon. For the next 7 days I am participating in a blogger challenge to help push us beyond our comfort zone. If you would like to join in all the information can be found here at Alex's page for the challenge.




Doubt 
When I graduated from OCAD University in 2010 I had begun to doubt my passion for the arts. I kept to myself and struggled with the news my parents informed me of. Bankruptcy, it seemed like a scary thing at the time because I now had to be an adult. Now at that time age wise I was an adult but in my heart my mind had yet to catch up. It was the first time I would have to pay for myself to live the way I wanted. I did not know what that was but I was bound to find out. 
   From when school ended and the news came, I had to fix things myself. I had used up my OSAP and had no savings. It was then that I applied to social assistance. It was scary for me to admit how much I had in my account ( under $55 ) when I called in and present all the papers to my social worker. Thankfully school was done but I still had the graduate show in early may. To my surprise I was approved and even enrolled in a program to help me with my job search (aka something that was more than 3 hours a week).
   I applied where I could and even applied to places that were more dream jobs. It was then that I put my resume in at Teaopia, and bought my first tea tool set.  At this time I was barely painting, it felt odd  but I just could not do it.

Think Crazy
 I was watching anime and japanese dramas more than ever, but that lead me to a small crazy idea. Could I paint with tea? The funny thing is I had done this in Elementary school before. With that experience it felt more like play. I looked for more information on tea and begun to fall deeper and deeper into the culture.
   The day before convocation I got a call from Teaopia for an interview. That day I was hired on the spot, because I knew a lot about tea. I celebrated by drinking tea the rest of the night. My first time in Teaopia was unique. I thought Id have a blast talking to people who liked tea as much as I did. I had studied an online magazine dedicated to Tea and Zen called " The Leaf" (which much latter on lead me to other amazing things, Wu De and Global Tea Hut).
   But no one was. It was disappointing but I still enjoyed the almost 20 cups of free tea I drank in my first shift.  It was not till the second day that I had another crazy idea, I would learn all there was to retail business from my own position. I knew that at store level we could not order in the product selection but I was determined to learn all there was. 
  Not long after I moved to my own place, and fell deeper into the tea culture within Toronto. I started to take classes, first at Majesteas and soon after for Tea Sommelier Certification. But the latter started after a big change. 

A spark could be seen
  November that year, I lost my first apartment due to an electrical fire. Since Christmas was around the corner, I was determined to find a place before December. After some help from family, I found a place north of where Majesteas was. That made it feel like home, even though I had a small room with a room mate. I was now determined to be in another show. 
    I had a super crazy idea of knitting a sculpture for a show. In the end I knitted 6 uteru' in bright pink yarn and depicted different things that can happen there. It came from a fear but I was determined to show them.  The next year the were shown at a gallery. This series while it was not my usual style, it began something. 
    Around a month latter I found my way to the Japanese Canadian Cultural Center for a Sumi-e work shop. And latter for a Spring festival, Haru Matsuri. It was then that I knew, I was hooked..

Passionate
  Tea Journey is now over four years old, but to me it is even older. It is my journey through finding my passion that is the prequel. I will not be able to get away from my passion for Japanese Culture. I am hooked for life. With this passion I began to learn Urasenke Chanoyu (Japanese Tea Ceremony) which I found helped me understand more of what lies behind the books and shows. 
    With that I began to learn about zen in both a direct but indirect way. I will never be the same. Before this journey and story began I felt so lost, but now I know where my personal truth is. Even through things like job loss or depression, I can always pull out something from zen and feel better (usually tea or painting in sumi-e style). 
   Most of all through all that I have learned I wish to share it. That, is why Tea Journey exists. I hope that you too will find your own passion and let it lead you. Perhaps you will start with tea or even kimono. Or perhaps another culture inspires you. What I want for you is to listen to your intuition and let it take you away.

I have been meaning to start something new and it came to me, in an e-mail from Alex Beadon. For the next 7 days I am participating in a blogger challenge to help push us beyond our comfort zone. If you would like to join in all the information can be found here at Alex's page for the challenge.




Doubt 
When I graduated from OCAD University in 2010 I had begun to doubt my passion for the arts. I kept to myself and struggled with the news my parents informed me of. Bankruptcy, it seemed like a scary thing at the time because I now had to be an adult. Now at that time age wise I was an adult but in my heart my mind had yet to catch up. It was the first time I would have to pay for myself to live the way I wanted. I did not know what that was but I was bound to find out. 
   From when school ended and the news came, I had to fix things myself. I had used up my OSAP and had no savings. It was then that I applied to social assistance. It was scary for me to admit how much I had in my account ( under $55 ) when I called in and present all the papers to my social worker. Thankfully school was done but I still had the graduate show in early may. To my surprise I was approved and even enrolled in a program to help me with my job search (aka something that was more than 3 hours a week).
   I applied where I could and even applied to places that were more dream jobs. It was then that I put my resume in at Teaopia, and bought my first tea tool set.  At this time I was barely painting, it felt odd  but I just could not do it.

Think Crazy
 I was watching anime and japanese dramas more than ever, but that lead me to a small crazy idea. Could I paint with tea? The funny thing is I had done this in Elementary school before. With that experience it felt more like play. I looked for more information on tea and begun to fall deeper and deeper into the culture.
   The day before convocation I got a call from Teaopia for an interview. That day I was hired on the spot, because I knew a lot about tea. I celebrated by drinking tea the rest of the night. My first time in Teaopia was unique. I thought Id have a blast talking to people who liked tea as much as I did. I had studied an online magazine dedicated to Tea and Zen called " The Leaf" (which much latter on lead me to other amazing things, Wu De and Global Tea Hut).
   But no one was. It was disappointing but I still enjoyed the almost 20 cups of free tea I drank in my first shift.  It was not till the second day that I had another crazy idea, I would learn all there was to retail business from my own position. I knew that at store level we could not order in the product selection but I was determined to learn all there was. 
  Not long after I moved to my own place, and fell deeper into the tea culture within Toronto. I started to take classes, first at Majesteas and soon after for Tea Sommelier Certification. But the latter started after a big change. 

A spark could be seen
  November that year, I lost my first apartment due to an electrical fire. Since Christmas was around the corner, I was determined to find a place before December. After some help from family, I found a place north of where Majesteas was. That made it feel like home, even though I had a small room with a room mate. I was now determined to be in another show. 
    I had a super crazy idea of knitting a sculpture for a show. In the end I knitted 6 uteru' in bright pink yarn and depicted different things that can happen there. It came from a fear but I was determined to show them.  The next year the were shown at a gallery. This series while it was not my usual style, it began something. 
    Around a month latter I found my way to the Japanese Canadian Cultural Center for a Sumi-e work shop. And latter for a Spring festival, Haru Matsuri. It was then that I knew, I was hooked..

Passionate
  Tea Journey is now over four years old, but to me it is even older. It is my journey through finding my passion that is the prequel. I will not be able to get away from my passion for Japanese Culture. I am hooked for life. With this passion I began to learn Urasenke Chanoyu (Japanese Tea Ceremony) which I found helped me understand more of what lies behind the books and shows. 
    With that I began to learn about zen in both a direct but indirect way. I will never be the same. Before this journey and story began I felt so lost, but now I know where my personal truth is. Even through things like job loss or depression, I can always pull out something from zen and feel better (usually tea or painting in sumi-e style). 
   Most of all through all that I have learned I wish to share it. That, is why Tea Journey exists. I hope that you too will find your own passion and let it lead you. Perhaps you will start with tea or even kimono. Or perhaps another culture inspires you. What I want for you is to listen to your intuition and let it take you away.

 I have been meaning to start something new and it came to me, in an e-mail from Alex Beadon. For the next 7 days I am participating in a blogger challenge to help push us beyond our comfort zone. If you would like to join in all the information can be found here at Alex's page for the challenge.

Alex Beadon #feelgoodblogging challenge. First post of seven. Who are you and what is your blog about. Tea Journey.

Who are you?

I am Katherine Bellman, professional Artist, Tea Sommelier, Life Student of Zen and of course a tea and zen lifestyle blogger. Beyond that I am a budding entrepreneur who loves small businesses and seeing them succeed.
   I am a practitioner of Urasenke Chanoyu (Japanese Tea Ceremony), yoga, meditation and big smiles. Through out my life I have always believed that things happen for a reason and that anyone can draw/paint.
   While I struggle with procrastination and organization due to my learning disability,  I make the best out of what is and will be. When I face a difficult situation I like to weigh my options but ultimately will follow my intuition.
    Life is full of challenges but I see them as lessons rather than mistakes. Learn from them and become stronger.

Why did you start blogging?
 My first blog ever was created on geocites and eventually moved to bouncing-star , who hosted me for many years. It was just personal blog that was rarely posted to, but while at OCAD University I started not only an art blog but a tea blog.
    Tea Journey was born June 10th 2010, I had just begun to work at Teaopia, and little did I know it would grow to what you see today.
     Since then my art blog merged with Tea Journey and now is a lifestyle blog. Through my tea studies I learned that tea was not just a beverage but a way of life. It can help shape who you are if you allow it to teach you. This is why Tea Journey is a tea and zen lifestyle blog now, and I am proud that it got to where it is today.

Who is your blog for?

I hope this blog reaches not only fellow tea drinkers, but also those who need a friend when they are going through a rough time. Tea Journey is meant to be a safe space for free speech, so that we can tell your stories and gain support. While Tea Journey is a place for support it is also a place for readers to be inspired to create either a small shift in their life or try something new.
    Life is a Journey, I hope you drink all sorts of tea and remember each one. That bitter cup from last night could be a symbol of change, and as you learn to make a better brew, you are learning about yourself.

What have you been working on that you are REALLY proud of?
 For the past 13 days (fourteen now that its Wednesday...), I have been following a self-help book by Gabrielle Bernstein.  May Cause Miracles has been a great help to me not only for my blog but my internal self as well.
     Sometimes we forget that self-love is what will truly make us happy and, perhaps, even help guide us to someone to share ourselves with. To do this it has been a long two weeks to forgiveness and gratitude. Both which make me eager to continue the 40 day journey.

What is ONE message you hope people take away from your blog?
    There is no one path, but there is only the one you choose in your heart for yourself to take.

 I have been meaning to start something new and it came to me, in an e-mail from Alex Beadon. For the next 7 days I am participating in a blogger challenge to help push us beyond our comfort zone. If you would like to join in all the information can be found here at Alex's page for the challenge.

Alex Beadon #feelgoodblogging challenge. First post of seven. Who are you and what is your blog about. Tea Journey.

Who are you?

I am Katherine Bellman, professional Artist, Tea Sommelier, Life Student of Zen and of course a tea and zen lifestyle blogger. Beyond that I am a budding entrepreneur who loves small businesses and seeing them succeed.
   I am a practitioner of Urasenke Chanoyu (Japanese Tea Ceremony), yoga, meditation and big smiles. Through out my life I have always believed that things happen for a reason and that anyone can draw/paint.
   While I struggle with procrastination and organization due to my learning disability,  I make the best out of what is and will be. When I face a difficult situation I like to weigh my options but ultimately will follow my intuition.
    Life is full of challenges but I see them as lessons rather than mistakes. Learn from them and become stronger.

Why did you start blogging?
 My first blog ever was created on geocites and eventually moved to bouncing-star , who hosted me for many years. It was just personal blog that was rarely posted to, but while at OCAD University I started not only an art blog but a tea blog.
    Tea Journey was born June 10th 2010, I had just begun to work at Teaopia, and little did I know it would grow to what you see today.
     Since then my art blog merged with Tea Journey and now is a lifestyle blog. Through my tea studies I learned that tea was not just a beverage but a way of life. It can help shape who you are if you allow it to teach you. This is why Tea Journey is a tea and zen lifestyle blog now, and I am proud that it got to where it is today.

Who is your blog for?

I hope this blog reaches not only fellow tea drinkers, but also those who need a friend when they are going through a rough time. Tea Journey is meant to be a safe space for free speech, so that we can tell your stories and gain support. While Tea Journey is a place for support it is also a place for readers to be inspired to create either a small shift in their life or try something new.
    Life is a Journey, I hope you drink all sorts of tea and remember each one. That bitter cup from last night could be a symbol of change, and as you learn to make a better brew, you are learning about yourself.

What have you been working on that you are REALLY proud of?
 For the past 13 days (fourteen now that its Wednesday...), I have been following a self-help book by Gabrielle Bernstein.  May Cause Miracles has been a great help to me not only for my blog but my internal self as well.
     Sometimes we forget that self-love is what will truly make us happy and, perhaps, even help guide us to someone to share ourselves with. To do this it has been a long two weeks to forgiveness and gratitude. Both which make me eager to continue the 40 day journey.

What is ONE message you hope people take away from your blog?
    There is no one path, but there is only the one you choose in your heart for yourself to take.

October 13, 2014

happy thanksgiving tea journey nature katherine bellman
 
With all that turkey (or tofurkey) that has been eaten this long weekend in Canada its time for a little break. Regular posts will be up from Wednesday on, but for today I am wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving!
      What are you thankful for?

happy thanksgiving tea journey nature katherine bellman
 
With all that turkey (or tofurkey) that has been eaten this long weekend in Canada its time for a little break. Regular posts will be up from Wednesday on, but for today I am wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving!
      What are you thankful for?

October 10, 2014

 With Thanksgiving on Monday here in Canada, I felt the need to share a few things I am thankful for. This list of things also brightens my day when I am down and gets me back to my happy self. It suits the season and I hope you too will put together your own list of things you are thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving weekend everyone!

20 Things that I am thankful for. Thanksgiving canada. These things I am grateful for and put a smile on my face

1. Watching Disney Movies
2. Spending cuddle time with Shuuhei
3. Hanging out with friends
4.Reading
5. Drawing and painting
6. Going out for a walk
7. Spending time out with my brother
8. Taking photographs
9. Dreaming of Japan
10. Putting on kimono
11. Playing Japanese games on my PS Vita
12. Drawing with fountain pens
13. Long talks with extended family
14. Smell of home cooked food
15. Touching tea ware
16. Smelling the paper of a new book
17. Smelling the paper of a older book
18.Lighting incense
19.  Hugs from those that care for
20. Hugging back those that I care for

What are you thankful for ?

 With Thanksgiving on Monday here in Canada, I felt the need to share a few things I am thankful for. This list of things also brightens my day when I am down and gets me back to my happy self. It suits the season and I hope you too will put together your own list of things you are thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving weekend everyone!

20 Things that I am thankful for. Thanksgiving canada. These things I am grateful for and put a smile on my face

1. Watching Disney Movies
2. Spending cuddle time with Shuuhei
3. Hanging out with friends
4.Reading
5. Drawing and painting
6. Going out for a walk
7. Spending time out with my brother
8. Taking photographs
9. Dreaming of Japan
10. Putting on kimono
11. Playing Japanese games on my PS Vita
12. Drawing with fountain pens
13. Long talks with extended family
14. Smell of home cooked food
15. Touching tea ware
16. Smelling the paper of a new book
17. Smelling the paper of a older book
18.Lighting incense
19.  Hugs from those that care for
20. Hugging back those that I care for

What are you thankful for ?