October 20, 2016

Why you need to attend networking conferences now

Learn why networking conferences are important at any point in your career. For bloggers there is Blog Podium, which also is important to marketers and PR, search your niche for the conference for your niche and this is how it will help you.

We are all looking for our path in life but especially our career. Getting to know others already in the career we are striving for will give you clarity and confirmation that it is right for you. You could try contacting a company to look into job shadowing but that is leaving the power over your career in their hands.
The other option is start the process by attending networking conferences in the field you want to be in. By doing so you can gain a lot of connections that will give you more control over your career. In taking control you also gain so many other things by taking the steps to immerse yourself in the industry.

Connected to like minded people

Creating a tribe of people who get you and what you do will be the most rewarding thing you can do. As you go through your career and life milestones they will always be there to talk to. Making these connections will help you when you feel like friends and family just don’t get it. With your tribe you know you will always be understood (Shout out to Lu Ann, Nicole , and Koori).

Inspire yourself

Motivation comes and goes, find it can be often a struggle on its own. Feeding your mind with inspirational talks and meet new people who spark your imagination and next steps. At Blog Podium inspiration is everywhere, but Tiffany Pratt took the cake. The brightness of her hair and how she conveyed her truth through her keynote speech. Everything was beyond inspirational. To make things even better I sat with Sabrina Smelko and Shannon Lee Simmons (New School of Finance), who were inspirational in our conversations and also their own presentations. 

Learn why networking conferences are important at any point in your career. For bloggers there is Blog Podium, which also is important to marketers and PR, search your niche for the conference for your niche and this is how it will help you.

Stay connected to niche updates

Staying in the know is very valuable, at times information at networking conferences is so new it is not online yet. Staying a bit ahead of the game helps you make decisions and can help in interviews to demonstrate your knowledge. Blog Podium this year was all about earning money through your blog in an array of methods. Shannon educated us on finances which was very new for me and on the other side was Alyssa Garrison (Random Acts of Pastel) who taught us the art of Instagram photography.

Discover Opportunities

Staying in front of the people whom you want to work with will mean opportunities latter on. Better yet ask for their business card and stay in contact. The people you know are always your best asset if you know when to contact them for that next step, job shadowing or even interview preparation. Be considerate of what is going on in their life, in turn the same respect will be returned to you. Brand Speed Networking at Blog Podium was filled with chances to create new opportunities for your blog. As stressful as it is pitching or asking for help, it is well worth it in the end.

You can start attending networking conferences at any point in your life but the best time is now. Do a search for your niche or industry and plan to attend. You will thank yourself for taking the time to invest in yourself and your future.
What industry or niche are you working towards? Share in the comments below,tweet or send an IG message.

October 18, 2016

Jump start your own Tea Journey with these books on tea

Self discovery can start anywhere even with tea. Start your own tea Journey with this list of books to inspire your next steps in your path with the way and spirituality.
 Over six years ago I fell down the rabbit hole into the world of tea and began my Tea Journey. Soon after this blog, what really pushed this change in my life was a series of books. From culture right down to the nitty gritty of each tea region, they all pushed me to where I am today.
   These books either all or just one can take you in a new direction by inspiring change in your life, just the same as yoga or meditation have for many. The thing is that those two practices are even steeped in tea like I have mentioned before in a previous post. They all allow you to grow along side with them and encourage you to turn in. Which tea does as well.
    These books have been broken up into three categories. This is to help narrow down your first or next step in your journey of self discovery through tea. Reading any of them will help you look in relax and give you time to even have a cup of tea (naturally you will want to). But enough talk about this, lets move on to the list and dive in!

Discover Tea Ceremony

The Simplest way of Japanese Tea Ceremony

  At Toronto's first Tea Festival I picked this up from Stratford Tea Leaves' booth. Its a gorgeous visual guide to simplified tea ceremony anyone can do with little supplies. Great introduction for yourself into Japanese Tea Ceremony without being dedicated to a specific school such as Urasenke or Omotesenke. **This book is now out of print, I have linked to a correspondence course on CD Japan that still has a few copies left with this as its textbook**

A Chanoyu Vocabulary by Sen Genshitsu

 Under the recommendation of Helen and Sorlie of Secret Tea Time, I picked up this book and the next on our list. Both are quite handy, this one is very useful if you need to look up a name of a tool or even what an item is used for when you see it online (for ebay this has been very useful).

Urasenke Chado Textbook by Urasenke Tankokai

  Both this book and the previous are from Urasenke publishers. Meaning it has information they follow but also contains information not found often in western books. The book contains history, lists of books and writers of tea (many I wish were translated), information on different tools and even seasonality of items. The best part is the description of the process of matcha and what it may assist with.  I picked this book up after reading a touch of the Tea Ceremony's history in our next book.

Discover the way (Dao)

The Way of Tea by Aaron Fisher

    For months early in my journey I was reading Aaron Fisher's articles in The Leaf, he was very knowledgeable and wrote about the spiritual side of the leaf. He focuses mainly on the Zen and Dao aspects which are explained in a simple and humble way in this book. I e-mailed him personally to ask about the book and could not put it down once it arrived. How he writes is very inspiring for anyone who reads it and is bound to take something away from it.

One Taste of Truth by William Scott Wilson

  While very much an impulse purchase, this book strives to teach you about different zen quotes. Breaking them down and even connecting the meaning to a story. It's a little different from the rest as there were not many stories on tea but it did touch on zen, the spiritual practice that is connected to it. If you ever wondered about what lies behind those quotes this will tickle your fancy.

Tea Life, Tea Mind by Sen Genshitsu

 After many trips to the Japan Foundation I found this piece of gold and searched for my own copy. Written by the former head of the Urasenke school, Genshitsu, he explains the different parts behind the Tea Ceremony which may get left behind in the western world. Through his writing it really makes you see what can be brought in to your life to make it more humble and infused in the way of tea.

Discover more about the leaf

Tea: History, Terroirs, Varieties by Kevin, Francois, Jasmin and Hugo

    Late 2013 I met with Kevin of Camellia Sinensis at the Ottawa Tea Festival and picked up this treasure (okay all of my books are treasures). Each member of the shop goes to different parts of the world to source tea and compiled that information into this book. I adore how they even show the tools and process of each different tea preparation. Then they take it even further by explaining each region, tea offerings, a bit of history, and even some recipes. But the latter part of the book just takes the cake. They conducted tests on different teas to find out exactly how much antioxidants and caffeine there is in them. Because most other tests out there are biased, I love this information as a reference when I get asked that question. "How much caffeine is there in this tea?", now I can answer with better information.

Korean Tea Classics by Brother Anthony, Hong Kyeong-Hee and Steven D.

   Historic tea books just seem to find me. This one was very different as it is a compilation of a few different books into one. I knew next to nothing about Korea and their history with tea. Learning from the old masters just seemed like the right thing to start with.  To make things even better, each book is lead by historic information about the writer and the era on which it was written (thank you for context). Korean teas are still a little difficult to find but after reading this it will infuse you with of how it came to be.

The Enjoyment of Tea by Sen Genshitsu

Have I said that I just adore Genshitsu's writing? This book I found on e-bay and could not pass it up. Learning about his relation to tea throughout his life and journey with tea is very inspiring. It really shows how tea and tea ceremony teaching spread through his time and effort. If it were not for this guy we would not be drinking matcha or even making smoothies with it. There would be no such thing. Through is travel's and effort we have such access to it that we can not even think about what life would be with out it (I know I can't). This book really puts into perspective of the efforts that was put into bringing something so humbly Japanese to the western world and the thought behind it.

  These books are just a collection of a few out there. I dearly hope that these inspire you to take that next step in your tea journey. By going beyond the drink, creating your own lifestyle by being inspired by tea's long standing history, culture and spiritual significance you will become more of your true self. So take the next step with a cup of tea in hand and begin your journey.

September 13, 2016

3 inspiring study blogs (that will make you want to study )

Super charge your study sessions with some inspiring study blogs from tumblr. Check out printables, images and collections (and tips) to get the most out of every study session in style.
School will be started again last week, and it is the perfect time to make changes to how you study for classes. So take a look at some inspiration while you are either doing last minute shopping, those final calls or signing those last few papers. You are not alone, I am also going to be taking a
class this fall (Operations Management) . Through my eagerness for class, I have have found some wonderful blogs that will not only inspire you (and your desk space) but also has suggestions and tools to help during the school year.


Super charge your study sessions with some inspiring study blogs from tumblr. Check out printables, images and collections (and tips) to get the most out of every study session in style.
 Credit: CMPSBLS

Monthly there is new printables available for download,my favorite one is the study planner. It is very handy for organizing your week ( I currently use mine to know what main tasks I have to do each day). Going through CMPSBLS you will also find master posts filled with information to help with things such as studying, organization, essay creation and more. You will notice that the creator has reblogged posts from readers who have used her hashtag #cmpsbls. This alone will give you inspiration for your desk to possibly new supplies for your studdy sessions.


Super charge your study sessions with some inspiring study blogs from tumblr. Check out printables, images and collections (and tips) to get the most out of every study session in style.
Credit: Acadehmic

Questions about how to handle something during the school year? This is where to go. Every question is answered with links and other rescources that will help solve your problem. In addition there is a great selection of master posts which round up various resources for single purpouses (studying, exams etc). These types of posts are staples of this type of blog and it does not hurt to have multiple places to refer to. Do take note of how gorgeous these notes are, Acadehmic was the blog that inspired me to make better notes for my classes (which you can see in the title image).


Super charge your study sessions with some inspiring study blogs from tumblr. Check out printables, images and collections (and tips) to get the most out of every study session in style.
Credit: Katsdesk

This girl has it all, but lets stick with what stands out. She creates "plan with me" videos regularly to inspire her readers to become more organized with a planner (but in a pretty way).  Her desk , and those of her readers, are so cute you will want to run out for a few desk supplies (guilty). If you are on a budget check out her desktop wallpapers to give your desk a little update without spending anything.

I really hope you enjoyed these three study blogs as much as I did. If you have any other suggestions or want to share something you found, share it in the comments below with the Tea Journey community.


September 2, 2016

How to overcome setbacks and acheive your goals

Setbacks can happen at a moment's notice which can be very disheartening, but preparing for them can help you many fold. Earlier this month I found out I have to pay off Student Loan to go to school due to a restriction, it was hard to take in that news. But, I had already planned to work in case there was an issue (plus I got all my fees back).

I never want any of you to have to feel lost and hurt from a set back. To help you be prepared for possible change, here is some steps to help you continue forward.

Set yourself up for life by learning a few steps to overcome setbacks in any part of your life. Achieve your goals and leave doubt behind you.

Come up with back up plans

There are more than one way to complete a task or goal. Dig deep and list them all out, while deciding which is the best of them to use as your other method to get where you want to be. Use the new method to redefine what success looks like if there is a need. For example, my original plan was to start school this September. With the set back I have to wait a year.

Break down your next method down to steps

Brainstorm for a while on what all the steps are to achieve your adjusted method to reach your goal. If some steps need to be broken down further, such as start working, then break them down. Doing so will allow you to see your progress as you finish each item on your list.

Track your progress

Write every step down so you can cross off the ones you have completed. It really gives you a sense of progress and completion as you move forward. But if your goal is something that is quantifiable, then track that. For my goal to pay off my old Student loan, I have created a card to track my savings as well as the balance of the loan each month. This way I can see every step of the way as I cut down the amount one payment at a time.

Celebrate every step forward

This goes for any kind of progress no matter what it is. Even small things such as a phone call or sending out mail should be celebrated as you are just one step closer to achieving your goal. Treat yourself to something perhaps,a hobby you love or perhaps just resting while watching Netflix for a while.

No matter what your goal, I know you can achieve it! Please share your goals in the comments below. Together we can all achieve our goals and better ourselves.

August 31, 2016

4 meditation videos that will change your life

We all have tried different things to keep up with life that is going beyond human speed. Thankfully through that time research has been done to find solutions and it's completely free. Meditation. Sitting in silence while either being guided through a voice clip, focusing on your breath or using a mala to count chants.
It can be quite intimidating the first time , so check out this selection of short guided meditations. Each one was hand picked for an easy length, tone and use. Pick a time of day and try one (or all of them) out.

Meditation has been proven to help in many areas of our lives, namely health. Try one or all of this collection of meditation videos to change your life.

Ease Anxiety

Combat fear and worry that can make you anxious, preventing you from carrying on with your day. If you ever need help calming down or want something to use to prevent, and control, any anxious feelings.

Increase Productivity

  Give yourself a little meditative “pep-talk” by banishing any thoughts that will keep you from getting everything you want done. If you have a project that you want to get done before your deadline, this is the meditation to turn to.

Boost of Energy

 It is often that we need an extra boost of energy at some point in the day. This short meditation is excellent to do during a break to refresh your mind and body. Afterwards you can go back to your to-do list with confidence that you can get through it all.

Restful Sleep

 It is no surprise that this type of meditation ended up on this list. Sleep is very important, we need about 6-9 hours depending on your age (more once we get close to 50). Set yourself up for the deep sleep you need by following this meditation to lull you off to dreamland.

Positive Morning Start

  Deepak Chopra is one of my favorite authors and he also creates meditation videos. This one has a focus on setting the right intentions for a fruitful day with a positive mindset. The best part of this one is its very short under 4 minutes! Try it before you get out of bed and feel the difference it makes.

Whether you are looking to try out meditation or start a practice, I hope this collection of videos helps you on your journey.  If you have discovered any other videos, share them in the comments below.

July 15, 2016

Urban Oasis: Nohohon Tea Room

Urban Oasis is a collection of images of spaces in cities where we can take a few moments to find balance and  peace. Take time for you to disconnect an enjoy a space which brings a little zen to your every day.  
Nohohon Tea Room is steps from the busy down town of Toronto. Take a breater and sip a naturaly healthy Japanese drink.  | Urban Oasis is a collection of images of spaces in cities where we can take a few moments to find balance and  peace. Take time for you to disconnect an enjoy a space which brings a little zen to your every day

Over the last few years I have seen some great changes to Toronto in regards to Japanese specialty shops. Mostly we have seen an array of Izakaya ( Japanese Bar) and cozy cafes, but just last year we finally have a Tea room!

       Nohohon Tea really hit the spot after an afternoon at OCAD University’s Grad show. I raved about the shop for months to those that I knew would listen. A shop that specializes in Japanese drinks and a few select snacks, it was long over due.

         The inside is quite humble as it is part cafe and part shop. The latter portion is contained within a glass cabinet upon the wall. The contents were a feast for the eyes. Within were a small array of tea wares (mostly tea bowls) and some select teas from Momo Tea. It was quite clear from the cabinet that my brother and I were going to enjoy anything we tried.
Nohohon Tea Room is steps from the busy down town of Toronto. Take a breater and sip a naturaly healthy Japanese drink.  | Urban Oasis is a collection of images of spaces in cities where we can take a few moments to find balance and  peace. Take time for you to disconnect an enjoy a space which brings a little zen to your every day

      My brother tried the Fresh Taro Smoothie while I opted for Straight Chilled Matcha with red bean paste. It was truly the best place to stop for a drink and study or even catch up with a friend.

         Now lets go back to the tea wares. In the cabinet was an array of wares all made by Secret Tea Time. Naturally a bowl ended up coming home with us. I picked the adorable raccoon chawan to add to my collection. Not long after arriving home a bowl of matcha was whipped up to end the day. The remaining drops of collected beautifully in the swirl inside the bowl.
Nohohon Tea Room is steps from the busy down town of Toronto. Take a breater and sip a naturaly healthy Japanese drink.  | Urban Oasis is a collection of images of spaces in cities where we can take a few moments to find balance and  peace. Take time for you to disconnect an enjoy a space which brings a little zen to your every day

I highly recommend you checking out Nohohon Tea Room when you visit Toronto, try out a Japanese specialty drink just steps from Spadina and Queen Street West shopping.


June 20, 2016

5 Crystals to help you balance your life

Crystals have different vibrations which can help us balance our lives. Their metaphysical and spiritual properties may assist with health and  emotional balances. Pick up a stone and try it out.

    Whether you are looking for something that will help you stay grounded or new way to energize your tea, crystals are a great way to go. The energy vibrations of crystals can assist with many things. While there is no scientific information to back it, but that does not count for the experiences of the many. The only explanation is through quantum physics, which If you are interested in this I would urge you to look more into it.

     On a simplistic level, these stones give off vibrations which work along with the energetic vibrations of our own bodies. This is good as it can improve certain aspects of ourselves just by having them near us. Today I am going to introduce to you my top 5 crystals that you can use to balance out your life, or even add to your kettle for tea.


     This stone can come in a variety of colors, the most commonly found is green. With the color in mind it is no wonder this stone is thought to bring good luck, money, and wealth. Less common ones are aid in decision making,balance out the heart chakra, balance out nerves, and has been known to assist in recalling dreams.  Global Tea Hut sent out a small selection of stones in 2011, which included Jade and Quartz. Adding crystals to your tea is a great way to infuse your tea with other energetic properties.


        I picked this stone up as a child due to its name and my attachment to Pokemon. Today, I feel off balance with out having the stone with me. It's said properties include aid in fortune-telling with use of intuition, enhancing feminine power, and aid syncing with the moon. It is known as a women's stone as it resonates strongly with the bodies natural cycle and functions. Try having the stone on you for a few days and take note of how you feel, if you tend to feel floaty this stone should help bring you clarity.

Clear Quartz

       As mentioned before Jade and Quartz were sent by Global Tea Hut to add to our kettles. This is because Clear Quartz is helpful for grounding and balancing any of the bodys chakras. While quartz comes in many colors, clear is the most common out of all of them. It assists in meditation, clearing away negative energy, increases inspiration and healing. It can help with more than I have listed if you "program" the stone, but that is for another day.


    This stone is very important for those who have anxiety or stress related health problems. It is a version of quartz but  for on this list it needed its own spot. It has been also known to help with recalling dreams, assist with sleep, eliminate impatience and promote inner strength. Give your meditation practice a boost and hold it it during your next practice, it has been known to assist in calming the mind for deep meditation.


  This stone is relatively new to me but it has been a great addition to my everyday stones. My first mala had a lovely green adventurine, which I felt helped me communicate and see the big picture. The stone though is also benificial to release any habits that are keeping you from moving forward. This is to help you along your life journey to reach self discovery and strengthen spiritual connection. Just having it near can help break down blockages so that you can proceed towards your lifes purpose.

Like most metaphysical practice or tool, they are not a replacement for help from certified help. Such as, doctor or councelor. They are ment as a secondary tool to be used along side traditional help.
    Which stones do you use? Or which ones are you thinking of useing in your life (or tea)?  I would love to know. Share your thoughts in the comments below with the Tea Journey Community. Love and light.

June 15, 2016

Happy 6th Anniversary Tea Journey: Inspiration behind it all

   Happy 6th Tea Anniversary Tea Journey! Join us in taking a look at what sparked the creation of Tea Journey and how it is a lifestyle in itself. Tea, meditation, art, even things we eat all connect together to create a life by living The Way of Tea. 
     Like any creative work it takes love and time to mature. Road blocks pop up and need to be overcome. It takes dedication. It is exactly this quality that makes creative work so amazing. To change things up this anniversary I am going to share posts from others who inspired Tea Journey at conception and those that helped fuel it for the future.

     Early on I stumbled across Tea Masters Blog and was hooked by his lovely photographs and focus on Taiwanese teas. The thing that he did differently from others was showing his Chaxi (artful tea setting) and how to do it yourself. These posts kept me coming back for more and even to learn how to use a gaiwan. It was weird at first but I fell for the simplicity it offered to brew a cup.

       Around the same time I found Tea Gallery’s blog (which is now a shared space with the Mandarin Room). The thought of energy being behind tea really sucked me into their world. Especially how they described teas, it was a whole new vocabulary I had never seen before. They even took it further with their post on Phoenix Oolong and how its taste is improved when it is raining. It took me a while to find this tea but I fell for its wine like body.

      Lastly I want to share a specific author, Aaron Fisher (or Wu De). I found his writing in The Leaf Magazine. I waited anxiously for new issues to come out for more of his writing, to the point that I e-mailed him for a copy of “The Way of Tea”. Through that contact he sent me information on the Sage Tea Center and (at the time) the up and coming Global Tea Hut tea subscription. While I have yet to go to the Sage Tea Center in Taiwan, I have been a big fan of Global Tea Hut.

     It was these posts and organizations that pushed Tea Journey to what it is now. From the very start it was destined to be a Tea Lifestyle blog. But you may be asking what does it mean? For those who I read their blogs or publications regularly that shared this view in their own way. The Tea Gallery shared food pairings, Tea Master’s blog shared art, and Wu De shared the view that tea can change your life. With the subtle pushes and the leap urged by Wu De I continued to see Tea as a journey.

     Starting with a cup which can take you anywhere. The cup can take you to a yoga class, or inspire you to try vegan/vegetarian food or even perhaps begin to look at the spiritual side of it as well. There are so many more dimensions from this simple drink that it can take you virtually anywhere if you have an open mind.

  Now its up to you. What are your thoughts on tea being a lifestyle? Share them in the comments below, I look forward to hearing from you.  

June 3, 2016

4 ways to cope with Anxiety

For the last few months I have been contemplating this post, over and over again. Each moment it comes back to me, the urge to write this, fear takes over. It is that very emotion which stops many like me from saying what lies behind it.....Anxiety.

It stops even the most dedicated parent from going to their child's recital or a student asking an important question close to exam time. It is an invisible illness that affects many of those we love.

I have been silently coping with my own Anxiety since I was in grade 6. It was only late last year that I finally accepted the reality of its effects on my life. Growing up we are expected to "get a hold" of our anxiety and carry on with life. This is not something that you can just get over, just like any other mental illness. To help others like myself, here are some ways to help you cope.

Anxiety affects all of us, for a select group it is more prevalent. Wherever you are with your own anxiety here are 4 ways that can help you get through it and live with it.


It is no surprise that it helps with anxiety. Quieting the mind does wonders for the body overall. Anxiety can bring forth the inner voice of doubt and fear. When you sit in silence for meditation, focusing only on your breath, those inner voices quiet or die.


Everyday we have many many thoughts, these can even continue even when we are turning in for sleep. Taking up the practice to let all your thoughts out onto the page, will help you sleep soundly. If you usually have to-do lists running through your mind, perhaps take up bullet journaling. This way you can have your mind clear ,and all your to-dos together.


Talking to a third-party really helps us see more of the picture which makes up our lives. Certain scripts that have been running through our minds can be addressed through this way. Failure, guilt, overwhelm, fear etc can be boiled down to something so small where you can finally go about your day.


Run, yoga, weights or cardio. Whatever your choice is get on it, turn on some tunes to get your in the grove (or just block out everything else). If you need to go at it alone then that is okay but over time try to go to group classes, or invite a friend to join you. Being around others for a class while working out is a great way to re-introduce yourself to being around others in a comfortable environment. Activities such as these have been proven to improve mood and sleep. Both of which can be affected by anxiety. Add this into your routine to combat anxiety head on.

When it comes to anxiety the more tools in your tool belt the better. None of us are alone with the global community which has been created by the internet.

Do you or someone you know have anxiety? Or have any other ways of coping ? Share your thoughts with the community in the comments below.

May 25, 2016

Unplugged: Coloringbooks as Meditation

It is no surprise that this medium made it into this series. Who doesn't love a good coloring book session? I love just releasing the inner child in me and working on a page (or more). There is a meditative trance we get into as we color in each page. I clearly remember being this way as a child and nothing has changed since then. Let me introduce two that I have at my disposal which I just love, and a few ideas for types of materials to try out (why not try something new?).

After coloring books were used to calm children is there any surprise that as adults we have turned to the same activity to reduce stress? What a great way to reduce stress through a simple "meditative" practice which anyone can do.

The first book is called Mandala Magic which is packed full of different kinds of mandalas. Mandals are great as they use repeating patterns to make up the space it is within, which usually is a circle.
  The second book is called Secret Tokyo which is full of different sorts of imagery from Japan. With the kimono pages and even the tea page I could not pass this up. This same company does other places such as New York City.
 Now let's look at some different types of materials. There are so many out there but here are a few that I suggest you give a try with your coloring books.

Pencil Crayons

 When we were kids this was the upgrade we longed for once we were a bit older. They are great as you can layer different colors on top of each other lightly to (create more dimension or) just broaden out the colors you have.


It is quick to use but you can really get more dimension put into each page you work on. The other great thing about this material is that you can also find portable palette with all the colors with it. Just add a collapsible brush with a water barrel and you can paint any where you may be.

Chalk Pastels

  Now for this one you will need some kind of fixative to keep your coloring in place which you can pick up at your local craft or art supply store for under $15 (or use hair spray as a last resort). This one it super fun as you can really build up layers to get the depth you want.  It would be a great choice even as a base which you use another material over top (pencil crayons for example).


There are so many other types of materials out there that you can try. If you are worried about bleeding through (which happens with markers) either get the picture copied and printed on a thicker paper or place some papers under the page you are working on. The last point will still allow for bleed but the second page will not be affected.

Have a favorite coloring book your would like to share? Share your suggestions in the comments below.

May 20, 2016

Exploring Photography: Tips to help you take better photos

It has been almost two months since I received my new camera and I adore my new creative outlet. Photography is drastically different from drawing or painting. Using what is around you or bringing aspects together to create a new image. Everything is left up to light that comes into the camera which all these little settings to alter it. High light, low light, large shadows, no shadows. There is so much you can do with it, but it is all up to how you alter the setting to get the image you want.
  At the moment I am slowly trying to put together elements to develop my own style. Taking pieces from here and there to get to the end result. It's a long road but I am taking it day by day.  But I want to share what has helped me so far with you.

Exploring Photography- Tips to help you take better photos with use of a few very affordable items you can obtain locally. Get the most out of your cell phone camera or DSLR Canon Camera.

Tip #1: Use  daylight where ever possible

A bright window does wonders for lighting up your subject. Lights in most homes are fluorescent which gives pictures a tint in any pictures you take. Which brings me to our next tip. 

Tip #2: If not then use "daylight" light bulb to create it

 Thanks to technology we can now recreate the light we wish. This type of light bulb can be purchased sometimes at dollar stores but if you cant to create a quick kit for under $20 then check out places such as Home Depot. There you can find a light socket with a clamp and adjustable "neck". Super handy if you need to take a picture latter in the evening or when it is overcast out. 

Tip #3: Used White foam core to bounce light back onto your subject

This has been my go to tool for the last few years, a trick I picked up at Blog Podium from Giulia's photography workshop. Either check out your local dollar store or craft supply store to pick one up. Have the light coming in from one side and bounce the light back on the subject with the foam core board. When you feel you have mastered bouncing light this way try out our next tip.

Tip #4:  Rent or buy a 5 in 1 reflector

I have only had this for about little over a month and I love it. You zip and flip to get the side out that you desire. There is gold, silver, white, black and the middle can be used as a diffuser (lessen the light or soften). It folds up small and comes with a little bag making it super portable! For this little gem I would check your local Photography store and also Amazon.  Mine is 20" wide and suits all of my needs so far. 

Tip #5: Try out a fixed prime lense (50mm or 35mm)

   These little guys have no zoom, only a focusing ring on them. They are light usually and versatile. If you are into portraiture and still life (such as flat lays) then 50mm  is perfect for you. Although if you are into fashion photography with friends or need a wider shot then 35mm is your friend. Compare prices (don't forget to look at used from a certified retailer such as Henry's here in Canada) and abilities online to find the ones that suits you the best.

Bonus Tip #6: Practice regularly to get used to your camera and its functions 

  This applies also to the camera's on our phones as well (or apps for that matter). Getting used to all the functions of a camera takes time and practice. I learned back in High School but was not able to recall what each thing did such as ISO and shutter speed. Practice has helped me understand it in the best way for myself.  

But if you are the type that likes a little guide ( same here, so I can break rules after I learned them). Here are two e-courses that  I would highly suggest checking out A Beautiful Mess' DSLR for Beginners e-course or even Giulia's Table Top Photography e-course on Atly. I have purchased both of them and found the information very valuable.

   Do you have any tips for photography with either a camera or phone? Share them in the comments below to help others in the community here at Tea Journey.

April 4, 2016

Irresistible Tea Fundraiser for George Brown College Scholarships and Nanny Angel Network on April 10

  I was contacted over the weekend by some lovely ladies about "TEAlightful".  Their e-mail  touched me that all the proceeds go to both George Brown College Scholarships and the Nanny Angel Network.  I love it when people give back to those around them.

Irresistible Tea Fundraiser for George Brown College  and Nanny Angel Network on April 10 First of there are two sessions : 10am till 12:30pm  and 1:30pm till 4pm.  Attendees have a wide arrange of things to check out! There will be plenty of tea and food samples, but also some workshops, tea leaf readings, photo booth, live entertainment, raffle and more.

   You must be wondering what is planned during the event. First of there are two sessions : 10am till 12:30pm  and 1:30pm till 4pm.  Attendees have a wide arrange of things to check out! There will be plenty of tea and food samples, but also some workshops, tea leaf readings, photo booth, live entertainment, raffle and more.
   This group responsible for this fun filled are in their last year of the George Brown College Special Events Planning Program. Props to these lovely ladies and their selfless efforts to promote tea through their final project!
   I put together this post to promote their event as I believe in their cause and also wanted to support them as a George Brown College Alumni. Much love ladies and to all who attend this event.
       For more information check out their website TEAlightful , twitter or instagram.
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