Keeping up with what is around us bogs us down so much over time. We get up, rush to eat (or not at all) and then commute to work, have all sorts of things happen throughout our day, come home and then. BAM. We find ourselves exhausted and unable to push to do this vs for ourselves. At least we believe it to be so, I know I do very often. 

Grab some great idea for your self care (or me time) no matter how busy your day is. Enjoy this list of simple self care ideas and treat yourself to some zen.

I work in the evenings, so my mornings range from getting a things done for Tea Journey to going out with my Mom (when else would I find the time?). Head to work to workout then help other clients and then clean and head home. Tired, hungry and I just want to lay down. Once bedtime rolls around I wonder where all that time went and wish I could have done more. But there is no real need. Do we need to binge watch a new show or play pokemon in bed (please tell me its not just me that does this)? We can use these moments while home to slow down and do a few things to make ourselves feel refreshed and more in tune with ourselves.

Self care, is not a bad thing. Yet it feels like we unconsciously feel we never have time for ourselves. Here are a few things you can do to get some self care in and be more able to handle the world around us.

Face mask

Sheet masks are everyone’s friend (yes guys too). In the packet is a sheet with cut outs for your eyes, nose and mouth. All you have to do is place it on your face and let it work. With all the assortments out there you will find one for you. Plus if you want it to stay on while doing a task (dishes, laundry….) Then there is this great gizmo that will keep it on while you get things done. 

Another alternative is a cream face mask. I love my mask from lush (Mask of Magnaminty), winter is so harsh to our skin, this one moisturizes and cleanses. When you wash it off after about 10-15 minutes, your skin feels great and overall you will feel refreshed.

Yogic breathing

Practicing for just even a minute will help your mind feel clearer. It is my go to tool throughout the day (especially after 100+ crunches). It will help relax your muscles and can even be done in bed to help you get to sleep. To do this one breath in to fill your belly and then finally your lungs. Hold for a few seconds then, slowly breath out. Do this a few times to get used to it and it will be your secret tool throughout the day.

Moisturizing Creams

While I love the changing of seasons, dry skin sucks. Recently I picked up a lovely cream (Karma Kream) from lush that smells just divine. It’s a light scent so no worries. Every night I put it on, not always everywhere but I do what I can. When able I massage my feet which really helps prime the body for sleep. There are so many acupuncture points on them that it makes sense why it just feels good.

Bath after a shower

While I am not able to do this often ( 4 people, one house and one bathroom) it is such a luxury to just soak in the tub. A few drops of essential oils and epson salt or a bath bomb , totally like a spa. To get the most out of this one turn off the light and light a candle or don’t and read a juicy book with a cup of tea.

Glass of wine or a cup of tea

Nothing is better than either of these. I love taking the time to put together everything on a small tray (sometimes even a snack) and lounge on my bed with a book (or audio book). No work just something for me. Or at dinner (menu pending) I will even take the time to pair it with either tea or wine. It makes something I have to do into an experience which is less regimented.

There is always time for ourselves in our day, we just have to let it happen. Take time for yourself and give yourself some love that it deserves.

There is something magical about releasing one year and welcoming another. We make plans and goals for the coming year to create a better life for ourselves. Continually through out our lives we determine what we want to leave behind and what to bring into our lives.
As promised I have created a quick and easy New Years Printable to let go of the current year and welcome in 2017. My favorite part is the gaiwan painted sketch I added and the list for the new year.  Let’s look both pages over together, so grab the file and print it out (fit to page will give you the best result).

Got a few minutes before it hits midnight? Use these printable to let go of the previous year and welcome 2017 with a soulful plan to achieve your dreams.

Releasing 2016

  To let go of 2016 I picked statements that are simple but also reflective. The year was full of twists and turns but we got through it. Now is the time to look over the year with fresh eyes as it comes to a close.  My favorite memory was receiving my camera and spending time with close friends in Toronto late fall. Before both of those moments I had so much self-doubt in my abilities and was weighed down by it. It was through photography and my new job that I let it go. There is so much that each and everyone of us can do. We just have to let go of that voice that tells us otherwise. Doing so helps us realize something incredible about ourselves, that we can do anything. Looking over the previous year lets us see how much we grew and what we achieved. Only then can we go forward with an open heart.

Download the New Year Planner Printable

Welcoming 2017

  Now that we let 2016 close, we can begin to prepare for an amazing New Year in 2017. Dig deep, what do you want to accomplish, feel and release? When I started to fill out my own sheet I started with the list. I listed out things that I wanted, places or events I wanted to attend, creativity goals etc. My favorite thing on the list is creating my own stickers to use for my planner or give away. A creative focused goal always ends up on my list every year (sometimes more).  Every time I do this I look at it regularly for the first few months and then forget about it. Once October or November roll around I look it over. It is surprising the amount of things can be accomplished when we answer soulful statements. They dig into us and stay, then through out the year we somehow accomplish them. It is an amazing thing. But if we want to ensure everything (or most) things get done then lets make these goals and ideas into real plans.

Making Goals into Plans

Earlier this week I released a word of the year planner page. If you got it then then perfect, if not grab it and lets make this year count. On your welcoming 2017 page you listed out things you will do this year and other promises to your soul. With the year planner page jot down those promises, or break them down if needed. For example, one of my goals is to save up money for Blogpodium next year. For January I have put that I would print out the 52 or 26 week savings challenge stickers for my planner. Then from there I would just need to put reminders to check my progress for other months.
  Another goal is to go to continue to develop Tea Journey as a brand. I have put a “due date” in February, now this may change due to other life things that pop up but I have a blueprint. With this baby I can move things around and even prioritize what needs to get done each month.

Let me know if you would like a mini planner to track your progress with your goals and to celebrate unplanned achievements.

Happy New Year everyone! Here is to a great 2017!

Make your year planning simple by beginning with your word of the year with these tips. And a printable planner to draft out the year ahead for a spirited intentional Tea Journey year..

 Are we really this close to the new year? Yikes. It is totally normal to start worrying about goals and plans for the following year when we are this close (like under a week). You are not alone, I have been doing the same thing  for years. But over the last few years I have been gradually adjusting how I go about it. The solution I found was picking a word of the year to shape everything you do through out the new year. Here are a few thoughts that will help you fin your word to frame 2017 to be the best it can be.

   Choose a word with the right intention

  Last year my word was freedom, I felt stuck and restricted by the world around me. My solution was to give myself permission to let go of the pressure from media, past relationships and even negative self talk. It worked, I gradually as the year passed began to speak my truth and do some crazy things that were totally me.  For 2017 I picked the word ” Forward”, I wanted to progress more with freedom by letting go of the past and really being intentional with the now.

   

Choose an action word or an emotion

 Both my words for 2016 and 2017 were very contrasting. This closing year was an emotion that I desperately needed in my life, and 2017 is very action oriented. It kinda makes me want to dance as it has so much movement to it (why not right?).  There is no wrong or right answer for this, as it really depends on the word you choose.

  For example if you want to be more loving then choose “love” or turn it into an action by choosing “loving” or “caring”.

Display your word throughout the year

   Like any goal or plan you need to see it to keep at it. A constant reminder is very important. I had picked up a flat stone at the beach and wrote my 2016 word on it. The stone still sits at my altar which I look at every morning when I wake up. Seeing the word reinforced my intention to let go and give myself permission to feel freedom.

Plan your year around your word

 Once you have your word you can make a rough plan for the year on paper. I created a printable which you can download to keep everything together. It’s super simple to use. Write out your word of the year and main things you want to do every month of 2017.  Draft it out, you do not have to commit to it. Latter this week I will have two more to help you fine tune your plans for the coming year. 

Download the 2017 Word of the Year Planner

Let’s make 2017 even better than 2016, next time we will look over 2016 and let it go. At the same time we will make plans and goals around our word for 2017 for an intentional Tea Journey year. 

Need a last minute gift that will take no time at all? This DIY tea blend is sure to do the trick and it is full of love for your recipient. Give the gift of health from the heart.

Back during the early days of this blog I fell in love with the creativity behind blending a custom tea. It gradually brought me to the medical side, more as a bonus overall. Flash forward to 2016, those experiences lead me to this DIY I created myself. A bit of a preview for the friends who will be getting them, as this project was created for them from the bottom of my heart.

Handmade gifts have always been the popular choice, but creating them can be daunting. I do not like complex steps either. This DIY is simple, so that you too can create a gift for friends or as a last minute gift even. Gather up supplies you have around the house and, either teas for this blend or pick up a mix you are dieing to share. Let’s get started!

Tools

Teas from recipe (below) or any tea
A bowl
Measuring cups
Piece of paper (for a funnel)
Containers to gift them in
Card stock to print tags (optional)
Twine (optional)
Scissors or a paper cutter (optional)
Hole punch (optional)

Titania’s Lullaby Recipe**

2 cups of Honeybush
1 cup of Lavender flowers
1 cup of Osmanthus petals

Need a last minute gift that will take no time at all? This DIY tea blend is sure to do the trick and it is full of love for your recipient. Give the gift of health from the heart.

  Mix all three teas together, after measuring out portions into your bowl. Mix it up for equal distribution and flavor. Then use your “funnel” (roll it like a sushi hand roll, tape if needed) to fill your containers. With this amount of tea I was able to create 6 portions for the same number of gifts.

Glass is not really the best for tea as the light can make it lose its potency. To slow things down I taped off all the edges to the interior of the bottle and sprayed them with Kyrylon Sea Glass spray paint. It gives it a bit of opacity that will protect it. Pick a container that calls to you, a handmade gift is always from the heart after all.
Need a last minute gift that will take no time at all? This DIY tea blend is sure to do the trick and it is full of love for your recipient. Give the gift of health from the heart.
If you would like to add a tag like I did, simply create a business card sized design. Mine was created on Canva to save time. Then paste them into a document on word and print them onto the card stock. Cut them out using a paper cutter or scissors, and cut off both corners on one end. Finally use a hole punch to slip twine through and tie to the jar.

This is very versatile as you can always create your own blend or choose a tea that has been blended for you. This blend was created for my close friends who needed something to help them relax and sleep. Also the ingredients have been known to help with inflammation, which we all have to come degree.

  This DIY is perfect any time of the the year, just change up the tag to suit the occasion. Happy Winter Solstice and Merry Christmas everyone. We will be back next week to help you prepare for the new year (trust me I’m keeping it simple for the both of us, no fuss). Love you all, best wishes!

** For personal use only. Reproduction of Titania’s Lullaby recipe in whole or in part only with permission of author. Please do not sell tea blends of this recipe.

Get creative with your gift wrapping with these three super easy and cheap ways to add that creative touch. Reduce your footprint and reuse things you already may have around the house.

      

 I have been wrapping presents normally for years and it just never felt right. Last Christmas was the first year I began to add a little of myself into the wrapping of gifts to my family and friends. It adds an extra dimension to the gift over all, no matter what it is (even socks or underwear lol). It is easy for anyone to do. Here are a few things that I have done with some things I had around the house.

Get creative with your gift wrapping with these three super easy and cheap ways to add that creative touch. Reduce your footprint and reuse things you already may have around the house.

Re-use boxes or packaging

Sometimes a simple little cover over the label is needed. Others you may need to get out some paint. Matt paint works best, and if you have any trouble with it staying on cover it with a light coat of clear matt spray paint to make it stay.

Use washi tape

Covering a label or even just jazzing up a pain box. No matter what pattern washi tape you use it will look amazing. If you want to go an extra step use punches (or even a hole punch) to add “stickers” to one box and the remnants on another. Personally I am still looking for a tea punch for throughout the year.

Use project life cards or the picture side of an old card

When I got into project life I ended up with so many cards and not knowing what to do. Using them as a tag gave them some new life. But if you don’t have any simply use the front of an old card. Cut it off from the message potion and reuse it.

These ideas can be used throughout the year, not just for the holidays. Your giftee will love your gift even more because you created the packaging for it. It’s like giving love as a bonus little side gift with every one you create. Best part of all, you can still do it this close to Christmas. Happy holidays everyone.