How Marrie Forleo will change how you look at your life


 Sometimes we need to change a few things in our lives to be  happier, little tweeks here and there.  December last year I was let go due to company changes. The change hit me hard. A few weeks prior I had gone to Ottawa and Montreal for the Ottawa Tea Festival with them. As well I had made the conscious choice to quit smoking (since starting Fall 2009). Not having an income really hit home for me. I overall felt like I had no one to turn to and It was a week before I felt I could tell my family.  In the end I had to move out of my apartment, this only made things worse. It felt like I was loosing part of myself, my little niche. I cried a fair amount while packing up my teas and tea ware. How can our lives get reduced to a number of boxes?
      The week after Christmas a family member offered to help me . After writing resumes and cover letters, I was then going to Halifax.  Don’t get me wrong I loved it out there. It was so calming, knowing that everything around me was new. In the end it did not last. I had to leave someone behind and come back to Ontario.  Again a heavy depression hit.  I slept in and stayed up extra late. I did not have the will to do anything.
       Then one day My mom invited me to go to Yoga with her. Who would have known that this small change made a big change for me as a person. I went once a week a first then signed up for a whole eight week session twice a week. I love it.
     Shortly after those first two classes I began to feel much more like myself again. I began to blog again and even began to invest in myself. Putting myself first was the best thing that I have done for myself in the (almost there) 4 years of writing for Tea Journey. My role model is Marie Forleo. If it were not for her book “Make Every Man Want You” and her channel on YouTube MarieTV, I would not have made this change.

Marie Forleo can change how you look at the world

1. Say no to negativity
           Before and a bit during I was in constant contact with people who were negative. During my healing process I choose not to talk to them. For some I had to temporarily remove them from my Facebook feed, to keep their voices out of my head.

2. Make “is-ness” my business
         Focusing on the now rather than the past, I was able to progress forward. I make sure to be in the moment even for simple things like washing the dishes, listening to my parents’ day , or  hunting around the house for my cat (You know that you do it too, lol). I focus on one thing and push other thoughts out of my mind.

3.  Be silly
      There have been countless times that I want to be just plain goofy, but I stopped myself. Now I let myself let the goofiness out and push the worrying voice away.  I can be seen dancing a little while shopping, bouncing on my bed (oh man this really is the best), nerding out with my brother or even rolling around on the floor with my cat 🙂

4. Build a routine
      Alright I’ll admit I don’t get up the same time everyday. But my routine is the same  (unless its the weekend), getting up and reading something to get my mind going, get up make a cup of jo (Im working on changing back to tea, trust me), read a bit more, pop on a video (or tunes), make up and then clothes. It all ends with me reading through Bloglovin to check up on a few people (Shout out to Nichole and Rita, represent ) to see whats up with them. 

Sumi-e and business cards

Sumi-e Artists of Canada is a non-profit organization

  March 10th I took a trip up north to the Japanese Canadaian Cultural Center to take part in a Sumi-e workshop put together by the Sumi-e Artists of Candada. With Hiroshi Yamamoto  we were shown sketches that were made prior to the final Sumi-e work.  Everyone brought different objects to paint, I brought a ceramic tea canister while others brought vegetables and plants.
       I did not have a roll of paper so a kind woman from the executive gave me a few sheets so I may still work like everyone else. This was the second time in my life I attended a class/workshop where I was one of the youngest, the first time being a weekly watercolour class. Although this time I felt like I knew nothing and everyone else was far ahead of me as they were taking full classes with Hiroshi Yamamoto at the center. Perhaps the fact that there is almost 10 years in between this workshop and the watercolour class is a factor, as that was before I attended OCAD U. 
      Unfortunately I missed this months workshop due to a bad cold, although I did attempt to do a study of “Hug” in Sumi-e style. I am quite sure that I will take classes at the centre in the future to assist with my studies of this style. Till then I am going to attend these workshops to absorb anything I can.

    On another note, my business cards are in transit and a temporary website will be up this week. I ordered the cards from Moo Printing and am very excited to finally have these cards. As for the website I am going to use Other People’s Pixels till I purchase my own web space, at least with them I get a domain in the process. The layout over there will reflect how this blog will look in the near future. Please bear with me as I change things. This week is the Take pART show.  Here’s the info they have!

A mystery art sale findraiser in support of student financial aid at Branksome Hall School. All works are 10 x 10″, signed on the back, presented in a grid and are made by alumnae and non-alumnae artists.


take pART 

Arta Gallery, Distillery

Thursday April 19, 2012, 6-9PM
Hors d’oeuvres, wine & beer
Raffle Prizes

Hope to see you there!