3 Tips to Make Living with your Parents Easier

      Once we reach adulthood we think that we will be able to continue to live away from home. But setbacks happen, and we come right back to our childhood home to live with our parents once again. You are not the only one that boomeranged back, approximately 41% of us end up back home at some point (and this number continues to increase October 24th it was at almost 50%).
We learned so much while living away from them our views and lifestyle may not go so well with our parents. A few key tips can make things a little smoother.

Nothing is harder than living with your parents after 20 (or 30). These three tips will make living with them easier and help make your time getting back on your feet smoother ride.

Keep them updated on what you are doing

Wherever you are in your next steps keeping your parents in the know is ideal. It keeps you accountable but you are also maintaining transparency with them. In turn maybe they have connections that they can tap into to help you get where you want to be.

Help out around the house

If you ever had roommates that did not help out and were put off by it, you will want to do the opposite at home. Dishes, digging in the back yard, laundry etc. Anything you do will be appreciated by them.

Assist financially (where able)

Now this is something you should talk to your parents about. Some only want to save money for you, some want room and board, other may want groceries etc. Sit down with them to discuss where you are financially and work something out together. If you want brownie points, buy them gift cards to go out for dinner. They go out for dinner and you get the place to yourself for a bit to chill. 

No matter what happens at home try to understand where your parents are coming from. It is hard to do but it is the least we can do for them for raising us. Always remember that you are back home as a step towards where you want to be. It’s frustrating but remember your end goal (the bigger picture) and it will help relieve you of stress.

I am also back at home and these are just a few of the things that have helped me. Are you back home as well? Share what has worked for you in the comments below.

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.

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.

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.

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.