12 gifts for Your Soulful Tea Spirit

New Years may be over on the Gregorian Calendar but the Lunar New Year is not until February 16th. As a tea and culture lover, I prefer to celebrate the Lunar New Year. This is because it truly feels like a fresh start energetically and because I was brought up with some of the traditions with my Mom’s Indonesian background. One tradition for this time is to give red envelopes with money in it to the younger generation, which my mother loved to share with us, but also sometimes even small gifts.

With that thought, I pulled together some items to celebrate this time and also set the right tone for the year of the Dog. I cheekily pulled in a few baby cat items because I really wish there was a year of the cat (how about you?).  Use this guide either for yourself or for loved ones to bring them good wishes as we make this transition.

1. Drippy Unicorn Chawan Tea Bowl by Kira Call Ceramics

2.  Cosmic Baby Cat Hoop Art Kit by Sparkle Collective

3. Plum Tama Yunomi Cup set from Hibiki-An

4. Essential Tea Pot in Ocean from Tea Ave

5. Huiming Tea Bags from Camellia Sinensis

6. Embrace Imperfection Throw Pillow from Chapters 

7. Midnight Magic Iron on Patch by Sparkle Collective

8. Matcha: A Lifestyle Guide from Chapters

9. Lifefactory Active Flip Cap Waterbottle from Chapters

10. Toronto Tea Festival Tickets 

11. Journal – Mentally in Another Galaxy  from Chapters

12. Belle & Bloom Demi Tin Candle “Life is a Party” – from Chapters

Best wishes. Many steepings (and many cats) for the New Year.

3 Ways to Understand Your Inner Self

Learn 3 ways to understand you inner self . What you need in relationships, what your personality type needs and what your astrology birth chart says about your journey.

Through my Yoga Training, I have learnt more about myself. It meant to go deep but when you begin to confront and understand our inner self. It’s scary. But also enlightening. You discover what you need in all situations (hey even in relationships). You gain confidence as you know who you are beneath all the stories from the past ( or even from the day-to-day interactions). You have clarity and direction.

If you have felt stuck (been there) or felt like you lost yourself (here too), you’re not alone. Going beneath the surface digging can help you remember what you truly need from a friend, in a Career, from Family, or even from a partner. The following are three ways to dig deeper, without letting that awful voice get in the way (looking at you judging Ego). Let loose, let go of expectations. And let’s get to know your inner self.

Understand your  Personality type

16 Personalities Quiz

 Huge fan of Myers Brigg’s personality breakdowns, it’s so legit true! If you have done a personality type quiz before this is one where we are broken down into 16 personality types. Each is represented by acronyms and some groups even came up with “titles” for each type. For example, mine is INFP which is called “The Mediator” over on 16 Personalities.

  This one is a fantastic way to find out more about your strengths and weaknesses for your personality type. Now, take those words with a grain of salt as we are all unique in our journey. But most of all “weaknesses” can become strengths when we put the effort into yourselves with personal development.


Understand your Love Language

5 Love Languages Quiz

  Ever wondered why it’s hard to connect with certain friends, family or even partner? Perhaps its because your love language is different. Earlier this year City Line (Canadian lifestyle show), talked about this topic. We are actually more prone to use the long language that WE NEED towards other people who may need something entirely different.

 This is a fantastic way to build up relationships of all forms by learning the love language that you need and value. And if you send the quiz to your loved ones, you can learn what they need. For example, My highest love languages (which are tied) is Acts of Service and Quality Time.

Understand your Astrology Chart

Full Astrology Birth Chart

 These are basically your “factory settings” when you were born, no influence from the world. Yet, we are still affected by the energies of the world around us. So learning more about your chart is key as the sign you have been looking up in the newspaper (or online) is only a small part of a larger picture! 

   Sign up, it makes life easier for going between the two sections it has on there. The link will take you to getting your birth chart. This will tell you what sign your sun, moon, mercury, mars etc. You will learn what each one is. Now, each planet (or star or the moon) represents something different in our lives. Such as the Moon is our inner self and our emotional needs.

Mine is Cancer which means at the end of the day I need family and I am very concerned with others. My emotions can get the best of me and learn the rhythms of my emotions will help me go forward. To learn more about these different meanings check out Astrology Clubs menu on the right side. Each link to specific planets (the sun or the moon too) will explain that part deeper. On your chart though is an explanation of your character for that portion. Again if you want more info on signs and planet meanings Astrology Club is a great place to start. But always feel free to do a google search such as ” Cancer Moon” or even “Sagittarius Saturn”. 

Astrology Houses

Next step (when you are ready) if to look at your houses. Each one represents part of our lives, Such as our first house (also known as rising sign) is our Persona. Second House is how we are with Finances. and it goes on from there. A simple google search of “astrology houses” will bring up a simple wheel with these parts detailed on it or even go deeper. On the Signs By Stars page go to the left side and scroll down till you see “Rising Sign”. Click that to get your houses (or click here to go to it).

Houses works similar to your chart, in each house you will have a sign. Such as My 6th house, health, is in Jupiter. Which some places say I use unconventional healing and I take my health seriously. I used Astrology Club page on the houses to learn about these meanings (they were the best source for direct language, but also down to earth.


Accepting ourselves means understanding who we are inside and our needs. These are three things that helped me and I hope they help you on your own journey to self-discovery. There is always something new to learn about ourselves, no matter what age we are. Blessings for your decision for looking deeper. Go forward with grace.

7 year blog Anniversary (Free Printable Soulful Tea Journey Manifesto)

Celebrate 7th Blog Anniversary.Infuse your life with wisdom from the past with The Soulful Tea Journey Manifesto. Because tea is life and life is a journey.

We got here! I am so ecstatic that with your help we were able to get there.I am very thankful for each and every one of you for being here with me, for every up and down over the years. So many changes have happened over the years to grow Tea Journey to what it is today. To celebrate the Tea Journey manifesto has been updated (wait, what?) but more on that in a second.

After some digging (and investing in both you and Tea Journey), I can finally explain what Tea Journey is about in my heart in two sentences (you know that short line or elevator talk thing). Tea Journey is about infusing life with the wisdom of the past. Using tea, culture, soulful exploration and “magic” to create a life that is a modern take on the past. Magic, aka manifesting and using vibrational energy (think Wu Wei or that crazy powers they use in Chinese fantasy shows/movies or THE FORCE).

I hope you can feel my excitement in putting that out there for you (BRB need more water for my morning tea aka after-ning?).

The Updated Manifesto

Because of this soul discovery (through tea from Global Tea Hut – April 2017 Heavenly Blossom), the manifesto has been changed to Soulful Tea Journey Manifesto. This is because It truly expresses the essence of tea and how it stood in the past and is still now in many hearts. And how the manifesto was thought out. Every sentiment was thought through deeply in consideration of modern life and things that we need right now to be more present (with tea and beyond).

Celebrate 7th Blog Anniversary. Infuse your life with wisdom from the past with The Soulful Tea Journey Manifesto. Because tea is life and life is a journey.

The printable is sized to a standard sheet of printer paper, but as it’s a PDF you have the chance to resize it for where you wish to have it. Click the button below to grab your copy.

Grab the Manifesto


Will you help me out?

I truly hope you enjoy the manifesto what it stands for. Going forward I want to bring more projects to help you, but I need your help. This blog may be written by me but it is for you. I enrolled in a class (copywriting to improve my writing) and to go onto the next part I have a quick-short survey for you.

 These questions are for us to get to know each other better overall and bring content that you are craving. I want us to craft Tea Journey together to spread tea, culture and it’s magic. Click the button below to launch the survey, write as much or little as you want. Every word is anonymous (but if you want me to know it’s you go for it or send me an e-mail to say hi).

I can not thank you enough for being here for the journey this blog has taken. If it has resonated with you, please spread the word by sharing this post with #soulfulteajourney (don’t forget to tag Tea Journey) with your circle. 

Satnam friends.

How a beginner’s mind will help you grow as a person

Grow by leaps and bounds by adopting a Beginner's Mind. Japanese Tea Ceremony teaches us that it is best to start from one and once we reach 10, to return to one. There is always something to learn by adopting this mindset.

Have you ever done something so many times that you feel that you know it so well? We all have felt that way in some way or form. But we can break this cycle by just changing our mindset and improve each repetition. In Japan having a Beginner’s mind at all points (even after 100th repetition) makes them continue to learn from something they already “know”.

      The term came out of zen which latter became part of Japanese culture as the Tea Ceremony became an important part of life itself. If this singular idea can make a whole country and culture become so proficient in what they do. A student will repeatedly study old and new material even when there is no exam to prepare for. A sushi chef will practice molding rice to place a piece of fish so many times before he has a singular customer of his own. Both will succeed and continue to practice by using a Beginner’s Mindset.  Now image what I can do for you in the different parts of your own life.   

Using it is quite simple, let go of what you think of the task. By doing this, letting go of preconceptions, it allows you to try a task a new and free of restraint. Next, will be to practice or repeat the steps to become proficient. To top it all off each time you do the task repeat from the beginning by having no preconceptions. Every moment you can turn into a chance to learn and grow.



Now when your parents or Grandparents are teaching or telling you something new you can take it and go beyond. You can learn the wisdom they have been trying to pass onto you, and learn it in a way that is easier to comprehend (because we let go of what held us back before, our preconceptions).



Learn job tasks quicker than the others and improve as you go. Every project will be filled with new life. Writing that report or filing those papers will become a new again. Through this method, you may even be ready for some promotions.



Remember that student I mentioned above? You can use the same method to gain higher marks in your classes or even workshops you attend. Repetition with a little of a beginner’s mind will make every task you’re given just that little bit easier.



Finally, you can look at ever new relationship as it truly is, new. Old relationships stay in the past as you focus your new one. Every step you take with them will become new, not “tarnished” by the past.


This technique will take some adjusting to your mindset with will power. If there is a preconception that will not go away try speaking aloud with the thought in mind and say “ I choose to see love instead of this”. Repeat as long as you need to and as often as you wish.


I would love to hear if you have used this method before? Or are you going to test drive it out?

Share your experiences in the comments below or tag me on Social Media.  Namaste.

Crystals for tea: Rose Quartz

       Last year I spoke about different gemstones that are good for the body, but they are also good for your tea water. Water is very sensitive and can take on vibrational energies, the same goes for plants (no wonder we sing and talk to them!).

      If this is new to you check out my previous posts on maifan stones , gemstones and favorite gemstones. They will give you some background, but feel free to stick around to learn more about Rose Quartz (and what it can do for your tea).

Crystals give off vibrational energy that can be used for your tea water (why not?). Add extra dimension to your tea session, read more to find out about this crystal.     It is a pink stone related to the quartz family, along with other such as amethyst and aventurine. This stone in particular can be called a love stone. How perfect is that for the water which makes us our dear tea?

     Its subtle pink color is perfect for featuring in April with with Cherry Blossoms blooming in Japan for spring.  You may be wondering why this precise stone, so let’s get into what it can do for us with tea (and in our day to day life).

Feminine energy

      Think of your mom, or even your grandmother, these people in our lives are just comforting being around them. It makes you feel loved and cared for.

     For women this extra energy is gives us that big hug that makes us feel appreciated for all that we do. For men (we didn’t forget you), it balances out the ying and yang. Giving you that other side that you need (but maybe don’t want to say you need. Shhh we won’t tell anyone) by adding in a little feminine energy to the mix.



  Think of this as instant self-care or affirmations (but in your tea!). A blanket of warmth loving energy comes through in the cup which makes it perfect for end of the day (or grounding a friend who is feeling down).

  I believe that we don’t hear that we are loved enough throughout our lived ( #truth ), and want to feel that warmth. Boil your water with rose quarts in the kettle to give yourself some love. For extra credit, use this tea during your self-care time and feel that love wash over you.



  As mentioned earlier, Rose Quartz is a balancing stone. We need both feminine and masculine energies to feel grounded and balanced throughout our lives. Also, it helps with stress and anxiety (bonus!) just by bringing you into balance.  Infusing your tea water with stones is a simple way to get that in there with no fuss!

Happy Mother’s Day everyone (even to those fur-baby mom’s out there). Only one post this week, so that I can get some cleaning done for my mom (she loves this idea). Welcome to the new Tea Journey, I hope you love it. I can not wait for June 10 (7 Year Blog-versary) to celebrate this milestone with you! Cheers my loves!


What do you think of this stone? Is it too “woo woo” for you? Share in the comments below and spread the love!