Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Turning Over a New Leaf.

I'll keep this short and sweet as I’m sure everyone is busy getting ready for debauchery tonight!

I know most will be ringing in the New Year with champagne or beer and perhaps even a bit of both!  Like alcohol, tea is very much a social drink also.  In the East, there once was a time when groups of men would gather together in tea houses to play cards and immerse themselves in deep conversation while being served pots of tea along with light confections.  If you've read Memoirs of a Geisha, one of my favourite books, you'll know what I mean.  This was in a much different time.  In the West, afternoon tea is most popular especially among women who get together for chit-chat over dainty finger sandwiches, scones and clotted-cream.  I’ll be going over tea ceremonies and afternoon tea etiquette in future posts. Right now, I want you to consider tea as a source of comfort during solitude when you're alone with just your thoughts.  I love spending time in cafés, sipping my tea, gazing out the windows on a rainy day or a chilly night.  I also enjoy pots of tea in the cozy comfort of my home, while I lounge in a chair by my balcony doors, enjoying the serenity even in the middle of the city.

As we come to the end of another year, tea for me has been a welcomed delight while I reflect on a year gone by and contemplate on what the New Year will bring forth.  Some interesting things have happened to me this past year which have made me stop and think about where I am heading in life and what is most important to me.  2013 was not the greatest year for me and I’m really looking forward to nailing it shut!  However, I am looking at my whole experience as a life lesson to learn from and move forward.  Sometimes you need that kick to set you on the correct path!  It hasn’t been easy, especially these past few months with unpleasant thoughts running through my mind.

As I slowly sip on my Assam and finish off the final few pages of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari (a book that resonates far more for me this time around than when I first read it a few years back) I’m thinking about what will unfold for me in 2014.  For the first time in a long while, I’m actually looking forward to my journey and whatever the future holds for me...the cast of characters that will enter my life…who will be disappearing from my world...the challenges waiting for me...where I’ll be in life.

I don’t have any exciting plans this year on the big night…just time alone, lingering over a pot of good tea and better thoughts! 

Wishing everyone a wonderful and prosperous New Year! Cheers!

Words to live by.


  1. Oh my, I LOVE tea, and I'm so glad to come across this blog! :))

    Keep up the good work!

    1. Thank you so much! I will definitely check out your blog as well. :)