10 Day Joy Challenge!

Tea + Simple Pleasures = JOY!

10 Day Joy Challenge!
There are 352 days left in 2019! How’s it going so far? If you’re like me, you aren’t quite sure. You have real intentions of making lifestyle changes that will bring you joy, yet somehow you haven’t figured out how to start.


Getting Started
What if starting was as easy as blocking out time for a cup of tea? Could you rearrange your planner to find time in your day for lunch and two mini tea breaks?

I’m Booked!
We have all heard the suggestion to schedule less. The idea is that if you schedule less, you will have more time for what you want to do vs. what you have to do. Sadly, extra time seems to magically disappear when it’s not booked. Instead of scheduling less could you book time with yourself for a few mini tea breaks?

Tea + Simple Pleasures = Joy!
Join our journey! For the next 10 days, I will share tips about how to use tea and simple pleasures to create moments of JOY in your everyday life. Invite anyone who would like to take this journey with you.

These tips will …
– Give you something to look forward to everyday!
– Help you live intentionally.
– Help you embrace the season of winter.
– Give you tools for more a restful sleep.
– Help you make healthy choices!
– Help you choose…JOY!

The Good News…
1. It’s Free
2. It’s Easy
3. It’s going to be empowering, rewarding, and fun…(we promise)!

Join me on our official Facebook page each day starting Monday, January 14. I can’t wait to share this journey with you!

5 New Year’s Resolutions to Keep in 2018

“I want to lose 25 pounds.”

“I am going to become vegan.”

“I am going to the gym 5 days a week.”

It seems like so many of us set very lofty goals – or resolutions – when we turn the page to January on the new calendar. All you need to do is watch the morning news shows or catch the gym ads on television to know that NOW is when so many people plan to start fresh for the new year.

So many of the goals focus on health. That is not a bad thing. I often wonder — and science seems to validate– that we are setting ourselves up for failure. Once we hit February and March, the resolutions we set January 1 are often broken, leaving us with feelings of guilt and self doubt.

What if — just what if — we resolved to be KIND to ourselves in 2018? How would we feel when the end of the year rolls around?

Let’s talk about some self-care resolutions that we all should make (and keep!) in the New Year. Who would like to join me?

1. Resolve to speak to yourself the way you speak to others.

Think about it. I want you to step back and think of the words you are speaking to yourself about yourself in your head. “Ugh. I ate like a pig over the holidays. My clothes look horrible. I look horrible.” Would you ever think to speak those words to a loved one? No. So why is it, then, that we can think such unkind thoughts and tell ourselves such unkind words? What would happen if we changed that dialog? Replace “I could never”, “I am not”, “If I were smarter/thinner/prettier/stronger” with words that build you up rather than tear your down. If you would not speak unkindly to your loved ones, why on earth would you speak poorly to yourself?

2. Resolve to be true to yourself.

Have you seen the graphic floating around on social media which reads, “Be fearlessly authentic”? When I say be TRUE to yourself, that pretty much sums up what I mean. Do you kind of just go with the flow for fear of rocking the boat, even if it means you are unhappy? I have a friend who used to be in a couple’s sporting league. She hated those three hours per weekend, yet she continued acting like she enjoyed it because she did not want to disappoint her friends. Finally, she confessed the she absolutely dreaded playing the sport and decided not commit to another season.

By disguising her true feelings, she was pretending to enjoy something she didn’t enjoy. She started to feel resentful, stressed out, and mad at herself for not saying anything. By remaining true to her heart, she decided to say no to activity she did not enjoy and said yes to herself. She still sees her friends, but has freed up time to enjoy painting classes instead, which is something she enjoys and nourishes her soul. Just be YOU. Your friends will still love you for who you are and will likely appreciate the fact that you love yourself enough to live more fully.

3. Resolve to spend less time on your devices.

We are constantly plugged into technology.

It is almost as if we panic at the thought of missing out on something important if we put the phone down. What would happen if you stayed away from social media for an evening?

Would it be the end of the world? Absolutely not.

By spending a few hours unplugged, you will find that you have more time to engage in conversation, play with your children, get lost in the pages of a good book or maybe even head to bed early.

If the thought of cutting that cord seems scary, take baby steps. Schedule hours of being unplugged to focus on your self care. For example, start with just one evening a week. Commit to this small block of time and see what happens.

4. Resolve to try Matcha for improved mental clarity.

Matcha — an antioxidant-rich green tea powder — was introduced to Japan in 1191 by Eisai, a Buddhist monk. Eisai is believed to have planted the first green tea seeds in Japan. He is even more well known for having developed the philosophy known as Zen. Since that time, Matcha and Zen meditation have been intertwined through the tea ceremony. It is believed that Buddhist monks drank Matcha to help them feel grounded and calm with a sense of clarity while meditating for long periods of time. The tradition has continued centuries later.

Matcha is not your typical green tea — it may take ten cups of green tea to give you the benefits of just one cup of Matcha. What is unique about this drink, as opposed to a cup of coffee, is that it is believed to increase your mental clarity while making you feel at peace. Next time you head to the yoga studio, try sipping Matcha — it will allow you to be in the moment while being better able to concentrate on each pose. You can also try Matcha before a big test, presentation at work, or any other time you feel the need for a bit more focus.

5. Resolve to show your gratitude more often.

The greatest gift you can give a person is your gratitude. Making someone feel loved and appreciated is a true gift. Don’t wait for “later” or a “more convenient time” to show your gratitude for the people you love.

Whether it’s your significant other, parents, friends, your child’s teacher or a neighbor, wouldn’t it be really amazing if you took a moment to show someone your gratitude each day?

There are scientifically-proven benefits to expressing your gratitude. According to a 2012 study published in Personality and Individual Differences, people who express their gratitude tend to be healthier. In addition to getting more exercise, they tend to keep up with their regular doctor’s wellness visits, according to the study.

Additionally, Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D. says that people who are grateful are less resentful and do not hold on to toxic emotions. His research in the field of gratitude concludes that people who express and feel genuine gratitude are happier overall.

Relax, Recharge, Be Mindful

This is a very busy time of year — a wonderful one — but get-togethers, shopping for gifts, chorus concerts at school, and tree trimming can all be draining. Of course, your normal workday, parenting, and day to day tasks still are included in that “busy-ness.”

Sometimes we get so caught up in doing that we overlooking the importance of being.

Like smartphones, people could use a good charge, don’t you think? In this day and age when people are glued to technology and constantly checking to see how much battery is left, I think it is really so important to step back and say, “Wait, what about being a bit more mindful about my own feelings and energy level?”

Recharge with Tealightful

 

When you are thinking about the more “traditional” ways to unwind, there is usually significant time involved. For example, many find it relaxing to go to the spa for a 90 minute massage and maybe a pedicure. However, that necessitates making an appointment and usually happens on a weekend or on a day off from work. Going for yoga is also a great way to recharge, however, that too takes a larger chunk of time.

That is where mini tea breaks come in. We understand that if you are sitting at work and are feeling overwhelmed and stressed before a meeting that you cannot just say, “I am leaving to get a massage so I can recharge my batteries” or “Before I get going on the next project, I need to get in touch with my inner zen.” Let’s face it, that won’t fly in most work environments.

Mini tea breaks are simply little bits of time that are carved out to enjoy a cup of tea. All you need is five minutes and it will leave you feeling recharged. You can do this at your desk, on your break, etc. It literally takes just a couple minutes and can fit into any schedule.

We have created the perfect companion for a mini tea break. In fact, you can consider this a mini tea break kit. Our new Tea Box contains everything you need in one box so you can quickly relax and recharge. Just add water!

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If you can heat up water, you can have a mini tea break ANYWHERE. Our Tea Box comes with several varieties of tea, honey stix in multiple flavors, measuring spoon to ensure a perfect cup, and unbleached filters. It is all in one beautiful box that you can slide into your desk drawer and pull out for your daily dose of mindfulness.

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Get your mini tea break kit from your favorite Tealightful consultant or you can select your Sample Sips box here or the Serious Sips box here. But hurry– these limited edition gift sets will be gone soon and the $5 off ends December 16, 2018!
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