Morning Tea Rituals

Morning Tea Rituals

Wake up, breathe deep, prepare tea. 

Start with what type of tea to start your day. You can choose caffeine to get started straight away or start lighter with a white, oolong, or herbal to ease in. If none of those are your cup of tea, hot water with freshly squeezed lemon juice is the Ayurvedic morning tonic for the ages. 

My favorite morning tea: Dan Cong Honey Orchid

It needn't be perfect, simply warm.

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What My Slow Life Looks Like

What My Slow Life Looks Like

Wake up between 6:15 - 7:15 am, depending on what time I went to bed the night before and what commitments I have that day. If the bed is empty, make it. If not, move quietly through the house until my other half stirs. Brush teeth, wash face, and pull my hair back gently will clips or a headband to keep it stable throughout the morning. If necessary, I run a bit of Aveda's Smooth Infusion through my dry curls, extending their shelf life a few hours before the humidity hits.

I'm greeted by all the fur paws, Gallow - Hobo - Princess Tiger Lily - Mini Cooper, all "starving" in their own opinion but content to start their morning outside. 

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5 Slow & Simple Living Accounts to Follow on Instagram Today

5 Slow & Simple Living Accounts to Follow on Instagram Today

I will be the first to admit: I follow a sum total of 5 - 7 friends on Instagram, out of my 200+ follows. I do that simply because I see all of these folks' posts on Facebook and prefer to save my Instagram as a place of artistry, curation, and inspiration. 

These five slow living accounts are my favorites, each for their own reasons.

Some have under 1000 followers while others are popular and run widely-read blogs. I'm not concerned with their audience, more how they choose to share their lives. Each of them inspire me and hopefully, will inspire you too.

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What is Slow Living?

What is Slow Living?

I can't remember when I first heard of "slow living", but I'm sure I wasn't interested back then. I was addicted to the "fast life". I was judging my self-worth based on engagement and going out of the my way to create moments for my externally-derived expectations that weren't what I truly wanted for my life. It wasn't until I began to notice my health suffering that I truly took an interest in slow living.

No matter how healthy I ate, how active I was, or how much I accomplished, stress was derailing my potential and too frequently putting me on the bench.

It's not my intent to get rid of my clocks or to quit my social life, but doing a deep dive into slow living has caused a reevaluation of my priorities. 

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NYC Weekend Getaway: Where to go, What to eat, How to slow down

NYC Weekend Getaway: Where to go, What to eat, How to slow down

Taking it slow in New York City: 

  • Walk when you want to, otherwise - take the metro
  • Choose meals at local restaurants
  • Drink locally roasted coffee
  • Visit markets and talk to makers and vendors about their wares
  • Keep your head up and eyes keen for murals
  • Shop at local stores - this may be the best place in the world to do so
  • Start in Central Park

In this post, I detail how I made the most of a slow weekend in NYC, sharing my favorite places and some photos along the way.

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