We do hope you've had the most delicious Christmas holiday wherever you are.
We've come across so many posts recently about new aspirations and goals, diets, regimes, organisation, resolutions and so on, we thought we'd add our own little suggestion.
With some help from one of the biggest fans of tea we know...
So do go on. Do have a cup of tea. Make some time for yourselves around the hectic money driven, fast paced, got to keep it all going, busy busy busy lives we all have to follow. Sit down, take Mrs Doyle's charming advice and have a little break from the I must do this, I must do that niggles. Give yourselves a pat on the back. We're not supposed to be super human... (hang on...let us just check...) We're human. To be more precise, we're apes. Apes that like making drinks with leaves and milk from cows, rice or beans. (?) Perhaps we are superhuman afterall...
We like to look back and consider the highs and lows of the last year and ponder what changes we could make, however! There is one large ingredient that is a must, that is 100% compulsory. If you're having one of those moments, when you're sitting down, making plans for the next year and getting your head around what's in store, DO make sure you have a cup of tea, nestled snuggly between ones hands, (preferably with a chocolate or two to hand - you know... the ones left over from all the Christmas chocs!). We know...we know! You might be doing an OH-SO special diet that requires not even the slightest whiff of anything sweet whatsoever, but we're afraid, when making such life changing decisions and embracing the next year ahead, it's also a must.
*Please note. If you do not have any Christmas choccies left over, do not fret. Simply check the cupboards for any hint of chocolatey biscuit goodness (there's bound to be a left over Christmas ginger biscuit of some sort... surely!?). No Christmas ginger biscuits in sight? Well.. don't repeat this next part to anyone (but desperate needs do come to desperate measures of course) ... Well, this is only possible if you have children, or young people around yourselves on a frequent basis. There's bound to be some kind of stash of Christmas succulently sweet goodness. Look high and low (particularly low if you have very small children or any midgets frequenting your space). We wish you luck!
A nice cup of tea does make a difference.
We particularly like what Gladstone had to say about our dear friend tea. Sums it all up rather nicely.
"If you are cold (blumming freezing with all these 100mph winds actually!)
Tea will warm you
If you are too heated (Turn the heating down, love)
It will cool you
If you are depressed (Winter blues, be gone)
It will cheer you
If you are excited (Ooooo we're making plans, we're making plans!!)
It will calm you"
So no need to worry and fret dear friends. This time of year so many people give themselves a truckload of restrictions and beat themselves up, but surely this can be done in such a way that's satifying, acheiveable and not just plain bonkers (calorie counting are we?). Take a step back and have a little think (tea is in place, yes?), rid the guilt and think about what's important in life.
We read a very charming blog post by Seeds & Stitches recently that hit the nail right on it's head. Indeed we want to succeed in our lives, but it's most importantly important to remember what's the most important of all importance in our lives! (We're never going to say the word important ever again...)
One of the greatest (very nearly said important) things we would like to do is say a massive huge
To all you lovely lot out there over the past 8 months, since we began back in May. For all your kind words, support, marvellous guest posts, tea & bakes and enjoying Isle of Tea.
May tea be with you. Always & Forever.