Friday, 12 February 2016

Where is the love?


Love is in the air, everywhere you look around *bursts into song*


Ok, ok... so not everywhere exactly. Perhaps you are assuming your roses and gushy card have escaped the postman's clutches or Ryan Gosling (insert current man crush *here*) has got a little lost on the way to your doorstep. I don't know, it's a mystery.

Truth be told, I'm not sure what I think about Valentine's Day exactly other than the occasional giggle as I recall countless cringey tales of high school days or the fact that my dad used to buy me a rose so that I would feel special. Not really as ridiculous/embarrassing as it sounds, I promise.

Hold on a second, could that be it? Feeling loved and special are massive concepts and often hideously overlooked as we relentlessly juggle our packed schedules and busy lives.

I have teamed up with swoon-worthy Eteaket to talk about their latest edition, "Serendipitea" and maybe pause for a second to consider a few pointers on how we can all show ourselves a little TLC (you know, if Ryan is double booked)...


Tea

Trust Eteaket to release a fun limited edition blend for V-day. Even if you are feeling a tad sorry for yourself at this time of year, this will serve as a perky pick-me-up that will only leave a sweet taste in your mouth. They suggest it as an ideal gift for your one and only, but don't be scared to snap up a bag for yourself if the mood strikes. With a name inspired by the perfect Rom-Com Serendipity, this black tea is a dreamy blend of strawberry pieces, rose petals and praline chocolate hearts. The perfect companion for when you have a few moments to unwind on that cosy winter evening. Make sure to catch it in store or on-line while stocks last to ensure that it is your flavour of the month. Ooh, lovely!

Treats

What goes with tea? Some sort of sweet treat I can only imagine. What is that saying, everything in moderation...right? As long as we are eating a balanced diet the majority of the time, no-one is going to deny you that glass of wine or little dessert from time to time. If you are repeatedly sobbing into a tub of Ben & Jerrys, you've gone too far.

Tap out

Life moves at an incredible pace. Unless you possess some sort of superpowers I haven't discovered we have to remain at peace with the fact that no-one can be all things to all people all the time. It just isn't sustainable, and chances are if you keep that candle lit at both ends you will be left like a frazzled mess.

Sometimes we need to tap out. For an hour. For an evening. For a whole weekend even. What quietens your mind and stops those cogs turning?... A beach walk?... Running?... Music?... Down tools, trash the remote and skip out on social media. Lose yourself in the moment and preferably somewhere you can't be found for a while. If you would like more tips on how to switch off, why not check out my post with Yawn on "The Digital Detox". If you would rather not go "cold turkey", please receive my full blessing to Netflix and Chill...

Team Talk

It's good to talk. To each other (because we are fortunate enough to find ourselves surrounded by wonderfully wise, inspirational people.) And more importantly, to ourselves.

Our relationship with ourselves is arguably the most important. Sadly, in today's culture of hyper-comparison and with the added pressure of highly curated digital lives to live up to we can very easily fall into negative, destructive patterns especially when reflecting on our use of language for self. It is time to be kinder, treat ourselves better and learn to love ourselves that little bit harder. Perhaps we need to cut ourselves a serious break or readjust the levels to fade out what is distorted or unhelpful and turn up what grounds us in true identity and invokes confidence in us.

List good qualities, recall truths about the person that you are. Leave little notes in key places around your home to jog your memory until positive, life giving speech becomes home in your cognitive behaviour. Life appears on the surface to be a highlight reel of instagramatic proportions. At the end of the day, it might only take a few minor prompts, but the transformative effects can be MAJOR.

Love is a many splendored thing. Love lifts us up where we belong...

Don't forget, stop by Eteaket (Frederick Street, Edinburgh) to pick up your bag of Serendipitea, or you techy tea lovers can visit the website to order www.eteaket.co.uk
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  1. What beautiful pictures, this article is so nice, glad to read your post, thank you :)

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement. Really glad you enjoyed the post!

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