I was recently interviewed by the Corporate Affairs Liaison with the company I work for. They wanted to do a little interest piece on employees who have unusual hobbies and interests outside of work. I was quite chuffed with the outcome and the genuine responses from my colleagues across the globe. It made me think how very anonymous we are in this world – easy to portray ourselves in one way or another behind a keyboard and screen. So who am I? And why do I blog? And why tea?
I live in a coastal region in New Zealand, which is by all accounts the ends of the Earth. Blogging makes me feel like I am closer to the rest of the world; anything and anyone can be reached with our wonderful technology. Tea is a huge passion of mine (surprise, surprise!). I have a beautiful collection of tea cups, some modern, some quirky but a lot are heirlooms from my Grandparents which I cherish dearly. I have acquired a few tea pots, infusers and spoons over the years as well. All very functional but delightfully pretty too. On any given day, if you were to pop in, you would be offered a choice of about 40-50 types of tea ranging from herbal to black, white to flowering…one for every occasion and mood I say. I wrote a blog when I first started about how this blog and passion has developed and what I love about tea. Things have taken a few interesting turns since I started blogging; it wasn’t meant to be anything more than a way for me to share my passion, enjoy researching and discovering new things, express myself in a written form…oh how the universe can alter things up! Watch this space my tea loving friends, such joy is to be had. https://the-tea-chest.blog/2019/02/10/how-it-all-came-about/
Reach out and let me know where you are from and what you are passionate about – I would love to hear from you ♥
The article about my Blog:
Can a hobby improve your overall well-being?
Why and when did you start the blog? I started my tea blog at the beginning of this year so it is still very new and evolving…brewing if you like.
Why tea? I love tea, the ceremony of it, the history, the memories, the relaxation it brings, the holistic vibe that it encompasses and of course all the beautiful varieties, and the tea cups, pots etc…
What do you love about it? I love blogging a lot more than I expected. It drives me to envelope new discoveries, appreciate the world of tea on every level and I love sharing my passion with my friends and family and now the world!
Why it’s important to have passion projects outside work? I am all about the work/life balance and feel that this blog is so very different to how I spend my work life it allows me to breathe, savour my tea and for me writing is a very therapeutic way to express myself.
How does it help with keeping your brain active and healthy? Researching is fun and educational, keeps me active as far as always having a different blog draft to think about. I quite often find myself writing one blog and thinking of other ideas for blogs to expand on. Great way to e-meet people and gather ideas and feedback too.
Have you noticed any mental health benefits? The amount of tea I drink on a daily basis may have increased a little bit and I always try and take time to enjoy the moment with my tea. So I guess I am able to use tea to retreat and contemplate and in doing so settle my mind.
Why do you blog? What do you enjoy most about this? I love TEA and I like to write so thought I would combine the two and see how it goes, also enjoy sharing my passion. I am heading away next year on a sailing trip and wanted to blog about the teas I discover along the way.