Yay! I can’t believe it, but my baby, Tea End Blog, is already 4 years old and I’m celebrating. Celebrating the love of tea and literature, the hard work, the growth and all that has been wonderful this past year in tea, books, and my tea sipping bookworm life.
At the beginning of every year I write this celebratory article to reminisce about the past year but to also share my aspirations as well as my mantra for the upcoming year. I’m about to sprinkle some positive vibes into 2019!
"Silence Is Golden. If It's Not Worth Saying, Keep Quiet."
2017 was a rough year for Tea End Blog. The year ended with a writer’s block so intense that I really thought that I would hang up my writer’s coat and quit blogging for good. Thankfully, I received encouragement from my tea sipping and bookworm friends and in 2018 I decided to start an annual tradition of creating a mantra, a positive slogan characterizing what exactly I wanted to accomplish. My very first mantra was, “Silence Is Golden. If It’s Not Worth Saying, Keep Quiet.” This mantra helped me write with more purpose in 2018 and to avoid writing about tea, books, or anything that I wasn’t excited about. The cool thing about having a mantra is this: it actually works!
2018 was characterized by less writing but more quality posts. I turned down so many collaborations this past year, happily, and focused on what I wanted to say on my blog. Having a mantra for Tea End Blog worked out so well that I am happy to introduce my mantra for 2019: “Do Good. Fear Not.” This mantra is meant for me to focus on good things that I want to accomplish and to not allow my fear of failure to prevent me from moving forward. We’ll see how it turns out!
Being An Educated Boss
Earlier last year, I finished a book entitled, “In the Company of Women” by Grace Bonney that inspired me to fully express my creativity, wisely. After reading this book, I realized that although creativity flows out of me like tea from a tea pot, business savvy is something that most artist lack. And I’m one of them. I decided to take courses in business management, and I am so happy that I did! I’ve learned so much to help me be a better small business owner. I chose to take online courses as they have always worked better with my schedule and in addition, I just love the flexibility that online schooling affords. I attend Penn Foster Career School and have already taken the “Starting Your Own Business” program. Up next, I will be taking a program a little more intense called, “Small Business Management”. I’m so excited!
More Books. More Reading
In 2018, I set a goal to increase my reading just like I so easily increase my tea consumption. Reading and tea sipping are both time consuming hobbies but reading takes an added effort: finding a quiet place, allowing your mind to focus, taking an hour or two to really make way in a book. It’s not as easy to do in such a fast-paced world. But I love it and I wanted to do more of it, so…I did! I performed more Book Reviews in 2018 than I ever have in my previous years of blogging. What is more is that I actually stuck to my TBR list and enjoyed almost every read that I opened. Hopefully I can keep this up in 2019!