Updated: Jan 15
Gabie from Tea End Blog blowing a kiss
Honestly, I still can't believe that I survived 2020. How did I survive 2020? After Covid-19, a global pandemic coupled with my divorce, a shock and life changer, I argue that there isn't anything that could surprise me, like ever again; I think it's safe to say that I've seen it all.
And yet, I look back on that year and I see that I still was able to sip and read happily ever after as well as accomplish some of the aspirations that I made in the previous year. How? Like I said, I don't even know how I made it safely and soundly to 2021! But here we both are, able to reminisce about our accomplishments and aspire for our future. What beautiful gifts...
Instagram post on 07 January 2021
The Grace & Gratitude Journal release
Mantra 2020 - "Create Joyfully"
I'm not going to lie, creating joyfully was not easy in 2020. In March, not only did I discover that most of my creative aspirations would be halted by COVID-19, lockdowns, and travel restrictions, I also learned that my husband of 10 years was no longer dedicated to his vowels and wanted to create a new life for himself. Needless to say, my mantra for the year seemed to be impossible to accomplish; how in the world would I create joyfully with so much negativity and sadness?
Well, I have a strong faith in God. I believe that He is close to the brokenhearted and that He can strengthen us when we are weak. I relied on my God and I set my energy on healing and creating the life that I wanted. I focused so well despite the challenges, that I ended up creating Tea End Blog's very first journal: The Grace & Gratitude Journal. I think that I did well with 'creating joyfully' despite the circumstances, don't you think?
2020 Goal #1 - Writing My Book
I was supposed to begin writing my first book in 2020 which involved travel plans to discover tea rituals around the world. I don't think I have to explain why this could not be accomplished; I have not given up on writing, however. In 2021, I am remaining safe and still restricting myself from traveling but I have been composing a book of poems entitled, Tea & Poetry, Darling - a book of poems on womanhood and divorce. So, no, I didn't write my tea book in 2020, but I did write a book. The fact that I wrote something in 2020 in contrast to just standing in place looking shocked and confused is good enough for me.
2020 Goal #2 - Tea Travels
Nope. No one went anywhere in 2020. I did not travel nor did I visit any tea shops or plantations. I desire so badly to accomplish these goals so let's see what 2021 has to offer!
Tea Review: The Wellness Tea
2020 Goal #3 - The Tea Experience
In 2020, I wanted to see tea through the eyes of people who didn't speak my language, who didn't dress like me, eat like me, or live like me. I wanted to discover tea through other's perspectives by having studied first-hand the rituals and traditions that these individuals have created around tea. One word: Pandemic. I'm sure you understand...
Instagram post on 08 October 2020
Inspiration: "La Negresse"
Instagram post on 22 October 2020
Inspiration: Boho-Eclectic Apartment Reveal: My Bedroom
Writing My Book(s)
The world is opening back up and the lock-downs are being lifted. I, though, am still taking safety precautions considering that COVID-19 remains a threat to health and life worldwide. My book on tea is pending safe travel but soon Tea & Poetry, Darling will be available for any of you Tea Sipping Bookworms who have a penchant for womanliness and the wiles and expressions of a divorcee.
Grace & Gratitude
Creating Tea End Blog's first journal was a somewhat spontaneous and exciting adventure. The idea of grace and gratitude wasn't spontaneous though; I have long been intentionally practicing these two beautiful qualities and I believe that they play a large role in why I was able to keep my sanity in 2020. In 2021, I would like to hear from all of you who have made The Grace & Gratitude Journal part of your daily self-care practice. I'm so excited to hear from you all! Make sure you share your experiences!
Honestly, in 2021, I just want to enjoy life and what it is that is in front of me. I am taking a full gratitude approach with my expectations and aspirations of 2021 and I am just waiting to see what amazing things this year has to offer. I think we have all learned our lesson in planning too much for our new year as we never know what actually may happen. I just want to be grateful in 2021, and stay so...
Instagram post on 18 June 2020
Book Review: "Don't Forget Your Crown" by Derrick Jaxn
CHANGES TO THE BLOG
Instagram post on 29 September 2020
"IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS..."
- Tea Reviews: increase in reviews predominately released on Tuesdays
- Book Reviews: reading all sorts of books; expect at least 1 review a month
- Inspirations: posts covering all sorts of topics; predominately released on Thursdays
- Adventure: pending safe and secure travel
- Tea & Poetry, Darling: new Series on Tea End Blog featuring poetry from Tea & Poetry, Darling - the book
Tea Talk Tuesday
Tea Talk Tuesday in an Instagram Live (@teaendblog) TV Series that occurs every Tuesday @ 6pm CST. During these talk sessions, Gabie engages an audience to discuss topics ranging from "5 Things That I Love About Blogging" to "How To Care For Others Without Neglecting Yourself".
Instagram post on 17 September 2020
Inspiration: 4 Meal Planning Tips & Tools
Instagram post on 20 August 2020
Tea Review: Shincha Sencha | MASTERS by Adagio Teas
I just simply miss interviews and blogviews and all the other ways that I used to connect with the tea sipping and bookworm communities. I hope that I do many more collabos in 2021 and again feel the excitement of nerd-ing out with fellow tea sipping bookworms.
Instagram post on 07 Septemember 2020
I don't feel as pressed and stressed this year as I did the last. One thing that 2020 taught me is that when in doubt, wait it out! I intend to just relax in 2021 and give thanks for all that I have and all that I do, so "Be Grateful" is my 2021 mantra for Tea End Blog. I guess we'll have to wait until 2022 to see how it held up, but until then, 2021, here you are at long last...
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What are your tea and book goals for 2021?