It’s been a long haul, but the end is in sight. We have a new and improved web store. The old store wasn’t working very well, so we decided to do a re-boot. Sometimes you need to shake things up to see what comes out. Hopefully people will be pleased with this new store.
It seems this virtual cleaning house of the web store, corresponds well to a literal spring cleaning in my own home. I have been inspired by Marie Kondo’s philosophy that things should bring you joy and that a tidy space makes for a happier person. I know that sometimes clutter can be also inspiring, so those two sides of my brain have been in conflict for a long time. I tend to have a tidy space that slowly becomes cluttered, then I do a big sort and start the cycle again. Part of my way of working with this blog has been cluttered. I have so many ideas that I tend to get overwhelmed and don’t start. So that is the reason I am blogging now. I have to de-clutter my brain of the things I want and need to say about tea. I find that when I start to talk about tea, it makes me content, happy and eager to learn more. Tea is a habit for some, an addiction, a comfort, a break, a gesture of good will or hospitality, a solace for others. I find it can be many things and it is also a motivating factor in my cleaning up. My friend works from home with a system for time management called Pomodoro. When she told me about it, I realized I was kind of doing that on my own. I would work for a chunk of time then reward myself with a cup of tea. Work for a half hour, tea break. Work for an hour, tea break. Go finish cleaning the bathroom, tea break. I like the idea of a reward for working solidly at a task until completed. Mini-rewards work even better, so the tea break every hour is a good way for me to sit down, relax and survey what I have accomplished and how best to finish the task or write a list of item I need to finish the task. I finally have framed some of my photographs that were just leaning against other pictures, using this method. I also now have all black frames in the bedroom and mostly wood or metal framed pictures in the living room. There is a weird sense of cohesion now that is more comforting to me. That may seem strange, or some of you might get what I am saying, because beauty, symmetry and function make me happy. I like the philosophy of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, that things should be function or beautiful but preferably both. To quote him directly, “Art is the flower…life the green leaf.” This seems to be a good quote for any tea lover.
On that note I resolve to start blogging more and even do some videos. Fingers crossed!