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The Joy of Saying “No”

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Over the past two months, I have been re-adjusting to graduate school, which has been a good test of my prioritization and time management. It has also reminded me of the importance of distinguishing between what I want to do and what I have to do. An exciting new experience for me has been finding the joy in saying “no.” I have been actively working on saying “no” to help myself slow down, not over-commit, and enjoy each moment for what it is rather than worrying about the next moment. I wanted to pass along a few “tricks of the trade” that have helped me say “no” and feel good about it.

  • Set goals that are both professional and personal. Make sure you are balancing your time to incorporate both sets of goals and focus your time on those goals rather than other aspects of life. Regularly check-in on your progress.
  • Structure your schedule by month first, then by week, and then by day. This will help you realize when you may be over-committing at one point of time and will help encourage you to plan for breaks and rejuvenation.
  • Cultivate an attitude of gratitude. Appreciate what you have, rather than worrying about what you don’t have and having FOMO (fear of missing out). A grateful mindset will help you look at your life differently and not feel like you have to keep adding more aspects to your life to feel happy.
  • Spend more time being still and reflecting. This has been a weekly reminder at my yoga class, to be still. I have realized that taking time to pause has helped me reflect and recharge so that I can be fully engaged in work and fun.

I hope that these tips will help you slow down and enjoy each day. How else have you found joy in saying “no”?

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Tea Inspiration

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Did you ever think you could learn a lesson from drinking tea? If you’re like me, your first thought is probably “no.” Recently, though, I have learned that tea is inspiring.

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As the second most consumed beverage in the world (after water), there must be something more to tea than quenching our thirst or soothing our sore throats. Throughout the world, many people find that tea soothes the soul and provides wisdom in our daily lives. A couple weeks ago, I learned from Gloria Kemer at the Emerald Necklace Inn & Tea Room in Cleveland, Ohio that tea reminds us to slow down and appreciate the moment. When I think about, how often am I eating “on the go” or getting a coffee “on the go”? The truth is, more often than not, I am in a rush, “on the go,” and forgetting the importance of living in the present and appreciating each day as it comes. With a precious antique cup and warm beverage, tea helps us pause for a moment in the day and simply enjoy.

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Over the weekend, I attended a Mother’s Day Tea with my mom and grandma at Victorian Rose Tea House and La Premier Catering in Rochester, Michigan. The tea house owner, Loretta, has an inviting historical home with family heirlooms that makes you feel like you’re traveling to Europe. She and her employees greeted my family with freshly brewed pomegranate tea, homemade papaya scones, fresh fruit salad, tastes of bruschetta and goat cheese, deviled eggs, and Hula pie. Each course was served on antique china with the perfect portion to help us enjoy each morsel. Similar to my experience with Gloria Klemer, I was reminded to slow down and this time, embrace the day with my family.

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I am now challenging myself, and inspirNational readers, to drink tea regularly and pause in our fast-paced daily lives. By spending time relaxing and drinking tea, we are giving ourselves the gift of a refreshed mind, new ideas, quality time with our loved ones, and the rejuvenation necessary to live an inspirNational life.

As an interesting side note, learn more about tea etiquette throughout the world below, so you can spread the tea inspiration no matter where you are living or traveling!

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