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What We Can Learn from What We Drink!

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In honor of St. Patrick’s Day weekend, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite new inspirNational thoughts…what we can learn from what we drink! Yes, there is something scholarly you can learn from the Guinness you are holding in your hand right now.

While attending the Furman Women’s Leadership Institute this winter, I sat next to an inspiring doctor who told me about me about an interesting book she was reading, “The History of the World in 6 Glasses.” I was preparing for a brewery tour for my birthday, and I thought what better way to be inspired for my tour than to learn the significance of beer (of course it was only scholarly ;)).

Thinking about it….every day you are drinking (hopefully!) 8 glasses of water, and several other beverages based on your culture and preferences. Americans can’t seem to get their hands off a cup of coffee, the British and the Chinese don’t go a day without tea, the Italians don’t go a day without wine, and the list goes on! Each of these beverages comes with historical and cultural significance.

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I’ll give you a taste of what I learned from the book….

  • Coffee represents scholarly pursuits as it keeps us focused and energized.
  • Tea represents colonialism and the daily reminder to pause and relax.
  • Wine symbolizes religion, prestige, and royalty.
  • Beer symbolizes social gatherings…it was one of the main reasons humans began living in civilizations (waiting for the beer to brew)…and to this day brings people together!
  • Spirits symbolize business deals at first, and later a way to calm the mind.
  • Soda represents the American dream…in the pursuit of happiness through a refreshing drink.

So, the next time you take a sip of your favorite beverage whether at home or while traveling, think about what it means! You can learn a lot about yourself, your heritage, and your surroundings by the drinks in front of you. Cheers!

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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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Source: Not On The High Street

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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