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Today's tea break

I am enjoying a cup of black tea with a bit of natural sugar, and a small pack of Lorna Doone shortbread cookies that I brought home with me from the hospital last Thursday (when I had a follow-up medical test done to be sure that all was well, and it is). Tea and cookies reminds me of my Gramma Stewart, who was fond of having "a cuppa" and a small treat every afternoon. It is one of the best sorts of habits to form, I think, as long as one doesn't overdo it with the treats. But I digress.

I am working on getting myself back on track this week after weeks and weeks of busy-ness. This, of course, presumes that there is a track, and that I was somehow on it, but never mind that: I am sitting quietly a bit, and hope to do quite a lot of that this week, so that I can regroup and recenter and figure out where to move forward next.

One place I am moving forward is with reading. I am still thoroughly enjoying my exceedingly leisurely re-read of Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen, which I am reading about a chapter a night or so at bedtime. I am also enjoying my time with Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg, which I am interspersing with Northanger Abbey at bedtime. I am liking, too, my time with Brenée Brown's The Gifts of Imperfection, which I'm working through as part of an e-course I signed up for at Oprah Winfrey's site, where you read assigned chapters, then watch Brenée's video(s), then do some visual journaling.

Possibly that sounds silly to some, but I opted for the course because it spoke to me for the following mishmash of reasons: (1) I'd stumbled on a Brenée Brown interview online after it was recommended by someone in an online group I'm in, and I liked what she had to say; (2) I'd ordered two of her books - this one and Dare Greatly - after watching her hour-long interview, and hadn't yet read them, but (3) I saw that she had blurbed Amanda Palmer's book, The Art of Asking, which I mostly enjoyed - I had some serious mixed feelings about parts of it, but overall found it thought-provoking and motivational, with a bit of narcissism and braggadocio mixed in, and (4) I had been admiring friends who were working on visual journals, but had no idea how to start, or what it entailed, or what to do, and at least this is one way of getting started.

That's right: I am worried about following "the rules" for my own journal. Probably tells you more about me than I might have otherwise shared, but it's true. This way, I get a bit of coaching and examples to follow, so that I can figure out how to start, and learn what sorts of things are possible. I'm hoping that later on in life, I can throw caution to the wind and just go with it, but I am still learning, and still entirely unsure of any artistic skills I'm developing, so I'm just ... going with it. What I am doing is a bit beyond my comfort zone, but I'm good with that - as I become comfortable, I can move those boundaries further.

Speaking of "things beyond my comfort zone", I will be recording a poem later this week to share with you for Poetry Friday as part of a poetry sisters' project. Eep!

Tell me, do you have a tea break? What sorts of things do you do to make it an actual break, and not just a cup of tea that you ingest while getting straight back to work? And if you don't have an answer for that because you just jump into work, what would you like to be doing on your tea break? Can you make that happen, just a little?

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Jul. 9th, 2015 02:41 pm (UTC)
I've always had tea breaks - though often I get right back to work. Of late, I've been making them more break-y.
TS Davis
Jul. 7th, 2015 10:37 am (UTC)
A little gingerbread with my Tick Tock
I draw courage from the way you live your life in so many ways... I don't LIKE taking breaks. This admits the fact that I NEED a break. I slog my lunch, even, at my desk and try to keep working, working (thus this holiday during which I forbid myself to do more than French lessons; I KNOW the way I think is unhealthy.)

I love B. Brown and all she stands for... and think I could stand to deal a bit more gently with my day and take in a tea break. I would like to listen to NPR's Tiny Desk Concert during the length of a tea break. I would like to maybe read a couple of short stories, to more balance the reading side of my life with the writing side. Some days, I would like to read essays and ponder concepts. All things are possible, here...

Thanks for sharing your break, and a great idea.
Jul. 9th, 2015 02:43 pm (UTC)
Re: A little gingerbread with my Tick Tock
Mmmm . . . gingerbread. *grabby hands*

I didn't used to like taking breaks either. Turns out that SCIENCE favors the taking of breaks, to say nothing of the fact that my body basically requires them now and again..

I hope you will start to take those breaks, and listen to your concerts or have a small smackerel of something good!
Jul. 9th, 2015 08:24 am (UTC)
My tea/coffee break (beverage choice is determined by the previous night's sleep) is when M takes his nap. I'm a milk and honey or sugar kind of girl, so the ritual of preparing that cup is in itself a bit of a break. It's my moment to wind down after the emergency morning cup that gets me through breakfast and morning toddler wrangling. The second cup is my peaceful one, and I sit at my desk, sip it slowly, and take a few moments to catch up on blogs, news, etc. (like right now!) before trying to do all of the the things before he wakes up.
Jul. 9th, 2015 02:44 pm (UTC)
My tea break sometimes involves coffee, too - it depends on my mood and how much caffeine I need, just like you, though I do not have a toddler with which to contend!

I'm glad to hear you nurture yourself in this way. It's so important not to take our own selves for granted!
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