Author: Bola Talks Tea

Forget running a mile when you can Chamomile – London Tea Company review

*Disclaimer: this is not a sponsored post and all opinions are my own So it’s official, we’re in the ripe stages of Summer (I think we are well past ‘ripe’, what with the heatwaves we’ve been experiencing!) but if there’s a gem I’ve been enjoying, it’s got to be chamomile tea! In particular, The London Tea Company’s Chamomile tea. And since the weather’s been (mostly) warm, I’ve taken a liking to this blend of tea. I must admit though, I do prefer it with a few additional ingredients which I’ll list below. How I make the tea Well since their teabags are packaged in little paper enveloped, I tend to prep the stringed tea bag as the kettle boils. This is useful for displaying their fair trade commitments as well as making it easier to dispose of the tea bag once the brew is complete. Side note: I don’t typically make my tea with steaming hot water, I prefer to wait for it to cool for about 5 minutes before getting the brew going. I’ll …

Single Word Sunday – Pause

Follow my blog with Bloglovin We know the days get long and our schedules get busy as we are bogged down with work, school and other commitments, but at what point do you just..pause? A chosen moment to decompress, unwind and take a breath. That’s what a pause during the day looks like to me. Typically, I’ll close my eyes, tilt my head back and breathe. This signals and reminds me to slow it down. (While thinking, “I’ve got this, that and the other to get done”, a simple word of prayer really helps to keep me grounded while reminding me that patience really is a virtue.) I understand that the world we live in can be very fast paced. With demands and commitments asking for our attention, how can we momentarily reduce the pace of all this? Truth is, you have to choose. Yes we are bombarded with choices day in day out and decisions will always have to be made, however as long as you know can tell when the day is getting …

Single Word Sunday – Gratitude

I’ve had a change of heart this past month, and it’s been with me focusing on gratitude. And granted, this isn’t the first time I’ve thought about being grateful, but I did notice a simple yet significant difference between gratefulness and ungratefulness. And I am convinced that being grateful is more of a state of mind. The difference between ungratefulness and gratitude is this – when you are grateful, you are content. You are appreciative. And you’re likely to focus on the good instead of the bad. When you’re ungrateful or you don’t take into account the things you ought to be grateful for, it’s much easier to remain on the end of spectrum where things are never enough.The end where we take stock of all that’s gone wrong and things we wished were different. “What separates privilege from entitlement is Gratitude” But if we flip the coin to the side where gratitude is customary, we find appreciation for the things we have. This includes the seemingly mundane things which we often consider the default …

Single Word Sunday – Stand

Stand firm. Stand strong. Stand boldly. As far as experience goes, if there is one thing I am now coming to terms with, it is the need to stand. And to do so, with boldness. Too often, I think we shrink ourselves in fear of standing up, or even standing tall.    As if, in a world with a levelled playing field, standing tall and appreciating the fact you rightfully occupy space is more of an offence than if you were to shrivel yourself to fit in with the status quo. Let’s change the MO Well, I don’t know about you, but I for one feel like it’s about time that MO comes to an end.  Growing up, i was always one of the tallest. Not of the girls alone, or among the boys, but in general. And though I can’t say I was always the ‘tallest’, I am grateful for never wishing away my height or ‘wishing I were shorter’ – I embraced (and continue to embrace) my feet and inches in all their …