I’ve been staring at a blank word document on and off for several days trying to decide what is the most eloquent way to describe the last year in blogging. I left FBC 2014 with large goals. I was energized by being around so many like minded people and I had just graduated with holistic nutrition credentials. Yet Tea with Me just sat here, an empty shell, due to a lot of personal concerns and a variety of topics I couldn’t commit to.
One moment I wanted to focus on holistic nutrition; have the focus be on grain-free whole foods to supplement my business. But I sat there staring, wondering how I could be a good nutritionist while working at a chocolate shop, stuffing my face full of candy and barely eating any greens. How could anyone look up to me when I wasn’t even a good role model for myself?
Then in mid spring, I joined the Tea Association of Canada’s Tea Sommelier program; eight modules and a final certification exam. I’ve always enjoyed tea, thus the name, yet I never knew one could take classes. Part of me wishes I had known about the course before going to IHN, I think if I had known I wouldn’t have become a holistic nutritionist.
That’s the kicker.
So I sat, trying to figure out what to do – do I combine all my skills into a mish mash blog or focus on one topic? Words from the conference kept taunting me; Aimée from Simple Bites asking us how to describe our blog in one hashtag to focus on one topic and become a master at that. Then another who looked at me oddly when hearing my blog name, yet finding out that it wasn’t a tea blog. I texted blogging friends, asking if the name was too confusing, if Tea with Me made sense for the purpose I wanted it for (combining nutrition and tea posts). I held tightly onto the knowledge that I had just spent a year, getting a degree, that in this point in time I didn’t want anything to do with. That’s a mind numbing, paralyzing thought, to the point where I haven’t touched Tea with Me.
Several weeks ago, I took a sip of Darjeeling tea and another from Assam; both are black teas from India and immediately in my mind associated one with more muscatel notes and the other with malt. I got so incredibly giddy that my senses were finally able to discern the two. It was in that moment, I realized I enjoyed learning the nuances of tea than the inner workings of nutrition.
Tea with Me has been an ever evolving blog, starting off when I was trying to get into photography, a generic food blog, and then one that focuses on primal. Now it will be going back to the roots of its name – tea. I will not be focusing on reviews, but you may find one here and there. The focus will be sharing knowledge, for example – the difference between an English, Scottish, and Irish Breakfast tea, using tea in recipes (sweet and savoury), and even how tea can help your health.
I thank everyone for following me on my journey and I hope that you will continue to do so in this new chapter. If you have any comments or questions about the future, please feel free to share.
Heads up – there will be changes being made over the next little while. A new bio photo (you don’t want to see me with my current greasy ponytail), proper static pages, and a new recipe index.