your love for tea

things to be happy about:
- finding a new favorite song
- taking a hot bath when you’re really cold
- finishing a good book
- having sex with someone you really love
- falling asleep at the beach
- sunscreen on a babies nose
- getting into a freshly made bed
- coming home after a long vacation
- watching the people you love most laugh
- painting your nails
- hot cups of tea when it’s raining
- coming home after a long day
- waking up and stretching

50 ways to practice self care when your mental health is crap

1. Snuggle an animal.

2. Pet others animals in public… with permission.

3. Say yes to a meal with a friend you love dearly.

4. Take a sick day from work. Don’t feel bad about it.

5. Dust a book off your shelf and read it. Or, at least read a few pages.

6. Go to work, do your best, and tell someone you’re struggling.

7. Take frequent breaks at work, even if they’re just to take a deep breath in the bathroom.

8. Read body positive blogs like the Fuck It Diet, Love, Food, and Bawdy Love.

9. Make yourself a cup of your favorite flavor of warm tea.

10. Make yourself tea, then add a bunch of ice cubes to the cup. Feel the sensations of the temperature.

11. Sit outside and stare at the sky. Lay in the grass if you can.

12. When your attention spans lasts 5 minutes, be okay with coming back inside.

13. Say no to someone asking you to do something you don’t want to do.

14. Avoid toxic people while you’re hypersensitive. Sometimes this means family.

15. Say no to events that will trigger you.

16. Be ok with many nights feeling like you’re acting selfishly by saying no.

17. Ask a friend if you can come crash on their couch and have a slumber party.

18. Bring popcorn and fuzzy socks to said slumber party.

19. Cook a simple meal from scratch with one of your favorite ingredients. (I made cardamom baked pears recently- YUM and super easy)

20. Do some therapeutic writing. Prompts can be found through a quick google search.

21. Donate books you don’t read anymore.

22. Workout for 15 minutes.

23. Don’t work out.

24. Don’t beat yourself up about not working out.

25. Mindfully eat a meal.

26. Totally un-mindfully scarf down a bunch of sweets. (I’ve been really into vegan ice cream lately).

27. Stop reading a book that you started and feel obliged to finish.

28. Pick up a new book that you’re excited about.

29. Only do exercise that makes your body feel good. (For me, simple stretching is all sometimes.)

30. Avoid exercises you think you “should” be doing. (Cycling hurts my knees. I hate cycling. I don’t do it).

31. Take “should” out of your vocabulary entirely. Quit “shoulding” on yourself.

32. Tell your partner how they can best support you.

33. Tell your roommate how they can best support you.

34. Donate clothes that taunt you or that you no longer wear.

35. Go to Goodwill and find a lovely outfit that fits great.

36. Take a nap. Don’t set an alarm.

37. Lower your expectations of yourself. Be ok with being mediocre right now.

38. Go to a 12 step meeting or a support group.

39. Call or text an old friend to meet up over a cup of coffee.

40. Buy a coloring book and some crayons. Color away.

41. Practice a 3 minute guided meditation.

42. Do a Pinterest DIY project with an old shirt that no longer fits.

43. Laugh if said Pinterest project ends up disastrous (mine usually do).

44. Binge watch Netflix. Watch a show that’s silly and not too emotional.

45. Throw your to-do list in the trash for a day.

46. Go for a gentle stroll.

47. Blast music that matches your mood (for me, this is often Slipknot or Katy Perry interchangeably).

48. Make a gratitude list about things you’re grateful for in your life.

49. Make a gratitude list about body parts of yours you’re grateful for and why.

50. Put on some nice scented lotion.

Be present. Make love. Make tea. Avoid small talk. Embrace conversation. Buy a plant, water it. Make your bed. Make someone else’s bed. Have a smart mouth, and quick wit. Run. Make art. Create. Swim in the ocean. Swim in the rain. Take chances. Ask questions. Make mistakes. Learn. Know your worth. Love fiercely. Forgive quickly. Let go of what doesn’t make you happy. Grow.
—  Paolo Coelho

Unpopular opinion: 2016 was actually an incredible year to me, so many cool things happened!! I’ve become independent, I learned and experienced tons of things, I’ve overcome my problems and finally I achieved what I’ve wanted for so long: I am truly happy with who I am as a person! I learned how to be happy and how to stay happy, I learned what’s important and to what extent. I realised that everything is a choice and there are literally no limits!! I finally see that every minute spent on whining and crying under a blanket is a wasted minute!! There’s literally no point in being stuck in one place, life moves forward and so should I!! Every failure is a test of persistence and determination, the key is to never stop looking for solutions!!

tl;dr Bring it on 2017, I’m ready

music and lyrics yoongi for @auriee happy birthday, cutie~ 

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☆ ☆ ☆  Happy!!! Halloween!!!!   ☆ ☆  ☆ for @darkgreyclouds , I hope you enjoy your gift!!<333 A pure Xanlas comic that as nothing to do with Halloween   ☆ #fetrickortreat2016

Annoying Lil Things Your Witch Friends Will Do Because They Love You
  • Force feed you tea that tastes like grass clippings when you get sick.
  • Bind/banish/hex your shitty ex even when you’re trying to get back with them.
  • Respond to every random event in your life with “Mmm. Good omen.” or “Mmm. Bad omen” without further explanation.
  • Surprise you with delicious baked goods and just smile toothily when you ask them if these cookies are charmed.
  • “Ugh that’s such a Tarus thing to say.” “Calm down, Scorpio.” “I get that you not responding the texts is just because of your Aquarius moon, but I’m going to need you to try a little harder”. 
  • Almost burn your apartment down with candles at least twice.
  • Text you at two in the morning to tell you in detail the way their tarot cards have dragged you so you can grow more as a person.
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I have developed a love for tea in the past few months and although I usually just grab some camomile-lavender or other herbal teas at the grocery store, I have recently discovered the delight of tea shops! One of my good friends got me bunch of loose leaf teas for the holidays and now I’m hooked. But hey, according to this lovely book, February is just the month for visiting tea shops 🌿

Now to stop babbling on about tea and get back to my French reading….

Ps. If you’re also a tea drinker, I would love to hear your favourites/recommendations! ☕️

Hey, listen…

There aren’t really any flowers native to Jedha 

(except for the rare Dahlis bush, which legend says wraps its roots tightly around kyber crystals deep in the ground, and whose blossoms yield a tea so lovely it would break your heart)

but that’s not to say there aren’t any flowers to be found in the Holy City.

Pilgrims come to NiJedha from every corner of the galaxy to pay their respects at the Kyber Temple - whether they’re paying their respects to the crystals, the guardians or the Force itself depends on who you ask - and to deposit offerings on the temple’s stairs. 

Some of these offering consist of flowers.

And after a while the stairs get quite cluttered.

So of course it falls to young acolytes to periodically gather these offerings and dispose of them in an appropriate and respectful manner. 

Young Baze grumbles like an old man every time he has to bend down to pick up another stone idol, candle or roll of flimsy containing someone’s desperate petition to the Force.

Young Chirrut goes around picking up all the flowers and ignoring everything else. Arms overflowing with blossoms in a dozen different colors and from a dozen different planets, he buries his face in them and inhales deeply.

Baze rolls his eyes at him, but smiles despite himself.

It’s around that time that a fight breaks out down the street. Or rather, a onesided scuffle in which a bulky, mean-looking jedhan pushes a small twilek boy down into the dirt and advances on him to dish out even more violence.

And I believe Chirrut’s exact words are “Baze, hold my flowers”.

“Don’t…” says Baze, already resignedly taking the proferred bouquet.

We all know what happens next.

When Chirrut makes his way back to Baze, smiling placidly, he takes the flowers from the other acolyte and plucks one to tuck it behind Baze’s ear.

“Thank you, my friend,” he says, with a peck to Baze’s cheek, before resuming his work.