Substance and Soul

Simple Pleasures: Afternoon Tea

Samantha WetterholmComment

Thursday, 19 September 2013

For those of you who are as busy as I am, you have to develop the good sense to appreciate the little moments and the simple pleasures in life. It’s way too easy to have a go, go, go lifestyle while your tanks run on empty. I spent many years on hyperdrive, and believe me, you end up cranky, stressed, and burnt-out. For me, it took a bit of soul searching to focus on slowing down and appreciating life’s simple pleasures. 

Until you train yourself to stop and smell the roses so to speak, you have to actively seek out those little moments in life and really acknowledge their beauty. For me, some of those little gems are: the smell of rain, beautiful blooming flowers amidst the city backdrop, the sounds of a bustling coffee shop, snuggling with Paul, and afternoon tea. 

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Although I try to recreate traditional afternoon tea at home, I always love the ambiance and experience of going to a real tea shop. There is a small tea shop near my school called Secret Garden Tea Shop. It’s filled with adorable china sets, lacy linens, and floral decor.

My friends and I popped in after a busy day in clinic and I thoroughly relished in the entire experience. I allowed my senses to be taken over and enjoyed getting lost in the moment. 

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What do you do to enjoy the simple pleasures? How to you unwind and stay focused in the moment?

This weekend Paul and I are heading to Lake Tahoe and I’m looking forward to some light hiking, beautiful scenery, and spending alone time with my husband.

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