Tea & Pregnancy

July 2017 God dished out 3 BIG life changes to me:

In a matter of five days, everything that my identity had been resting in, shook up. The snow globe of life was fluttering around a lot of new snowflakes for me to deal with – a new body, vocation, and family life. These are major! Just one area felt overwhelming to deal with, but three all at once? Lord, I cried so much thinking about how I was going to survive.

The next month…

I doubted my decision to leave Greek IV. Not only was that ministry something that gave me so much fulfillment and joy, it was a major source of income for us. How was I going to afford having a baby with such a financial cutback?

I doubted by decision to train as a fitness instructor with Barre3. How on earth could I handle the physical challenge of growing a human inside my body, while caring for other people’s bodies? First trimester nausea was terrifying. Every day I taught a class, I feared that I would puke mid-class. I experienced anxiety about my appearance while teaching in front of a bunch of beautiful Scottsdale women. The hurt and the thought war was real!

I doubted God’s timing of Everett’s conception. I felt knocked down by the physical ramifications that followed those two pink lines. My skin broke out like crazy! Acne all over my neck and face. Depleted energy levels that left only 1/4 of my day to get things done. So even when I felt up to getting out of the house, I was ashamed about how I looked. (LOL – I even grew a unicorn bump at the top of my forehead that kept people asking if I had fallen down.) I was discouraged by the mental impact of the pregnancy hormones. As someone who already takes medication for my mental health, the extra chemical changes in my mind left me confused.

I’m at 7 months and while the past 32 weeks have given me to time to process these challenges, the snow globe is still flurrying around me.

January 2018 resurfaced some of the desires I forgot and inspired a few new ones. Some I’m not sure about, others I know are from God:

  • Blogging/writing
  • Drinking green tea and exploring all its benefits
  • Praying intentionally for others
  • Researching how to open a women’s collaborative space in Tempe
  • Learning photography
  • Listening to daily podcasts
  • Connecting with a Christian psychiatrist

Here’s my attempt at follow-through: Making a Green Tea Face Mask to calm down this pregnancy skin – Inspired by Pretty Plain Janes.

Stay tuned for before/during/after photos!

 

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Tea Down Under

Since I’ve traveled to Australia, there has been plenty of opportunity to scope out the popularity of tea in a new part of the world.  Though there aren’t nearly as many bottled tea options in Oz grocery stores, there’s plenty of loose-leaf and bubble tea around.

With all of the public transportation that I’ve been taking around the city and suburbs, it was great to discover my favorite iced tea shop – EasyWay Tea. There’s plenty of options for flavor, add-ins and sizes, depending on what you need to quench your thirst.

I love the pineapple iced green tea with pearls! So yummy after a hot day out on the beach. Quick, easy and tasty.

Green Tea Confessions

Sometimes all you need is the company of a friend and some tea to get it all out – what’s heavy on your heart, what you need help with, and how you want to move forward.

My roommate and I just needed some girl time to confess what was going on in our lives. With busy schedules, we haven’t been able to catch up with one another lately. Has that ever happened to you? You live in the same household as someone, but between the work schedules, running errands, gym time, and sleep, it just seems like you just never see one another?

I hate that.

So we made a tea time out of it. This morning we drove over to d’lish coffee house on Scottsdale Rd, right before Thomas intersection.  Their pomegranete iced green tea is amazing! I highly recommend it to cool off in the summer and spark your metabolism for the day.

The side patio is a perfect place to pull up with a close friend, spill out your heart confessions, and leave refreshed for the day.

You tweeted what about green tea?

For some reason the acronym GTML: “Green Tea My Life” isn’t as catchy as FML…but some of the below tweets that mention green tea could be aggregated into a site of their own. Yeah – kinda jaw dropping, shoulder shuddering, or knee slapping.

Since i have an obsession with green tea, well I follow any tweets related to the topic on a daily basis. Then I got to thinking…why not share with you so of the ones that really stick out? Here’s a few of the random ones I saw today:

wow. well that’s, well that’s kind of depressing? eek.

 

cAN yoU sense the EXCITEEEemenT?!?!

 

desperation at…um…well at its healthiest 😉

 

so cravings. ummm. she’s definitely craving opposites.

 

gettin hood. this would sound so much better if it was signed off from another “gee” *hint: @gtea.

 

yes it’s true…the bieber’s got gtea fever.

Ha, even re-reading these made me smirk. Hope you enjoyed them a bit and maybe lightened your mood. I feel like there’s more great random green tea tweets to be discovered. This may need to become a regular posting theme – just sayin.

Best Canned Green Tea I’ve ever Had!

After a spontaneous trip to Las Vegas for New Years…I bought Peace Tea from a gas station. I didn’t get a chance to enjoy this can of unsweetened green tea until this weekend in Arizona. But let me just tell you, wow – it’s the best canned green tea I’ve ever had! Cost me only 99 cents and has NO calories! I still have yet to find it in any Arizona gas stations or convenience stores, dang-it.

You can follow the company on Twitter here or join their Facebook here.

Once I got to the top of Squaw Peak in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday…I thought I’d do a little commercial debut. (Click here to watch it for some laughs.)

January is Hot Tea Month

Time to celebrate Hot Tea Month. You may be thinking: Why January?

Well during the beginning of the year, you probably see plenty of people going crazy with gym memberships, diet pills, and making other weight-loss or heath-related resolutions.

Little do people know the potential benefits of adding tea to their daily diet. Or how simple and cheap it is.

Lose weight.

Several studies show that drinking green tea every day helps speed up your metabolism and provide energy for people to complete and recover from their workouts. Why spend hundreds of dollars on supplements? Purchase loose-leaf tea that will last you a few months and save money.

I highly recommend checking out teavana.com or republicoftea.com as places to order yourself a good amount of  loose-leaf tea. My preferences are something with a fruity or minty blend. The flavor can then be heightened when you add a bit of sugar-free sweetener. Yummy!

Fight the flu-bug.

Research has shown that tea drinkers have more ability to fight off viral infections like the cold or flu than non-tea drinkers can. I recommend black tea or oolong tea help strengthen your immune system because they are loaded with antioxidants.