One of the biggest challenges for this year has been the ongoing goal to simplify life. To not over-commit myself, learning to say “no” and really focusing on my big dreams in life. In the last few weeks it’s meant writing a few less posts for WELL and choosing to take a yoga class, go for a bike ride or create a healthy dinner in the evening hours. It’s also meant slowing down to savor our time time with loved ones and friends, and making them a priority.
One of my favorite ways to slow down is over a great cup of tea. It’s not a drink to rush. It’s about sipping, enjoying its benefits, letting its warmth envelope you and detecting all the layers artfully blended. On Sunday my friend Simone and I enjoyed the Royal T house special (black tea blended with rose petals and soymilk) and a tower filled with nibbles containing just the right amount of wrong: portobello and red pepper panini comfortably nested below brownie bites and fresh fruit. If you haven’t been to Royal T it’s a “L.A. must”. It offers a wide array of conversation starters if you ever needed any. It’s a Japanese-style tea house that blends music, food, art and the very light-hearted cosiplay style of attire (you’ll know what I mean when you see the servers). Wandering through its spaces, looking at the art and enjoying the offerings in the gift shop makes for a very fun experience. Plus there’s the amazing tea!
I’d love to know how you slow down and spend time with friends – what’s your favorite way to make the time linger as you catch up, connect and nurture your friendship and soul? I love a long hike, an evening shared over a bottle of wine and I’m obviously up for a cup of tea any time you like!
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