A Reflection on Returning

You know, sometimes, it takes a lot of back and forth to persuade yourself to get back into the ring. You can tell yourself you have too many commitments, that you are no good. That your website needs a complete overhaul and that you lost your readership anyway. Why should you get back into writing for enjoyment? (for those that do not know, I am a writer by trade for a nonprofit, in addition to freelance writing and editing).

But, even though my last post was in 2017 and those posts were getting sporadic at best towards the end, I saw something amazing happen. People still liked my Facebook page, still would find me in web searches, click on links from Pinterest that led to my work. I kept my WordPress for freelance work, and would sometimes check on the stats for Tea Love and be amazed. How on earth are people even finding me now?

Life has gotten worlds busier, reader. But life is meant to do that. Back in 2017, I was working at a job that, while I loved, I also knew was not the right fit for me. I was delving deeper and deeper into the nonprofit world, finding refuge there as I helped others struggling with homelessness, poverty, and hunger. While the feeling was magical watching others being helped, it was also a lot of work and time that sometimes left me feeling drained by the end of the week. My budding relationship, though still full of love and hope, also had a lot of roadblocks placed in our way by society, making it difficult to stay afloat (we have been together since 2014 now, as the roadblocks are slowly wasting away). Maintaining a blog about tea, as well as doing talks every once in a while, simply became too much. And so, Tea Love went into hibernation for a few years.

Now, I am working at a job that I adore, doing what I love – writing and advocating for others. I live in an apartment not too far from my family, friends, and boyfriend. I am about to become an aunt at the end of the month, if you can believe that! I continue to advocate for others by serving as a board member of a local nonprofit dealing with homelessness while also running a chapter of their emergency winter sheltering program.

It took some time falling into place. Maybe more than I would like to admit. And things are still finding their way to their proper homes. I am still finding my way at the age of 31, and probably will be for the rest of my life. But I think it’s time to look back at my successes, and see what I can revive to help me continue to be me.

And one of those is to start Tea Love again.

I hope you will all forgive me for the time it’s taken to start again, and I hope you will all rejoin me in this journey of exploring tea, correcting old mistakes, and working hard to bring timely information straight to your inbox every Sunday.

Until then, keep sipping ❤

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