Today’s cup of tea: Iced Mint Tea

Perhaps tea isn’t the exact label for what I am drinking at the present moment, however, it is incredibly refreshing and noteworthy. This homemade “tea” is merely crushed mint leaves from the garden with a bit of lime in a tall glass of ice water. I dare add the label “tea” merely because there is no true “herbal peppermint tea”—they are two separate plants. Most of the time when one is sipping peppermint tea, they are actually enjoying one of the mint plants steeped as a tea. 

I am taking a short break from sharing my Iceland photos to share tonight’s golden hour. It was simply spectacular, and it has me convinced that the season is well into its transition into autumn. Today there was a distant coolness and clarity in the atmosphere that is different than summer, and the result created a stunning golden moment. 

Change—exactly what was needed to create a glorious moment… what a perfect illustration and a needed reminder in my life right now. 


Seeking Inspiration

Today's Cup of Tea: Paris Black 

Recently I have found an intense lack of inspiration and creativity in my daily routine. Even though my current work allows the customer freedom to be as creative as they want with their espresso drinks, I, as one of several baristas behind the counter, have a completely different view. It is difficult for me to find inspiration as I crank out multiple double vanilla lattes, one with nonfat milk and sugar-free syrup, the other with caramel drizzle and soy, in the short allotment of patience the customer has reserved for their personalized, caffeinated concoction. 

I am in dire need of inspiration. In times like this, I look to the mountains. 

Because of my current location (that would be the great state of Ohio), mountains are indeed hard to come by, and therefore I dug through my archives in search of a past experience. 

And here it is: Table Mountain. 

Table Mountain was the view from our backyard in California for many years. This particular evening (back in 2012), my brothers and I decided to watch the sunset from the top of this notable local landmark. The evening light sent colors shifting from pastel blues to vibrant pinks created a feeling unique to that day and moment. Just think--moments like this are created each day, specific to that day. Don't take these moments for granted. Stop and watch the shifting light  and soak it in. Then, you will be truly inspired.