This is the logo I envision for the eponymous tea and stationery store in my book Tea and Crumples (Light Messages Publishers, fall 2015)

This is the logo I envision for the eponymous tea and stationery store in my book Tea and Crumples (Light Messages Publishers, fall 2015)

Well, it’s official! I have signed the contract to publish Tea and Crumples with Light Messages Publishers in fall 2015. I am so, so happy that this book will see the light of day!

See, Tea and Crumples is not just a book; it’s a life philosophy. So much so that I’ve decided to draw on the combination of writing longhand and taking tea as the theme for my new monthly author newsletter: Finding Balance One Cup At a Time (click bolded words for sign up form!).

I’ll tell you more about the rich storyline of Tea and Crumples as the time for publication draws nearer. For now, I want to talk about the power of simple daily rituals to heal and redirect us. This is a recurring thought in the book and in my life. There’s so much power in taking a few moments to tuck down the edges of one’s feelings around the curves of a richly scented candle or the roundness of a cup of tea.

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When my wonderful littles overwhelm me – and let’s face it, with four small children, this happens more often than I’d care to admit – I give myself a Mama Time Out. I light a beeswax candle, put the kettle on, sing a few bars of an aria, take some deep breaths, shake out the arms that had gone numb holding a fussy baby. These small movements put me back on track. My neurons, excited beyond my ability to cope just two minutes before, sit down at the table with me and say, Oh, that’s alright, then. And importantly, because these little rituals are daily, they give me the chance to always start over, whether I think I need it at the time or not. (I always need it.)

So, your turn! What calms you down when your day is just too loud or hot or much? Share in the comments.