How Do You Tea Time?

I live, love, laugh tea. It is great in all shapes and forms. I have a group of my select favorites, and “go-to’s,” that I can never give up, though I am always willing to expand my horizons and I do have other favorites outside of my main tea group that I do enjoy. My two favorite brands of tea are Celestial Seasonings and Yogi.
While, no Yogi tea occupys my pantry currently, it has become one of my favorites. I, especially enjoy, the “lavendar honey” flavor and the “ginger flavor.” For the days that I am sick, I also thoroughly enjoy the “throat coat” tea. Yogi has a handful of flavors that all cater to my needs and likes.

However, I grew up a few miles from the Celestial Seasonings factory. So, since I was a child, I have always grown up drinking Celestial Seasonings tea. Yup, I have been in the infamous peppermint room multiple times, which brings me to my next point. Their peppermint tea is one of my absolute staple teas to have in my pantry. It is not only a staple, but a necessity type-of-thing. Peppermint is great for so many things, including bowel movements, period cramps, etc. Plus, it tastes amazing. The same could go for ginger tea, as it helps support your immune system, improves bowel movement, and also alleviates any nauseau you may be experiencing.
Back to the topic of Celestial Seasonings…Celestial Seasonings tea usually owns my tea pantry. I love their extension of flavors and their variety. Another staple that you can always find in my tea pantry is their Sleepytime tea, which includes chamomile, spearmint, lemongrass, tilia flowers, blackberry leaves, orange blossoms, hawthorn and rosebuds. Their blend is delightful and can put anyone to sleep. It also tastes quite lovely. It is a classic, for sure.
While peppermint tea and their sleepytime tea are some of their most popular teas, I found love with their “Country Peach Passion” tea flavor, as I love peach. Their blend includes, floral chamomile, aromatic citrus and sweet peaches, which produces a lovely blend and is not too sweet. The addition of the chamomile allows for a calming effect.
My newest venture into their brand included the purchase of a tea they have manufactured for a while, and one that I had been eye-ing for a while, as well. I had heard about it quite a bit, especially during the Celestial Seasonings tour. I had been eager to try it. The blend was called Tension Tamer, and Tension Tamer has become one of my all-time favorites. Tension Tamer, includes Eleuthero, peppermint, cinnamon, ginger, chamomile, lemongrass, licorice, catnip, tilia flowers, natural lemon flavor with other natural flavors, hops and Vitamins B6 and B12. The tea provides for an uplifting, yet calming experience for the tea drinker, and it is quite delicious. I would recommend for anyone and everyone. This blend may now have taken Peppermint’s place as my all time favorite.

With that said, I branched out and tried a new brand of tea, in order to make sure that my tea pantry would include a box of lemon ginger tea. This is also one of my necessities to have lying around in my pantry. I can kill a “20 pack” in less than two days, sometimes. It is a dangerous addiction. Stash, which is a brand that I have never heard of, seemingly appeared to be a safe option, as the grocery store I was at did not sell any Yogi tea (?!) I do not understand how or why, but that was the case. The lemon ginger tea was quite lovely, contrary to what I assumed it was going to be. Stash surprised me with a well-blended lemon ginger tea. While I do not see myself purchasing Stash tea very often, lemon ginger is always a necessity.

After spending some time online, I was shocked to find that Celestial Seasonings actually manufactures a lemon ginger flavor, as well! I am shook, amazed, and so ecstatic. For those lemon ginger tea lovers, there is now another brand that manufactures one of my all-time favorite flavors of tea.

As you can tell, I am mostly (but, practically strictly) an herbal tea drinker. Caffeine and myself do not always go well together as a team. Herbal tea is great, because while caffeine-free products contain a miniscule amount of caffeine, herbal teas are all-natural and do not contain any caffeine within them.
Tea has become one of my favorite drinks and I always keep a large amount stored in my pantry for all occassions. I love my herbal tea, especially to wind down after a long day of work, or even after a hangover.

The health benefits from drinking tea are enormous and it is a great habit/drink to pick up, especially over sugary, or over-caffeinated drinks.

When is it NOT a good time to drink some tea and wind down?

What are your favorite blends of tea?

Have a tea-filled day!


Aichan Tewahade


Chautauqua Season

Recently, as March has began welcoming more sunny and warmer days, I have found myself spending more time within nature, specifically Chautauqua park within the Flatiron mountain range.

After many months of hibernation, and the weather not really allowing for very safe hiking (the ice!!), I am so thrilled I can get back into the habit of spending time on the trails.

Over the course of the last four years of my life, I have spent a significant amount of time at Chautauqua Park, spending lots of hours hiking, sweating, panting, breathing, interacting with strangers, thinking, writing, taking photographs, and adventuring. I have also spent a lot of time admiring the Flatirons’ in all of it’s all natural glory, whose beauty never ceases to amazes me.

The park has become a sanctuary for me, as I visit it when I find myself in ruts, in bad moods, in good moods, etc. I feel like it is a place for me to escape my problems and feel completely and utterly safe.

Here are some photographs from my recent adventures and hikes up Chautauqua Park in beautiful Boulder, Colorado!

There is never a lack of beauty within this park. In fact, the real problem is the amount of beauty all around you that you cannot possibly take in all at ounce.

Have a beautiful day and spend some time adventuring!


Aichan Tewahade

OOTD – Creamy Cardigans

Another day, another outfit, am I right?

Just to make things a little more Boulder, Colorado themed, I even included the Flatirons infamously as the backdrop to my little photo shoot.

It was a fairly ordinary day, which required a fairly ordinary outfit that incorporated many basics, to create a basic, yet cute outfit.

The outfit included a t-shirt body suit, tucked into a pair of dark wash jeans. To layer over my t-shirt, I decided to throw a cream oversized cardigan, just to keep the comfy theme relevant.

An oversized cardigan is an essential in my closet, as you can pair it over so many things. Their use is so diverse.

My red Adidas Superstars were my shoe of choice. Once again, emphasizing the theme of comfort, casual and classic into my look.

Shop My Look

  1. Basic Black Short Sleeve Bodysuit ($15.00)
  2. H&M Skinny Regular Ankle Jeans ($29.99)
  3. Adidas Superstar Original Fashion Sneaker ($80.00)
  4. Open Front Chunky Knit Sweater ($31.75)

My outfit screams underwhelming to a certain extent, but the colder weather seems to bring out some of my more basic outfits. I love to keep it casual, especially when it is chillier.

This is a great outfit to throw on when you are trying to stay comfy, without looking totally socially innapprorpiate in public.

Not to mention, I was comfy.


Aichan Tewahade

Life Hack #27 – Ditch The Baggage & Leave Your Junk In The Trunk

Wherever it may be, whether it be at the door, at your exes, at the nearest dumpster, or in your Uber ride, leave your extra (emotional, unnecessary, negative, demeaning, argumentative, entitled, condescending, and/or victimized baggage ditch that unproductive baggage in your living room, kitchen, or wherever you desire, because it is only slowing you down and weighing you down by dragging, rolling, pulling, pushing, or carrying all the extra main brand baggage around you. For those of you that drive, own a car, or Uber (perhaps you may even utilize the trunk of your Uber vehicle by placing some of your junk in the trunk), leave all the extra clutter, or drama, or even outbursts, in the trunk of the vehicle. Clearly, the items do not fit within the front, or main part of the vehicle. so therefore, there is simply no room for all the nonsense that you tend to lug around with you in the main compartment of the car. But, there is room in the trunk. As a result, it is up to the individual to thoroughly and responsibly shift through all the baggage, which can be considered a huge task involving careful prioritizing and picking-and-choosing, and place all their belongings into their car strategically.

The items. or groceries, or junk, or luggage, or baggage (whatever you would like to call it) that you carry around with you everywhere you go metaphorically symbolize the stressors. emotional, physical or mental burdens you may be facing, or any drama that may be occurring in your life. The way that one decides to compact their car (front, back, and trunk) with items, whether it be groceries, junk, baggage or luggage, is a metaphor that depicts how one goes about organizing their personal baggage, attempting to strategically organize their personal baggage from most tolerable baggage to least tolerable, most distracting baggage. Naturally, as the saying goes, leave your junk in the trunk. so the most intolerable baggage will be thrown in the trunk until further notice, to be forgotten, or at least our of sight. The more tolerable, much smaller baggage you may seem to be clinging onto has the pleasure of riding shot-gun with you, as the shot gun seat has the least amount of room for baggage and should be reserved for baggage the size of a large women’s handbag. In short, the smallest and most manageable stressors are allowed to ride up in the passenger seat, as they are easier to carry around with you, and as a result, affect your mood, your life. and your existence the least. Most of the baggage that ride upfront can be correlated with daily stressors that we experience most days. As the baggage gets to be a moderately heavier, but do not completely weigh you down, they sit in the middle or back seat of your car. as they are more unique, specialized issues you have encountered. This type of baggage has a fairly simple solution, but takes a little bit more effort and time to let go of than a small baggage. Large baggage, or enormous baggage, is the type of baggage you want to avoid. This type of baggage weighs heavily on your heart, affects your mood, affects your life, affects your cognition, to name a few things. Often, while this type of baggage has a solution, a solution, or the ability to simply get rid of this baggage, is substantially more difficult than small or medium baggage. This usually requires a long-term solutions, an extended portion of time, much more energy than small and medium baggage, and has the ability to completely derail your life (or, it seems like it).

This goes without saying, however. the less enormous-sized baggage you have hiding in your trunk, or left at your door, the better. The more that enormous-sized baggage begins infiltrating your life, the harder it is for individuals to maintain emotional stability, or any type of stability.

With that said, do not try to store your king-sized baggage upfront – not only will it not fit, but you will be prone to more accidents, frustrations, etc. Also, if you have the opportunity to hide your junk in your trunk, why spend the time you are supposed to be spending being distracted, letting your baggage co-pilot and backseat drive your life? The last thing you need is for your enormous emotional baggage replace you as driver, and having your enormous baggage calling the shots is not a good feeling. The minute you begin prioritizing and unhealthily letting your huge baggage sit up front is the minute you begin letting your baggage take the wheel. Your huge emotional baggage is so large and in charge that if you even let them occupy anywhere but the trunk, the massive baggage will take up so much room, leaving you no room to breathe and forcing you to sit in the back row, as your baggage begins attempting to become the master of your demise. Instead of Jesus taking the wheel, your deep emotional baggage is able to use his enormous mass to overthrow you as the driver. These massive emotional baggages are not to be underestimated. If they were animals, they would be a very dominant animal, as they always dominate our decision-making processes, infiltrate our emotions. destroy our sleep schedules. and never seem to let my calm demeanor and “not-so-baggage” dominate.

The bigger the baggage and the heavier the cargo, the greater the impact and affect the emotional baggage will have on you, emotionally, mentally and physically. It is very common to feel helpless, and it is much easier said than done it comes to dissociate yourself from some of this junk, and be present and mindful.

While you cannot completely ignore your baggage, leave it in your trunk forever. or just let it rot, temporarily abandoning the EXTRA BAGGAGE is never a bad thing.

Sometimes, if you are truly lucky, if you leave your baggage unattended for long enough someone else ends up picking up what-used-to-be your extra baggage. In most cases, someone else picking up your extra-large baggage means that the problem is no longer something you need to be dragging around, but more commonly. someone picking up your extra baggage does not mean you are completely out the woods. Most commonly, it just means that now BOTH OF YOU, including the person who just tried to pick up your abandoned baggage. now have to deal with the baggage together. While it may lighten the load. it only adds more confusion and more baggage.

The key to dealing with attempting to essentially leave behind all your problems and be present for your task, activity, or responsibility, is to repeatedly tell yourself to, “stop looking at the junk in your trunk.” Your mother did give you some junk in the trunk to be proud of, but the last thing you want to be caught doing is examining the junk in your trunk in public – no one wants to see that.

The junk in your trunk, or your abandoned baggage, is meant to be acknowledged at some point, however, do not become your baggage.

With that said, why would you be in any rush to retrieve baggage that you purposely set out to abandon? The action speaks for itself, as the baggage is probably full of unnecessary clutter, or memorabilia that do not bring back good memories. The baggage could even be filled with moldy vegetables, or trash from your trash cans, for all I know. Either way, whatever undesirable worries, emotions, turmoil, pain, drama, or stressors fill your trunk or your king-sized luggage. may try to lure you back in, as you begin to miss the unnecessary “clutter.”

But, instead of listening to that junk in your trunk that is filled with excessive emotional. mental, and physical baggage. and getting sucked back into panicking about your baggage, simply let yourself have a break – a break from dragging your excessive baggage, or in some cases, popping your trunk to take a peek at the junk you are holding on to.

Some baggage, or “emotional speed bumps,” no matter how hard you try to lock it up in your trunk, or try to abandon it somewhere, just does not disappear like that. As we all grow to learn that some problems and hiccups are simply unavoidable to set aside, and require immediate attention by the individual. It does not matter if you are going to work, the grocery store, or even to The Grammy’s, some baggage weighs on you so heavily and follow you persistently, and as a result, you are forced to bring your baggage, or otherwise “junk,” into work.

You may ask how that is possible, and the only answer is that kind of intense and heavy baggage is the kind of baggage that will wiggle their way into your trunk, no matter how small the space is. To make matters worse. that kind of baggage always finds its way back to you, even after you abandon the baggage. No. the baggage does not suddenly gain legs. But, this kind of baggage seems to attract good Samaritans, who taken it upon themselves to not let you leave your baggage behind no matter what. They will yell after you, even if you are purposely ignoring you. If you can still manage to keep ignoring the Samaritan, who has no idea how much of a disservice they are doing you by returning the baggage, I guarantee you that they will manage to speed up and make physical contact with you. in order to get your absolute attention. The worst part about them physically contacting you is that now you can no longer pretend like you do not hear them.

“Here they go, scolding me about how silly I am to be leaving a beautiful black Samsonite suitcase set, consisting of five Samsonite suitcases, behind. Blah, blah, blah…I could have lost a bunch of very important stuff, EVEN THOUGH LOSING THIS BAGGAGE WAS THE WHOLE POINT,” I find myself thinking.

Sometimes, I even find myself wondering if I attract my own abandoned luggage back to me? It is almost as if I am magnetized to them. As you begin to trick yourself into thinking that you can avoid your baggage or problems forever, snap out of it.

Yes, you can leave your worries in another universe, or at the head of a poker table, but they always will be hiding, sometimes discretely or sometimes indiscreetly, and they will not go away until you take care of them.

By “taking care of them,” one could either refurbish their junk, in which an individual begins taking measures to completely abandon their junk at their neighbor’s door. In other cases, “taking care of them [baggage],” one may decide that they no longer want any part of this burden, including any lingering feelings. smells, thoughts, and stress, and that individual may decide to face the baggage head on and legitimately light the entire luggage of baggage on fire. Setting your baggage on fire metaphorically symbolizes putting a legitimate end to that baggage, by completing destroying it and eliminating it from your life. When you are able to completely cleanse yourself or any baggage by gracefully placing your baggage in a bonfire, the phrase “ashes to ashes, dirt to dirt, rest in peace, mother f****r” comes to mind.

While it is not always possible, learning to leave as much of your biggest baggage behind, or at least in your bottle of tequila. is an important skill to master, as you will often be faced with situations, in which circumstances do not allow for, nor do they forgive, using emotional baggage creating a roadblock as an excuse to be absent from obligations. miss deadlines, skip work, to name a few.

In order to enjoy and maximize your time away from the junk in your trunk, it requires one to switch their focus onto the task at hand, not letting the baggage affect your mood. engaging in activities that you enjoy, and being completely present. Similarly, while we all do our best to check our baggage at the door, or at the airline ticket stand, depending on the setting, sometimes it does help to discuss some of the emotional baggage that may be weighing on your shoulders, and perhaps, get some guidance.

Personally, I do my best to refrain from speaking too deeply about emotional baggage, or anything that may make me upset, and I try to invest my time fully into the task that I need to be focusing on. In addition, I do my best to try to interact with other people, because company is always great! It really makes me feel better to also invest some time in listening to other people’s problems and attempting to help them with some of their baggage, which helps keep me distracted and genuinely makes me happy to help others with things they may be struggling with. Kindness, especially unplanned acts of kindness, are a great way to uplift your spirits and assist in not letting your baggage penetrate your life. Similarly, no matter what happens. or how I am feeling, I do my best to stay positive and crack some jokes. Humor is great to lighten any mood and assists in relaxing. especially when you need to just want to escape your problems.

Therapy is great for unpacking baggage, especially the emotional baggage and childhood baggage. While it is difficult to speak about your baggage, therapy is one place where you do not need to truly prioritize hiding your junk in your trunk. In fact, therapy encourages bringing your baggage with you. This is a great feeling – while therapists cannot go out and actively solve all your problems, they are great with helping in brainstorming solutions, but they are even better at listening to you mindlessly talk in circles about “how annoying” and “ugh” this baggage is to deal with.

Every person has been bestowed with minimum 100 bags full of emotional baggage. One does not choose to have baggage, but it is not an option. As soon as you are fresh out of your mother’s womb and the nurses have swaddled you up, baggage is magically bestowed on you. As a fetus. baggage is only developing, and as the fetus begins developing, so does the complexity and the extremity of the baggage that will be your life. As a human, you do not even get the blessing of 3 milliseconds without the burden of baggage.

I do not know a life without “baggage,” and while this life chose me, I can firmly and confidently plead that I did not choose this life.

All I can do is drag my baggage wherever I go. On good days, I can trim some fat off the edges and lighten the load of my baggage, abandoning another Samsonite for someone else to pick up. On bad days, I forget how much of a full plate of food I have before me, and instead of lightening my load. I end up fostering some more adopted baggage that I am extremely eager to get rid of.

While baggage is heavy and baggage is “the worst,” it is important to recognize that even though it’s one of your most persistent stalkers that mentally checking out and leaving all your “drama,” or some of your reality, somewhere other than where you currently are right now is a healthy habit that every one needs to learn. As you begin to grow up and begin facing responsibilities, baggage is not a viable excuse to flake out, not perform, call out of work. miss a deadline, or disregard all of your responsibilities. While you may not be escaping your baggage in the most enjoyable way, such as through school, work, or exercise. it is important to be thankful for the momentary break and distraction you are able to engage in. Because, once you are done with your obligation, you most likely will unveil your baggage one more time. Cherish the time, where your reality has no baggage-less and truly focus on being mindful and ENJOYING YOURSELF. Take advantage of your time away from your dirty laundry, because you can always return to washing laundry again.

Take a deep breath. Let your body feel lighter. Lower your shoulders. Smile.

I imagine most of my baggage to be stored in a five-set Samsonite black mill-wheel suitcase set. The Samsonite suitcase sets provide suitcases of all different sizes and bulkiness, which accurately depicts the variety of sizes of baggage I seem to have hidden within my trunk. My bigger baggage is stored in a baby pink Rimowa Salsa Air Cabin Multiwheel luggage. Did you know my baggage is being stored in a limited edition Rimowa Salsa Air suitcase? I like. my suitcases like I like my baggage, or emotional problems, limited edition.


Aichan Tewahade