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7 Jan

I love winter. I love winter skies- the sun, low and dull on the horizon behind vast expanses of soft, muted colors. I love ruddy cheeks and windswept hair and beachcombing in boots. I love Christmas and mulled wine and pfeffernüsse. For me, every season has a feeling- a taste, a smell, a sound.

These cold, dark days of January are no exception. They inspire trips to the ballet, midnight suppers of mussels and black cherries and scotch, novels by the fireplace and dreams of snowman armies.

… And Mighty Leaf Tea.

Mighty Leaf Tea saw its start when
husband-and-wife Gary Shinner and Jill Portman founded a teahouse on Filmore St. in San Francisco with the vision of infusing new life into an ancient tradition. (I just love stories of marriages that inspire so much creativity, growth, and partnership. Think Isabel and Ruben Toledo.)

Having spent years in Ireland, I feel like my word has some clout here. Mighty Leaf has a heady romance and magic that will transport you in an instant to the ancient Silk Road. Sourced from the finest organic ingredients and presented to you in wonderfully coquettish handcrafted, silken pouches that are reminiscent of something you’d see at Nina Ricci, Mighty Leaf is how tea was meant to be.

Mighty Leaf, welcome to my repertoire. You make January so much warmer!



7 Jan
Photo courtesy of jonrawlinson

Old habits die hard.

Goldman Sachs wrote the book on this old axiom and MIT’s top neuroscientists have uncovered the scientific basis for this Mick Jagger tune.

Wait, it doesn’t have to be this way! We’re all still distrustful of Wall Street and Academia in 2010.

I think I’ve found the secret to forgoing my erstwhile bad habits. It’s all about being presented with more attractive alternatives. Think Georgia May. Think Mighty Leaf Tea and the distant memory that is coffee.

So, this is my plan:

Lead the best life- a curated life- and be the best person- wife, sister, daughter, friend, blogger- I can be. Take time and have infinite compassion, appreciation, and patience as I discover what this entails.

In a moment, I will have accomplished my Susan Lucci of New Year’s resolutions- finally starting my blog. Look at me go! Not too unlike our new 88 Oldsmobile, a cough, a sputter, definitely a wheeze, and we’re off!

All the best for 2010!