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Word of the Year: Cultivate

Each year, I select a word to guide me through the upcoming 52 weeks. In the past, my words have focused solely on what I’d like to change or how I thought I should be. While I will always strive to grow as a person, I felt that this mindset prevented me from recognizing what I was already doing right– the things I should do more of. This year, I needed a shift in mindset. My 2019 word of the year is “cultivate.” cultivate (verb): 1. try to acquire or develop (a quality, sentiment, or skill)2. apply oneself to improving or developing (one’s mind or manners)3. break up (soil) in preparation for sowing or planting Just as a farmer selects seeds from his best crops to plant in the new year, I hope to nurture the good which already exists within me, too. But, in instances where I fall short, I hope…

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I’m Jackie. Welcome to Tea & Sea. Thanks for stumbling into my little corner of the internet. I started Tea & Sea in 2014 shortly after graduating college. Back then, it was primarily a beauty blog, and it served as my creative outlet for a few years. Over time, life got in the way (as it often does) and I started posting less and less. Recently, I’ve started a new chapter in my life. After graduating from my masters program and moving back to the Washington, DC-area with my husband, I began looking for ways to maintain creativity to my new “adult” life. I found that I missed writing, and so here I am: starting from a clean slate. This year, I decided against a traditional “New Year’s Resolution.” A few months ago, I was inspired by Gretchen Rubin’s model in her book The Happiness Project. Rather than starting the year trying…

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