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On Finding Balance

In January, I tend to see a lot of posts on social media that fall into one of two categories: The first are the traditional new year’s resolutions about “New Year, New Me,” fad diets, and exercise goals. The second, increasingly common message is one of body positivity and self love. Considering the fact that I am embarking on a wellness journey of my own, I’ve struggled with where to place myself in this dichotomy. Does changing my eating habits, trying to lose weight and get in shape mean that I don’t love myself? Does it mean that I’m telling others that they’re unworthy of being loved as they are? Unworthy of taking up space in this world? Age 11, shortly after my struggle with body image began. My relationship with food and with my body has always been a complicated one. When I was 11 years old, I developed…

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…

Hello!

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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