In a world that celebrates the finished product - the goals attained, the dreams realised - lately I've had a strong desire to swim against the tide. Celebrating the small, not final, victories. You went to the gym? High five. Washed your face before bed? Good job. Apologised for being sharp with your husband? Nice one. It's in these little victories where life is lived. Real life, that doesn't let up and where trials pop out shouting boo, determined to throw you off course.
One of my daily battles is to coffee or not to coffee? I love and loathe it in equal measure. Love the taste, the ritual, the kick. Loathe the side effects, the need for more, the withdrawal headaches. So, when a day passes and I've stayed strong I give myself a big high five. Of course there are alternatives, although it pays to buy the good stuff. Wishy washy dishwater equivalents will only make your heart sad and the longing for caffeine even greater. Trust me.
So, when JING tea got in touch and offered me a sample of their range, complete with teaware, I was thrilled. I'd long admired the brand, their reputation and absolute commitment to sourcing the very best teas from around the world. Picking from their huge range was not easy - there really is a flavour for everyone. I plumped for loose tea in the shape of jasmine pearls, peppermint leaves and earl grey which, while caffeinated, it is oh-so elegant and delicious.
Soon enough, the sachets of loose tea arrived - complete with beautiful a tea timer and infuser mug. And they came just at the right moment. I was celebrating actually going to the gym, staying there and getting my sweat on and for me this was a moment to relish. How better than with a cup of jasmine tea?
There's something so beautiful in the ritual of the tea ceremony. Prepare the mug and infuser with just the right amount of tea leaves. Set the kettle to boil. Bubble, bubble. Pour in the steaming water. Flip over the timer. Wait patiently for three minutes, relishing in a much-needed pause. Watch the tea timer, mesmerised by the white sand as the tea peals unfurl. Remove infuser. Take a seat. Breath in the delicious scent of the tea and finally, when the moment is just right, drink it in.
The jasmine tea, pictured here, is such a delicious green tea. Other jasmine varieties I've tried in the past have had a tendency to turn bitter after a while, this JING variety was the most refreshing and clean Chinese tea I've ever tasted. A small victory fighting my coffee fix became a precious moment of clarity as I sipped on my tea.
What are you pleased to have done (or not done) today? I'd love to know, so I can give you a virtual high five! Here's to each and every little victory.
Photo credit // All images shot and styled by Ruth Garner
This post was written in collaboration with JING tea, a company I love and wholeheartedly recommend. Thank you for supporting the companies I work with that keep Gathered Cheer going!