When and HOW in your busy schedule do you find time for yourself?
Having two pre-schoolers keeps me so busy, especially during these times where lots of people are staying home.
While my husband has breakfast with the kids, I exercise for half an hour almost every day, and then when he gets off work, I take some time for myself to work on my blog and drink the only quiet cup of tea of the day!
I like your blog name: Tea Cachai, how did you come up with that?
Sounds like Chai right? But it has nothing to do with it… It’s one of the most popular Chilean slang words, and it means ‘got it?’. There’s an expresion ‘te cachai?’ which means ‘can you imagine?’, so Tea Cachai was born from that.
Where do you enjoy drinking tea?
My favorite tea moment is at home, where I can enjoy a quiet and mindful gong fu session.
I set up my tea tray, hot water in a thermos, and brew my tea multiple times in a gaiwan while I focus on the moment. Unfortunately, I don’t have time to do this as much as I would like to, but I still take my time to prep and brew my tea, even if it is only 1 cup. I also love alternating teaware, making tea in beautiful pots and drinking in different vessels makes me happy!
Do you have any self care routines or relaxing routines?
Besides drinking as MANY cups of tea as I can daily (which feed my soul!), I am obsessed with skincare. Before bedtime, I drink my own blend of herbal tea with relaxing properties, and I go through my skincare routine.
How do you make your tea time experience more relaxing?
I enjoy the ceremonial part of making tea as much as I do drinking it. Of course, when I don’t have so much time to dedicate to it or focus, I’ll just make a cup of tea and ‘slurp’ it while I do something else. But when I do get to dedicate fully to preparing and drinking tea, I focus and enjoy everything about it, making it a mindful activity from the teaware and tea selection to the prepping and brewing while warming my hands with the vessel I’m using, to sensing the leaves and liquor’s aroma and slowly appreciating the tea’s flavor, texture and looking for deeper notes. This practice is totally relaxing and heartwarming for me!