1Finding balance

I think this is the most challenging aspect of my life, and I know I’m not alone. For me, it’s the push and pull of work and kids and keeping the household up and running. And then there is volunteering, the added complications of Alma’s syndrome. My own health, personal growth, our marriage and fun are buried under all the must-do’s. Sadly, I’ve learned you can’t sacrifice yourself for long, without consequence.

Working on it

I’m definitely working on it. Part of finding balance is trying to get out and do things just for me. It’s true that I don’t always succeed, but I try to do one thing each week. Lucky for me, I had the good fortune of receiving an invitation to an event called TEA talks put on by Tetley.

I’m 100% a tea person. In fact, one of my finding balance simple pleasures is drinking a cup of tea (while it is still hot). The sad part of this statement is that I probably only accomplish this goal about 1 in every 5 days. Another thing on my list of tools to help find balance is going to yoga. I say this like it’s a common thing. I aspire to go to yoga, but I have managed one class in 3 weeks.

So with the promise of hot tea and aspirations of going to yoga swirling in my head, TEA talks seemed like the perfect way to spend a Saturday morning.

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Tetley Tea Talks

We enjoyed a series of talks from a number of presenters including Yogi Cameron, a supermodel turned yogi who felt called to lead a more spiritual life. We also heard from a holistic chef, a doctor of eastern medicine, a Toronto wellness practitioner and more. All of these enlightening speakers had one thing in common. They were all Ayurvedic experts.

If you’re new to the idea of Ayurveda, here’s what you need to know. Developed more than 5,000 years ago, Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems. With rich origins in the Vedic culture of India, the word Ayurveda in Sanskrit means “science of life”. This practice teaches that holistic well-being is achieved through the balance of the mind, body and spirit.

Ayurvedic practitioners believe everything in the universe — living or not — is connected. And that to achieve good health, your mind, body, and spirit need to be in harmony with the universe. The aim of Ayurveda is to understand mind, body and spirit in relation to the universe with the aim of fulfilling human potential.

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Finding my Dosha

As someone searching for well-being, looking to achieve harmony in my life and live up to my potential, this was one of the most fulfilling mornings I have spent in ages. It was very interesting to me to hear from someone who felt they had a calling to do something different. That’s a phrase I have seldom heard outside of those who have joined the clergy, but in the past few years have wondered if I am being called to a different path (more on that in the future). I loved exploring the notion of Doshas, and learning how to understand my dosha Pitta. You can find your own Dosha here.

I left with a renewed sense of why I am committed to finding balance, and some new tools to help me along that path – including the new line of Tetley Balance teas. The teas were created using the ancient wisdom of Ayruveda.  All three are quite delicious. The Pitta tea with Peppermint, Hibiscus, Spearmint, Lemon Balm, Coriander, Lavender is my favourite. A close second is the Kapha tea with Ginger Root, Tulsi, Peppermint, Spearmint, Cloves, Turmeric, and Cumin.

Is balance possible?

I’m not sure I’ll ever truly achieve balance with so many things on my plate, but I believe attempting to have greater balance in my life every day is a worthwhile pursuit. With that in mind I’m off to yoga tomorrow AM. Today, I’m spending a little time writing and organizing. Then I look forward to a HOT cup of tea in the later afternoon.

My friends at Tetley wanted me to be able to bring one of my readers on the same journey, so they have generously offered some tea and other goodies to one lucky winner. Maybe we can have a cup and chat about finding balance together.

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Enter the Tetley Giveaway

The giveaway is open to Canadian residents (outside of QC) over 18 years of age. The contest closes on Sunday February 12, 2017. Please read the contest entry details below, and read the full giveaway terms and conditions here. One winner will be drawn at random from eligible entries. Winner’s name and address will be provided to a third party to facilitate mailing of the prize.

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Disclaimer: This giveaway is sponsored by Tetley Canada. But but all opinions in this piece are all my own and are in no way influenced by sponsorship.









  1. Kelly D

    February 6, 2017 at 3:13 am

    I find balance by taking some ME time…reading, taking a bath, or penning my thoughts

    • melanie

      February 7, 2017 at 5:09 pm

      I love reading too.


    February 6, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    I am trying to find balance by learning to meditate. Its hard to shut off your mind but I think it could be so beneficial for me.

    • melanie

      February 7, 2017 at 5:09 pm

      I agree. Meditation isn’t easy for me, but I’m working on it.

  3. Stephanie

    February 6, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    This is great!

  4. ivy pluchinsky

    February 6, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    I find my balance by reading a good book, or going for a nice walk!

  5. Judy Cowan

    February 6, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    Trying to find balance by taking some time each night before bed for me – usually it is reading with a cup of tea.

  6. Tara Betterley

    February 6, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    I find my balance by taking 20 minutes each night to relax in the bath with a tea.. It just settles me before bed..

  7. Diana Powell

    February 6, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    What a great event !! I try to get enough sleep . I find I am always more positive if I am well rested.

  8. Carin Harris

    February 6, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    I’ve never heard of Ayruveda before – thanks for the info. I too search for certain states of being that seem elusive. I’m going to try to track some of this down now!

  9. Stephanie

    February 6, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    I am finding balance by dividing my time with family and some alone time.

  10. loretta

    February 6, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    yum tea!

  11. Andrea

    February 6, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    I like to do yoga to stay balanced! 🙂

  12. Sherrie Guthrie

    February 6, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    I find balance by slowing down, taking a deep breath & creating a chunk-able to do list so I don’t get overwhelmed!

    • melanie

      February 7, 2017 at 5:10 pm

      My new watch has a deep breathing reminder app. I love it. (I always forget).

  13. christine w

    February 7, 2017 at 12:15 am

    I find time to spend on myself every day, even if it’s 20 minutes and I am starting to say no.

  14. Jenny

    February 7, 2017 at 12:32 am

    I find balance through meditation.

  15. Jenn Erin

    February 7, 2017 at 2:12 am

    I find balance by journaling and staying organized. Both allow me to reflect on the day and make sure that I am not neglecting anything like physical health. Journaling also helps me de-stess.

  16. Susan Ovington

    February 7, 2017 at 3:24 am

    I find balance by having a little me time in the morning. I grab a cup of Tetley in my favorite mug and grab a book!

  17. Lisa

    February 7, 2017 at 5:58 am

    Currently I am finding balance through setting goals and making sure I prioritize them accordingly.

  18. Amy Heffernan

    February 7, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    I am trying to find more balance by taking more time for “”me”! Thanks!

  19. Julie bolduc

    February 7, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    I find my balance by taking more time to myself now that my kids are teenagers

  20. maria

    February 8, 2017 at 4:35 am

    I try to block out times when i will do certain things

  21. lori butler

    February 8, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    i find balance through a nice soak in hot tub

  22. Sarah Allison

    February 8, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    Finding balance is hard for me, but I try to give myself one hour of “down time, me time” before bed every night. Lately I have been watching an episode of Downton Abbey (I started it from the beginning again) or reading a new book I picked up.

  23. Jenn Beckett @jennpup

    February 8, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    Meditation, and a new women’s fitness group I go to twice a week, really helps me!

  24. crystal porter

    February 8, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    Involving myself in more community events and gatherings with friends, also getting back into my yoga practice!

  25. Juliee Fitze

    February 8, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    I find balance by reading quietly in my room.

  26. Tina L.

    February 8, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    I finf balance by having some quiet time to myself reading

  27. Carey Hurst

    February 9, 2017 at 5:15 am

    With a glass of wine and meditation . Balance is a state of mind for me and something I need to work on every day

  28. Mary

    February 9, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    Balancing is tricky right now with a new baby but I’m getting there!

  29. Caroline

    February 9, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    I find balance by working out at the gym and releasing some stress.

  30. Heidi C.

    February 10, 2017 at 9:33 am

    It is really hard but I try to find a little balance by reading for a few minutes before bed.

  31. Christy E

    February 11, 2017 at 2:05 am

    I find balance by doing meditations. Brings me to the now when everything else feels so rushed.

  32. Robyn Bellefleur

    February 11, 2017 at 8:20 am

    I meditate as much as possible to find my balance.


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