Nicole Wilson is the Founder of 'Tea for Me Please', a blog where she has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her writing has also been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. Nicole has worked in tea retail for several years and provides freelance social media and marketing services for the tea industry. Nicole is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog, as well as the 2015 World Tea Award for Best Social Media Reach.
We sat down with Nicole and asked her a few questions about her morning ritual, see below:
What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
The first thing I do in the morning is check in on my pet guinea pigs, Fred and Ethel. They get a special vitamin C treat every morning, so they always greet me with excited squeaks. It's an adorable start to the day that never fails to make me smile.
What actions and rituals do you focus on to keep you grounded?
Tea is definitely the main ritual that keeps me grounded. It is meditative yet energizing at the same time. I also make sure to go for a long walk at least once a day. Fresh air and sunshine are vital to my mental and physical well-being.
Can you list five things you are grateful for in the morning?
1. A roof over my head and food in my belly
2. My amazing husband
3. Supportive family and friends
4. My health
5. Getting to do what I love every day
A good technique to start your day is to read for 5 minutes, write for five minutes and meditate for five minutes. Suggest what would you read and what would you write about?
I would read Every Day a Good Day by Morishita Noriko. It has 15 short chapters with lessons on happiness from Japanese tea culture. My morning writing is usually a bit of a freeform brain dump. It really helps to write down what is on my mind.
What morning ritual would you like to impart to others?
Tea! Take the time to make matcha or brew a cup of loose leaf tea and enjoy it slowly. It's truly the best way to start the day..
How do you think Sorate could fit into your morning ritual?
Matcha is such an effective mood lifter. Shaking up a bottle of Sorate in the morning makes it easy to start off on the right foot.