Conflicting Dreams

Thursday, August 27, 2015

I've always wanted to be a music teacher.  And for the past couple of years I've been extremely focused on getting a doctorate and teaching at a University.  I would love to teach music history and direct some college choirs.  I finished my Master's degree and now I'm teaching full time.  And it's great.  I'm right on track.  In a year or two I'll start my doctorate and by the time I'm 35 (hopefully) I'll start teaching at a University.  That's the goal.  That's the dream.

But lately I've been having other dreams creep into my mind.  Dreams of traveling full time.  Dreams of starting a stationery or stamps business.   Dreams of being a full time photographer.  Dreams of starting a coffee/tea house/store.  Dreams of creating and selling.  After all, my blog is named, "Alone with my tea" for a reason.

From Matt Austin Images
From Cool Mom Picks

A large room with concrete floors, exposed brick walls, and high ceilings.  Most of the space will be the store but one corner will be dedicated to a coffee/tea bar, with tables and comfortable chairs.  Patrons can order coffee/tea to go, or they can order a pot of tea to share at a table.

From Paper Blog

Decor will be comfortable and classy.  A menu of tea sandwiches, scones, and desserts will be available.  The "cafĂ©" part of the store will be big enough to host parties (bridal showers, baby showers, etc).  There would be twinkle lights and feminine decorations.  I want it to feel warm and inviting, but also modern.

The front of the store will contain a curated selection of stationery, ephemera, stamps, and some home decor items.  I would also love to sell items from around the world.

From The Pretty Blog


My dreams are interrupted by the sad realities of life.  Rent payments, car payments, student loan payments... 401Ks and health insurance...  Sadly they'll probably always stay as just dreams.

What are your conflicting dreams?




Back to School

Thursday, August 20, 2015

It's that time of year again.  Can you hear the collective groans around the world?  It's back to school time.  Time for students to open their minds to learning, and time for teachers to lose their minds.

Now that I'm back to teaching full time, I expect my blog will be neglected for a little bit.  I hope to resume posting at least twice a week, but I need a bit of time to adjust to my new schedule.  This was our first week back and I've been extremely exhausted every single day when I get home.  Give me a few days to recoup and hopefully I'll be able to get the blog going again.

Thanks for your support of Alone with my tea!  I appreciate all my readers.


Art Journal Update || Watercolor and Quotes

Thursday, August 13, 2015

This is what I originally envisioned for my art journal... using it more as an actual journal... storing quotes and images I like... layering color and writing whatever I want.  Somehow along the way my art journal became more of a place to practice sketching and random watercolor and acrylic techniques, and less of a journal.  After doing these pages I decided I wanted to go back to my original intent and produce pages where I could reflect and actually write.  So maybe I'll get back into that and start posting those pictures on the blog... but now that school is starting back up I'm not sure I'll have a lot of time.





Sea Fever is my favorite poem.  It's by John Masefield and it actually has 3 stanzas, though the first is my favorite.

Water Night is a song by Eric Whitacre that I love.  It's an English translation of a Spanish poem by Pablo Neruda (I think...)

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