My Year In Tea + Goals for 2019
2018 has been a year of change. Some of that was good and some of it…not so much. Here’s a bit of a look back on my year in tea.
I had been working at Teavana for nearly three years when Starbucks announced that they would be closing all of their retail stores. This was heartbreaking not only because I lost my job but it ultimately meant having to find a new job that I was not passionate about. I am unemployed at the moment so if anyone hears of any tea biz opportunities near NYC, please let me know!
Tea for Me Please has been hosted on Blogger ever since I wrote my very first post but it became clear that I needed more than what a free platform could offer. In March I finally made the big leap to Squarespace which was scary but much easier than I thought it would be (aside from the 1,000 posts that I still need to re-edit). For those that are looking to start a blog, I highly recommend using them.
I’ve had the honor of being nominated for several World Tea Awards over the years. In 2018 I was nominated for and won the award for Best Tea Blog. Holy cow! It meant, even more, this year because Tea for Me Please turned 10 just a few months ago. I couldn’t be there in person to accept the award but watching Oolong Owl’s Instagram live feed was the next best thing. My husband and I were walking down the street when my name was announced but that didn’t stop us from jumping for joy.
The wedding budget kept me from traveling but I did get to explore some great places close to home, like Setsugekka and 29B Teahouse. I also met Oscar Brekell when he visited NYC and attended the Summer Fancy Food Show. 2018 did bring some incredible opportunities to participate in the tea industry. I was able to join the board of directors of the American Specialty Tea Alliance as well as the education committee for World Tea Expo.
Of course, the biggest change of all was getting married. I’m officially Mrs. Wilson! Planning a wedding was a lot of work so I did not have nearly as much time to write blog posts as I usually would. I’m so thankful that my readers hung in there, even when there were weeks that I couldn’t even get the Friday Roundup done. I did have a tea filled bachelorette party and bridal shower but you might be surprised that the only part of my wedding that involved tea was the favors. I gave everyone a few ounces of a delicious Yue Guang Bai from Yunnan Sourcing. I managed to squeeze in a few tea stops on my honeymoon to Savannah, GA too.
Top 5 Blog Posts of 2018
Goals for 2019
I’m looking forward to another tea filled year in 2019. There are a few goals that I would like to accomplish in mind. I thought writing them down here for everyone to read might give me a bit more accountability.
-It has been a few years since I attended World Tea Expo. I’m trying my hardest to make it to Las Vegas this year as well as the Toronto Tea Festival. I’m also hoping to make it to at least one tea farm. That will most likely be one in the U.S. but it’s a start!
-I invested in a brand new DSLR camera which means better tea pictures for the blog but I also have aspirations to make a lot more videos for my YouTube channel. There might even be a new series in the works. 😉
-Blogging more consistently is at the top of my to do list. That may mean reevaluating my current schedule and making adjustments where it is needed. This past year has really shown me that I need that kind of structure to stay motivated and on top of things.
-I feel that my knowledge of Korean teas and tea culture is lacking so I am making that a focus in the coming year. I’ve already ordered several books to get me started.
-My tea life has always tended to be a bit separate from other parts of my life. I’d like to change that by making it a point to share tea with friends and family.
What are your tea goals for 2019? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!