You’re Invited to Tea

You're Invited to Tea

I want to meet you!

During my travels across the US this month, I realised something important: that there is little better than meeting friends, new and old, in person, for a cup of tea.

I had a thought: why not host a gathering in a new city each month?

I threw together a test-run, with some fantastic guests in attendance. Not only did I have a wonderful time, but when we drew tarot cards with our resident witch Paige, mine was the Queen of Cups — of tea cups to be precise! And so the party must go on!

You're Invited to Tea

^ Beta test Tea Party. Note the lovely guests, excess of teapots, and bookmarked copy of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Introducing the Heroine Training Tea Party Tour

Here’s what’s happening:

I’m hosting monthly tea parties at my favourite cafés around the world to create a space for cosy conversation.

Tea party + making friends + self care + empowerment. Each stop is inspired by a literary text and involves salon-style discussion.

Our first stop is in Edinburgh!

The first tea party will be at my beloved local favourite, Lovecrumbs, on 13 April. Tickets are available here! Will I see you there? I hope so!

Where will we go next? That’s up to you!

You can browse our upcoming events calendar, and submit a request for your city on the official poll in my Facebook group!

Organisational Tips from 19th Century Authors

Organisational Tips from 19th Century Authors

If it’s good enough for Jane Austen, it’s good enough for me.

Is anyone else obsessed with learning about how their favourite authors got things done? It’s no secret that I’m a productivity junkie, but there’s something extra special about learning a tip from a 19th century pro.

Organisational Tips from 19th Century Authors

Organisational Tips from 19th Century Authors

Schedule a typical day like the Alcott Family 

When I visited the Orchard House in Concord as a child, I chose as a souvenir this print of the Alcott family’s Order of Indoor Duties for Children. I was in awe of its orderliness: scripted in a table is a typical daily time table, divided into Morning, Forenoon, Noon, Afternoon, and Evening. (Note to self to start using “forenoon” in life)

I have always loved writing out a schedule for myself, and this one, dated 1846, was reassurance that it was the right thing to do. It’s not dissimilar to my Ideal Week template in my Passion Planner today!

Organisational Tips from 19th Century Authors

Index notebooks like George Eliot

In The Road to Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead I learned that George Eliot indexed her notebooks. Ingenious! I always keep a thin notebook for hand-writing drafts, and many a minute is spent flipping through it trying to find a certain article I started. Now I number each page and keep a log of what I’ve written where.

Organisational Tips from 19th Century Authors

Make do with a tiny desk like Jane Austen

I’ve already written about Jane Austen as a minimalist hero. When I’m getting as squirmy and cranky as Rory Gilmore when someone takes her study tree, I remind myself that if Jane Austen can write novels at this minuscule table, I can manage in my parents’ dining room, at an airplane tray table, or at the train station Starbucks with patchy wifi. Time to stop being a study diva.

Do you steal tips from favourite authors? Let me know what practices you’ve picked up!

P.S. Taylor Swift Songs that are Actually about Jane Austen Heroines

Sunday Sampling / 056

Sunday Sampling / 056

Last week we finally moved into our new flat and began to find home for the things we had packed up over a month ago. When I’m moving or traveling I am most conscious of minimalism, and my desire to live light. This particular journey was marked by getting published on Miss Minimalist – years ago, I would scour Francine’s site for tips on how to be a minimalist, thinking that *one day* I would submit an article for her Real Life Minimalists series. Well, I’m finally part of the collection, and what a kind, supportive community she has built!

MY FAVOURITE READS LATELY

🚀 The Hardest Disney Pixar Quiz Ever: In my defense, I got all the Monsters, Inc. and Incredibles questions right and isn’t that what matters?

🌟 How to build your community of movers and shakers: “Sometimes the connections you want to make begin with you stepping out and creating the thing you want to see.” Yes yes yes!

🎬 This article about female-centric films and what La La Land has in common with All About Eve, and Titanic (and how it’s different) is FASCINATING.

⚡️ I absolutely adore this piece on Newt Scamander, Toxic Masculinity, and the Power of Hufflepuff Heroes. More Hufflepuff leads please!

💕 It’s not too late to set an alternative New Year’s resolution, as illustrated (literally) in this lovely guide

🍹 I can’t wait to try these super colourful and summery DIY spruced-up soft drinks!

💖 For anyone frustrated with the overlooked complexities of “just being yourself”

👑 Plus on Heroine Training: How I use the Pomodoro Technique to get things done & why we call things overrated and why we need to stop.