Tea Tour 2009

San Francisco

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Oregon/Northern CA

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Golden, OR (old mining ghost town)

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Wolf Creek, OR

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The latest Donation Thank You photos

Posted in Uncategorized by Nicole Gruter on September 27, 2009

Here’s the latest “thank you photos” to thank those who have donated to the tour. You can still help us fill the tank with your love. Go to https://teatour2009.wordpress.com/donate-today/
or click on the page to the right (where you’ll also find the back story to the pics).

A big THANK YOU to all those who have helped. There’s plenty of thank-you’s yet to come, so thanks for your patience.

Back along the road in Oregon

Posted in Uncategorized by Nicole Gruter on September 23, 2009

Volunteer Park, Seattle, WA, September 19

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What are people saying in Washington?

Posted in Uncategorized by Nicole Gruter on September 23, 2009

From Volunteer Park, Seattle, WA:

“I had a friend so stressed out about his schedule, then he changed his attitude towards the things that governed his time (school, kid, work) and he started enjoying every minute of his day. He’s like a whole new person now.”

“I used to make a lot of money, then I lost my job. I freaked out because I couldn’t buy everything and anything I wanted. It made me feel like nothing. It took some serious adjusting, but then over time, I realized how insignificant all these possessions were. Now I’m dealing with the storing, moving, and selling of lots of what I own and it takes so much energy and time. It’s exhausting.”

“There are people who work their entire lives to come to the Islands [off coast of Seattle] and live that lifestyle. It’s really relaxed and low stress.”– massage therapist who lives and works on the Islands.

From the Pony Bar later that night:

“In nursing school, there was one student who always took time for tea. Sometimes twice in one shift. It was maddening to the other students that he would stop what he was doing and sit down for a minute while the rest of us were running ragged. But then we’d half kid about needing to stand next to him when things got intense, just so we could absorb some of his calm. What we saw as being selfish was him really taking care of himself so he could take care of others better.”

What are people saying in Oregon?

Posted in Uncategorized by Nicole Gruter on September 22, 2009

From the Rose Garden in Washington Park, Portland, OR

“If you are here, right now, right here, you cannot have stress. Your thoughts are not yours. They could be conditioned from society or parents, so you have to question them. What is life like with your thoughts? What is life like without your thoughts? Which is real? What is the thought that’s making the stress? Is it from the past? The future?”–visitor from Hawaii

“I wish I wouldn’t have waited until age 50 to realize I didn’t need to carry all the burdens of my family. That’s freed up my time.”–visitor from Ohio

“I realized early in my career that if I didn’t take time out every day to swim, I was going to die young. Or at least unhappy.”

From the Stash Tea Store party:

“Concrete makes the rats angry.”

“We’re the only country talking about having stress from owning too much stuff.”

What are people saying in Wyoming?

Posted in Uncategorized by Nicole Gruter on September 22, 2009

“I make time nearly every day for coffee with a friend or family member. I think it makes a difference what you do with your time if you’ve lost people in your life. After my husband survived being hit by a semi, our priorities definitely changed. You just never know what’s going to happen. Even though I’m busy running this place [Gas&Go gas station], I make it a priority to spend time with friends and family.”–Newcastle, WY

“I’ve got a lot of downtime now that I’m on disability. Maybe too much time. But we’re out traveling and seeing things we’ve always wanted to, but never made time for. When you’re hit with the the big “C”, your priorities change pretty fast.”–Yellowstone National Park

It took a long time for my co-workers and I to figure out we could have our meetings outside, which seemed to bring everyone’s stress level down. It shows a lack of imagination to continue to do things in the same manner when there are better ways to be living.”–Grand Teton National Park