Tea Tour 2009

What are people saying in Los Angeles?

Posted in Uncategorized by Nicole Gruter on October 22, 2009

From Los Angeles:

“Oh, I figured out a long time ago how to say phooey to things I felt stressed my time. It’s great to get to point in life where you realize most people don’t really care what you’re doing with your time, so you should do want you really want with it.”

“I feel way less stressed out after having come here [Zappos] to work. My workload is manageable and the days are structured in a way that you don’t feel like your energy is robbed from you.”

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What are people saying in Utah and Colorado?

Posted in Uncategorized by Nicole Gruter on October 22, 2009

We met a couple with two young children who took a year off to travel in a beautiful 1960’s Airstream. The husband’s business had slowed down significantly, and their second daughter had just been born, so they decided to take a chance on their livelihoods in order to spend more time together as a family. Comments (paraphrased) from our teatime together are below, with their own take on the experience at http://skippintown-springlandon.blogspot.com/:

“My husband [from England] SITS to have his tea. He doesn’t drink it on the go.”

“I’ve noticed that artists who live in New York, people I’d think would want to pause and experience life, are working and living at break-neck speed.”

“If you’re used to being stressed out, your adrenaline kicks in more easily. After we embarked on our year-long trip, it took me months to come down from reacting to the smallest of things.”

Other guest’s comments:

“When you hit retirement, you suddenly realize how many things you’ve been missing out on and you feel like you’ve got to hurry to get it all done. I feel busier now than ever.” –retiree at Zion campground

“We’re not stressed. We actually sometimes get bored and need to find things to fill up our time. I wonder if I don’t redirect my anxieties to focus on the smallest of problems that would have otherwise gone unnoticed when I was busier.” –Travelers out for six months.

Some Swiss travelers commented both that:

“In Switzerland, you’d never get a to-go cup at a Starbucks. You sit and drink your coffee or tea.”

and

“The Swiss work just as hard as Americans. We get about four weeks vacation though, but still work too hard, I think.”

From the Grand Canyon:

“I had to learn the hard way how to manage my stress. I got breast cancer.”

“A friend of mine still refuses to take time out for herself, even after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She feels like she can’t let her students or their parents down by easing up her workload.”

From Denver, CO:

“My time is stressed out, but I know it’s because I spend so much time online. I think to myself, if I had just a few more hours to each day, I’d just fill it up with just more Internet surfing. That wouldn’t solve anything!”

“I spend a lot of time online buying things, then working to pay them off. That’s what stresses out my time.”

Another Zion Tea Party!

Posted in Uncategorized by Nicole Gruter on October 20, 2009

Impromptu Tea Party in Zion National Park, Utah

Posted in Uncategorized by Nicole Gruter on October 20, 2009

Shane and I met the Landon family who is on their own search for down-time. Traveling across the US in a beautiful Airstream, they figured it was now or never to enjoy their growing family. Find us on their blog Skippin’ Town http://skippintown-springlandon.blogspot.com/

Sophia, their little girl, enjoyed hot chocolate in her teacup. Yum. Next tour “Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows 2009”.

New Donation “Thank You Pics”!

Posted in Uncategorized by Nicole Gruter on October 20, 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).

More Thank You Pics on the way!

Tea-Mobile weaves through Utah

Posted in Uncategorized by Nicole Gruter on October 20, 2009

Las Vegas/Zappos!

Posted in Uncategorized by Nicole Gruter on October 11, 2009

From Los Angeles:

“Oh, I figured out a long time ago how to say phooey to things I felt stressed my time. It’s great to get to point in life where you realize most people don’t really care what you’re doing with your time, so you should do want you really want with it.”

“I feel way less stressed out after having come here [Zappos] to work. My workload is manageable and the days are structured in a way that you don’t feel like your energy is robbed from you.”

Los Angeles and Venice Beach

Posted in Uncategorized by Nicole Gruter on October 2, 2009