Let me guess – this has happened to you.
You’ve made a cup of tea or coffee, then got so absorbed in your work and it went cold. Right?
Or found that there’s a small window of time when your drink is at perfect drinking temperature and then you miss it and keep running back to the microwave.
This has been my reality and it drives me nuts. It’s so unproductive.
I absolutely HATE drinking cold tea!
Ok fine – it’s a minor inconvenience, but it’s also one I don’t have to deal with anymore.
This past Christmas my parents bought me one of my favorite gifts ever – the Ember cup!
The idea is that it allows you to keep your drink at the precise temperature that you set.
No more cold teas!
I know it seems kind of crazy to spend $80 bucks on a mug but I’m telling you it’s been a game changer for me.
I’m much more productive actually because I’m not always running back and forth to the microwave. And it makes me happy to drink tea at the perfect temperature. It makes the experience that much more joyful.
I’m spoiled for all other tea cups!
If I could change one thing I would prefer a slightly less plain cup. I’m a sucker for a pretty tea cup. And sometimes the app is a little wonky. You use it to time how long your tea will steep and what temperature you’d like to maintain.
But I’ll overlook it all for a cup that stays a perfect 137 degrees. The Ember cup also comes as a travel mug as well.
The biggest issue with writing (or any creative task really) is finding the time to sit down, distraction free, and put your ideas to paper.
We often put it off and never get to it.
I interviewed Karen Rizzo (no relation) author of “Things to Do, Sh*t to Bring” years ago and in her book she kept saying she wanted to learn Italian.
And guess what – she never did. She didn’t give herself the space and time to do it. Maybe you have tasks like that.
For me – I had to jump on a plane and travel across the world to give myself the space to write. I just returned from a writing retreat in France and it was divine. It was in Paris and it gave me time to focus on my creative side. (I started writing a novel! Who knows where it will go but it was so fun to start writing.) Read more
She travels for fun too though. Jay and I meet up with her and her husband all over the world. We just got back from a trip to Paris to eat macaroons and croissants. Highly recommend 🙂
In fact, she wrote a guest post for me about how to pack for a two-week vacation to Europe in a carry-on bag. She knows her stuff when it comes to traveling. So when she told me she was trying out a new app called Timeshifter to try to mitigate jet lag I was interested.
She first started using it for a marathon trip from San Francisco to Tokyo for work. From there she was headed back to New York city for a wedding. Whoa.
She followed the rules and was able to dance the night away at her friend’s wedding instead of zoning out like a zombie in need of a nap. Read more