Finding Your Word Of The Year

Finding Your

“New year, new me” right? Isn’t that what everyone always says? I gave up on New Year’s Resolutions years ago. They were always made halfheartedly, too general to be inspiring, and there just wasn’t enough push for me to actually follow through on it during the year. After a few years of, well, nothing, I stumbled into the world of focus words. A word of the year (or focus word) is just like it sounds – one word that you focus on for an entire year. It’s a word that represents an area of change that you want to achieve by the end of the 365 day(ish) period. You make changes in your life and within yourself to grow according to that word. They’re a lot more effective than resolutions (in my experience) because you are only zoning in on one overall change per year. I never really believed in […]

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My 2018 Focus Word

My 2018 Focus Word-1

I love, love, love focus words. I could talk forever about the why behind each of mine, hearing the story about someone else’s journey, sharing progress stories, I just love everything about them. My first foray into the world of focus words was actually completely unintentional. I didn’t choose my word of the year per say (because, at that time, I thought they were stupid and useless), but it found me. My first word came to me around February after starting out 2017 full of tension, anger, and frustration. I knew something in me had to change, and the epiphany ( 😉 ) came in the message: I need to choose joy. I’ve already talked a lot about this (read the debut post here and my 6-month update here), so I won’t tell my whole story for the thousandth time (you’re welcome). Instead, let’s get to what this post is […]

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End-Of-Year Reflection

End-Of-Year Reflection-1

If I learned anything this year, I learned the life-changing power of being able to reflect introspectively. I do self-reflection daily – sometimes through one or two passing thoughts on my way to class, other times much deeper looks into myself over a weekend. Being honest with yourself is so, so important and if you’ve never realllyyy tried looking within, I highly recommend you make self-reflection a goal of yours for 2018! It’s not always easy, but, at least I’ve found, it can just take one in-your-face kind of book/lecture/article/quote to help you remove you from yourself and really think about why and what you are thinking and feeling. You will become a better, happier, healthier person and you will have this super power that will completely change how you go through life. Today, I’m compiling – and answering – some of my favorite end-of-year self-reflection questions. They can be […]

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Reflecting On The Christmas Attitude

Reflecting On The Christmas Attitude-1

I’ve struggled with this post. Naturally, I’m supposed to give you a holiday post. What kind of blogger would I be if I deprived you of that? 😉 But I also found myself going back and forth as to what I actually wanted to say. If you’ve talked to me in recent years, you know I am not about Christmas (read last year’s story on that here). Really, I just can’t seem to enjoy it like I used to. But I didn’t want to go on yet another rant about the holidays (y’all deserve better than that). This post has evolved so many times over the past 2 weeks, from “The Problem With Our Gift-Giving Culture” to “Redefining Our Holiday Season.” I even went so far as to title it “Fighting Christmas,” but then I had to draw the line on myself. What am I doing? Who am I to […]

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7 MORE Unconventional Things To Be Thankful For

MORE Things to Be Thankful For

Happy Thanksgiving! When I was *a lot* younger, I had a very negative attitude. It got to the point where, every single time I uttered a complaint, my parents would make me stop wherever we were and list 3 things I was grateful for. Annoyed and trying to outsmart the system, I would just list the cliches – family, food, a house, etc. As you can expect, my parents became unsatisfied with that very quickly and would make me go deeper with my responses. Flash forward to almost a year ago today, where I posted the original 7 Unconventional Things To Be Thankful For. A few months later, I embarked on my own gratitude journey and it has completely changed how I see the world (read the story here). Although it’s always great to show thanks for the typical things (family, friends, faith, pizza, etc), it’s just as important to […]

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11 Ways To Make The Most Of Your Winter Break


Now that the busy hubbub that is the week leading up to Christmas is over, you (if you’re a student) probably have a few more weeks home from school. Instead of sleeping in until 1 in the afternoon every day, today I’m sharing 11 things you can do to make the most of your winter break!   This page contains affiliate links. This means that if you click through a product link and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission at no added cost to you. Thanks for supporting Sweet Tea Epiphany!   1. Knock a book or two off of your reading list. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck // Room // Gone Girl If I’m being completely honest, I probably haven’t finished a book in a year at least. I mean, I’ve been halfway through Jane Eyre and Bill Nye’s Undeniable ever since I […]

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Reverse Gift Guide | Season of Giving


As I talked about on Monday, I’m over the materialistic-fueled hustle and bustle, selfishness, and stress of the holidays. In keeping with that same general theme, today I’m sharing my reverse guide of 20 gifts you can give this holiday season (and beyond!). None of these have 2-day shipping or 40% off sales. I can promise you, however, that everything on this list is priceless, meaningful, and will leave a lasting impact on everyone involved.    Go through your closets, find any warm clothes/coats you no longer wear, and donate them to a homeless shelter. You can also participate in a giving tree or coat drive!  Volunteer at a soup kitchen or shelter.  Pay for the meal of the person behind you at a drive-thru or another table at a restaurant.  Give a favorite, life-changing, or inspiring book to a stranger.  Tip way over 20%.  Bring travel mugs of hot […]

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When You’ve Lost The Christmas Spirit


Christmas is advertised as being this magical time with a happy family sitting by the Christmas tree and smiling around a fire while the camera pans out the window to the beautiful snow softly falling outside. So what happens when that’s not your reality? When you don’t find yourself starry-eyed in a reindeer sweater singing Christmas carols and drinking hot cocoa come December 25th? In recent years, I’ve found myself losing excitement for the holiday season. Instead of looking forward to gift-giving, I dread having to brave the shopping center insanity or beat the “sold-out” notices online. Instead of looking forward to reconnect with people I haven’t seen in a while, I dread social gatherings. I’ve gone from voluntarily turning on Christmas music to barely being able to tolerate it at all. I’ve gone from purposely scheduling out time to watch every single Christmas movie ever made to having no […]

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7 Unconventional Things To Be Thankful For


Happy Thanksgiving! It’s a common thing in many families to go around the dinner table and say what you’re thankful for that year. Natural, easy responses to this tradition are always family, friends, health, good food, etc. Today, I’m sharing 7 things we should give thanks for, even if they may not always seem that great on the surface.   1. Failure You’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times- failure is important. It helps you grow, it helps you learn. Failure is the best teacher because it acts with tough love. It helps you remember that things may go wrong sometimes, but life will go on. Be thankful that you are able to try and, even if it doesn’t exactly go as planned, be thankful that you are able to move forward. You’ve been given another chance, so take full advantage of that opportunity!   2. Strangers […]

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