Tea With Friends: Hot Chocolate Day

It’s time for Tea With Friends!

Today we have a very special guest blogger from Ohio. Meadow is a hot chocolate aficionado, a Welsh speaker, an English teacher, and a jigsaw master. She’s also the founder of Duct Tape Residue, a repository for dreams, love, and understanding your worth. 

Blush and Meadow

1. So, Meadow, tell us about yourself.

There’s so much to tell! I think the most important thing readers should know about me is that I live in Ohio. I moved to Ohio two years ago after a photo of a farm in Ohio spoke to my soul. I realized that the life I was living could never measure up to the life that was waiting for me in Ohio.

2. Wowowow! So interesting! Now tell us- how do *you* manage to get out of bed in the morning?

Well, this is a tough subject for me to write about, but I don’t want to shortchange our readers. I am usually very eager to get out of bed in the morning so that I can make the most of the daylight hours. I have a severe fear of the moon, so it is very difficult for me to function once the sun goes out and the moon can see me. There are a lot of things that I love to do–look at pictures of cute animals, run quarter-marathons, do mind yoga–but my time to do them is restricted if I sleep too far past sunrise. If the moon is visible during daylight hours, my whole day is shot.

3. Do you feel you could be living more like Blush and Bashful?

Of course! Blush and Bashful are such an inspiration to women like you and I. I don’t think I could ever measure up to their standard, but it certainly makes my soul happy when I try!

4. Your stated area of expertise is “having no money. At all. AT ALL.” What tips would you offer women in that situation?

For years, I really felt as though making no money doing something I loved meant I was a failure. I mean, why pursue my dreams when I could just get a terrible job I hated and start eating at least two meals a day again?

But then I realized something really important. Lots of people don’t have money. And lots of people are really happy. Now, my psychologist friends tell me correlation doesn’t mean causation, but I disagree. I’m ready to offer you four tips for living a money-free life.

One. Don’t worry about your physical needs. Your body will take care of itself if you keep it happy.

Two. The number on your paycheck is closer to your rank on the Happiness Spectrum (copyright pending) than you think. Remember, the less money you have, the happier you can be. Just accept your liberation from the golden handcuffs and understand that a lack of money–or more importantly a lack of a job–means the you have more time to do the things you love. Baseball players may make more money than teachers, but do they get their summers off? Of course not!

Three. Don’t automatically accept a raise if your boss offers it. It could be a trap. Think about what really matters in your life. Do you want to be bound to a materialistic existence and forget about the things that really fulfill your soul’s needs?

Four. There are lots of things that look like jobs that you can do while you wait for your dreams to come true. It’s important to not push yourself into the workforce before you are ready. Wait for the job you were meant to do.

5. Thanks, that was really inspiring. Last but not least, what’s your favorite kind of cupcake?

I’m so glad you asked me this question! I am very passionate about cake and tiny things, so cupcakes touch my soul deeply. I would have to say that my absolute favorite kind of cupcake is Red Velvet, and not just because they are delicious! I love what Red Velvet cupcakes represent! You see, red velvet cake is really just regular cake. The only difference is a little bit of red dye. But people pay tons of money to eat red velvet cake instead of just regular old vanilla cake. That’s the kind of thinking to which we should all aspire. Just be yourself, but with some extra oomph. People really respect that kind of hutzpah, and you don’t even have to do any extra work!

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