It's Wise Women Wednesday, each week I interview a woman that I believe is inspiring, living abundantly and following her passions. These are all women who live a life of abundance and bring creativity into the world.
This week I had the privage of interviewing Sarah Chapman creator of Vida Pour tea, intelligent business women, apothecary, healer, lover, calming presence. Really I could go on and on, but I'll let her speak for herself. Grab a steaming hot cup of tea and enjoy!
Q. Who are you?
A. Sarah Chapman: owner of Vida pour Tea, wife, dog and 2x's cat mom, former ice hockey player with a design degree from UNCG and a passion for herbalism and wellness originally from Liverpool, NY.
Q. How do we know each other?
A. The universe knows that we need to be friends.
Q. What is your work?
A. Creating, supplying and serving custom tea blends; working with fair trade, organic ingredients.
Q. What is one project you are excited to be working on right now?
A. I always enjoy collaborating with local businesses on specialty tea blends or events, working together is what keeps small businesses going strong, we proudly work with over 30 small, local businesses, is love to keep that growing!
Q. What is one thing you've done recently that's scared you and took courage, but you're glad you did?
A. Stepping away from the shop to have a little bit of personal time is more terrifying than opening the shop ever was, but it is important to find a balance even when you're doing what you love. I learned that stepping away (even for a short weekend with my husband,) is crucial for self care and to rejuvenate creative flow.
Q. What is the work you most want to be doing and are you doing it? If not why not what's stopping you?
A. Doing it!
Q. What would you tell your high school or college self?
A. Oh gosh, this question...
I spent A LOT of time in high school and college working and pushing really really hard to advance athletically. If I could tell my past self that all of things that I was going through and all of the places I was going for one purpose, would be so worth it to go through and learn from for a totally different purpose, it would have been really comforting. I'm thankful that my parents gave me the freedom to make tough decisions at a young age, I believe it allowed me to learn to be independent and be a good judge of character.
I was brought up being told to "just be a good person" and there has never been a situation where being that person has left me feeling unfulfilled.
"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take." -Wayne Gretzky is my favorite quote!
Q. What's one piece of advice or motto you love and use in your daily life that you would like to share with my sweet readers?
A. My desire to encourage and help people to simply feel better- about their diets, about appreciating what nature has to offer us, about caring for one's-self while caring for others.
Q. what keeps you working when you don't feel like it?
A. More than anything, I love the connections I've been able to make with people who I continue to learn from. People who live their lives with gratitude and acceptance, this work has allowed me to surround and associate myself with such beautiful, talented people.
Q. What's your favorite Yoga Pose?
A.Girl, its savasana
Q. How do you live a Life of abundance?
A. My life of abundance comes from the people and non-people who are currently in it. This is my favorite time in life, I love living in it and hope to be present through it. So far, 30 is just delightful.