nicole bensen

the Tea Time blog

Welcome to

Did you know that those who are lonely live shorter lives?! I didn’t either. Read on to follow these three steps of squashing loneliness.

Three years ago, I launched my dream of running luxury retreats for women all over the globe. In the world’s most-ironic timing, day 1 of being a travel entrepreneur (March 16, 2020) was day 1 of shelter-in-place in the Bay Area. At first we thought we’d be home for three weeks…then six weeks…and you all […]

As I write this, I’m sitting in the gorgeous lounge of the Solage Spa in Calistoga on Monday morning. (How serene is this spot?!) I’m practicing some self-care and participating in a yoga/spa day. In about an hour I’ll be doing a 90-minute yoga class, followed by a hot tub break and lunch, and then […]

Networking can feel hard and awkward, right? This week I attended a Speed Networking event. Read more here (plus some goodies)!

Last summer I was honored to be named a “2022 Woman of Influence” by The Silicon Valley Business Journal, and this week I’ll be one of the mentors at their “Mentoring Monday” event. And, guess what…they’ve just given me three complimentary tickets to share with you! If you’re able to attend this event in San […]

How are you showing yourself love this week? PLUS: Do you like podcasts?

I’m excited to share three development opportunities with you. If you’re not familiar with #IAmRemarkable, it’s a Google initiative empowering you to celebrate your accomplishments. We meet in a small group; it is live, 2 hours, and interactive. If you’d like to join the next one, join the waitlist here: nicolebensen.com/remarkable FAQs: Know someone who […]

Last weekend my husband, three kids, and I had a little staycation in Half Moon Bay to celebrate my birthday. It was filled with beach walks and lots of food. We had the 2-hour brunch experience at Navio at the Ritz Carlton; let me know if you want to see some of the dishes. Isn’t […]

Do you know anyone who’s been impacted by a layoff recently? Friday was a funky day as my previous employer, Google, announced they’re laying off many folks, reportedly 12,000, and I have a lot of friends there. Earlier, Amazon, Meta, and Microsoft all went through layoffs too. I felt sad and uneasy, then I felt […]

Today is the day I’m fulfilling a dream I’ve had for years: registration for my Switzerland retreat is now open!