nicole bensen

the Tea Time blog

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Someone asked why this weekly note to you is called “Tea Time,” and since I recently went to a cute* tea place, it’s the perfect time to explain. I’ve always enjoyed the fancy fun a tea party brings—dressing up and donning a feather fascinator (I’ve been known to wear a fascinator on a random day, […]

When I was a kid, my school had candy bar fundraisers.   Did you ever have to go door-to-door selling something, or stand outside Target asking people, “Hi, would you like to buy a candy bar for a dollar?” (Side question: have candy bar prices not changed in 30 years, or were we just charging a […]

When I saw this tow truck pulling a fire truck a couple of weeks ago, the first thought that popped into my mind was, “Even rescuers need rescuing.” Who are you a “rescuer” for? You might be a caregiver to kids, your parents or in-laws, your work team, or even in a caregiving profession, like […]

Me: Should I get my tongue pierced first, or my belly button?Friend: Do them both!Me: Or should I do my ear cartilage?Friend: DO IT ALL! In my 20’s I loved riding my motorcycle, baking, cuddling my pets, meeting up with my friends for dinner at 9:00, and having conversations like the above. Present day me […]

Close your eyes for a moment and imagine you’re currently living the life you’ve dreamt of…whatever that means to you. What would be different about your day? What would you prioritize? How would you spend your time? Your money? Your energy?  Here’s my challenge to you: Choose something you would do in your dream life […]

People who took photos in nature for a couple weeks straight felt happier and more connected with others and their environment.

Use this journaling page to reflect on three good things from 2021 and imagine your best possible 2022.

In this podcast interview, Heidi asked me to share my top 3 tips for developing happiness and joy, and I couldn’t help but over-deliver and share 5 simple, fun ways to get happier TODAY. We demonstrated what it would feel like to fill out one of the prompts in my mood-boosting journal, and Heidi said, […]

4 steps to a meaningful thank you note

Tip 6 from the 10-week Fall Joy List is, “Do one kind thing for someone else that takes fewer than 10 minutes.” Here are 4 steps to a meaningful thank you note.

Hello and happy fall! I have been HEADS-DOWN creating a digital version of my signature wellbeing program “Next Level You: happier, more resilient, confident, and calm” the past few weeks, and I’m excited to share it with you all soon. Traditionally I’ve run this program live, where I’m teaching for 2 hours a week for […]