Somedays I dream of the days when I would wander Oxford and Paris without an agenda. I wasn't rushed, I could savor the idea of a new project and take a few days to play with the idea in my head before spending hours executing it, I'd meet anyone at anyone, I could shop the sales racks judiciously to craft a perfect outfit for pennies, and I'd always get a milkshake from Moo Moo's.

So my free time is shorter these days, but, in many ways, sweeter. Here are a few ways that I relax.

1. Walking around Portobello Road Market on Saturday mornings before everyone else gets up. I get a cup of coffee, a pastry from some posh bakery and wander around like a tourist.

2. On Wednesdays, I have the entire day free from class and work. Tyler graciously gives me half the day to meet up with friends, have people over for lunch or ...  whatever.

3. I will stay (read: hide) in the bathtub for a solid hour. By the time I finally get in there, I just can't find the will to make the experience any shorter. I don't even wash my hair all that often. I have no clue what I'm doing in there. Staring at the ceiling, I think. Smelling good soap that makes me feel less spastic. Shaving the back of my legs which are always alarming hairier than I think they should be.

4. And at night when Viola goes to bed, I plop open my laptop, click on The Good Wife and do mindless nonsense. We flick on the kettle and make cups of tea for ourselves... without the worry of giving our toddler third-degree burns. 

The past few weeks, I've been upping the luxury of the moment with a pot of JING flowering tea. Not only does it taste great, but it looks and feels so pretty. Since I've been enjoying their flowering teas that have green tea buds, it especially feels like the perfect cleanser for the end of the day. (Green tea was the first tea I ever liked, so it's such a comfort drink for me.) 

The quality of the tea is hard to beat  (JING is served in 50+ Michelin starred restaurants around the world- it is fancy!). Even though the company has a mighty distribution, the company is still really small and hands on... and the price makes it a daily treat I don't have to feel guilty for enjoying.

Happy Friday- JING is giving away this killer set worth over £200 that has everything you need for the complete tea time experience. You'll have to invite me over to have a cup of this class. 

Enter below for your chance to win a JING tea-iere, four double walled glasses, a tea timer, two varieties of flowering jasmine tea, Assam Breakfast Tea (50 grams) and Earl Grey Tea (50 grams).


*images original to Aspiring Kennedy

*open to UK residents only. Void where prohibited.