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Exploring Creative Processes: Writing Spaces and Herbal Teas

Dunkin’ Donuts has a new line of premium hot teas, perfect for sipping in your quiet writing space — if you’re a writer like me. This post was sponsored by Dunkin’ Donuts but all opinions are my own.

This post is about exploring creative processes. The photo shows a laptop, a cup of tea and a pink binder with a white flourish.

There’s a dim nook inside my bedroom. It’s narrow — barely more than three feet wide, if that — and set off to one side. When I moved here in 2014, I imagined I might create a dressing nook there with my bureau and who knows what else. But boxes piled in there instead.

Then, one day a few months into living here, I got inspired. It would be my writing nook where I would explore my creative processes and write. I cleaned out the boxes, bought a cheap, narrow desk and set up the area — complete with artwork — to inspire my creativity. And for awhile, that’s exactly what I used that space for.

But it was narrow and claustrophobic. Things started to pile up — on the shelves next to the desk, on the chair, under the desk and finally on the desk itself. I abandoned the space and wrote wherever else I could find a place to sit.

Fast forward to this weekend, when I finally changed things up. The nook became my bedroom library and my writing desk moved out into the open where I hope to use it a lot more often. More on that later.

Things change. Our energies, inspirations and needs shift, and we have to move with it. When we do, when we heed that need for change, life can change in the best of ways. Our creative processes can flourish. I am hoping this new space will help inspire my writing so that I may achieve my goals and aspirations.

And when I am writing, one of my favorite things to sip on is hot tea. It’s comforting and cozy, relaxing but also sometimes caffeinated. And I love it (with a bit of local honey, please).

Speaking of tea, did you know that it’s National Hot Tea Month? What a fabulous time to celebrate all things tea — including the new line of hot tea offerings at Dunkin’ Donuts. The premium lineup includes four new flavors, and each one is steeped in a fancy pyramid tea sachet (coincidentally, when this style of tea bag was pretty new to market it was said that it was designed for the best steep possible … or at least that’s how I remember it — it was like a decade ago).

The flavors are:

  • Bold Breakfast Black™ Tea: A bold blend of full leaf black tea for a full bodied flavor.
  • Harmony Leaf Green™ Tea: A vibrant full leaf green tea delivering a delicate earthy flavor.
  • Chamomile Fields™ Herbal Infusion: A caffeine-free herbal infusion featuring chamomile flowers, citrus and herbs combined to offer a fragrant and delicate taste.
  • Hibiscus Kiss™ Herbal Infusion: A caffeine-free herbal infusion featuring hibiscus, herbs and natural berry flavors to deliver bright and juicy flavors in every sip.
  • Cool Mint Herbal Infusion: A caffeine-free herbal infusion combining peppermint leaves and natural herbs to offer a cool, invigorating taste.

I’ve had the Hibiscus Kiss tea a few times now, and it’s lovely — delightfully full of bold herbal flavor. I love the deep red color too — so pretty (although, let’s be honest, the color of the tea doesn’t matter. The flavor does. Fortunately, it tastes great).

The new line is available at participating Dunkin’ Donuts nationwide. And if you really love the flavors, you can take them home — boxes of 15 individually-wrapped pyramid tea sachets, are available for $6.99 at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants.

And if you’re hungry, don’t forget that Dunkin’ Donuts has a full menu available all day, including breakfast items. I love picking up a snack with my tea whenever I go. From bagels and donuts to sandwiches, there’s so much to choose from when you’re on the go (or looking to get inspired).


Monday 30th of January 2017

I'm very into tea during these cold winter months.