Interview: Justine Warne
Justine, can you tell our readers about yourself and your blog?
Hi from the bottom of the world, aka New Zealand or ‘The Land of the Long White Cloud’. I have a wonderful fiance, 4 young adults between us and a beautiful chihuahua named Ellie, and I am a self-confessed tea fanatic and my blog “The Tea Chest” is all about my love and passion for all things tea-related. My love for tea and all its finery and tradition stems from a beautifully nurtured relationship with my paternal Grandparents who emigrated here from Northern Ireland. You can read all about it here
Tell me about your proudest achievement.
I joined the New Zealand Army in 1990 as a Dental Assistant in the Royal New Zealand Dental Corps. This by far would be my proudest achievement and one I hold and value dearly.
Who has impacted you most in blogging and how?
This is a tough question, different bloggers for different reasons.
I’ll list a few but really each blogger I have come across brings something different but just as valuable to the table.
- Ashley Marie @ Irish Twins Momma for her get up and go and humor
- Talat Islam @ The Modern Parent; Racing Tigers; Blogger’s Influence for her unwavering tenacity
- Kim Davis Berry @ Kims DIY Tribe is inspirational, so talented and such a lovely friend.
What is your greatest achievement outside of blogging?
Apart from my children, which goes without saying I would have to say…navigating my life from a very unhappy 15-year-old school leaver to becoming a successful professional within the corporate dental industry.
What do you do in your spare time?
Something I haven’t had a lot of this year, however, I do enjoy a good book, gardening, sailing and second-hand shopping.
Can you tell me about a few sources from where you get products for review on your site?
I have been very fortunate with being supplied with some amazing teas to sample and review. Maitea and China White have been exceptionally generous and I have thoroughly enjoyed trying their selections.
Interview: Justine Warne
What’s the most beautiful place you’ve ever been to?
In New Zealand, it is a place called Huka Falls in Taupo the most powerful yet stunning waterfall in the country. Love the sound and verocity of the water and the color is magnificent.
When you’re having a bad day, what do you do to make yourself feel better?
Brew a pot of tea, take it into the garden and inhale the smells, make a point of listening to the birds and breathe. My own form of meditation I guess.
Let’s talk about negative traits. What are some of yours?
I don’t suffer fools, so can be impatient. I overthink and I can be a little too structured sometimes. I doubt my abilities.
Justine, what inspires you?
Researching and discovering new and exciting things to do with tea. I have a strong focus to enlighten the world about the benefits and beauty of tea. I’m all about building a positive tea culture both here in New Zealand and across the globe.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Sri Lanka is one place I would love to experience with their enormous tea industry and plantations – it would be divine.
What’s your favorite quote and why?
I have two – “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” Dr. Seuss. This one resonates with me in that people should be able to be who they are without judgment or fear.
Mark Twain – “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.”
This quote rings true with me as we are about to undertake a very exciting adventure and it could have been something we put off until the time was right but have decided that the time is never right, so let’s get going now!
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