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Katie Matzenbacher serves as the (in)courage Associate Product Manager (which is a fancy way of saying she gets to take part in creating all kinds of really fun products for the (in)courage community). She loves to take ideas and make them happen. Wife to an unbelievably handsome man, lover of...

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  1. Perfectionism often keeps me from community. Well, that and a deep fear of people. On the outside I think I appear loaded with community and sometimes I feel that way too, but mostly I just feel lonely. I often don’t ask people to join me for fear that they’ll either say ‘no’ or even worse that they might say ‘yes’. I adore chai though and think I’ll whip up this recipe and look for opportunities to be with peeps this summer. Thank you!!

    • Marcy,
      Praying you can find time to take breaks with people you care about this summer without anxiety. Hang in there. And let us know what you think when you make the recipe! Just know that it makes A LOT. You may want to halve it to start. 🙂
      All the best,
      Katie

    • I could have written this. I am deeply afraid of social interaction. I long for community but am so scared to make plans with people and follow through.

  2. It is only 11:50 a.m. here but coincidentally I am sitting here enjoying a mug of Rooibos Chai tea! Printing the recipe and making it SOON!

  3. I love chai. A friend who was a missionary to Pakistan gave me a recipe, and it is delicious! There is something soothing about a fragrant cup of tea sipped leisurely, either alone or in the company of other people.

    I appreciate the pictures and think the women of India are so beautiful in their salwar kameez or saris. I know they under go so much oppression and are so often mistreated and abused, but they are never the less beautiful.

    • I agree – they are a beautiful people. And that’s why I love the work JOYN is doing so much. They provide employment and dignity for both men AND women that may otherwise not be able to find work. You can see the joy and hope in their faces.

  4. I love taking breaks and sipping on Chai (iced in the summer here in Georgia, hot in winter) while working at home. My break is usually time to shift focus from busyness to rest, preferably alone. I enjoy sitting on the front porch during this time of day.
    Thanks for the recipe, too!

    • Yum! How do you make your iced chai? I’ve never made it iced before.

  5. Katie,
    Thank you so much for this timely post. I recently watched a Globe Trekker episode on PBS about tea around the world. It was so fascinating. People take their tea seriously!
    What stood out to me was the community and the time taken every day to slow down and visit. As I watched I thought to myself, I wish we could have that here! Everything is rush, rush, rush. Even when we do stop for tea or coffee, often it’s rushing through the drive-through.
    Your post encourages me to make the effort to invite a neighbor over for tea or coffee time. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but it does have to be intentional. Maybe one person at a time and one tea cup at a time, we can begin to slow down and learn from other cultures the beauty of community.

    • Julie,
      I love your idea to use tea to intentionally slow down! And I love learning from other cultures. We can learn so much from how others do things differently than us.

  6. I should have been born in England or India. I am a “tea fanatic”. I love all kinds of tea from Earl Grey, Lady Grey, Irish and English Breakfast, Etc. I will drink tea for breakfast, lunch and even with dinner.

    I don’t usually take an afternoon break. Work is usually busy and trying to finish up before leaving. I wish more companies in US would give afternoon breaks to their employees. A break in the afternoon would allow for rest & make employees more productive. We tend to have people just work a lot of hours and not even think about their health or friendships.

    We should be more like the Mexicans, Indians (India), and other countries that use the afternoon break. They tend to have fewer health issues and more friendships,