A cup of tea in my Peet’s “Berkeley” mug. It’s always the inspiration and the solution that I need to untangle my crazily woven thoughts and bring my mind to coherence and peace. If I’ve had an overwhelming day or if my brain is about to burst from a frenzied fit of thoughts, my comforting 16 oz bath of black tea awaits to balance me out like an equation.

Tea produces nostalgia. When it rains, it makes me want to dig my violin out and begin creating those dark rich tones, a song to match the swirls of steam gently wafting off the top of my mug. Nostalgic to be back on the couch in that dark dorm room writing those millions of papers all over again, tea mug on the windowsill beside me, staring out the single window at the overcast skies and the trees blowing in the wind. Gazing at that mug almost pauses the world. I can sit still, watch and admire the beauty outside, yearn to be outdoors and understand, a little bit more, the old English poets who wrote about

Gazing at that mug almost pauses the world. I can sit still, watch and admire the beauty outside, yearn to be outdoors and understand, a little bit more, the old English poets who wrote about Nature. I harbor feelings of peace and harmony when I find myself sitting in this world, acknowledging that I am but one small part of it.  Just like the tree branches, my thoughts remain free to float and dance in the wind. To collect and ground them I sip, hoping that they will flow back in through my brain and out through my fingers, tapping the keys with a talent like Gene Kelley’s feet. And just like that… my mind is at ease and my thoughts are expressed.

Words by Maggie Fishbaugh


Maggie Fishbaugh helps to coordinate all of One Workplace’s Construction Solution product orders, as well as working closely with Accounts Payable and various vendors to make sure orders get closed out so that all numbers match-up in the system. Maggie enjoys taking road trips and visiting National Parks. She loves sneaking in local hikes and classic reads. Maggy says she’s infamous for convincing both herself (and a few friends) to sign up for 1/2 marathons, 12ks, 10ks, and 5ks on the weekends. “On a bad day, driving up to Berkeley can completely change my mood.” Says Maggie. Oh, and did we mention Maggie is an avid CAL Bears fan?

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