Join Jessica for tea time


Sunday, Dec 16


3 – 5pm

Metrograph Commissary (upstairs!); 7 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002
New York City

Dec 16

3 – 5pm
Metrograph Commissary (upstairs!); 7 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002

5 seats left!

What is Tea Time, exactly?


Tea Time is where five-ish strangers sit at a cafe with a Host to have a two hour conversation. It's not about anything in particular.

You're meant to know pretty much nothing about the people that come, aside from the fact that they all signed up for thisΒ β€” just like you. It's self-selecting in that sense.

However, it may bring you comfort to know a little something about your Host. If so, just keep reading

Meet your Host, Jessica.

(It'll be helpful to know what they look like when you're looking for a group of confused strangers at the cafe.)

The two best things anyone's ever said about me were that (1) my laugh makes people feel at home, and (2) I asked good questions (I've learned a wide margin of what I know this way, from strangers). If all goes to plan, we'll have some of both at tea time!

What's your story?

Value the eulogy over the resume, the important over the urgent, and presence over productivity. Remember that every interaction is a transaction of energy. You are responsible for how you make others feel. Busy is a decision and attention is an art. Simplify. Find meaning. Make time to digest and to recharge. Listen to understand and respond, not to react. Use people's names. Being busy does not make you more important. The time to stop, notice, and enjoy is now. Give yourself permission. Pay attention. Say thank you. Curate ruthlessly. Fight complacency. Live poetically, and live deliberately: memento mori.

What might we talk about?

I'm interested in whatever you have a strong opinion on or are an expert in, so really anything's game. But here's a barrage of questions to get us started:

What's on your bookshelf? What's the most formative criticism you've received? What compliments are you most proud of? What's one professed value that you sometimes struggle with? How does your job shape who you are? What's the difference between doing what is effective vs what's efficient? How do you use your social media? Where's your name from? What have you had to forgive yourself for? Who are the five top people in your life and what do you learn from them? Standard operating procedures: what routines keep you grounded when everything in your life scatters? And vice versa, what habits keep you open and exploring when you're grounded?

"Live the full life of the mind, exhilarated by new ideas, intoxicated by the romance of the unusual." Hemingway, 1987