Hello Fellow Tea Lovers,

Our love for tea brought us together, and I’m so glad you stopped by.

I was exposed to the art of tea at a very young age. My grandmother, Modestine, once owned tea rooms in England, and Afternoon Tea celebrations were a serious tradition in our home. I shunned being a part of TEATIME because I did not understand the rituals associated with it. Afternoon Tea celebrations were too stuffy and too uptight, and seriously, I preferred to bite into my scone, rather than break it apart. At the time, I saw Tea Etiquette as being too proper. I was more interested in the tea plants, which my grandmother highly revered as sacred and healing.

My first lesson in tea blending was at my grandma’s backyard. It was fascinating to watch her commune with the plant before she plucked its leaves. She grew sage and lemon grass tea bushes.

The Universe has a way of bringing us back full circle with things we think we may have escaped. How did I end up doing the very thing that I once shunned? Life, right? My grandmother must be partying in her grave. Today, I practice the same rituals as she did. Prior to labeling and packaging, I spend quality time engaging each blend with positive vibes and love.

My ideals of Self-Love and Community were formed while growing up in the Caribbean. I was surrounded by generations of women who understood the power of sisterhood and tribe; great aunts, aunts and cousins, all of whom played a part in my confidence. A few of the males in my family also contributed to the confident woman that I am today. By the time I made my way into the world, I had an immense sense of self and without a shadow of a doubt I knew my worth. This isn’t to say that I haven’t been hurt in the past, because I have. I love really hard, so naturally, when things fall apart I hurt deeply. Being aware of my worth and knowing who I am, have helped me back on my feet. It is told that time heals all wounds but we haven’t been told that Self Love heals wounds, too, and that loving ones self is paramount to healing a heart break or any kind of emotional pain.

Some things/ situations and events that influenced my love for self:

• the time and attention my mother invests in me
• my parents’ and grandmother’s belief in me
• my grand mother’s excitement over the little things I created
• the way in which my grandmother and her sisters cared for each other
• my mother always standing up for me and supporting me through everything
• monthly conversations with my father about life and my place in the world
• my father gifting me his beloved Cambridge University Law School Memorabilia
• a male cousin who heard me singing my favorite Whitney Houston song, and whispered to my grandma that I would become a star. (I’d love to say he was hyping me up, but he was serious then, and still is to this day). Thing is, my singing isn’t anything to write home about... But the fact that he believed in me really strengthened my overall confidence in myself

I served in my church’s Prison Ministry, where I volunteered at Rikers Island Jail. Through this calling, I had the opportunity to sit in community and spend quality time with female inmates, listening to their circumstances and sharing messages of the power of Self Love. That experience humbled me, yet added so much wisdom to my life. It reinforced the value of sisterhood, of tribe and of community. More importantly, it reinforced the connection between healing and Self Love.

Grandma Modestine was a connector, a facilitator. She had a gift of bringing women together through TEATIME ceremonies. She celebrated the women around her, and taught me how to do the same. It is my hope that we would connect and build community, and that we will come to appreciate Teatime as a celebratory ritual appropriate for every day of the week..

I could talk about tea all day, but when I’m not immersed in tea I can be found tending to my plants. Yup, I’m a serious plant mama. I talk to them and I also play music to them. Think that’s weird? Then what will you think about me asking each wilted leaf for permission before I remove it from the plant? Told y’all! I’m a tree-hugger, too. I love nature, it’s where I feel most connected, full and free. It’s the place I find inspiration and ideas for new teas. The day I land my feet on a real tea farm I’m going to do my first set of back flips. In the mean time I’d like to get to know more about you.

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