Let’s see how far we’ve come… One year into Twisted Tonic Tea’s journey.
What a year it has been for Twisted Tonic Tea. When I first had the idea to start a tea range, I never knew where this journey would lead me. So many highs and lows. A year filled with tears and so much joy.
I started out wanting to create teas for myself, as there was nothing out there that filled the need I had. Then I wanted to create a few teas for my clients to use as an adjunct to the nutritional and other herbal support they were receiving in my clinic.
While I had envisaged a tea company at some point in my life (a dream I have held for many years, in a few different forms), I never anticipated it would happen, or at least at this point in my life and so quickly.
I had to block out a lot of external chatter, saying it was a ‘little tea hobby or little business’ and listen to the few strong voices who said I could achieve anything. That I needed to share this gift with the world. We each have our own unique gifts, and this was mine.
Our purpose defines who we are, if we let it.
But it hasn’t been easy. I have had many setbacks, people trying to dictate how I should run the business, people trying to put me down or control me/the brand. There have been huge learning curves that I never anticipated. But every challenge only pushed me to go further. Fall completely down the rabbit hole and see where the journey would lead me.
I just needed to keep listening to my inner guidance saying that it was worth the struggle. Building a brand is not easy, but if it is your true purpose, it will all be worth it. You just have to keep going through all the hard times. The people that succeed in life are the ones that keep getting up no matter how many times they get knocked down.
The first few months were just about getting some tea out to a few people. I had no idea how people were going to react to it. But I always stayed true to my mission – create don’t compete. Help bring the wisdom and beauty of true herbal medicine out into the world. And from there my vision grew.
“To help create a world where grass roots herbal medicine is accessible to everyone, through the use of Naturopathically blended, organic herbal tea, that is hand made with heart, soul and integrity.”
With the lows also comes amazing highs. So many people embracing the range – Naturopaths stocking it in their clinics, cafes selling it to their customers, health food stores offering it to people. Pop-up shops, markets, and people online embracing my crazy vision. Connecting with people who truly understand my message, and what I am trying to create. Why this isn’t just another herbal tea brand, but something much bigger than that.
I have seen it help heal people. Myself included.
I want the message to spread far and wide, so that more people can experience the amazingly beautiful benefits of herbal medicine, through these teas. The next few years will be truly defining for this ‘little brand’.
For those who have stood by me through this first year, unwavering in your faith in me, I want to say a huge heartfelt thank you (you know who you are). No matter how strong your dream is, everyone needs support to help get you through the tough days, when it all seems too hard.
For all the people who have bought my tea, I hope that you love it as much as I do and thank you for supporting my dream.
For everyone who has shared a cup of tea with someone, you are truly sharing a gift. The healing benefits of herbal medicine should never be underestimated. There is the power to transform in every single cup.
With a cup of Golden Chai steaming in my hands, I feel so blessed to have made it this far, and cannot wait for what this next year has to offer.