To say that the past month has been a roller coaster of an experience in launching a business would be to put it lightly. In the span of only a few days Tea Here Now went from having to try to find a new space and possibly being shelved for a little while, to being back on track and behind on even our most conservative timeline. During it all I really tried to embody all the mindfulness lessons I've been soaking in during my young practice. This was a challenge, but in the end incredibly insightful.
I sat with the idea that maybe the time is not right to dive into this project. When I did, my heart ached. Even my rationally thinking self had a hard time letting go of this opportunity to give Tea Here Now a chance. During my meditations I kept coming back to something I've recently read that resonated with me--during challenging times, those moments when all you can think is "why me?" instead, try to embrace the turbulence and exclaim "try me!" Shift from wallower to warrior. Much easier said that done, but something I found to be really empowering.
So, while I can't say we're completely out of the weeds in getting the Oakland space cleared for opening, I can say that I'm doing my darndest to make it happen. I won't celebrate fully until we open the door, but am still having a blast learning so much along the way.
This has been made much easier by incredible support offered by friends, family and community. Abundantly grateful and eager to make y'all proud! Stay tuned, I've got some fun stuff in the pike and hopefully more good news to share on the horizon.