“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the life that is waiting for us.”
–  Joseph Campbell

Last week I turned 29.  According to astrologers, I have stepped fully into the phase of life better known as my “Saturn Return.”  For the next 2.5 years, I will be journeying through this astrological transit, guided by its main lesson – “Challenging Inner Changes Ahead.”  In other words, during this time, I will be undergoing a process of transformation with my relationship to money, power, and fear of change.  Not surprisingly, this deeply involves my relationship with tea.

After three years of being a service provider for tea culture in Los Angeles, it’s appropriately timed that I step into a deeper and sustainable commitment to my relationship with tea.  This continues to involve learning, sharing, and experiencing, but will now start to include dedicated work and ensuring that my commitment to tea has a place in society (at least here in Los Angeles to start).

So what am I planning to do?  I am branding myself to begin a venture into the world of boutique, hand-selected teas.  I have decided to call it Teaometry, and it will be a name to trust in high-quality, living teas here in Los Angeles.  I will continue to share the experience of Asian tea culture at events and gatherings, and will be furthering the path of “education in tea” at local schools and educational centers throughout the city, offering the tea experience to youth and adults of all ages.  

As I delve into this period of my life, I am aware that although plans and intentions can be pursued with the utmost dexterity, the universe might decide otherwise, and lovingly bring me an obstacle or 10, altering what I thought I had planned.  Three or four years ago, I never would have thought I would be pursuing a life with tea, putting it next to my passion for music, and allowing myself the time and space to see the ways in which I may weave them together.  I must ration enough proverbial water to feed both seeds so that they may sprout and flower into things that I couldn’t have imagined.  I’m fortunate to have my teachers and to be able to appreciate something, like a 30-year-old Puerh cake.

Onward and forward …