For those of you who haven’t been reading my notes over the past year, I’ll repeat a couple of things that some long-time Steepster friends already know (patience).

Other than trips to my tea shop Happy Luckys (where everyone knows my name, kind of like ‘Cheers’) and Church (where I can sit in the back away from bright migraine-inducing-light), I stay by myself and am afraid of people. (Terrified is a better word for how I feel.)
I’ve been working on this ‘terrified of people’ issue, and Steepster has been a big help to me.
My Priest (Fr. Evan) noticed that drinking tea and writing has changed my interaction with people. I’ve become gradually more sociable hanging around after Church longer to chat for a few minutes.
My fears are associated with forgetting words mid-sentence, the sudden onset of migraines with dizziness, and brain-fog from fibromyalgia. I gave in to the terror and it took over my life.

Finally, a few weeks ago, I’d had enough!
After Church one Sunday, I invited a Doctor and her 72 year old mother ( who was an Industrial Chemist in Romania) to tea.
These women weren’t even tea drinkers, they were coffee drinkers!

With no idea what to do with the time, I decided to share my life in the tea world with them (and I invited my granddaughter Schey to join in as my back-up).

I set up a tray with several kinds of tea to pass around. A beeng of puerh, some black pearls, fragrant oolong and lapsang souchong.

For tasting, we began with Wild Oriental Beauty Gonfu Style which they enjoyed very much.

The next tea was a large pot of Chocolate Phoenix Chai slowly steeped in milk with local clover honey. (I’ve written about this tea before, and the richness in milk with honey is the only way I drink Chocolate Phoenix Chai!)

The Chai was a hit! My guests had never had Chai before!
They commented on the chocolate flavor and gentle spice which I paired with a baked cheese and crackers and Dutch waffle cookies.

We had a good conversation about the health benefits of tea, life under Communism in Romania and immigration to the United States. I gave them a gift of Chai and made plans to meet at my tea shop in the near future.

Reading this is probably one of the most boring reviews to read that I’ve ever written….but to those of you who know me, it’s a real victory story!

If I failed to write about it here on Steepster, I wouldn’t be sharing with all of you who made it possible for me to break out of my shell!

THANK YOU!

It is the kindness of TEA PEOPLE that has given me confidence!

KeenTeaThyme

Bonnie, I love reading your reviews! It’s nice that you share the back story of your teas and sips. Also, I’ve got to try this tea – it sounds amazing! :)

Fjellrev

Aww Bonnie, I am so pleased to hear how much of a positive impact tea has made on your life, and how you’ve come so far in only a year. I can definitely relate because I’ve always had serious self-esteem issues which has made it difficult to socialize too, but when I started working a lot with one of my favourite things, essential oils/skin care, this allowed me to open up and not be so hard on myself.

Ellyn

Bonnie, Thank you for sharing your story. It is so delightful to hear how tea has improved your life. Thank you for all that you give to this community.

CharlotteZero

Thank you for sharing!

Bonnie

Thank you kind friends!

K S

Congrats on your giant step towards victorious living!

Kashyap

your words are a gift to us and a liberation for you

Claire

I am so happy for you Bonnie!

looseTman

Awesome – way to go Bonnie! Congratulations on your personal & interpersonal growth journey – quite a breakthrough! – Excellent!

Indigobloom

Spreading the tea love, you are a champion Bonnie, and I love that! This was in no way a boring review… I quite enjoyed it :)

alaudacorax

Definitely not ‘boring’ – quite uplifting. Didn’t previously know that bit of background you gave, so, congratulations on a very real achievement. I’m sure it means you have better weather ahead you, figuratively speaking.

Bonnie

Thanks to you all! Group effort,pat yourselves on the back!

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KeenTeaThyme

Bonnie, I love reading your reviews! It’s nice that you share the back story of your teas and sips. Also, I’ve got to try this tea – it sounds amazing! :)

Fjellrev

Aww Bonnie, I am so pleased to hear how much of a positive impact tea has made on your life, and how you’ve come so far in only a year. I can definitely relate because I’ve always had serious self-esteem issues which has made it difficult to socialize too, but when I started working a lot with one of my favourite things, essential oils/skin care, this allowed me to open up and not be so hard on myself.

Ellyn

Bonnie, Thank you for sharing your story. It is so delightful to hear how tea has improved your life. Thank you for all that you give to this community.

CharlotteZero

Thank you for sharing!

Bonnie

Thank you kind friends!

K S

Congrats on your giant step towards victorious living!

Kashyap

your words are a gift to us and a liberation for you

Claire

I am so happy for you Bonnie!

looseTman

Awesome – way to go Bonnie! Congratulations on your personal & interpersonal growth journey – quite a breakthrough! – Excellent!

Indigobloom

Spreading the tea love, you are a champion Bonnie, and I love that! This was in no way a boring review… I quite enjoyed it :)

alaudacorax

Definitely not ‘boring’ – quite uplifting. Didn’t previously know that bit of background you gave, so, congratulations on a very real achievement. I’m sure it means you have better weather ahead you, figuratively speaking.

Bonnie

Thanks to you all! Group effort,pat yourselves on the back!

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Colorado Grandma
http://www.teaandincense.com
Grandmother to 3 teenaged girls and 5 young boys. (we all drink tea!) I began teatime in the Summer over 30 years ago when my children were little. We took a break from play for tea and snacks every day. My children loved tea time.
There are several tea houses close to my home and a Tea Festival in Boulder. Fort Collins is a bit of a foodie town. We brew lots of Beer (Fat Tire is one brand) and have several Spice Shops (Savory was one featured on Food Network).
Colorado State University is a mile from my home and the Rocky Mountains begin to climb at the end of my street. The climate is semi-arid with LOTS OF SUN AT 5000 feet. (Heavy Winter snows start in higher elevations). Living my whole life in Northern California (Silicon Valley) I have to admit that I LOVE IT HERE!!!
I attend a wonderful Greek Orthodox Church and enjoy cooking ethnic foods (all kinds). I am disabled with Migraines and Fibromyalgia.
My family is Bi-racial (African-American, Scots) and Bi-cultural, (Peru, Cyprus, France, Mexico, Native American)
I’ve worked at a Winery, was a System Analyst, in telecom, been an Athlete and Coach, Artist, Vista Volunteer. Love healthy cooking (and delicious food!). Love to travel and have been to Italy, Greece, Turkey, Malta, Peru, Croatia, Canada, Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska

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