Recently I had the opportunity to take a two day one night solo trip for a sneak peek at the new products and catalog for Tealightful launching in September. It was not something I ever did before and was intrigued by the possibility. Not just the sneak peak, but meeting other people like myself who are trying to turn a passion into an income. It defintely helped me confirm I made the correct choice in joining this company.
The others I met while at the retreat where all amazing. As I never met anyone of them before, nor did I know anyone attending ( I do not have a TEAm) I was nervous I would get the cold shoulder. The you do not belong to out group, your not welcome. That was not the case. In fact it was the opposite!
The ladies I met while in Rochester, NY greeted me like an old friend the minute we met at check in to the hotel. As soon as they heard I was also there for the Tea Retreat they invited me to dinner. When I mentioned I needed to see if they could accommodate my dietary needs ( I have Celiacs Disease) one of the group walked over to the restaurant and back again before I even finished checking in to confirm the restaurant was able to accommodate Celiac needs!
After a bigger meal than I expected of truffle chips, I went back to my hotel room to settle in and rest. I made the drive to Rochester, NY immediately after cleaning a home in New Hope, PA. What started as a scheduled 5,5 hour trip turned into an almost 6.5 hour trip do to traffic and rerouting. Yet the hardest part of my day was ahead, spending my first night away from the kids; something I had not done since before my now almost 3 year old daughter was born.
As soon as I returned to the room I called home to say sweet dreams to the kids. I missed them and was afraid C would be frustrated with putting both kids to bed. Surprisingly everyone was in good spirits. My 5 year old wanted to know if he would see me in the morning, which he wouldn’t, but told him I would be home in time for good night kisses.
After such a long day it was easy to fall asleep in a strange bed, and I still woke up at my regular time thanks to my internal alarm clock. I do have to say the sound of my daughters morning siren wale for a diaper change and milk was not missed one bit!
Once I made my way to the breakfast area where I met another solo attendee we met up with the rest of the group from the night before, and we got to meet Tealightful’s founder and CEO Charlene Phillips. She is even nicer in person! She greeted us all by name and it was not rehearsed. She truly was amazed that we were all there and was even a little flustered by it!
After some pictures of the group we walked to the Mansion where the tasting was taking place . Again, the details Charlene took were impressive, she personally spoke with the kitchen and main chef to assure all my food would be safe and had me and one other guest with a food sensitivity go first to get our food to make sure we were able to eat before the others could take or cross contaminate.
Then there was the tea . . . oh the tea! We were able to taste 4 of the new teas coming out this season. The one I am most excited for is the Eggnog Butter Rum! The Pumpkin Creme Torte was also vert tasty and will be featured at the Fall Open house I am hosting on October 7th. There was also a Holiday Berry, which was very good. It is not my personal taste with the licorice flavor from the star Anise, but I know others will love it! The forth tea we tried was Apricot Sunrise, which I plan on featuring at a vendor event in December, it is also very tasty white tea which means the leaves can be used up to 4 times making it a great value as well!
Ironically what I am most excited about this season are the accessories! There is a beautiful stone gray tea pot I have my eye on with matching tea mugs. There are “teaspoon” mugs that I not only want for myself but think will
make great teacher gifts with some tea and honey samples. Definitely going to watch my spending this season with all these wonderful additions!
After the tea finished, we took a tour of the mansion that houses a wonderful collection of Women’s suffrage memorabilia. Then it was time for goodbyes . . . or more appropriately until the next retreat!
The drive home was a little easier and only took 5.5 hours. Though there was a brief time when I got nervous when I GPS rerouted me avoid some traffic and took my through some mountain back roads and I was on empty. Thankfully I was able to fill up just before getting back on the highway and made it home just in time to get the kids ready for bed.
It was an adventure for sure, and one I will make again.