In the last couple of years as I've learned what is really important to me and learned to let go of what isn't, how to say no to things and how to check in with myself about what I am doing and how I am doing it. Moreover, I've learned how to identify for myself what is important to me, how to turn off all the voices of what I "should" be doing or who I "should" become, what my body "should" look like or how much I "should" love myself even when it's hard. I got tired of shoulding and wanted to instead be living and enjoying my life. Thus, I have created a practice whereby I check in with myself about my priorities. I try to do this every week, but basically it comes up for me when I feel off balance.
Fans of my web series The Lesbian Tea Basket, where I rate and review tea and reclaim tea parties for lesbians, will know that I judge tea based on a two prong system–whether it warms your soul and how it tastes. I also like to call attention to various tea accessories, like the mug I use or preparation jazz. I’m a Femme who loves accessories.
That said, there is something to be said for the perfect environment to enjoy a cup of tea. At Michfest folks are pretty Goddess-oriented and witchy, and the healing center (the “Womb”) is totally tea-core. There’s a tea for most of what ails you and I have been healed several times by a wham-pow tea. (Pao darko one year for a persistent yeast infection. It literally went away within 24 hours where monistat and other remedies failed.)
Playing Taboo, drinking tea with Valerie, Melanie (Tender Forever), Lauren, while Jacks looks on.
So this summer I was enjoying a cup of lemon, ginger and honey tea served in a cauldron in the Belly Bowl on hour 36 of persistent rain and cold, and I thought I should film an episode of the Lesbian Tea Basket. I didn’t do it as there was a rousing game of Taboo that we couldn’t drag ourselves from, but on Sunday decided to trek over to the Womb to get some tea to soothe my tender heart. I’m a girl who believes in feeling feelings and I was really experiencing them.
In this video with my pal Megan from Austin, I review the tea the witches brewed me and also talk about Trans Womyn Belong Here actions and general Fest stuff. Enjoy!
P.S. The denoument of this episode is that I drank the tea, went back for seconds a couple of hours later and definitely felt better the next day.