I don't quite remember when I fell in love with tea but I do remember the most special moments of me drinking tea. I was eighteen years old and I went to live with my biological mother for four months. I had just met her months earlier and it was awkward for both of us. She and her ex-husband lived a very quiet life in Boulder, Colorado. He was a professor at one of the universities and she was a housewife. After years of drug addiction and being in and out of jail, she deserved the break. I was homeless so she and her husband agreed to let me come live with them. Each evening my mother and I would find a spot in the living room with a cup of tea and a book.

Now, years later, I'm a self proclaimed tea expert. I start each day with a wonderful English Breakfast tea to get me going. As the day progresses, who knows what wonderful tea I will crown queen. But for sure, I have at least three cups of tea a day. And yes, when I can, I have tea everyday at about 3:00 P. M. I love to invite my friends over for tea and cupcakes and so far everyone thinks it’s a delightful experience. I am always in search of the best blend of tea. Yes, I’m a tea snob, I prefer loose tea but I do like some bags also. I have learned not to judge a book by it’s cover. Some bags can be quite nice. And yes again, any Diva knows, what you drink your tea out of is very important.

Tea for me is a way of life. It's wellness for the mind body and spirit. Here, I will explore every expect of tea possible, with a high concentration on wellness. I will review the best teas, the best places to have tea, the best ways to brew tea, the best tea accessories, what tea goes best with what foods, and the list goes on and on. I plan to share my passion for tea with you. And I've been told, nothing I do is ever boring so be prepared to go on this tea journey with me.

RLT Collection Tea Ball Frosted Clear Beads!

Mint Medley by The Persimmon Tree Tea Company

About This Tea:

Until recently I had never drank Peppermint Tea made with loose leaves. And Honestly, I will probably never go back. The freshness of loose Peppermint Tea cannot be denied. When I open the can of Mint Medley, From The Persimmon Tree Tea Company, I feel as if I stepped into a garden of peppermint leaves. It is a perfect blend of organic peppermint and spearmint leaves grown in the US.

Mint Medley has become a favorite and I find myself reaching for this tea tin almost everyday. It is great for on-going nausea. The health benefits and endless. It relieves muscle aches, headaches, migraines, stress. And now that it feels like someone is sitting on my chest and I have a mean cough, I'm sure it will help to relieve some of this congestion in my chest. Mint Medley has been in my tea cup more than any tea as of late. It has really helped with my winter cough, congestion related to this bout of pneumonia. You can read my full review on The Persimmon Tree Tea Company Mint Teas.

RLT Collection AIDS Awareness Tea Ball!

Welcome to my world of books! As an pre-teen books changed my world. I fell in love with the writers of the Harlem Renaissance period and the more I read the more I wanted to read. The fiction of this period was powerful and empowering all at the same time. It spoke to my own degradation and gave me hope for a better tomorrow. It gave me purpose for my own life and the courage to fight the good fight and never surrender.

I love to read! Inside a book I escape into someone else's life. There is something wonderful about turning to the next page of a wonderful story. Something intoxicating about the smell of the book and the story it brings to life. Reading brings me joy, and these days with my health in the balance, I find solace in my books.

I spent hours in my bedroom sequestered with the door closed reading the classics from the Harlem Renaissance, Hughes, Larsen, Hurston, Wright and Baldwin. Books became my escape and my salvation. The fiction of this period was powerful and empowering all at the same time. It gave me purpose for my own life and the courage to fight the good fight and never surrender.

Reading is the one thing that the pain of my life could never take away from me. It was the thing that helped to make it better. And even today, living with AIDS, books continue to be the safest place for me. It’s the one thing that belongs to me that AIDS cannot take away from me.The RLTReads book club will be books that I choose. It’s me sharing a part of me with you that has nothing to do with AIDS. It’s actually in spite of AIDS.

The RLTReads book club will be books that I choose. It’s me sharing a part of me with you that has nothing to do with AIDS. It’s actually in spite of AIDS. I have read hundreds of books from many different genres and I will pick the best of my reads over the years. I warn you, it will not be exclusively white or black, male or female, fiction or non fiction, it will be all of them.

I’m so excited and I’m grateful to everyone who wants to be a part of this venture. We already have 110 Book Club Members. You can email me @ RLTReads@raelewisthornton.com. The Twitter hashtag is #RLTReads. We can make this book club as wonderful as we want to make it. Who says that Oprah has to have the only ownership to a wonderful book club?

This Month We are Reading In My Fathers House by E Lynn Harris

Read along and join our discussion July 19th at 7 pm CST

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Define Your Damn Self!

This morning I woke up to a Tweet that said #FollowFreedom @Raelt because she is a strong woman. This Tweet came from Ann, one of my followers, a middle aged white woman who has been very supportive of my work on Twitter. The first thing that struck me when I saw the tweet was, "She ain't never lied."

You have to be a strong woman when someone comes to your blog and straight up calls you a whore and they can't name one man you've fucked, other than the ones I've told them. And damn, how many women you know would be honest enough to admit half of the stuff that I have on this blog and in my speaking engagements, just so it can help someone get to their Aha Moment. I don't have to open my life up, but I do. I do because this is my gift and I know that, just like I know a great handbag, and Lawd do I know a great handbag!   

My transparencies have set me free! It has made me a better person, for me.  So go ahead and call me names. You don't define me. I define ME! And today I want you to know that I am, Smart, Compassionate, Brilliant, Educated, Fabulous, Well-dressed, Well-Read, Creative, Exciting, Strong just like Ann said, Loving, Lovable, Kind-Hearted, Beautiful, Pretty, Covered, Blessed, Gifted, Anointed, And Yes SAVED, ummm, did I say Intelligent? A Child of God created in God's image and likeness, just like you! 

So go ahead and label me, but your labels don't define me. I define me!  I'm a BADDD Bitch and a Smart Ass Whore! Now, what are you working with?

Can you define you as well as you define me? Or are you living a lie? Are you too focused on my fucks, my language, my methodology, my Diva to look within your own self?

There's an African Proverb that says, "He Who Conceals His Disease cannot expect to be cured." I'm so glad that I have , named my shit, and I do it every day so that I can continue to grow and live in peace and happiness.

Look at this picture, do you see that I am smiling with my eyes? That's freedom to love me and life because I've been able to face myself. In the facing, there is understanding of self! I'm happy to say, I know who I am and who's I am!!

Go ahead, I give you permission to stop being mad at me for my freedom and start working on your own freedom.

Go within! Introspection is a good thing. If you can't name it publicly, it's ok to write it on a piece of paper. But do it!! Now, the key is to be perfectly honest with yourself. And once you are honest with yourself, it does not matter what people say about you, because you are at a place to Define Your Damn Self!

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