The Power Behind Tielka
The Power Behind Tielka
Indulge in Life
10th Anniversary, 5th August, 2019
By Co-Founder, Rebecca Domorev
I am totally convinced that whatever life throws my way, whatever curve-balls I meet, it's still possible to find pockets of joy and rest in an underlying peace. It's a God-given gift. That's what it means to Indulge in Life. It's why I believe Tielka exists.
Too often we believe we can only be happy, we can only experience joy when life is going well. The reality is life is messy. Life is imperfect. Life rarely goes according to plan.
At the beginning of 2018, my husband Alexei and I were thrown a curve-ball we never expected. On February 14th at 9:06am at rural Bundaberg Base Hospital, we welcomed into the world a new baby boy. We were excited about taking him home to be part of our family. We had been anticipating his arrival for so long! Almost immediately, it was evident not everything was ok. He was having trouble breathing, he was weak. On his second day of life, he was packed away on the Royal Flying Doctor Service and flown to Brisbane for life-saving surgery. Our whole family relocated almost 500 km from tiny Agnes Water to busy Brisbane to be with him. For the next four weeks we stayed at the Ronald McDonald House while he was taken care of at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. We received the news that our perfect little boy who we loved deeply also had Down syndrome.
Our whole world was turned upside-down. We were completely blindsided. We were exhausted. Strangely, under all this mess and confusion, we both felt a God-given peace. I remember one evening, as we were walking through the parklands of South Bank with our two older boys, my gaze lifted towards an overhanging sculptured metallic archway, covered in lush green vines backed by distant flickering fairy lights. In that moment, something unexpectedly allowed my heart to open up and I gasped with wonderment. It was magical. In what was probably the most challenging season of our life, there was still joy to be found. We were able to Indulge in Life.
This phrase "Indulge in Life" has been with us since we created Tielka in 2009. It's become a fixture in how we do life.
For me, the power behind this phrase is tied up in my morning ritual. In the morning, I make myself a cup of tea and sit down on our back deck under a very large umbrella. I listen to music, I drink my tea, I think, I read my verse of the day, I talk with God and connect deeply. These mornings set the tone and have a beautiful flow-on effect for the rest of the day. I have strength to be who is truly me, I have strength to love generously, I have strength to find joy and rest in this underlying peace even in the most difficult times. This is what it means to Indulge in Life.
And THAT is why Tielka exists.
It's taken me almost 10 years to fully realise Tielka's purpose and put it into words. My years of drinking endless cups of my tea under the umbrella have taught my heart to Indulge in Life and set me up to experience a crazy underlying God-given peace through life's curve-balls and detours.
Now I want to pass on this experience to others and Tielka tea is a beautiful part of this picture. The tea is fresh, the flavour lingers, it brings joy. It is truly beautiful. Tielka tea creates spaces and moments where something special can happen, and in these moments the strength to Indulge in Life is found.
To read more on this, check out Rebecca's personal blog BrollyBlue - her faith journey as a T21 mum and entrepreneur through finding rest, loving silver linings and connection (and of course, drinking endless cups of tea) when life doesn't go to plan.