Today we’d like to introduce you to Teshauna .
Hi Teshauna, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I was born in Brooklyn, NY, and raised in PG County, Maryland. I come from a Caribbean family; my mother’s side is from St. Kitts, and my father is from Guyana. In a Caribbean family, food and dance are the two main ingredients of life. I’ve been dancing since the age of two, and after graduating high school, I moved back to New York to pursue my dreams of becoming a professional dancer. I booked my first major gig at 18, signed with Bloc Talent Agency, and began working in the dance industry full-time. Dance allowed me to share my gifts and love for music and movement worldwide. I have enjoyed sharing the stage with artists like Prince, Babyface, Diddy, Rihanna, and Halsey. After finishing my last world tour with Halsey in 2019, I decided to dive deeper into myself and the woman I was becoming. I took a huge step back and gifted myself the space to fully embody who I had evolved into. You’re fully immersed in that hustle and bustle culture in the entertainment industry, you know? So as I moved through that space, I had to find my way out of my peace. In search of that peace, my love for cooking, movement, self-care, and holistic medicine birthed my businesses: Halfway Healing Yoga & Wellness, Wholethyme Kitchen, and OrganiK Botanicals.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been smooth?
Of course not. It hasn’t been easy, but the struggles ultimately contribute to who you’re becoming. So when you look back on your path, it’s like, dang, I made it through all that. I’m here; I’m in this joint. The journey’s start was a challenge, definitely rooted in your typical starving artist story. You start with little to no money; the next thing you know, you have that “aha moment” where you feel like you’re finally in your purpose. Your creator has put you in your space to shine, grow and be the best version of you. Everything starts to fall into place naturally after that.
Thanks – so, what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
Hmmm, “what do I do?” I always laugh at that question internally because it’s so open-ended. I “do everything, I’m every woman. I sing, I cook, I teach, I create, I design, I heal. I had difficulty embracing the “healer” title because it’s so cliche during this social media era. My journey began behind closed doors; it wasn’t for everyone to see. In May 2021, I started a plant-based food service company called Wholethyme Kitchen, which is what I’m most known for now. If you need some bomb plant-based eats, you’ll call Tee. If you need some tea, no pun intended, you’ll call Tee. I’ve been focused on building trust within the community and becoming a reliable source that people can come to.
I recently launched Wholethyme Kitchen’s website and I am so pleased with the feedback I’ve received from my community. I’m also extremely grateful to connect with people on a weekly basis at my pop ups in the west end of Atlanta. Every Thursday and Friday I’ll be at Vegan Dream (576 Lee St SW Suite E) with plant based eats, desserts, herbal beverages and more from 12pm-6pm! I’m looking forward to meeting new people and connecting around what we love-food. I’m most proud of my newest business venture, OrganiK Botanicals. I’ve created an online marketplace that empowers women to embrace their natural beauty. I have a few skincare products that I’m whipping up now, and I’m looking forward to sharing them with you all. It’s also a space for my sisters to present their natural offerings, so if you are reading this and you make organic products, hit me up. *smiles*
The main thing that sets me apart from others is that I am spirit-led. I get these messages from God, and I follow through. The divine leads everything I do.
Alright, before we go, can you talk to us a bit about how people can work, collaborate, or support you?
- For any plant-based food services: personal catering, vending, virtual cooking classes, speaking engagements, menu + recipe curation, I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For any organic skin care products, luxury crowns, and herbal education, please email email@example.com.
- For full-spectrum birth support, yin yoga, and mindfulness services, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- You can also tap in with me on my socials @organiclilbaby X @wholethymekitchen x @organikbotanicals x @halfwayhealing. I show up there as I am in real life. 🙂
- Website: www.wholethymekitchen.org
- Instagram: @organiclilbaby x @wholethymekitchen x @organikbotanicals x @halfwayhealing
All images shot by John Washington Jr. JWJ Photography.