Friends, we haven’t done one of these real life superhero features in awhile, but I’m honored to bring it back to dive deep with my new friend Aureal Ojeda. Aureal is the proprietor behind Outwoken Tea. By now you’ve hopefully tried her Bold Blue or Rooibos tea that’s on our menu. (Not yet? Well, go to the shop and correct that oversight ASAP!) I also want you to hear a little of her back story as we celebrate Women’s History Month. Not only is Aureal tackling sustainability from her entrepreneurial seat, but she also works in the traditionally male-dominated industries of manufacturing and construction.
Check out Outwoken’s site for more info and read on for a quick dose of inspiration.
What are you grateful for right now?
I’m truly grateful for my health and my family’s health. Living during a time of uncertainty has taught me that if you don’t have your health, you truly don’t have anything. Understanding that the present is all we have has been a game changer for me. I’m more present in smaller moments that are big in the overall picture.
Why tea? In your journey with your personal health and with living a more eco-conscious life, there are many different things you could focus on. What about tea called to you?
I was on a health journey to save my life and my career. I was significantly overweight and unhealthy, and borderline diabetic. I learned about tea and different plants that help with certain illnesses. Tea is the one drink that helped me clear my mind and get on track with my health. Our bodies can truly heal themselves if given the right nutrients and care. I have always been interested in tea, specifically the history and how it is a ritual in some cultures.
What is your favorite part of your life?
My favorite part about life is knowing it’s to explore. Life is truly what you make it. This is a lesson I’ve learned the hard way. I now focus on what I want to grow instead of everything that has gone wrong. Life isn’t about the finish line, but the moments on the way.
If you could share a pot of tea with any woman in history, who would it be?
I would love to share a pot of tea with Maya Angelou. She’s such an inspirational woman. Civil rights activists, poet, memoirist, actress, writer and director are a few things she was. The calm in her voice and determination in her soul inspires me.
The year is 2075 and a young lady with an iPhone 105 stumbles onto your Wikipedia page. What does she learn about your contributions to her history?
At a young age I was the first woman to do a few things in manufacturing and construction. Nothing could stop me from taking care of my son. Later on I became a business woman and helped the environment for future generations. Strong advocate for sustainability and I didn’t take any crap.
We would love to bring back this series and feature your superheroes. Contact us with your nominations so we can talk about them here on the blog.