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Life & Work with Teshauna Jones

We’d like to introduce you to Ms. Teshauna Jones” 🤎

Hi Teshauna, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in PG County, Maryland. I come from a very Caribbean family; my mother’s side is from St. Kitts and my father’s side is from Guyana. As you know 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 and then signed with Bloc Talent Agency and began working in the dance industry full time.

Dance afforded me the opportunity to share my gifts and my love for music and movement around the world. I have had the pleasure of 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 take a deeper dive 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.

In the entertainment industry, you’re fully immersed in that hustle and bustle culture, you know? So as I moved through that space I had to find my way out… 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.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Of course not, it hasn’t been easy but the struggles they ultimately contribute to who you’re becoming. So when you look back on your path, it’s like dang, I made it through all of that. I’m here, I’m in this joint.

The start of the journey was a challenge for sure, definitely rooted in your typical starving artist story. You start off with little to no money, 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, to grow and be the best version of you.

Everything starts to fall into place naturally thereafter.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
Hmmm, “what do I do?” I always laugh at that question internally because it’s so open-ended. I “do everything, I’m literally every woman. I sing, I cook, I teach, I create, I design, I heal. I had a difficult time 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 and it’s what I’m most known for at the moment. If you need some bomb plant-based eats, you’re gonna call Tee. If you need some tea, no pun intended, you’re going to call Tee. I’ve been focused on building trust within the community and becoming a reliable source that people can come to.

I’m currently in the process of building out our website to take Wholethyme Kitchen to a global level. I’ve hired photographers, copywriters, marketing strategists, the whole village to support me in carrying out this mission.

I’m most proud of my newest business venture, OrganiK Botanicals. I’ve essentially created an online marketplace that empowers women to embrace their natural beauty. I have a few skincare products that I’m whipping up at the moment 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. Everything I do is led by the divine. I get these messages from God and I follow through.

Can you share something surprising about yourself?
I’m actually odee camera shy. I don’t like talking on camera. Love taking pictures. Love performing on stage but when it comes to talking in the camera? No thank you.

It’s something that I’m working on for personal and professional reasons though. We’re building out the cooking show and the Halfway Healing podcast so ima have to get over that fear eventually.

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