In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. My blog will feature several guest contributors sharing their domestic violence experiences and how they healed. Today, Lashonda Crockett Founder and CEO of Pennie's Tea shares her story of how her pain led her to unexpected success as a business owner.
I was newly divorced with young children. My story starts off no different than any other women that was looking for love. Instead I was met with Mental, Physical, Verbal, Emotional and Sexual abuse. During my abuse I didn’t have a name for it. I knew what I was experiencing wasn’t right and it didn’t feel good. However, at that time, I didn’t know that it was domestic violence.
My abuser tried to kill me, in those moments, you’re wondering “why he is doing this to me?”. You often hear people saying in a whisper why you don’t just leave. As if leaving was easy. Every situation is different as for me he wouldn’t let me leave and he became my stalker as well. According to the National Coalition against Domestic Violence. It takes seven attempts for a victim leave there abuser. And this was about accurate for me. My abuse lasted for four years and once I left I was tortured for an additional two years because I left him. After six months I was granted an order of protection.
During my abuse I became extremely ill and went to the doctor and was diagnosed with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). She said that it was stress-induced from the violence I suffered. I took to the internet to find a holistic way of curing myself. I fell in love with the tea making process and my first tea was my colonic detox tea. I went to school to learn more about making tea and my company Pennie’s Tea was born.
As a survivor of domestic violence, it has become my mission to increase awareness of the aftermath, both mentally and physically, of domestic violence and how to live with the trauma. Utilizing the power of specially-blended tea recipes, I combine the healing potential of my brews with the message that health and wellness can help you heal. I have built an international business and brand that supports my number one mission...be made whole again
Lashonda Crockett is the CEO of Pennie’s Tea a holistic tea company based in the Chicago area. She is an educator, a tea sommelier and health professional with a Master’s Degree in Health and entrepreneur who doesn’t mind sharing the secrets of better health and vitality. Her message of custom blend tasty teas overflowing with health benefits has been well received by her audience that spans across the country. Here teas have been featured in Whole Foods and several other local grocers.