On ne voit bien qu’avec le coeur. L’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux.


So I’ve decided not to wait any longer. I’m going to produce the first badge of MiniMarieTea.

As in all-the-way-produce. As in the perfect box with the perfect logo and the perfect artwork. Filled with the perfect ingredients obviously. With a real food label on top.

All-the-way. Just a really small quantity, though. Just enough to allow me to keep my house and my husband 😉

I can’t wait to have a real MiniMarieTea box in my hands… I’m so happy and relieved I’ve decided to push things forward. I believe it will allow me to finally get out onto the market and feel what people think about my product. I think having the real product in my hands will give me more leverage when talking to potential partners.

I’m still considering to crowd fund and loan in a next phase, if the market loves MiniMarieTea and I could go for a scale up (produce larger quantities).

The last few weeks I was reading a lot about spiritual leadership. Please don’t stop reading just yet. I promise you I’m a grounded person and no weird woolly stuff is going to be penned down here. But as I’ve written in a previous blog (I want to build a kind company), I am convinced a new type of leadership is born. A new type of working is born. We can allow ourselves to think about and feel what we really want to achieve or become or just do. It doesn’t have to be big. Just as long as it fits good and feels right. A balanced life is what it’s all about.

So I’m really happy to read that big respectful CEO’s start to speak up about this new way of leading a business. Of caring about the people who work with them. Of caring for themselves in order to be able to reflect this on the people of the company.

This way of thinking motivates me to go the extra mile. Because it teaches me that I don’t have to be another person while running this start-up. I can just be the exact same person I am at home or with friends or at the gym (ok, if I would go to the gym. The kids are my gym actually nowadays 😉

I love that this type of emotional leadership removes the masks of everyone at the table. It’s clean. It’s pure. It’s honest. No white noise. No ego waist of time and energy.

It’s as well balanced as my tea blends. It’s all connected.

I love that I have the best smelling office in the world. You see, I do believe that this smell boosts my energy and reminds me daily why I’m doing all this. Nature is the basis of everything, of all of us actually. It makes my heart happy I can work with nature.

And most of all, I love that I’m allowed to share this with you. I love that a new type of leadership is rising and breaking a lance for talking upfront about the match of body, soul, mind and running a company. The world will benefit from this way of thinking.

Le Petit Prince knew it all along:

On ne voit bien qu’avec le coeur. L’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux.

So moving forward I’ve been ordering the ingredients needed to be able to make this first run of MiniMarieTea boxes. It’s the first time I’m not ordering in grams but kilograms… can’t wait for the goodies to arrive! But bear with me, it might take a while. My products are grown on the best farms in the country. They’re growing and harvesting and planting as we speak.

I’ve ordered hundreds of tea bags. Pretty and healthy tea bags! Shaped in the form of my waterdrop logo. Non-bleached and bio degradable.

The material of the box will consist of nothing but nature too! All made out of grapes and corn. Bio degradable and pretty!

It’s all connected. The whole MiniMarieTea is pure nature. Pure goodness.

Oh and about that logo… I’ve been wrecking my brains and gut on this one and finally got the logo I’m really happy about now, I hope you like it… It’ will need some finetuning but it will look a lot like this:



Which brings me to the artwork.

I’ve had this magic encounter a few weeks ago with a girl who just happens to make the most soulful drawings and paintings for kids one can imagine. We click. She loves my tea. I love her work. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: your vibe attracts your tribe.

Look at this prettiness… stunning… breathtaking… magic work in progress


Thank you Truziwuzi. I’m so glad we’re TEAming up. 🙂

Oh and this team has tons of idea’s, so stay tuned for more!

Last but not least I want to shout out to my girls out there who tasted some MiniMarieTea sneak peak blends already and showered MiniMarieTea with love. So glad you like it!

Elke ponsaerts

Erika Vantielen


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