July 20th is a fairly momentous day, as it marks the moment in which mankind ascended to the next frontier – by taking a single step. 40 years ago today, stepping off the lunar landing module Eagle, Neil Armstrong became the first human to walk on the surface of the moon.

Do the moonwalkBut it is also personally significant, as it happens to be the day that me and my twin brother were born, 30 years ago. I’m told it is a milestone birthday, so it only seems appropriate to take a moment to reflect on a tea-filled life.

By no means have I been in the industry as long as many of my colleagues, but in the time I have worked with tea I have traveled the tea world, written a book, created and cultivated several now-popular websites, and even started a company. I can’t say that I have accomplished all of my goals, rather that these are just “one small step.”

In this time I’ve met some of my most wonderful friends and shared countless cups of tea. Together we’ve built a stronger, bigger and more creative face for tea. This, in my opinion, is “giant leap” for a young kid, who just happened to grow up near a tea plantation, coming into the industry with little business experience but a great passion.

I’ve still got a lot of work ahead of me, though – after all, tea still is still not #1 in the U.S. – but at least I’ve got the vitality (thanks to the tea) to make it happen!