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Women in Wellness: “Incorporate time to play music as part of your routine” with Penny L. Rehling

Incorporate time to play music as part of your routine. Smash it up! Have fun mixing your music genres and dance to at least three songs per day. Yesterday my choices were 1) Sharika’s “Hips Don’t lie,” 2) Def Leppard‘s “Pour Some Sugar On Me” and 3) Queen‘s “Another One Bites The Dust.” (Just saying…you […]

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Incorporate time to play music as part of your routine. Smash it up! Have fun mixing your music genres and dance to at least three songs per day. Yesterday my choices were 1) Sharika’s “Hips Don’t lie,” 2) Def Leppard‘s “Pour Some Sugar On Me” and 3) Queen‘s “Another One Bites The Dust.” (Just saying…you know you’re singing one of those songs right now!)


Ihad the pleasure to interview Penny L. Rehling of The Spice & Tea Exchange®. Penny has been with TSTE® since 2008. She started, along with her husband Steve, as the very first franchisees for the St. Augustine, FL flagship store. Steve & Penny shortly turned the “reigns” over when they made a choice to join the parent company. Currently Penny oversees all aspects of the TSTE® Operations Center, including but not limited to: Internet Fulfillment, Production, Distribution, Product Sourcing, Marketing and Daily Operations. She also works closely with The Spice & Tea Exchange® Inter Functional Teams (IFT) and hand-in-hand with Chief Executive Officer, Amy Freeman. Penny is a veteran of the corporate industry with 30+ years of leadership experience and strives to work collaboratively, with passion, and smarter (not harder). Penny is a member of the International Franchise Association (IFA) and National Restaurant Association among others. She is also a Certified Franchise Executive within the IFA.


Thank you so much for joining us Penny! What is your “backstory”?

I,like you, have many different “backstories” depending on which Chapter of my life we are referring to. Having just entered decade five of my life, my “backstory” at the moment is that I am a wife, a mom, a step-mom and a grandma to three beautiful young girls. I am also one half of a dynamic female duo of leadership that is dedicated and committed to our fast-growing brand.

Can you share your top three “lifestyle tweaks” that you believe will help support people’s journey towards better wellbeing?

  • Have an attitude of gratitude

When you begin each day with gratitude, you determine your mind-set for the day. Instead of, “poor me, I must get up, and do ’blah blah blah’ today,” plant your feet firmly on the floor and repeat, “I am thankful for another day and the opportunity to be my best self.” I enjoy taking pictures of the sunrise as a reminder that every day is a blessing and that I am a grateful human.

  • Breathe Easy

Find quiet time to mediate peace for yourself. Whether you are a beginner breather and potentially hyperventilating into a paper bag (keep practicing!) or a pro at finding your anchors and happy space in the middle of Times Square — make the effort to create that quiet time for you to reflect and reset daily.

  • Let the music play

Incorporate time to play music as part of your routine. Smash it up! Have fun mixing your music genres and dance to at least three songs per day. Yesterday my choices were 1) Sharika’s “Hips Don’t lie,” 2) Def Leppard‘s “Pour Some Sugar On Me” and 3) Queen‘s “Another One Bites The Dust.” (Just saying…you know you’re singing one of those songs right now!)

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your career?

I don’t know that I have a particularly interesting story, but an interesting fact that has remained constant in my 30+ years of experience is that we all have more in common than in difference. My fortune has allowed me to engage with phenomenal mentors, friends and colleagues, no matter the level of person I have met — there is always a similarity among us as humans. If we were able to utilize this interesting fact, we would be more open to communication and kindness, and would work in collaboration to level up.

Can you share a story about the biggest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

I have made quite a few mistakes in my personal and professional life, so I will share my take on mistakes collectively and how I view them now. We are all perfectly imperfect. We must move past the thought of perfection or we will paralyze our growth. If we can acknowledge and understand this, and be more tolerant — the lesson becomes that we all strive to work together collectively and do better together.

When it comes to health and wellness, how is the work you are doing helping to make a bigger impact in the world?

The Spice & Tea Exchange® experienced a shift about three years ago, and we made the conscious decision to begin promoting our health and wellness consumables and accessories in our brick-and-mortar franchise locations and on our website. As we continue to grow our brand, we hope to reach more guests with our wellness products

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

Yes., I have much gratitude for my deceased Aunt Conni. In 1986, she loaned me $2,000 to purchase a Compaq DeskPro 386. She allowed me to pay her back at $20 per week, and when I would receive my paycheck every Friday, I’d promptly write her a check. This lesson enabled me to learn early on about credit and how if I built good credit, I could have access to money. After I paid Aunt Conni back, I opened my first real credit account for a loan to buy a Rainbow Vacuum.

If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of wellness to the most amount of people, what would that be?

If I could start a wellness movement, it would be to have energy work and/or meditation classes in our elementary schools. I have been offering my own granddaughters the tools from a young age to be able to breathe, communicate and work through many difficult situations. If we started this early on as a rule, adults would grow up with the coping mechanisms needed for the real world.

What is your “3 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started” and why?

  1. Trust your gut

It is always right. Trusting my instinct earlier in life could have led to some very different circumstances, although I am blessed by the broken roads that led me to where I am today.

2. Keep It Simple

Stop overcomplicating life, business and situations. Continue to focus on what you can control and not what you can’t.

3. No one likes an a**hole.

Manage your emotions. I had to I learn this early on — I would have spared my friends, family and business colleagues from my “emotional” behavior, which could be quite the spectacle from time to time. Take a moment to stop and think about things in the manner of 5 ,5 ,5 — ask yourself, “will this matter in 5 minutes, 5 months or 5 years?” If the answer is no to any of those, let it go and keep your sh*t in check.

Do you have a “girl-crush” in this industry? If you could take one person to brunch, who would it be? (Let another “woman in wellness” know that you respect her as a teacher and guide!)

Within our franchise system, I have many girl crushes. I say, shout to every girl boss within our system that is raising a family, running a business and trying to maintain your balance and sanity!

Another girl crush I have in the wellness industry is my daughter, who is also a franchise owner within The Spice & Tea Exchange® system. In regard to health and wellness, she has taken an amazing journey in weight loss and overcoming obstacles through health that has allowed her to be a wonderful role model for her three daughters.

Sustainability, veganism, mental health and environmental changes are big topics at the moment. Which one of these causes is dearest to you, and why?

Mental health is very important to me. For me, practicing Reiki has allowed me to break through personal, emotional and mental barriers that were holding me back from rising up to being the best version of myself.

What is the best way our readers can follow you on social media?

You can follow our company @spiceandtea on most social media platforms and you can check out my personal journey on Instagram @pennyatpeace.

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