This is part 3 of our series, Uncommon Friends.
Friendships are often forged through commonalities, but sometimes friendships are found in the most unlikely places. We’ve all read some amazing stories that have been formed through “online” connections—it’s a whole new world out there.
Three such women, NACWE members, forced one of these unique bonds thhrough their association with the National Association of Christian Women Entrepreneurs. Their relationship is a snapshot of the heart of NACWE. We caught up with these women to get each of their stories on how they met and what their friendship as well as NACWE means to them.
Each Monday through the month of September, which is International Friendship Month, we will be checking in with these ladies about heir uncommon friendship.
NACWE: How did NACWE play a part in your friendship?
Alyssa: Our affiliation with NACWE is one of the reasons Kate, Vickie and I were able to build a meaningful friendship. It gave us the opportunity to anticipate meeting in person and actually allowing that to happen.
Kate: NACWE created the space for us to “meet” each other and grow our friendship. I agree the opportunity to meet in person at the Inspired Women Event in Dallas, TX, in April of 2011 cemented our friendship. Being “roomies” can make or break a relationship and it made ours stronger. Our businesses are on similar tracks while in different industries, and having the opportunity for us to share the stage as speakers at the event was so much fun.
We also had the honor of contributing to the Inspired Women Succeed book, which was such a heartfelt project that is changing lives. For me, NACWE has offered the opportunity to be a part of something bigger than my business or myself, while growing meaningful friendships that support my business and dreams.
Vickie: NACWE continues to foster this friendship on a daily basis. We are affiliated with an organization that nurtures and grows our spiritual lives as well as our businesses. NACWE provides the training opportunities through faith principles. This is how our friendship works, too. We help each other with our businesses, as well as our love for our Creator. NACWE provides us the healthy outlet to a friendship while growing a business.
NACWE: What does your friendship mean to you?
Alyssa: Around the same time I met Kate and Vickie, I was going through some significant life changes, specifically in the area of friendships. I truly feel that God sent Kate and Vickie into my life at that time. Being outside my situation, they were able to help me deal with the circumstances in my life by offering their viewpoint and by helping me to think things through.
Having their friendship also helped me to know that someone understood and that I had someone I could talk to about things. Others that didn’t have ulterior motives. I am more than grateful for their friendship and plan to continue building our friendship. We have future plans of our families visiting Kate in Boston, we’d even like to travel together one summer real soon.
Kate: I treasure my friendship with Alyssa and Vickie. To have women who understand me as an entrepreneur, as a mom, and as a Christian is a daily blessing to me. We have deep respect for each other and support each other through life, not just in business. It is rare to find women of such integrity and faith. I am honored they call me “friend.”
Vickie: Their friendship means the world to me. I have been through so many trials in my life, especially over the last year and these girls have been there to pray for me, support me, listen to me, guide me, and most of all love me. We have promised each other to never give up. Most people wait a lifetime for this type of friend, and I have been blessed with not just one, but two of these friends.
This friendship is more than I could have ever dreamed or thought up. It is proof that God has our best interest at heart and fulfills every need we have, even those we don’t know we have. Our friendship is one of the biggest reasons I have pressed on with my business; not for directly working my business, but for the prayer and support they offer on a daily basis. They are the sisters I didn’t have growing up, but wanted so bad.
This is part 3 of a 4-part article series and will be continued next Monday.
Alyssa Avant is a published author, professional speaker and tech magician. Find Alyssa at http://AlyssaAvant.com.
Vickie Minnella is a Professional Organizer, Productivity Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Published Author. Find Vickie at http://VickieMinnella.com.
Kate Powers is a published author, speaker, consultant and coach. Kate has been helping women in business achieve greater success while achieving live balance for over 10 years. Visit Kate at http://KFPowers.com.