Guest post by Alyssa Avant, Vickie Minnella, and Kate Powers
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 through 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 their uncommon friendship.
NACWE: Kate, Vickie, and Alyssa, your friendship has been described as “unlikely.” Why is that?
Alyssa: Kate is from Boston, the northern girl. Vickie is our Midwesterner, from St. Louis, Missouri. Finally, I’m from a small rural town in Mississippi, a southern belle. Our accents are only the start of our differences. All my life I’ve heard that opposites attract; this is definitely the case for Kate, Vickie and me. Kate is a single mom of 2, I’m a married mom of 3, and Vickie is a single mom of three. Kate and Vickie both grew up Catholic, while I am Southern Baptist. Kate and Vickie have lived through some life challenges that I could never have even imagined—the type of differences that could cause issues or division, but we have found that to be anything but true.
Vickie: Kate’s awesome Boston twang and sweet Alyssa’s southern drawl is enough to make me call them just to hear them talk. We joke about having ‘cuwfee-talk’ and referring to stuff being ‘gaabage,’ lol! But beyond all of the fun with accents, it is unlikely that we are so close because of the distance and the busyness of our lives. We are all extremely busy raising kids and running businesses that the thought of keeping a friendship of any kind alive and healthy is difficult, let alone one that was newly formed and hundreds of miles apart. God works in ‘unlikely’ ways, though!
Kate: Yes, Alyssa and Vickie are right; we are North meets South meets West! What I love most about our “uncommon” friendship is how our differences are so minimal compared to our similarities. We are dedicated to our families and seek each day to live God’s will. We know there is a greater calling for us to help and serve others. Though we attend different churches, we walk together in faith to serve others through our God given gifts and talents. The common ground of shared values is a solid foundation for our friendship and our businesses to grow from, so much stronger than our accents or our marital status.
This post is part 1 of a series, which will be continued each 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.