Tea for Two


One of my favorite things to do is to sit down with another woman over a cup of tea to learn more about her life, her story, her journey, her dreams.  I’m always honored when someone just a bit younger asks to talk with me.  It’s a treasure to share how God has worked in my life, what I’ve learned so far, and what I would do differently if given the chance.  I love the idea of pouring just a bit of wisdom into someone else’ life.  And it’s an absolute gift when someone a few steps ahead of me will take the time to impart some wisdom to me.

I keep a running list of women I’d like to meet with.  My list goes forward to the women a few steps (sometimes a lot of steps) ahead of me.  These are the women who I believe can pull me along, kick me in the pants if needed, and stretch me to the next level.  And my list looks around me to the women who are just a few steps behind me either in experiences or age.  These are the women I feel responsible to encourage, challenge and stretch to achieve their dreams.  I’m convinced that the power of a gracious leader is immeasurable.  And too many times we as leaders are so busy seeking our own growth and gain that we’re missing the opportunities to invest in those around us.

This month at Cultivate Her we’ll be talking about the power of the gracious leader.  We’ll hear from several leaders who lead graciously by investing and empowering others around them on a consistent basis.  And we’ll be challenging you to identify one woman who you can invest in.

If you could have a cup of tea with any woman throughout history, past or present, who would it be?

My list?

Queen Elizabeth I

Eleanor Roosevelt

Mother Theresa

Condoleeza Rice

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  • Heidi November 3, 2009  

    Wow your list is amazing.

    I got to be honest here, our 20 minute ministry talk changed my direction, my vision, and my strength, honestly my ministry went to 15 – 65 in months. Now let’s do green tea! face to face 😀

    mmmmmm Women.. (I could repeat yours)

    Ruth Graham
    Margaret Thatcher
    Coco Chanel
    Audrey Hepburn
    Marianne Williamson

  • Lori Wilhite November 3, 2009  

    Jane Austen … but I’d probably just end up being on of those blubbering, idiotic super-fans. But I’d love to ask her a few things! 🙂

  • Jenni Catron November 3, 2009  

    @Heidi – So good to know that our chat was helpful to you. You are such an inspiration! And yes, next time green tea face to face!

  • Rachel November 3, 2009  

    Ruth and Anna (the Bible’s Ruth and Anna that is). Oh how much they would have to share!!

    Great post 🙂

  • Michelle Unwin November 4, 2009  

    Mary, the mother of Jesus
    Susan B. Anthony
    My grandmother (killed in a car accident when I was 2)
    Mother Teresa
    Harriett Tubman

    That’s the “off the top of my head list” that’s in addition to those you mentioned. I could think of a few actresses/stars – it’d just be interesting to hear their world stories.

  • Brittany November 20, 2009  

    Ah women sharing wisdom! I love it.

    I struggle with the being a strong “leader” type woman – not because I “can’t” do it – (I can, it comes very naturally) but because sometimes being a “strong woman” isn’t appreciated… I’d love to have tea with you sometime and have you share some wisdom in this area 😉

    My list: Mother Theresa
    Condoleeza Rice
    My greatgrandmother – she lived in Newfoundland, Canada and I never got to meet her
    Princess Diana