Angela Maitland has had a journey of ups and downs the last 10 years – moments of joy and inner peace juxtaposed with sorrow and confusion – that brought her to a moment of clarity and vision to plan and produce The Diamond Tea to honor, “Mission-Driven Women Entrepreneurs.”
Angela finds her greatest inspiration to persevere and overcome obstacles from her husband and five children. In her darkest moments, her family has inspired and motivated her. The greatest work is in the “heart work” when it comes to being a wife and mother, and the heart work has been most fulfilling to her in the last decade. Yet as her family grew, Angela carried a sense that she was meant to do more for women.
“My heart’s desire began to take form – and it was a big dream,” Angela said. “I wanted to host an annual event that brought hundreds of amazing women together.”
Yet, she pushed that feeling aside.
Silencing her dreams at first, Angela volunteered at her children’s school and her family’s church. However, she continued to distance herself from what she knew she wanted, and her growing unhappiness began to affect her relationships with friends and family.
“I’ve experienced moments of joy and inner peace, convinced that I have attained the height of earthly human contentment,” Angela said. “Only to have those moments interrupted by moments of misery, confusion and the desire to drive to the airport and buy a one-way ticket to any city in Europe.”
With the help of friends and professionals, Angela pieced together her family, marriage and life to wake up to the life she wanted to live – in the here and now. She allowed herself to see what was truly in front of her – the good and the bad – and to remember her strength and ability to achieve her dreams.
“Deep within us, we have the strength to accept the reality in our lives and take the steps we need to remedy the situation or pursue a dream we need to follow,” said Angela. “But the journey toward these goals is full of challenges, and too often we give up.”
Following an intense season of tension and growth, The Diamond Tea was born. Today, Angela hopes that each woman listens to the quiet stirrings of the heart we often suppress and ignore. The Diamond Tea is about experiences that capture and share moments of self knowing – a pivotal awakening in each woman’s life that brings clarity and mission behind the driving force of her journey.
“We are not here to fill you up with information or give you answers for your life. We are here to share hope,” said Angela. “To encourage you to continue on your journey to live out your unique purpose with authentic self confidence. To help you realize, remember and reclaim what you already know. We are on this journey together, sisters.”
“We are not here to fill you up with information or give you answers for your life. We are here to share hope,” Angela said. “To encourage you to continue on your journey to live out your unique purpose with authentic self confidence. To help you realize, remember and reclaim what you already know. We are on this journey together, sisters.”