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Hear from Our Team: Celebrating International Women’s Day

For International Women’s Day, we’re taking a moment to celebrate the amazing women (and men) of Tea! Hear what our employees have to say about balance, teaching their kids to be little citizens of the world, and celebrating themselves.

Tea's Leadership Team

International Women’s Day is a day to recognize the incredible women in our lives. As a female-founded company with a majority female leadership team, Tea is rooted in the accomplishments of women who are passionate about what they do. This year’s theme is #BalanceforBetter, asking us to reflect on what we’re doing to create a more balanced world. We sat down with some of our team to hear what they had to say about this year’s theme and more.

One of the first questions working parents — particularly working moms — get asked is how they balance having a career with children. Some of the team compared it to walking across a tightrope; others thought of a seesaw.

Our founder and CEO Leigh Rawdon spoke to the inherent bias that comes with the question, and challenged the notion of adhering to external standards:

Leigh Rawdon

Leigh Rawdon, Tea’s Founder & CEO

What does that actually mean to say, “Do you balance it all?” What’s most important to me is that I don’t use any external standard of what being a good enough mother is or what being good at my job is. I’m not playing a role on TV. I am who I am, and I do what I do. With my kids, I want to raise good, engaged citizens of the world. I want them to discover their purpose and feeling of fulfillment… I am here to shepherd them into this world, but I’m not here just to do that. I have my own sense of purpose, so it’s less about how do I balance one versus the other and it’s more about how do I have a full mix of richness in my own life.

We wear multiple hats, but are not defined by any single one. As we grow up, Leigh advised not to compare ourselves to others:

Measure yourself against your own standards and not against someone else’s external expectations of what success looks like.

 

Dreaming Big

 

Reflecting on what she would tell her younger self, our Senior Copywriter Symmi said to just go for it:

Symmi

 

No dream is too big or too small. In fact, the bigger the better. If you can think it, then there’s more than likely a way to do it. I would tell my younger self, and younger girls everywhere, to think about it and go for it. Don’t be afraid. There’s a quote that I like: “If you dream something and it scares you, then you’re going in the right direction.” – Symmi, Senior Copywriter

 

 

 

Amy, our VP of Finance, would assure herself that she has what it takes to go through the highs and lows that come with life:

Amy

 

 

Have confidence in the fact that life is going through some challenges and having successes, and it all comes together and that feeds into the person who you are. – Amy, VP of Finance

 

 

 

Raising the Next Generation

 

Tomorrow’s generation are today’s kids. Here’s how our team is teaching their children to be good global citizens:

Cindy

 

I think it’s super important to expose them early on to different cultures and what’s outside of their day-to-day. Both my kids were born in Taiwan. We travel every year to a new destination. I’m a big believer in going to different places, learning about something new, and exposing them to what’s different. – Cindy, VP of Marketing & E-Commerce

 

Vicente

 

 

I think one of the first things that separates us is language. My parents taught me Spanish, so I speak exclusively, or try to speak exclusively Spanish to my little guy. – Vicente, Creative Operations Director

 

David

 

The way I teach my son to be a little citizen of the world is how I conduct myself. He’s always watching me. He’s always around me. So whatever I do, he’s going to pick up. The way I would teach him to become a respectable young man is to try to be the best person that I can be. – David, Web Developer

 

 

Ansley

 

I think one thing I’m always focusing on is trying to encourage my daughter to be curious. There’s no silly question out there, and I want her to be comfortable to ask me anything she has a question about. – Ansley, Sr. Director of Operations

 

 

 

Celebrating and Taking Care of Yourself

 

We ended on a lighter note, asking our team how they celebrate themselves:

Spend time with my girlfriends laughing, cocktailing and enjoying each other’s company. No one builds you up like your gal pals. – Tina, VP of Product

The way I celebrate myself is making sure I have time for my own hobbies… It’s important for me to foster other parts of creativity, whether it’s through hobbies like tap dancing or making time for my friends. – Kim, Senior Graphic Designer

For me, holding space for experiences that engage and strengthen my support system is the ultimate act of self-care. – Sarah, Head of Community

What are you doing to #BalanceforBetter this year? Let us know in the comments below.

International Women’s Day: Celebrating Our Leading Ladies

Leigh Rawdon and Emily Meyer

As a clothing company founded by women, we are surrounded by superwomen every day. And every day we at Tea work hard to create meaningful clothes that tell a story, spark curiosity, and empower our little citizens of the world to not only think big, but think beyond themselves… and be their very best selves.

In honor of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, let us take a moment to celebrate all of the amazing women out there… the fearless leaders who paved the way for women’s rights and made it possible for young girls and women to stand tall and proud today; the courageous matriarchs who instilled that sense of confidence, purpose and belonging; and the future change-makers who will continue to break down barriers and set forth new ideas.

CEO, champion of dinner time, trusted adviser, hug healer—a woman’s super powers come in so many forms… so we’ve asked a handful of our little citizens to tell us what a superwoman means to them. Here’s what they had to say…

Must Have Gifts for the Mama-to-be

gifts for baby

Motherhood is one of the greatest joys in life, but for newly expecting moms, the journey can be a little overwhelming at first. When it comes to caring for baby, there are so many questions and so many unknowns. You’re so tired, yet so filled with love, all at the same time. We’ve gathered a few items to help make the transition into parenting a little easier. Let’s start with the basics…

A Few Of Your Favorite Things: Scotland’s Top Style Picks

Wallpaper Party Dress

When we set off for Scotland in search of inspiration for this season’s collection, we never imagined the wonder we’d find there. From the 6,200-mile stretch of windswept coast to Edinburgh’s charming labyrinth of cobbled streets, through quiet rural pastures and on up into the majestic highlands, beauty surrounded us everywhere we went. Each striking landscape held its own unique set of treasures—stories of mythical creatures, time-honored traditions, and real-life fairy tale castles. Every region rich with history, and every bit fascinating. We couldn’t wait to get back and share all of our experiences with you; and how fun it’s been recounting the stories and hearing your reactions these past few months.

As the year comes to a close and we prepare to launch into our next destination, let’s take a moment to look back at a few of your favorites from Scotland.

It’s a Sibling Sweater Party: Cozy Up with the Crew!

sibling sweaters

Whether headed to the mountains to catch the first snowfall of the season, or sticking around town to spend a cozy holiday at home, sweaters are undoubtedly part of the plans. Just in time for family photos and those annual holiday sweater parties, we’ve got the cutest matching styles for brothers and sisters, big and small.

All Dressed in Their Holiday Best: Hashtag-Worthy Holiday Outfits

kids holiday outfits

Marlyn | @littleredbowtique

Hello, holidays! It’s hard to believe you’re already here, but mailboxes and inboxes are quickly filling with friendly invites to all sorts of festive affairs, so we know we’re not dreaming.

Cue the carts! It’s time to start picking out the perfect outfits for you and your little crew. To help make it easy, we’ve rounded up a handful of hashtag-worthy holiday looks from a few of our favorite Tea moms! Because when it comes to dressing our best, we all love a little inspiration.

Give the Gift of Tea: Handpicked Holiday Gifts

Girls Holiday Gifts

Our favorite time of year is here—the season of giving! To get you in the gifting spirit, we’ve handpicked the season’s most unique styles to make your holiday shopping that much easier. Stop by the gift shop to find something special for every little citizen on your list.