I don’t know Angie that well, but we share several mutual friends and I can attest to her loyalty, her charity, and her gifts as a person.
Angie and I met through Kerri (who I hope will be willing to take the spotlight soon), and we spent one evening in each others company. Aside from that delightful night of fondue and fruity drinks, I have been reading her blog and interacting with her on web forums for close to a decade.
In the last couple of years, Angie has gone from couch to 5k, and if I’m not mistaken, from couch to triathlete. She manages a consuming career, motherhood, marriage and a social life, and from the pictures I’ve seen, a house that would make Martha Stewart sit up and take notice.
So many times when I am writing these introductions there are very personal stories I want to tell about these women worth knowing. Those aren’t my stories to tell, though. I have stories like that about Angie. Just trust me when I say she knows what it is like to lose, to despair, and to keep moving forward until she could attain her highest goals.
Age Range: 30s
Job Title: Wife, mother, Sales Execution Analyst, Wonder Woman
Who are you?
Let’s see…who am I. The first thing that comes to mind is that I am a mother and wife…beyond that I am a great friend that is a bit on the self-conscious side. I don’t like to be the center of attention ever, but I also don’t like to hide on the sidelines…I am a middle grounder. I take a while to get to know…but only because I feel like people are constantly judging me. I am not much of a boat rocker, but once you get to know me I will tell it like it is. I don’t like unhappy endings and I try to make amends with anyone who I might have an issue with. I am socially moderate and fiscally conservative. I drive a mom-mobile volvo wagon and LOVE IT! The most important things in my life are my family and I adore beyond my wildest dreams being a mother.
Describe Your Family:
For 10 years we were DINKS (Dual Income No Kids) and now we are the happy parents of a very happy 3 year old girl. My family is happy, healthy and positive about most things. We would like another child and hope that someday it happens, but are at peace with our family of 3 if that is all that is in store for us.
What does the first hour of your day look like? Depends on the day, but Mon-Wed the first hour of my day is “crazy”. It starts at 5am when the alarm goes off. It’s out of bed, in the shower, getting ready and out the door by 5:50 with the babe. I drop my daughter off with Grandma and off I go to catch my vanpool. I barely have time to pour a cup of coffee to go…but somehow I manage. My husband is a big helper…he gets the girl up in the morning and gets her into the car. He’s incredible. On the other days, it’s less crazy…I don’t get out of bed until about 7 or 7:30 if I can help it…the pace is slower and I get to enjoy cuddle time with my daughter.
What does the last hour of your day look like?
It’s usually me running ragged around the house trying to get prepared for the next day. Then I veg in bed watching mindless TV until my eyes are droopy and beg for sleep.
What makes you feel successful?
When other people compliment me on how well my daughter behaves or uses her manners.
What brings you joy?
My family…my husband is incredible and my daughter is seriously the best thing to every happen to me. My extended family is also very important to me.
What were you like in first, sixth, and twelfth grades?
1st…I was a total flirt. I chased boys every day. 6th I was insecure and a complete drama queen. I cried at the drop of a hat in 6th grade…the hormones were flowing. 12th grade I was focused…college bound…still insecure, but I tried to keep my eye on the prize.
What advice would you give yourself at each of those ages?
If I could have changed anything it would have been to work on figuring out how to be happy with myself at any of those ages. If I knew then what I know now I never would have cared what others thought of me…that goes for most of my 20’s too, btw.
Who do you admire?
I admire my grandmother for being such a hard worker and enduring really tough times while her kids were growing up and my dad for enduring a childhood that was very difficult and having to grow up and be an adult at the age of 12. My mom for being so sweet and for loving my daughter the way she does. I also admire my friend Darren for loving his wife and my friend, Teresa, so much that it gave her a reason to live and in turn giving her friends a few more great years with her. Not many men would have done what he did. And Teresa for battling Cystic Fibrosis with her head, body and heart…with every ounce of her being….until the moment she passed. God, I miss her.
How would you like to be remembered?
As a great mom, fantastic wife and a really loyal friend.