I cannot spend my time trying to live your life! If so, who will be living mine?
Angela holds diplomas in Advanced Psychology, Leadership and Management, PTLLS and Health & Social Care (Children and Young people). She is currently completing a Master’s of Science in Applied Psychology and also sits on a foster panel as an independent member. Once a former presenter on BEN TV, she launched AngieStrategy TV (YouTube channel) in May 2014. She is also a blog writer with her own column.
Angela is not a usual woman, she is an extraordinary one, gifted and talented person to cope and deal with life in a perfect way. A great mother, and in the same time very ambitious to achieve success working hard to become a better person every day. If you read this interview with her you will realise that she is a very powerful woman as well. Angela has over 25 years’ experience in Leadership and Management, in both the corporate world and within church circles. She loves being a motivational speaker and seeing the transformation of individuals across the globe.
You are a very active woman playing a great role supporting other women – what motivates you in life?
I love see women “get on” in life. A wise person told me it’s one thing to “get in”, but it’s another thing to “get on”, anyone can “get in” but the real question is how are you “getting on?”
What is the beginning of this story – how did you start this path?
As a qualified Financial Adviser I have worked in banking and real estate. After several years in this field I went into the sector of Health and Social Care where I have managed both children’s care homes and residential schools. I continue to have a passion for seeing better outcomes for children leaving care services.
After a brief spell as an Adult Services Manager in the domiciliary care industry, I decided to branch out into running my own business, which provides training for start-up companies and helps SMEs to thrive, through product delivery and networking.
You work with different communities and cultures – what are the similarities and differences that women have, regardless of where they are from?
The similarities are that “glass ceiling” women face as they try to move up the corporate ladder, I still think that we have to run harder and jump higher than our male counterparts simply because we are not male! Differences are now the prejudices that those of us who are economic migrants, or born of those who were, lies more in the way we speak (by this I mean foreign accents) not purely the colour of our skin. What people may not understand, is that you do not look like an “outsider” to feel like one. I think we can all take a little consolation from that.
…most important thing to remember is that life is incredibly short, none of us are promised tomorrow so we must maximise our moments today.
What is the most important thing in your life and why?
Right now the most important thing in my life is the happiness of my children! Why? Because you truly are as happy as your least happy child. Aside from that the most important thing to remember is that life is incredibly short, none of us are promised tomorrow so we must maximise our moments today. I cannot spend my time trying to live your life, if so, who will be living mine?
How do you keep your self-motivated and inspired?
I love to read books and to study; these are true passions of mine. I have been doing this for as long as I can remember. To me, learning new things is fun! I also get myself out and about. When I go to network meetings (which I do on a regular basis) I never fail to be inspired by the people I meet. Everyone has a story to tell, this is what I love about people in general.
What are the biggest challenges you have faced in life?
There are too many to list. I have battled on and off with depression for the last few years however, the biggest challenge I have faced by far, is to not be afraid of my own gifts and talents. I know it may sound strange but as women we have so much in us that we can become afraid of our own success or the major steps of action we need to take to make it happen. That can cause us to become depressed too.
I think it is important to surround yourself with non-judgemental people, so they don’t join in when you are beating yourself up.
What is the way you manage difficulties in life?
I do pray and meditate regularly and in addition to this, I also have a small group of close friends with whom I can share my concerns and fears. I think it is important to surround yourself with non-judgemental people, so they don’t join in when you are beating yourself up. An occasional glass of wine in the evening is helpful!
What makes you feel proud of who you are today?
I have been on an incredibly long journey and feel like at times I have survived against the odds. Every day I am here and remember the dark days where I couldn’t find the light at the end of the tunnel. This makes me proud of who I am.
What is your biggest dream?
Now you’re asking! My ideal is to bring encouragement, education and empowerment to women (and men too) through my motivational speaking. I believe words are powerful and being in the right place at the right time and then to hear the right words can literally change your life. I really do believe in healing the world one person at a time.