Angela says her family of 3 kids and 3 fur babies is loud, full of life, and she wouldn’t have it any other way!.
Angela loves hiking, camping and gardening as well as other outdoor activities. “I am completely addicted to OrangeTheory and tea is my love language. I am a home cooking enthusiast. Virtually everything I make is from scratch and I take great pride in it. Cooking relaxes me and I feel a sense of purpose in providing nourishing meals for my family. Don't tell anyone, but my hidden talent is singing. I never do it in public, but I've got some pipes :) 70's, 80's and 90's music is my favorite and I love a good band T-shirt,” she explains.
She says she has been passionate about leadership in her community, serving others through holistic healing and living sustainably for as long as she can remember. She says “I was born with an insatiable need to help others meet their goals and achieve their dreams.”
Angela received her training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where she studied a variety of dietary theories and practical lifestyle coaching methods.
As a holistic health and nutrition coach, she uses her knowledge to co-create completely personalized action plans based on client goals.
Although she owns her own business now, that wasn’t always a part of her plan. “Being my own boss and creating my own path always seemed just out of reach for me. I spent 14 years as a manager at a “Big Box” retailer. I spent countless nights, weekends and holidays away from my family all while carrying the weight of a toxic marriage. I had completely lost who I was. I wandered aimlessly through my life. I felt helpless, angry and trapped with no way out. My day-to-day work was soul-draining and left me feeling empty inside. The only joy I felt was in the minimal amount of time I was able to guide and mentor my employees. The relationships I fostered with them while helping them grow personally and professionally solidified my dream of leading people to walk their own path to success. It was then that I knew it was time to listen to my heart and pursue my passion.”
She then began to work to learn about herself and how to nurture her body, mind, and spirit.
She discovered doTERRA essential oils and began to learn as much as she could about reducing toxins in her life,, preventative health care, reducing inflammation, using plants as medicine, and living a holistic lifestyle. “Through that, I not only found myself, but I learned to love myself again. I left my toxic marriage, became the kind of mom I wanted to be and found love in the most unexpected place,” she explains.
Angela says there are multiple people in her life that have inspired her. “If I had to pick just one, it would be my Granny. She is the epitome of strength, determination and grace. My Granny grew up the child of Italian parents in Chicago with 5 brothers and sisters. She married a man who was completely absent and unfaithful. In her 30's, with no formal education and 5 children of her own, she set out on a course to completely change her entire existence. She got a great job, put herself through school (all the way through a master's program), cared for her children, provided a safe haven for her grandchildren and showed us that there is nothing a single mother cannot do. She has undergone brain and back surgery all within the last year. Life is not without hardship. But, that does not mean it isn't worth living.”
Although launching a new business during a global pandemic has been challenging, she’s excited to share her knowledge and help others.. “Finding leads and starting conversations when people are home-bound has definitely been difficult! Also, I am juggling two businesses. So, finding a way to blend the two in a way that fits who I am and what I want to show to the world has been hard.”
Despite the challenges, she loves owning her time after spending 14 years working 60+ hour weeks in a retail environment. “I was NEVER home and missed so much of my family. Being able to be home for dinner, have consistent days off and take care of my kids is pretty awesome. My first holiday season outside of retail is coming up and my level of excitement cannot even be put into words.”
She would tell a new business owner to remember that perfection does not exist. “lt never be the perfect time, the perfect circumstances nor will the answers reveal themselves perfectly. The best thing you can do for yourself is believe in who you are and what you're capable of. When you're afraid, do it anyway. When you feel alone, do it anyway. When you're discouraged, do it anyway. You HAVE to show up for yourself consistently in order to create and grow your business. Create positive affirmations and say them to yourself over and over. YES, this works. Put good, whole foods into your body as much as you possibly can and take care of your mind + soul. Thriving in life and business takes balance, time and effort. Give yourself grace, fail forward and never stop grinding.”
When things are challenging she remembers her “why”. “I know with certainty that I am on my divine path. I am living in my zone of genius. I knew as a child that I wanted to work for myself. However, I never knew just what it was that I'd be doing. I look at my kids and I do it for them. I do it for pride in myself. I do it to show the world that I will not fail, even when others point and laugh at me. I do it because I am genuinely fulfilled in helping other women release resentment, reclaim their power and rewrite their stories.”
Angela says joining the MOB has been an eye opener for her. “Society sort of breeds competition and scarcity into our minds as women. The women here are SO accepting of everyone. There are all kinds of people, from all walks of life. You get to engage with women you'd never have met otherwise. You get support during your times of struggle. You can ask for help without being judged. Women supporting women is totally life changing,” she explains.
Her favorite MOB Alliance benefit is the community itself. “I love that the Alliance allows you to have your information in a directory, your meet-up fees are included and the community of women is tight-knit but always willing to accept and help someone new. People genuinely want you to succeed and really do try to support you in any way they can.”
Her ideal referrals are women between the ages of 25-45 who are seeking a piece of themselves that has been lost or taken from them. They want to move past resentment and anger from their previous experiences. These women are ready to be empowered and want to rewrite their stories.
Angela’s MOB Alliance offer is a free 60 minute session added on to their 90 day package.
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Hannah Woods, owner of Serenity Windows has been a General Contractor since 2013. Hannah started her business in 2008 when she and her husband were both laid off. Both had a background in construction and they realized it was a way they could provide for their growing family.
Their family now consists of four children with ages ranging from toddler to eight years old. In her free time Hannah loves reading, writing, cooking, crafting, and creating.
As a woman in a male dominated industry, Hannah has had many experiences where she was overlooked and underestimated. “As a female in a male dominated industry, I’ve had to earn the same respect men get just for being men. I’ve been constantly questioned on my knowledge and abilities,” she explains.
Those who underestimate her soon learn they are mistaken.
“I am persistent. I’ve always refused to listen to the voices who told me who I was and who I could never be. I have fought for everything I have in my life. I am an overachiever, a perfectionist, terribly hard on myself, and often far too serious. But I am a good person. I am a good friend. I am a good mother. I am a good wife. I am honest, caring, and kind,” she says.
Hannah’s persistence and strong personality come from a rough childhood.
“I wasn't allowed a traditional education. I had to learn on my own. One of my proudest moments was when I got my GED at 17. No one was there rooting for me. No one expected it of me. I did it for myself. That is who I am.”
While she was growing up, most of the people in her life were examples of what not to be.
“I grew up watching those around me struggle day to day. I was told that is how it will always be. That life will always be hard. That I would never be enough, happiness was out of reach, and I didn't deserve to even reach for it. I have spent my life refusing to fall into the victim mentality I was subjected to my entire life. I found my mentors in books; many of them fictional. I decided who I wanted to be and struggled through allowing myself to be that person. I am always striving to do and be better,” she says.
Owning her own business has been empowering. “Being able to do things the way I want. Having that control in my life has been life altering; it has empowered me and stimulated an abundance of personal growth.”
She would advise a new business owner to meditate on what they want long term. “Picture what you want to do, how it makes you feel, and why you want to do it. When you have your "why" you can create your goals. Always strive towards a goal. It will keep you grounded and motivated. Do not be afraid to fail! We all fall down; what matters is how long it takes you to get back up,” she explains.
When things get challenging, Hannah thinks about her children and her goals. Both remind her why she needs to keep pushing through the hard moments.
She says being a part of the MOB has been uplifting. “As a woman in a male dominated industry it can sometimes get overwhelming. It's nice to have a group of women who can relate on different levels and who are so encouraging, thoughtful, and kind,” she says.
A lovely example of that encouragement is the reason Hannah submitted her business for a MOB Spotlight! “Just a quick thank you to Gwen Montoya. I recently joined her marketing group. She (unknowingly) pushed me to open myself up and do this interview. I've never really considered that people might care about who I am and whose business they are supporting,” she explains.
Her favorite MOB Alliance benefit are the MOB meetups because they give her a chance to get out of her comfort zone while she meets new people and learns abou their businesses. “We have some amazing and very unique individuals and I love that ability to connect with so many different people that I may not have crossed paths with under normal circumstances.”
Her ideal referral is anyone looking for new windows or those who need window repairs, and her MOB Alliance discount is 10% off replacing the windows in your home
Connect with Hannah online:
It seems especially fitting to start MOBtober right after MOBs from across the country joined us virtually for MOBCON 2020.
What is MOBtober?
MOBtober is the month we challenge you to discover and support Mom Owned Businesses!
Part of the MOB Nation's mission is elevating and supporting mom-owned businesses. MOBs can be found in every niche and business type - whatever product or service you need, there's a MOB for that!
When you support a mom owned business you are empowering a mom to provide for her family, follow her dream, give back to her community, and to support other Mom Owned Businesses (MOBs) in the same way she was supported.
For example, when you spend $100 with a local business, $68 of that $100 stays in the community in the form of taxes, wages, and making purchases. When you spend $100 with a national store, only $43 stays in the community.
When you purchase from a woman owned business you contribute to having unique businesses and locally made products available in your community.
Small and local businesses support community groups, local sports teams, and charities 250% more than corporations and are more involved in their communities overall.
Check out the MOB Facebook page for daily action steps and chances to learn about mom owned businesses this month!
If you need help finding a mom-owned business to support, check out our directory at www.theresamobforthat.com or download the MOB Nation app.
Here's how you can support small woman owned businesses in October!
Make Your Next Purchase from a Mom Owned Business
When you purchase from a small business an actual person does a happy dance.
Listen to a Podcast Hosted by a Mom
Here's a list to get you started!
Find a MOB podcast you love? Go further by subscribing and leaving a review
Pay Full Price
Be respectful of the time and effort a MOB puts into her business. Don't ask for a discount or a "friends and family" price.
Follow, Share, and Interact with Them on Social Media
There are so many ways to support a small business on social media!
Follow them on Facebook and Instagram, subscribe to their YouTube channel, sign up for or share their virtual event.
Following and engaging with your favorite mom owned business on social media helps improve their reach and connect them with more of their audience.
Even better, when you share a post from your favorite small business, you introduce them to a new audience (yours!)
Purchase a Book Written by a MOB
There is no shortage of talented moms writing books - purchase a book and leave a review if you love it.
Here's a list of books written by MOBs to get you started.
Even better - send a message to the author directly letting them know you enjoyed it.
Be a Vocal Supporter
Leaving a review is one of the best things you can do for a mom owned business - not only does it make them feel good, it also helps them attract new customers and clients.
Get into the habit of not only buying from a MOB, but also leaving a review!
Order a Meal from a Mom Owned Restaurant
This is the tastiest and easiest ways to support a small business!
Order your next lunch or dinner from a mom owned restaurant.
Even better - order it directly by calling them and pick it up yourself. Fees for meal delivery services like Grub Hub are high for businesses.
Share a MOB's Blog Post
Small business owners write about all kinds of topics.
When you read something by a MOB that you love, share it!
Purchase Your Next Gift from a MOB
Whatever gift or holiday you are shopping for, there's a MOB for that!
Not sure what to buy? Ask the MOB for gift suggestions (after all, she's a pro at at what she sells) or purchase a gift certificate for later use.
Tell a Friend About Your Favorite Mom Owned Business
Don't be shy about shouting out your favorite small businesses! Tell everyone!
Go further and tell lots of people! Shout them out on social media or include them in a list of your favorite mom owned businesses.
Did you snap a food or coffee picture the last time you supported a mom owned restaurant or coffee shop? Share it!
Do you have a necklace you love or earrings you always wear purchased from artist? Share it!
Do you have a "can't live live out" lotion, face cream, or other product made or sold by a MOB? Share it!
Switch Out One Item You Normally Buy from a Big Box Retailer or Grocery Store
You'd be amazed at how many grocery store items can be purchased from a mom!
Try switching out one product every month and after a year, you'll have switched to supporting twelve mom-owned/made products each month!
You'll cut down on trips to the grocery store, too!
Be a Connector
Do you know someone who would love a MOB's product? Tag the friend in a post or send them an email with the link to the product/service.
Tag or share the name of your favorite mom owned business the next time someone is looking for a product or service the MOB sells.
Do you have a collaboration or referral that would be great fit for a MOB? Be a connector!
Hire a MOB the Next Time You Need a Service
Whatever service you're looking for, there's a MOB for that!
Mom business owners are lawyers, CPAs, electricians, plumbers, doctors, nutritionists, stylists, photographers, and so much more.
Use our mom owned business directory (the largest in the United States) to find the service provider you need!
Sign Up for a MOB Email List
A great way to stay connect to your favorite mom owned business is to sign up for the email list. That way you won't miss an update or a chance to support them!
Send Them a Note of Encouragement
Owning a business has highs and lows. It can be challenging and lonely. Let them know you appreciate them with a quick message.
Commit to Supporting Small Businesses All Year
MOBtober only lasts for 31 days, and we hope it inspires you to think more about where you spend your money and the types of businesses you support.