As an amateur blogger, it seems that I have tried many ways, types, and platforms to get started.

I started out with an affiliate blog, but as I went on the message didn’t resonate with me.

It was kind of downing the necessary activities that produce income when done well.

I started out on my own looking at Pinterest and coming up with a clever blog name, Angie Ruiz, Bee’s Knees.

That name and blog didn’t have a clear direction and was a weird glob of my personal life, my small business that my partner company now has stringent compliance to follow, and just stuff.

I tried to classify it as health and wellness. Not quite.

I went into authenticity, then there was Authentically Angela.

While that was good and close, there was a problem and here’s where we find ourselves in a story within a story.

I got the idea to start a proofreading business trying to figure out what I’m going to do for work now that I’ve stopped teaching for the time being.

I googled how to start a proofreading company, and the first step to starting a company is to come up with a name.

I came up with a name for that business, which I will release once I’ve gotten my LLC good to go with that, but here’s the kicker.

I decided to google my blog name “Authentically Angela.” There were so many results that popped up, that while the title was an expression of where I’m heading in life, it obviously wasn’t unique.

So, I started doing a brain dump for my blog, much like I did with my proofreading business.

I used word that I put in a prior Facebook post asking people if they could use three words to describe me, what would they be.

I liked classy, but “Classy Angela,” wasn’t quite a ringer.

Then it hit me, Classically Angela.

I liked the ring of it, but I had to hit the google and check social platforms…

BINGO! No one used this name anywhere that I could find.

It was mine. It was me, and I am going to keep this one personal and close.

Classically Angela is a personal blog about my life, and it’s going to have all of the things in it that make me, me, and all of those things that I’ve learned that I want to teach, show, or recommend to you.

Now, you can take everything I tell you with a grain of salt. I’m no guru, or expert in anything, except maybe music education. I have a masters degree, six years experience, research, and hundreds of hours of professional development I have accumulated since my freshman year of college.

I will own that. I worked my ass off for that… even though I’m not teaching anymore.

That identity crisis is a whole other blog post.

However, I am able to apply the basics of what I have done with half of my life to bring you recommendations, lessons, and my true self so that way there are little nuggets that maybe you can apply to your own life.

And this time, if this blog turns into a weird shit show, I’m sticking with it, because I’m tossing the perfectionism and lack of naming research that killed the other blogs out the door.

Welcome to Classically Angela. Enjoy your stay.

Classically yours,

Angela

Greetings readers,

It’s been a while!

My bad…

I have something that’s been sitting in my mind, that seems to be beneficial but it’s actually irksome.

Over compartmentalization…

Now on the surface it seems like a good thing.

It creates more jobs for more people.

It allows people to get more specialized knowledge.

Putting more compartments into a thing makes it better.

Or does it…

Let’s continue with a mechanical metaphor.

The extra cogs benefit the machine when all the cogs are doing what they are supposed to be doing.

However when some of the cogs aren’t doing what their job properly, it prevents more cogs from working than it realizes.

This really grinds the gears of the cogs that actually want to perform their function properly.

It creates a sickness in the machine that is not noticeable at first if noticed at all.

When it does become noticeable though the keeper of the machine decides to dispose of that area entirely.

The good cogs and bad cogs get thrown out because it’s easier to start over than it is to repair the area.

Thus everything gets replaced, but there really is no marked improvement.

The cure doesn’t fix the symptoms because the powers that be are focused on quantity of cogs instead of quality.

Oh and don’t become an old cog…

The powers that be seem to really stop caring about how hard you worked before you aged out of being part of the machine.

The cogs metaphor is intentional.

When looking at people as numbers or things the owner of the machine never being a cog himself knows there’s a sickness.

However, never being a cog himself doesn’t understand how to create the cure.

This maintains the cycle known as the status quo.

It’s hard to challenge the status quo at the bottom or as the smallest cog.

There are boundaries that prevent the issues from adequately being solved.

Even if you went against the groove the powers that be can easily replace you with a cog that falls in line.

That is the nature of the beast, and trying to be the best damn cog you can be while wrestling the best gets really old… really fast.

Alright, here’s another quick and somewhat easy recipe.

If you don’t have some of these spices, you can omit them and it’ll be just as good.

You can also omit everything except what I call the holy trinity—salt, pepper, and oregano.

Feel brave? Throw in a jalapeño or red pepper flakes.

I have to tell you, my cooking isn’t an exact science, and as you can see A LOT of things are interchangeable.

All I can say is that there are certain spices you CANNOT be heavy handed with.

Here we go. Here’s what you’re going to need.

  • Rice (I like to use uncooked rice to start but minute rice works)
  • Ground beef
  • Cooking oil
  • Onion
  • Garlic (I use the preminced stuff)
  • Bell peppers
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Oregano
  • Cloves
  • Coriander
  • Paprika
  • Tumeric
  • Cumin
  • Tomato sauce
  • Apple cider vinegar (or nah.)

So let’s get it.

Load your rice into your rice cooker. Doesn’t matter what kind. If you use minute rice but it directly into the meat sauce AT THE END.

Chop your onions and bell peppers.

Put you cooking oil in the pan, turn it on medium heat.

Toss in your onions and garlic. Cook until onions are translucent.

Add bell pepper.

Then add your ground beef. And add my holy trinity of spices— salt, pepper, and oregano.

Let it brown.

Since my roommate doesn’t like vinegar, I do this next to cook out the ACV as much as possible. DO NOT be heavy handed with it, you will regret it (one tablespoon or less)

Then add your other spices. I’ll tell you the ones to not be heavy handed with:

Clove will make it too aromatic no more than a half teaspoon.

Coriander, omit if you’re really sensitive to cilantro.

Now, hit it with the holy trinity (salt, pepper, and oregano)

Add the tomato sauce. Let it bubble.

If your rice is not done turn your meat to simmer.

Add rice in when it’s done.

If you are using minute rice, dump it in, stir and let it cook until the rice is done.

Now it is time to eat. Enjoy.

Classically,

Angela

If you’re looking for a healthy recipe, this ain’t it.

If you’re looking for a quick meal that is greasy, cheesy heaven in your mouth, this recipe is for you.

If you got kids they can help with this one too.

I’m not going to inundate you with an elaborate back story.

It was my turn to cook and we decided to try this because we kept buying Doritos Locos Tacos from Taco Bell.

So here’s what you’ll need.

  • A casserole dish
  • Ground beef
  • Cooking oil
  • Family size Doritos
  • Shredded cheese doesn’t really matter what kind.
  • A packet of Taco Bell taco seasoning
  • A can of tomato sauce
  • Cream of mushroom soup (trust me on this it binds your taco meat)
  • Garnish with sour cream and possibly other taco toppings.

Pre heat your oven to 400.

Put a pan on the stove at medium heat (or medium high depending on your stove and pan) add your cooking oil.

You know when your pan is hot enough when the oil kind of spreads on the bottom. Swirl the pan to coat the bottom.

Brown your ground beef.

Add the tomato sauce, cream of mushroom, and the taco packet, mix well let it kind of bubble and remove from heat.

If you for kids they’ll probably love to help you with this part. Start crushing them Doritos.

I added a Doritos first as a bottom layer.

Then the meat layer. Add some of the cheese. Some more Doritos.

If you have left over ground beef, do ground beef, cheese, then top it off with Doritos and cheese.

Modification: if you don’t want to do layers, put the meat in the bottom, put on the Doritos, and then the cheese.

For this part you can’t wander too far from the oven because it won’t take long for everything to bake and melt, about 10-15 minutes.

Don’t forget your oven mitts, set that thing on the stove.

Add toppings or don’t, but it’s time for a mouth full of greasy cheesy joy.

Until next time.

Classically,

Angela

Hellooooooo…

I just wanted to pop in to let you all know…

I haven’t forgotten about my blog.

I’ve been writing rather prolifically, but it’s been fan fiction.

It is not likely that I will share these novels (some of these are 50,000 words long and there are 10 different ones) but I will say I’m glad that I’m putting time and effort into something…

Even though I’ll probably be the only person reading it.

If you aren’t sure what fan fiction is, it’s when you take something that already exists, but write your own plot lines.

At this point though I’ve created enough scenarios and original characters that I could put them all together to make my own original work.

I don’t know. We will see.

The point is I haven’t stopped writing. I just stopped sharing the things that I write.

I also wanted to let everyone know that I’m still here.

Until next time (hopefully sooner rather than later).

Classically,

Angela

In order to improve my writing, I have looked for various resources for ideas.

I stumbled on a list of writing prompts that I’ve decided to work through.

I may not share all of them with you, but some will make their way into my blog.

This particular prompt directed me to write about the weather outside my window or if that was boring the weather of somewhere I wish I could be.

I opted for somewhere I wish I could be, so without further ado, here is…

Outside My Window

The frosty breeze cuts through the cracks around the window seam, bringing some of the chilly air inside.

A chill that is challenged by a warm fire in a regal brick chimney, guarded by a beautiful golden gate inside the cabin.

As I sit in my chair by the fire wrapped in a blanket drinking hot tea, I see the glistening snow outside of my cabin in the Rocky Mountains.

My comfy T-Rex slippers and the warmth of the fire protect my feet from the chill on the tile floor as I get up to look more closely.

The sky is clear as the sun is setting in a sea of white.

The only indication of the distant forest is the broad trunks of mighty trees.

The air is so cool that the snow remained unbothered by the sunlight.

As the moon began to rise, the clear sky twinkled with many stars.

It’s near impossible to see this many stars in the city.

Clouds started to roll in as I moved back to my seat by the fire, putting my feet up and wrapping myself back up in my Spongebob quilt.

It was very likely that the clouds were bringing fresh snow to drip into the vast expanse of snow outside my window.

My assumption was confirmed as I nodded off.

Little white specs fell gently from the sky.

It was a beautiful scene to set the tone for sweet dreams.

I hope you enjoyed this short story.

Until next time.

Classically,

Angela

I’ve come to that point in my life where I listen to more podcasts than music.

It really gets me to listen to other people’s ideas and opinions that matter to me.

It also gives me a perspective that may be different from mine.

It’s the new age version of watching the news or talk shows without all the bells, whistles, and bull crap.

I have a rotation of ones I love.

I thought I would share those with you today.

Becoming Bulletproof with Tracy O’Malley

This is my number one go to podcasts for many reasons.

First, what hooked me was how she talked about the evolution of Howard Stern in the first episode.

Second, how she shares the Enneagram.

The interviews are spectacular. I’m probably going to say this on most of these.

The Mindset Mentor with Rob Dial

This is the OG podcast that got me started on podcasts.

I love this one because Rob likes to keep things as concise as possible while dropping mind blowing tips.

ProjectME with Tiffany Carter

I actually found this podcast through her interview with Tracy O’Malley.

I love how unfiltered the truth and advice is given on this show.

The Tim Ferris Show

I recently discovered this podcast from an email newsletter I get from Zach Spear, founder of MLM Rebels.

What hooked me was his interview with Sia.

I always thought she was weird. The good kind of weird.

This interview confirms that I love Sia and Tim’s style of interviewing people.

They can be long, but the conversations never miss a beat or get boring.

There are lots of nuggets of wisdom and it just feels more conversational than like an interview.

On Purpose with Jay Shetty

This is another podcast where the interviews can get conversational with nuggets of wisdom all throughout.

It’s no surprise to me because Jay Shetty actually used to be a monk.

I think that’s part of what makes his perspective interesting to me.

He is out here asking the real questions and he helps you to dig a little deeper.

The Ziglar Show with Kevin Miller

My love of Zig Ziglar and his wisdom is some of my favorite stuff.

They incorporate that wisdom throughout while addressing topics such as having dreams so big they scare you.

Unf*ck Your Brain with Kara Lowenthal

I basically love how she calls the listeners her chickens and she has a really soothing voice.

That’s not all I love though.

There is so much empowerment in this podcast.

Greatness Radio with Les Brown

If you don’t know Les Brown, you should because he is a legend.

Most of these podcasts I got into after I stepped in the field of an entrepreneur.

Les has guided many people to greatness including our main man who shaped our childhoods, Walt Disney.

Les just reminds you of how much greatness is already in each of us and how to cultivate it.

What are some of your favorite podcasts?

Until next time.

Sincerely,

Angela

RuPaul is right.

The struggle is real, and it will continue to be real.

So, I’ve started asking myself the following questions;

“What pain are you willing to sustain? What do you want to struggle for?”

These are questions created and addressed by Mark Manson.

This man actually asks the real questions and some of these questions are really hard.

The basics behind this is we often share what it is that we want.

The things we share are often about having the perfect life, but it doesn’t address what we are willing to do to get it.

You can read more about this in the blog post here, or buy his book The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck here.

Recently, I’ve come into a transitional phase in my life.

One where I have to address “Who am I and what do I value?”

So far I’ve been answering this question based on past experiences and expectations outside of myself.

The truth is that some of the things I want to do might seem strange.

I recently got a job as a remote customer service person.

Basically like a call center for your home.

I’m excited for this because I’ll still get to help people, even though a lot of them may be angry.

Teaching middle school, heck, even kindergarten has prepared me for this.

Now, before you get all judge-y about call center jobs let me tell you a story.

It’s about three masons, putting a building together.

All three of them are doing the same job.

The first one had the mindset of, “I’m just laying some bricks.”

The second one said, “I’m making a building.”

The third one said, “I’m building a house of God.”

The difference between the three is this; the first one saw what he was doing as a job, the second one a career, and the third one saw what he was doing as his passion.

I want to reiterate that they were all doing the same type of work.

It’s about the mindset behind the work.

Angela Duckworth covers this in the chapter on Passion from her book Grit.

When we talk about passion, we see it as something outside of what we are already doing and it comes from a place of lack.

The place we should start with is what we already do, what we like to do, and how we can use those things we like to do.

Then, we can channel them into what we already do or find other places that those things would be helpful.

So when it comes to doing this new job…

The thing that most excites me is the combination of these things while helping people understand the fine print.

If you know me, you know I read EVERYTHING.

I get particular joy reading through health plans.

If someone is struggling with anything that requires combing through the fine print, I’ll go through and help them figure out if they are justified and what they can do.

So the pain I’m willing to sustain is to help people resolve issues over the phone.

Do I think I will be building houses of God doing this? That remains to be seen.

I’m so pumped about this, though.

That may sound strange to some people, but I’m no longer basing my life on the opinions of some people.

That’s how I lost myself in the first place, and now have to struggle with questions like this in my 30’s.

Of course I’m learning that doesn’t even matter because no matter what our age we are transitioning in one way or another.

What is it that you are willing to struggle for?

Until next time.

Sincerely,

Angela

(Note: If this spoke to you or you know someone else who needs to hear that they should just let themselves enjoy the things they actually want to struggle through, give it a share. I am also not getting anything out of sharing Mark’s stuff. I just think he is asking the real questions and putting the unfiltered truth into the universe. Seriously, read his stuff. The same goes for Angela Duckworth.)

Do you ever look around your home and feel overwhelmed by the amount of stuff you’ve accumulated?

Don’t worry, you aren’t alone.

More than half of the American population— 51.8% according to ebates— engage in retail therapy.

The unfortunate side effect is more things hanging around your home.

I am no different, so I will be using these tips as well.

These are taken from Mind Over Clutter by Nicola Lewis. Grab a copy of the book here.

First, remove everything from the room with the exception of your furniture.

The reason for this is that smaller items can escape this process.

Second, sort through your items and create four separate piles.

Keep the things that you use at least once a month and sort everything else into the three other piles; donate, sell, or throw away.

If you find something in it’s original packaging, you aren’t using it, so get rid of it.

Next, clean the whole room from top to bottom.

Since all the items have been removed from the room, it’ll be easier to clean the insides of drawers and high shelves.

Finally, carefully put everything you’re keeping back into the room.

The whole purpose is bring peace of mind, so take extra care on this step.

Remember, a place for everything and everything in its place.

Until next time.

Classically,

Angela

It’s that time of year AND it’s THAT year.

The 2020 presidential election is around the corner.

That means we are being inundated with advertisements.

This post isn’t going to lean one way or the other, but it is going to be an observation and explanation on why certain people don’t win.

They don’t win because the advertisements of their opponents is focused on the negative aspects of the opponent.

It’s not about what they actually plan to do for the people using their influence.

It appeals to our emotions.

That’s what you want to do when marketing something.

However, constantly talking about your opponent is imprinting his or her name in the subconscious mind of the general populace.

There are definitely polarized people who are going to vote one way or the other, advertisements be damned.

The people that win elections are those who are unsure.

It’s a wild card because they can go one way or the other.

So when they get to the voting booth they will vote on name recognition.

It’s not people who aren’t sure that vote on name recognition, most of us do.

Therefore, if I were running political ads, my face and name would be all over them and my opponent would be nowhere near my ads.

Debates are for sharing the space an opponent not campaign ads.

Instead of focusing on what we DON’T want, we should be putting more energy into what we DO want.

Focusing on what we don’t want will manifest that outcome.

Focusing on what we DO want will manifest that outcome.

I see it in people’s social media profiles too.

The memes talking shit about the person they aren’t voting for.

I’ve seen politicians even talk more about their opponents and it’s all trash.

I’m disappointed that this is what we’ve come to.

I often talk about how our thoughts manifest into reality and how we are always co-creating our reality with others.

Look at how you’re promoting (or not promoting) about the candidate you believe in.

Are you going to like what will happen if the thing you’re focusing on becomes reality?

If not, I highly recommend changing your focus from what you don’t want to what you do want.

Until next time.

Classically,

Angela

Do you often feel like something is missing in your life?

Do you feel like because you’re a certain age you should be more put together?

Well, I’m here to tell you that not everyone has everything figured out.

If someone says they have it all figured out they are lying to you or are ignoring the fact that life is a co-creative process.

Generally, when we see people, especially on social media, we see the finished product.

I’ve noticed that even those trying to be vulnerable on social media still look like a finished product on some level.

I’m not saying I don’t do the same thing.

If I don’t do my videos live, I redo them until that strand of hair stays in place or something.

I’m not knocking it, being vulnerable is hard.

The point is this, we have more time to compare ourselves to other based on social media because we are sitting at home, and it’s time to stop.

It’s okay to not have everything figured out, don’t let the outside world try to convince you otherwise.

When we attempt to have every single thing figured out, there comes a level of rigidity and extremes.

You have your meal plan figured out for the whole month, so you’re afraid to leave your house because it will derail the whole thing.

Or you’ve decided you’re going to do factory work, work until you retire, and live off a pension until you die.

Then you’re blindsided by the fact that they are moving your work overseas or are closing down the factory.

This is true with any job, but I feel like factory workers get shafted a lot, just like farmers.

When you go through life with that rigid belief can throw you when the rug is pulled out from under you.

It’s like the parable about the dude who built his house on the rock and the dude who built his house on the sand.

The guy with the sand house was sure that it wasn’t going to rain, there would be no wind, and the sand will always be there.

If you know the story you know what happened to that guy’s house.

Another great example is from the book, “Who Moved My Cheese?”

The guy who demanded the cheese comes back and kind of sits there gets into huge trouble.

However, the people who are actively looking for the cheese don’t know where it is, but if they keep walking they’ll find out.

Read the book, the author tells it better than my poor summation of the story.

If you’re sure you have it all figured out, the rigidity of it can and will implode.

Another reason that it’s okay to not have it figured out is that it gives you the opportunity for growth.

It also gives you the space to realize that not having everything figured out is not the same as lacking something.

I’ve given this talk before about how there’s nothing to fix, there are just opportunities to grow.

Feeling terrible because Brenda from high school seems to have it figured out but you don’t is a scarcity mindset.

Coming from a place of abundance would give Brenda the grace of being fallible, and giving yourself the same grace.

Because believe me, Brenda is fallible, just like you are, just like I am.

That’s okay.

Don’t ask me why I chose Brenda. Brenda is just the first name that comes to my mind when I make up scenarios.

To summarize this whole thing, it’s okay to not have everything figured out because it allows you to be flexible, to have room for growth, to come from an abundance mindset, and to be able to participate in the co-creative process with all of us other schmucks who don’t have everything figured out either.

Until next time.

Classically,

Angela

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