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

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

“What will it take to show you that it’s not the life it seems. I tell you time and time again you say the words, but don’t know what it means to be a joke…”

This lyric is from the song “I’m Not Okay (I Promise)” by My Chemical Romance.

“What will it take to show you that it’s not the life it seems?”

For me it was a kick in the teeth or as of a week and a half ago, a dresser in the teeth.

“I told you time and time again you say the words..”

I’m fine.

“…and don’t know what it means.”

The entire song is one I belt out when I’m having a bad day, and sometimes even a good day.

There’s really something cathartic about cranking it up and letting go.

These lyrics in particular speak to me because the words are things I want to say to people in no uncertain terms.

However, it’s not socially acceptable to tell people you’re not okay.

The fantasy that we have to be okay at all times is expected.

When you don’t fall into that line, and step off of it, you seem to be the joke.

Appearing to be okay all the time is honestly toxic and pretending that we are all okay all the time is the joke.

Sometimes it’s better to not be okay than it is to be okay. I promise.

Until next time.

Classically,

Angela

We all know that no matter how much or how often we get into that place of “flow” where you’re motivated and everything is going smoothly, there will come a point where everything falls flat.

I believe that we all experience a lack of motivation at one point or another.

I feel unmotivated, a lot.

Those of you who know me, may be surprised to hear me say that, but I really do.

One thing that has helped me in becoming motivated or getting around a lack of motivation to get things done is through personal development.

In my personal development work I find snippets of things from various places that I find valuable.

Today, I wanted to take the time to share this value with you with the following 5 quotes.

Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.

Albert Einstein

Joy, feeling one’s own value, being appreciated and loved by others, feeling useful and capable of production are all factors of enormous value for the human soul.

Maria Montessori

There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself.

Henry David Thoreau

The major value in life is not what you get. The major value in life is what you become.

Jim Rohn

All work is noble; the only ignoble thing is to live without working. There is need to realize the value of work in all its forms whether manual or intellectual, to be called ‘mate,’ to have sympathetic understanding of all forms of activity.

Maria Montessori

I hope that at least one of these was helpful to you as you work through your Monday.

Or any day that you happen upon this post for that matter.

I’m always glad to pass on the things that I gather to maybe help others too.

Until next time.

Classically,

Angela

Most people would agree that staying hydrated is important.

Staying hydrated keeps everything in working order.

For lack of a better way to put it being hydrated keeps everything lubricated.

It helps keep many bodily functions running in working order, especially in helping your kidneys eliminate toxins.

In this post I am not going to shy away from how hydration helps the body and what bodily functions are affected by it.

You have been warned.

The topic of hydration has fostered a debate on how much is enough and how much is too much.

I am going to give you 6 do’s and don’t’s around staying hydrated.

This first one, I’m just going to dive right in.

Do check the color of your urine.

This is a sure fire way to check your level of hydration and sometimes your health in general.

If it is a dark yellow color you’re probably dehydrated.

If it’s really dark, seek medical attention.

If it’s clear, like the same color as water clear, you’re over hydrated.

If there’s blood in your urine, seek medical help.

Do keep track of how much water you are drinking throughout your day.

I believe that the best way to do this is to get a decent sized water bottle to take with you.

Related: My top 5 favorite water bottles.

I recommend one where the place you put your mouth to drink from is protected.

This is important especially if you’re going to leave it on a surface at work or outside of your home.

Don’t drink water based solely on an arbitrary number.

We have all heard the recommendation to drink 8 glasses of water a day.

Some of us have heard that you have to do some algebra to determine the amount of water you should drink based on your weight.

The problem with both of these is that it doesn’t account for the amount of liquid you are getting from your food.

If you are eating a balanced diet with fruits and vegetables you should be getting some hydration from your food.

This one actually relates back to the first two do’s.

Track the amount of water you’re drinking, and if you find your urine is a decent yellow color you’re good.

Again, if it’s clear you drank too much.

Don’t drink water directly from the faucet.

I know that people survive drinking water from the tap.

However, unless you are checking your city’s water processing I don’t recommend it.

There are many affordable ways to get filtered water at home.

I recommend getting a pitcher with a filter or get one that attaches to your sink.

They even make ones that filter inside the water bottle directly.

Also, more public places are getting filtered water bottle fountains.

It’s for the environment, but also to make sure you’re getting clean water.

Do consume water rich foods.

Usually whole foods are very water rich because, well they were grown using water.

I’m talking about your fruits and vegetables.

Not only will this help keep you hydrated, but you are also providing your body with nutrient rich food.

If you want to read more on the topic of hydration, check out the following links:

Keys to Staying HydratedPolyclinic
Staying Hydrated Staying HealthyAmerican Heart Association
Keys and Benefits of Consistent Hydration– Crisp Regional Hospital

Want to know what I like to use to help support my kidneys? Check out this caffeine-free tea.

If this was valuable to you or might be valuable to someone you know, definitely share this post.

Until next time.

Classically,

Angela

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