Sunday, August 12, 2018

Super Angie...Living

I've always loved writing. In Elementary school I would save up money, bike to the local bookstore (the one by QFC in Redmond that always had THE BABYSITTER'S CLUB new released books and always had a big fat cat in the window). At this store, or Lakeside Drug next door, I would find THE PERFECT blank hard back journal. I would thoughtfully pick one out- usually with kittens on the front and then write a full blown novel based on that picture. I wrote so many "books". I doubt any of them would be interesting to read now but my point is, I loved to just write.

Fast forward to Junior High.  The late 80s, early 90s. I loved logging onto Prodigy and writing on message boards. I loved social media from an early age. I met friends all across the US.   I loved writing hand written letters too. Countless pen pals. I love connecting with people. I'm a people person.

Life is so funny how it has swells of highs and the tide of the Puget sound. Sometimes the water is so inviting- like running to the beach at Fort Casey on a hot August day, but you would NEVER go in that same water on a January matter how sunny it was.  Writing sort of turned that way for me with my blog. I felt judged. I knew "certain people" were reading my blog and hating me. So I stopped. It's time to jump back in...after all, it is August...and 100 degrees in Utah. Bless.

I've been a long time fan of Jennifer Kirk. Brilliant Ice skater from years ago. But now she is just a fun person to follow on Instagram. She talked recently about how HAPPY she is because she's truly living.  I feel the same.

My concussion, broken foot, tendinitis, weight gain yada yada really took a toll on me. I was so sad. So depressed. So lost.  But skating in Sun Valley helped me feel ALIVE again.  And now that I feel alive, it's time to start LIVING again, which includes blogging or journaling. And to be honest...I type a lot faster then I write with pen (and it doesn't cramp my fingers) so blogging it is. Typing. :)

In June I was thinking- I might always been "sick". There might not be a real future. I had given up on recovering from this concussion. I didn't want to live. Then I went to Sun Valley with my friend Libby and I met some amazing coaches. The challenge of learning new things and having people believe in me, mixed with skating outside in such a positive environment helped me be brave enough to touch that Puget Sound water-- it was July after all.  I came home from that trip changed. I had a light. A new light inside me, or maybe it was my old light was back. Regardless, I was changed and so happy. 

Then the first weekend of August I went back for five days of hard choreography and lots of inspiring lessons. I met new friends and found myself again. I was HAPPY. How long had it been since I was this happy? I was living again.

So my question...have you gotten stuck? Have you stopped LIVING because the water is too cold or you got a cramp in your hand? Have you stopped shining because of a failed relationship, the judgment of others, a death in the family or change in your job?

Micheal Jordan said:  I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Super Angie...full of joy

It's Sunday.  It's dark and cloudy. There is lightning and thunder. And RAIN! It's a perfect Seattle evening in Utah. I've been praying for pray. Our state really needs it. Fires, smokey skies, dusty mountain bike trails, allergens. Yes, indeed we have needed it. And I've been praying. God delivered.

July in Utah is HOT. Like way too HOT.  So hot that most native Utahans complain about it being "too hot". 

I'm thankful for Air Conditioning.
I'm thankful for early morning sun rays coming over the mountains, lighting each nook and cranny of the mountain range. 
I'm thankful for warm smiles at church and friends who can sing really well (who tend to sit next to me).
I'm thankful for kids who bake brownies- even if other family members eat them all before we can deliver them.
I'm thankful for a husband who works so dang hard so I can stay home and "just be a mom".
I'm thankful that my mom, so many years ago, put together a photo album of pictures of me growing up. Some are formal family pics. Some are funny things we did in the yard or me shooting a nerf gun at Grandma's house at Easter (complete with me wearing my Easter dress!). 
I'm thankful for
I'm thankful for my dog and that I'm not allergic to her.
I'm thankful for helping hands around the house.
I'm thankful my brain handled church today.
I'm thankful for the book of Mormon. I know it's true. I testify that it is the word of God.
I'm thankful that God hasn't left us without a prophet on the earth in these latter days. I know Russel M Nelson is a prophet- just like Moses was!
I'm thankful for repentance. I'm not perfect. I make so many mistakes. I'm so thankful I can go to my heavenly father and ask for forgiveness and guidance.

I've found that life is sometimes sooooo very hard. But it's when we recognize our blessings and show God our gratitude AND when we serve and help others, that when we find true Joy.

I'm so full of Joy as I continue to recover from this concussion. It's not easy but I'm finding the joy in the journey.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Post Concussion Syndrome - outside my brain

I'm recovering from Post Concussion Syndrome. It's such a complex thing and no two brain injuries are the same.  I choose to take more holistic approach to my recovery. Here is my journey.

The first two weeks I experienced the worst headaches I have ever had. I also had nausea, confusion and depression. Suicidal thoughts were normal- because the pain from the headaches were so bad. I just wanted it to end. I think it's important for people to understand PCS recovery. It's not "just in your head" or something you can "get better soon" from. 

I remember laying in bed, in my dark room, unable to function.  I am thankful for kind neighbors and of course my husband and kids for running errands.  I couldn't go grocery shopping. I tried and it was just sensory overload.  I''m so thankful two sweet friends made trips to the store just to get me oranges. If you know someone suffering from PCS, don't ask them, just do it. Go grocery shopping for them. It will be so appreciated!

The first real turning point came when my sweet and patient husband suggested we go for a walk on a nearby recpath.  We walked REALLY slow. I mean, like painfully slow to anyone watching. One might have thought I was actually 90 yrs old. It was THAT slow. We sat on benches several times. Our focus was on nature. We notices bushes, flowers, trees. The sun set, the mountains, birds and the creek.  Rick wasn't in a hurry, which was nice. We weren't out there to exercise, do cardio, complete a segment on Strava or anything else. We were on a mission to HEAL MY BRAIN. Slow and steady.

I noticed that night that my head wasn't hurting as bad. 

The next day I laid outside in the sun. Again, I choose to focus on the sun, the wind in the trees and the birds. My dog cuddled up on my lap. She wouldn't leave my side.  The sun felt so good. I had never really liked being in the sun- must be the ice skater in me. I preferred inside, air conditioning and staying away from all the plants in Utah that cause my allergies and asthma to flair up. But after seeing how nature was helping my head, I knew I HAD to go out every day. I started craving it!

The headaches were still there but not as bad. And the nausea was far less. I started walking every day. Sometimes on a rec path. Sometimes on mtn bike trails. And I even started visiting a campground near by. I would park in the picnic area and then walk up and down the road. The smells, sounds and environment were so calming. I took my dog, daughter, husband and even my dad when he came to visit.

Being outside became my new normal!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Super Angie...friends

A friend recently said
"You know when you really want to have a friend to hang out with and then suddenly a friend comes into your life and you now have the opportunity to hang out, but then you realize, the reason you never had a friend before was simply because you are so crazy busy, you don't have time for hanging out".

Wow. Totally made sense and I totally could relate to this. Completely relate.

All my life, everyone has had close friends, except me. I would look in, seeing their joy, happiness, movie outtings, BFF trips, secrets, shopping times and inside stories and jokes. I always looked, longing and wishing I was somehow cool enough to have friends like that. I never did, which only meant...I wasn't cool enough.

In February, I went to Maui, where I grew close to old and new friends. Really close. Closer then I have ever been before. And since coming back home, I've realized...I need to BE a friend and MAKE THE TIME in order to HAVE A FRIEND.

And so I began...reaching out. Texting. Calling. Emailing. Sending a gift or a card. Meeting up for lunch, fitness, a much needed hug. Letting friends know I'm thinking of them, that I care. And in return, I have found, new friendships blossoming like Spring.

So my question for all of you to think about...who's life can YOU touch for better? Who will you text today, just to say THINKING OF YOU. Will you break out of your hermit life and take a chance? Will you open your circle of friendship to someone you haven't before? Will you compliment someone. Will you give LOVE freely--no matter if it's returned.

I was recently talking to a friend whom I admire. I asked her "What would you do? I have a friend whom I love and adore and I think she feels the same way towards me" (she cut me off before I could continue)  "BE VERY THANKFUL" is what she said.

And so yes... tonight I am overcome with gratitude for my many friends. Friends near and far. Friends old and young.  I'm beyond BLESSED

Friday, March 13, 2015

Super Angie...freeing myself

This winter has been hard. Coaching in 10 degree temps for hours on end. Freezing.

Freezing was something I hadn't expected. "I'm a figure skater! I love the cold" I always say.  But this winter, I froze in a new way. I let stress and worry and doom and gloom get to me. I let it all freeze me to my soul. I was happy- smiling, laughing, kissing, hugging. But I was frozen.

I earned an all expense paid trip to Maui with Origami Owl because I was in the top 1% of designers for sales for this past fall. Out of 60,000 people, I was one of around 350 who got to live at the Sheraton for just shy of a week.  Maui was good for me. I thawed out. I met some incredible woman who helped break me of my frozen fears. The daily reminders of "You are so beautiful Angie" was just what I needed. These new friends (besties) didn't care if I won a medal. They didn't care if I had been in movies. They didn't care how big my house was or what I drove. In fact they didn't know much about me other then that I had worked my butt off to earn this trip- just like they did. But some how in a matter of minutes, we became closer then I ever have to a group of woman.

Breaking the cold out of me took more then the warm sun of Hawaii. It took more then pineapple juice, or long walks on the beach. It took more then swimming with Terry the Turtle (#terry #turtlechicks). It took more then holding a friend's hand and more then good meals. Breaking the frozen out of me was taught to me in their actions. Their words. The love they showed me. The "Let it go".

After returning back to my frozen tundra of Keystone, and returning back to skating and coaching on the frozen magical lake, I paid my money and entered my name to compete at US Adult Figure Skating Nationals in April. And what was I going to skate to? Let it Go from Frozen.

Now that training has set in and Nationals is 4 weeks away, panic sets in. Am I prepared? No. Not really?  Am I working hard? I try. Am I determined? YES!

Yesterday was particularly hard a the rink. I'm learning a new skill, to perform at Nationals. Did I mention how soon Nationals is? Freaking out! As I skate to Let it Go (and I hear the groans of skaters and coaches everywhere of the overused music), I find myself repeating "I suck". "Wow. That was horrible". Demeaning, degrading things, because I can't skate it perfect.

Then I am must fall to rise. You must travel through pain to enjoy the bliss. You must stumble to get better. You must slide across the ice (freshly zammed so not only was I on the ice, but in the fresh zam water) face first, in front of everyone in order to learn balance.

I cry on the phone to one of my Maui besties. I talk with my husband. I chat online with a few friends. And then I pull up my big girl panties.

Remember in Frozen how FREEING it was for Elsa to March up that mountain, freezing everything in her path? Letting Go of everything inside her and...just being her? I feel like this Spring, I'm learning this. I'm learning to LET GO of fear. LET GO of insecurities. LET GO of pain and sorrow and let the tears flow. AND THEN to pick up and move on. I'm breaking out of my shy self (stop laughing! I actually am quite shy and non social) and tackling new friendships, new service opportunities, new tricks. I'm finding Angie...the Angie that was frozen.

The cold never bothered me anyway

(I have been very inspired by one of these new friendships formed on the frozen lake. Please enjoy the blog of my new friend Jaci.   )

Friday, December 19, 2014

Super Angie...Super 39

I only got one material gift- this cute scarf I'm wearing..  But Tanith made me an ornament, Dallin got 100% on his math test and Brennan drew me a penguin pic. I was able to skate for a bit in the morning and a longer time at night- while it was snowing. MAGICAL! Had lunch at my favorite place with Rick...the owners are on FB so when I walked in they said happy birthday! It snowed on my birthday. :) My deTerra oils came...perfect timing because poor Dallin came home really sick from school. I was able to volunteer in both Tan's and Brennan's classes. Made muffins for and got sang to by Brennan's class. Made a few sales with Origami Owl. Made muffins for my co-workers and got lots of smiles and happy birthday wishes. Got over 250 birthday wishes on FB including from Nicole Bobek, Laomi Lang, Mary Beth Marley and Alexe Gilles. Was told some really amazing, sweet, and very special things in greetings on FB, texts and private messages. And then my box of gifts for all my Origami Owl designers arrived, I was able to see a friend for a few minutes, go to Walgreens and Target with Rick, get another scarf (in night time video I posted on FB

), Hat and new mittens, plus buy some Christmas gifts for the kids.  AND Rick has another interview for a new job. It was a GREAT birthday and I'm feeling so happy to be 39.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Super Angie...Keystone Ski Resort: skating on Keystone Lake

 It's almost that time again when Keystone Lake Freezes and the magical world of Lake Skating starts!

With three Zambonis, Keystone Lake is 5 acres of CLEAN SKATING. This isn't your traditional Midwestern pond skating. Keystone lake has lights, music, hockey boards and at 9330 feet, it's the highest Zamboni maintained skating lake in North America.


8 weeks of group lessons.   Hour long classes.  8 student maximum
$90 includes rental and admission

MONDAYS: 3:30-4:30 **5th and 6th graders

TUESDAYS: 11-12: Homeschool class (all ages)
4:30-5:30 Teen Class (7th grade and above)

WEDNESDAY: 4:30-5:30 3rd and 4th graders

THURSDAYS: 4:30-5:30 1st and 2nd graders

FRIDAYS: 4:30-5:30 5th and 6th graders

** advanced class (these students took from me last year)

Classes run for 8 weeks starting the week of January 5th.
At the end of February we will have a recital where all the students get to skate in group programs.
Private lessons are also available if students wish to have a solo in the recital. Date of recital TBA
Don’t see a class time that works? I am happy to work with your schedule to put together a group class. You are responsible for finding 4-8 students for the class. Contact me for more information.

If you are interested and want to pre-register, please email Angie Miske at:    Subject SKATING
Please mention: Name of skater, Age and Class desired

Angie Miske is a two time US Adult National Champion. She has been coaching off and on since 2000. She is a proud mom of 3 kids. Keystone Lake is the largest, Zamboni maintained lake in North America. 5 acres of fun at 9300 feet.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Super Angie... Kindle books

I'm so proud of my sweet husband. He has written so many books in the past year. And a lot of them are available on kindle basicly, free books!  Please go check them out.

Remember, when you shop small, you support a family. :)

"Author Charles Miske grew up with a love of reading inspired by his mom, who sometimes seemed to never put her books down. As a youth he read youth classics and science fiction. Since then he's been a fan of mountaineering and exploration tales, self-help and how-to books, young adult, paranormal romance, thriller, and horror.

His writing history goes back to the 90's with regional health and new age publications, and fanzines. With an extensive list of autobiographical mountaineering books as well as fitness books to his credit, he's now branching out into fiction. Keep an eye out for his upcoming series, a post zombie apocalypse dystopian romance

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Super Angie...things I've learned

This past year has been a year of trials.  I found this quote this morning (which is great because I just heard Elder Scott speak on Sunday at our Stake Conference broadcast).  I can even hear his voice when I read this quote.

I have learned this year, that it's time to RAISE THE BAR. It's time to stop being complacent. It's time to make new goals. Make new realities for my family. It's time to put God before everything else.  Often I think we get set in our ways. We get lazy. We have a testimony for sure, but we let the things of the world get into our life. It's time to step out. It's time to show MORE devotion. To develop MORE peace.

In Mosiah, in the Book of Mormon, we read that in the Church of God they preached Repentence, Peace and Faith. What more do you need?

I'm thankful this morning for the peace God brings to my life through living Apostles who speak today. I'm thankful for a prophet who leads our church in ways of Righteousness. I'm thankful for the holy spirit that speaks to my heart.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Super Angie.. Family

To do...Family history.
Family Home Evenings
Family prayer
Family scripture study
Family temple attendance

Friday, August 29, 2014

Super Angie... we did it!

Today, something incredible happened. I promoted to SENIOR TEAM LEAD (STL). And one of my team members, Barb, promoted to TEAM LEAD.  I am so thrilled for both of us. And for our entire team. 

Write down your goals.
Let other's know your goals.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Super Angie... words

I gave Tanith a picture of Jesus holding a lamb.
Tanith- Did Jesus marry Mary?
Me- Mary was his mother
Tanith- okay, but who was Mary who had the lamb?
Me- umm??
Tanith- you know, "Mary had a little lamb"

Super Angie...Super mother nature

 Today on the way to school, we saw this beautiful moose
 It was so exciting!
After we saw the moose, the day continued to get great. A rainbow. An Eagle. And a sea-gull with a fish.

Mother Nature is awesome

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Super Angie...SUPER CAUSE

Dear Friends. My 19 yr old nephew fought hard and won the battle against Hodgkin's. I'm raising money for the The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light The Night Walk. Please consider buying something from this origami owl link. Even a $5 charm goes a long ways. I will be giving 100% of my commission to this foundation.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Super Angie... watering yourself to grow

Blessings come in GOD'S TIME  not ours. 

Let that soak in. Absorb it. 

The best things in life take time to grow.  You have to water your plants as seeds or else you will never see the blooms, right?

It's easy to get anxious and want blessings to come quicker. This is human nature. If we sing to the Lord with Thanksgiving, and count our blessings, we will change our focus from "what we think we deserve" to "what we already have received".

Start a gratitude journal. Write in it daily.  Not just when someone on FB challenges you. Not just during November.  But do it daily!

The greatest blessing I've found is... FIND THE SILVER LININGS IN YOUR DIFFICULTIES.
 Last week, our family went to Winter Quarters, the site where the Mormon pioneers spent the winter on their trek west.
 It was cold. It was snowy.  It was yucky! They were on the banks of the Missouri River. There was sickness. They lived in small cabins.  There were many deaths.

 And yet, with all these trials, they never lost their gratitude.

So, don't get discouraged dear friends. Life is hard. There are ups and downs and more downs and some ups.  Its tricky.  It always has been. But if you take time to water yourself, count your blessings and find the silver linings in your problems, life DOES get better and you will notice God's blessings showering down all around you.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Super Angie...embrace your inner super

How did I become Super Angie? 

Many many years ago, I had a friend who was INCREDIBLE (well, she still is). She homeschools. She makes bread from scratch. She farms. She takes her kids to this thing and that thing. She is constantly doing service projects for needy. She does Meals on Wheels. She leads classes for other homeschooling parents. She participates in play groups and museum outing and space camp and most of the time, she does this without the help of her husband because his job has him living far away.


It was quite easy for me to feel less then dirt, when I compared my "I didn't burn supper" daily accomplishment list to her "I solved the world's problems" list.  Who was I?  Sure, I had three cute kids. And a loving husband. I had my special talents...duh...everyone does. BUT...I wasn't canning peaches while teaching my kids Latin. All before 7am

That's why this blog started. I realized I was heading down a bad path. A path that surely would end with Angie thinking she is dumb and lame and well...dumb.

Who is Super Angie?  It's me. Plain and Simple. 

I have things that are SPECIAL to me. Things that other people don't do.

In fact, did you know I'm the very best German speaker, canvas painter, actress, singer, Figure skater, rock climber, traveler, mom to Tanith, Brennan and Dallin, wife to Rick, Stand up Paddleboarder named Angie in the ENTIRE WORLD! Truth!

It's true. I am. I checked. And it's true.  I do that above list, collectively, better then anyone else on this planet. Do you realize how freaking awesome that is? maybe I don't can peaches, and my kids get yelled at when I feel hormonal and haven't had enough chocolate...but I do do some things that are pretty dang super.

Example:  Skating.  So two summers ago, I injured my back doing flying camels.  I love flying camels and I was so excited that I was learning to do them.
But back gave out. It was the straw that broke the camel's back (pun intended).  I was told- NO SKATING FOR 6 WEEKS at least! And then I was only allowed to skate for 30 minutes a week. And only allowed to stroke around...borring!  It was HORRIBLE!

So when I was finally allowed those 30 minutes a week, I was depressed. How do you go to a rink and skate around and do NOTHING. No spins. No jumps. No fun!  

I remember going to the rink, and skating around all depressed and this more advanced skater came up to me and told me "Don't be down. You are still an amazing skater. You have this special ability to make people feel things...even if you didn't jump at all, people would still be moved by your skating".

OH. MY. GOSH!  What? Really? Me?

I let that sink in. The next time I was allowed to skate for those 30 minutes, I skated my heart out. I used my face. I used my arms. I made every single basic stroke beautiful. THAT was my super power.

And six months later, after training and making my body stronger, I went to Adult Nationals and WON. 

Now, what would have happened if I had compared my lack of flying camels spins to someone else's marvelous flying camel spin? What if I compared my messy home to someone's beautifully perfect one? What if I compared my burned chili to someone's steak?

So...give this some thought...what are YOUR super powers?

When I skate now, I don't throw in all the jumps. I can't. My body can't handle double salchows (sal- cow) or flying camel spins.  But what I do, I do best. I groom my programs to focus on the things that are uniquely me.  I focus on MY SUPER POWERS. 


Super Angie... let's do it!

How many times do you come up with a good idea but after giving it a shot, it just doesn't work?

Did you quit on your good idea?

Did you decide your idea just must not have been as cool as you once thought?

Now, picture you child (or try to remember back to being a child).... learning to read, ride a bike, taking swim lessons...  Most of the time, the first try isn't successful, right?

I remember when my oldest son, Dallin, was learning to rock climb. He was only 6. We were all new to the sport of rock climbing and bouldering. We had an awesome gym in Utah (Momentum in Sandy) that we went to. They have a fabulous kids wall and Dallin was learning how to read a route and make it around the corner of the wall.  It took a lot of practice. You were practically upside down, going around this sharp corner.  He fell. Again and again and again, he fell. Week after week. He fell.  And the one day, he did it! OH MY GOSH! He did it! He made it around the corner.

About that same time, Dallin was in kindergarten, learning to read. It was hard.  We would always remind him that if he kept at it, he would conquer reading, just like he did rock climbing. 

Now Dallin (age 13)  has very little difficulty reading, rock climbing or anything else he puts his mind to. He learned early on that failing, is just part of the journey to succeeding.

I remember in elementary school, I fell in love with performing. I really LOVED to sing and dance, but I was kind of an ugly duckling and I was told a few times I wasn't all that great. BUT I KNEW I HAD POTENTIAL. 

I became friends during my Junior high years with a girl named Sarah Baskin. Sarah was a professional actress. She did shows on 5th Ave in Seattle. Like serious, Broadway type of shows. Sarah was amazing. But you know what was even MORE amazing then her impressive resume? Sarah BELIEVED IN ME! She gave me confidence to sing along to her audition tapes.  When I was in 7th grade, my brother was going to audition for ANNIE at his high school. I found out there were auditions for kids to come and be the orphans. Oh man! This was my big break...or so I thought. I didn't get a call back. Sarah did, and she was awesome in that production. My brother also got a part-- as DADDY WARBUCKS!  So i went to every single show. I saw front row. I had the show memorized. I snuck into my brother's room and read the script. I learned all the songs. I sang them day and night. 

 The next two years, I spent time training. Training my acting. Training my reading skills for auditions. Training my singing skills. In 9th grade, I was cast as the lead, Fern, in Charlotte's Web  Web.  That was AMAZING!

Next I went on to H.S. knowing what I wanted to do. I wanted to star in a show! I auditioned for all the shows my sophomore year. I was in them all, but not as a lead. I was in the chorus, or in the background.  Unlike some fellow cast members who assumed this meant it was okay to slack off, I came to every rehearsal. I went the extra mile to find out who my back ground character was. I volunteered. I got to know more about the theater, lighting, sets, ticket sales. By the end of that year, I was the director's helper.  Not only was I learning and growing in acting, but I was learning the ins and out of directing!

11th grade was a HUGE year. Our school was torn apart. We had to go part time to another H.S.  It was interesting to say the least. The coolest part though, was they were building us a BRAND NEW BEAUTIFUL theater.  We were going to open that theater with THE SOUND OF MUSIC.  Oh gosh! I was excited. I auditioned.  I ran anxiously to the hall way...where was my name? Did I get a call back?  No.  I was cast as one of the background nuns.  I was crushed. Really crushed. I mean, the nuns sing some incredible songs that my choir was learning, but I wanted to be one of the kids. I looked young enough. Why didn't I get a call back?

I went to my choir teacher and told him how I felt.  He wasn't in charge of auditions and he wasn't directing any part of the show except for the nun's chorus.  He told me something that changed my life. "Call backs for the kid parts is today after school. Just go."  But my name wasn't on the call back list! "Go anyway"

And so I did.

And I got the part of Louisa.

My acting career really took off after that. More leads. Directing shows. Scholarship to college. The lead part in a USA Network show. Commercials. Short films. Extra work on Everwood and Disney films.

What if I had quit after that first Annie audition? Or what if I hadn't even tried because someone in elementary school told me I couldn't do?

So, what are YOU going to do to MAKE it happen?  Do you just WANT it to happen? Do you just WISH it would happen? Or are you going to MAKE IT HAPPEN?

Let's talk. Find me on FB.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Super Angie...Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

 Can we talk candidly for a moment?  Who here loves changes? You just LOVE IT when FB changes something and you have to relearn it all. You just LOVE IT when your phone updates and bam! Its like day one again and you have no idea how to get to your apps? You just LOVE IT when your favorite restaurant changes the menu...oh great. Where is my old stand by comfort dish?

If you found any of the above statements to be irritating, make you nervous, dig up bad memories of last week's FB update (grin), then LET'S SIT DOWN AND TALK!

Let's have a TEA party. 

CHANGE HAPPENS. Let's all just agree on that. And if things didn't change, there would be no butterflies. Beautiful, right?  There wouldn't be Spring flowers. There wouldn't be Caramel Apple Cider and pumpkins in the fall. Did you learn and grow when FB did it's last update? YES you did.  Have you gradually been able to accept the changes with out the daily I HATE THIS rants? Probably!
Change can be really good!

 I recently had the chance to listen to Dr. Casey Reason and read his book.  He illustrated Change really well.  When someone who was not born into the Internet Age (me! I was born in 1975), is faced with a technology change, we freak out. We rant. We moan about it. BUT when someone who was born into this age (1994 and later), they LOVE the challenges that technological changes bring. "Whoa! Cool!" "Oh fun! Something new to learn". "I wonder what this does". 

Notice the attitude difference?

Okay, let's have that TEA PARTY NOW!
T:  Take time!  Change requires patience and time. Change in your business. Change in your fitness level. Change in eating. Change in parenting.  Change takes TIME.  If you try to rush it, you will only frustrate yourself. Remember, CHANGE MUST HAPPEN but you can take time to get to understand it better and make it a part of your daily routine.

E: Enjoy the journey.  Since we've established that there is no way to avoid change, you might as well enjoy it, right?  Make up your mind to ENJOY THE CHANGE.

A: Always be AWESOME.  Don't let change get you down.  Wake up remembering, it's your duty to be awesome. :)  Start a gratitude Journal and write down, daily, 5 AWESOME things that are going on in your life.  Focus on the Awesome. Focus on being AWESOME.

Let's talk about this. I'd love to hear from you. Find me on FB  I'd would love to continue this chat.... please pass me a caramel apple spice!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Super Angie...being super doesn't happen over night

RELAX!  Growing up in this day and age, we are used to things happening RIGHT NOW! We are accustomed to drive throughs, fast internet, instant test results. We freak out (or at least I do) when our computer is slower then we think it should be.  And we ever try to rush a sun rise? Do we force a baby to grow up fast? Do we take our cake out of the oven early? (well, if you do, it certainly won't be cooked the way the directions say to)

Life moves at the speed GOD wants it to.

Yes, I said it.  Life isn't in our control. It's in God's.   
  Let's for a moment think about this pic. Its Gracie Gold. 2014 National Champion.  This was Gracie's second year competing as a senior lady at the US Nationals.  If Gracie is this awesome, then why didn't she win Gold at her first Nationals?

Simple... it wasn't meant to be! God is in charge.

If Gracie had walked into her first nationals in 2013 and won, would she have worked as hard as she did in 2014? Maybe...but maybe not.

OUCH!!  That just hurts!
But...its true.  To be SUPER....well, it takes time. I mean, I'm sure some people are just born awesome. Like immediately, as soon as they are born, they are just a darn awesome little baby.

But for the rest of takes time. It takes effort.

Stop it. Okay? Just stop doubting yourself.  You CAN do this. You CAN go forth in life and WIN. That's can get the Olympic Gold Medal in LIFE!

(1998 Olympic Gold Medalist Tara Lipinski)

Satan installs SELF DOUBT in us.  He wants us to wake up each morning thinking we are so much less then we are. He wants us to think that things should come easy...but guess what. They don't.

God has a plan for each of us.  And being SUPER is part of that plan. Trust me. It is!

Question for you... did you wake up one day, reading?  Did you suddenly, one day, without any instruction ride a bike?  Was the very first cake you baked, your very best one ever? If you answered yes to any of these questions, please close your browser and go forth in life. You already got this. lol
BUT...if you are like me, You answered no.  You didn't just hop on a bike and suddenly you were the best in your neighborhood. The first cake you made wasn't perfect. You didn't start reading the first time you picked up a book.  Life doesn't work that way.

Second question... Do you know how to read now? Well..I think you do, otherwise you wouldn't be following this blog post.

Third Question...did you give up on reading?

Fourth question...did you have struggles along the way with reading?

Are you following what I'm saying?
Great things in Life TAKE TIME. They just do.

(hahaha ^^^^ but true!)

You want to be a great skater? It takes time!
You want to be a great mom? It takes time!
You want to be a great business owner? It takes time! our fast food, drive through, instant movies on Netflix life, are we moving at God's pace, or are we forcing ourselves to move our journey at a rate it's not supposed to?

 Final words... The other day, these teenage girls came to Keystone Lake. They were INCREDIBLE! They were doing all these amazing things on a SUP. They made it look easy.
 So I tried it. Here I am trying to lift up my foot. A second later, not caught on film, I fell in. Why? Because I was trying to do something my body wasn't ready for.

But I didn't let that fall into the 40 degree water stop me. I got back on my board and tried again. 

Being super doesn't happen over night. It takes blood, sweat, tears and sometimes, falling into a very cold mountain lake. But its through these experiences that your Awesomeness starts to develop.
Stop letting the fear of success stop you.
Continue finding joy in YOUR journey.
Pat yourself on the back.
And look forward with faith.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Super Angie... believing in Self


Let's be honest here. Satan doesn't like your accomplishments.  He hates it when you are happy and feel good about yourself. He LOVES selfdoubt and HATES Self confidence.

So I have been a competitive figure skater for not very long. And yet I have accomplished all my goals. Why? Because I didn't let self doubt creep in.

Self doubt comes in slowly-- often as stress and panic.
"I have so much to do! "
"That's an impossible task"

Often self doubt comes from our "friends"
"That wasn't very pretty"
"Why did you pick to do that?"
"You won?  That didn't seem very difficult"

FACT- All self doubt, no matter who is bringing it into your life, is based in Satan.

Everyone faces self doubt. Everyone gets freaked out or panics because of an upcoming event or goal. Its natural. If it were easy, everyone would be accomplished.  Look around many true SUPER STARS do you see? Not many, right? Why? BECAUSE IT'S HARD!!

So here are some steps to believing in yourself. Try one or all. Let me know how it changes your hour, day, week, month, life...

1.Stop taking yourself so seriously and stop trying to please everyone!  Here I am with two time Olympian, Johnny Weir.  Johnny is well loved because he skates for himself and the fans.  He goes against the grain of the stereotypical figure skater. He fights the status quo. Johnny isn't afraid to put on some makeup and perform.  BUT at the same time, he isn't puffed up and vain. He is so down to earth and humble.  Johnny stopped trying to fit into everyone else's mold and found HIS voice. 
2.Try Something NEW!  You will be amazed what happens when you break out of your day by day and try something new. Now I'm not saying you have to go to extreme and try ice climbing. But how about try a book club? A cooking class? Visit a ceramic painting place and learn to paint! Pick up a new hobby. You'll meet new people AND your self confidence will grow. Be Un-stoppable!
3. Participate in a Charity.  Giving your time to a charity just feels good. Here I am with National champion, Max Aaron.  By participating in Skate for Hope every year, I raise money for Breast cancer, and I meet some incredible people who continue to inspire me. Serve others and find yourself!

4. Remember past accomplishments. Here is a pic of me from 2009. I competed at the Teva Mountain Games in Vail, CO and I won the bronze medal. Amazing!  Wow. If I could compete at such a huge and inspiring event, and do so well, what else can I do?

5.  Focus on those who are uplifting and who believe in you.  Here I am with Olympic bronze medalist, Jason Brown.  I have the extraordinary opportunity to train with him once a week. Jason LOVES my skating. He tells me everytime he sees me. He isn't so caught up in the fact that he has an Olympic Medal and I'm a 38 yr old housewife. He seems me as a beautiful skater- no matter that I only jump singles and he jumps triples!  There are so many people around us that LOVE to tear us down. Stop hanging out with them. Just stop it! You don't need that toxic attitude in your life. Focus on those that uplift and believe in you!

6. Be a friend to ALL!  Can you have too many friends? No way!  Open your heart to all-  no matter the age.  Here I am with my sweet friend Rachael.  I have known Rachael for 4 years now and I just adore this girl. I get to see her when I attend SKATE FOR HOPE in Ohio.  She sees the beauty in me, and I see the beauty in her. Try branching out in your friendships. Who out there has something that can add some sparkle to your life? And in turn, watch how the friendship blesses both lives!

7. Walk on Sunshine! Too often people walk around glummy, finding fault in all situations and just being miserable.  Learn to be happy. Fake it till you make it, like they say. If you aren't happy, put a smile on your face anyway.  Learn to see the beauty in ALL things!

Start focusing on the beautiful, wonderful things you have done and accomplished. Stop focusing on what you can't do, or what hasn't gone right in your life. JUST STOP IT!

You are a beautiful child of God.
Believe it. Live it.
Stop letting Satan tell you are otherwise.

On Belay

On Belay
Brennan Top Roping

Climb On!

Climb On!
Dallin top roping