In this interview for the Woman2Woman campaign we talk to a multipotentialite event hacker, public relations manager, author, speaker, host, moderator, model, actress, and a very positive human. She lives by the motto that the world doesn’t need more people talking about light & love what this planet need is to see more people having outrageous fun!
Angel believes we were given life on earth for one simple reason: to enjoy it! The path to achieving that can be summed up in just a word — gratitude. If you can grasp these two basic truths, and never read another book or attend another seminar, it’s enough. You can have, be and do ANYTHING you desire!
Who are you today, and what is different than ten years ago?
I have heard that the planet Saturn takes 28 years to do a full circle around the sun, and at that time, life takes a trajectory of its own that can change the course forever. Up until that time, I had lived my whole life on some pre-programmed autopilot. So when I started to become conscious of what I was thinking and feeling, it was like waking up for the first time. I had no idea what I had been doing until that point. I found that the things I learned were not working for me, so I put everything I thought I believed “on the table” so to speak and decided to make my life a test-tube. The basis of that was simple: if it didn’t bring me good health, love in my life, and money in the bank, I figured it was not working, so I let it go.
What are your guilty pleasures?
Binge-watching superhero series. Sometimes they are the most soul-feeding things I resonate with, and they give me inspiration for my life and work.
How well do you know your darker side?
Very well, and I highly recommend it because I would say that knowing one’s dark side is the secret to confidence, and confidence is everything. I think, as women, our lives would be completely different if we had stellar self-esteem, which comes from loving ourselves. I meet women all over the world who succeed in everything except loving themselves, and because of that, it’s heartbreaking to never really be able to enjoy the success. To know you is to love you. When we do, then nothing and no one can hurt us because there aren’t any deepest fears that we don’t already know. Know thyself.
In what relationship are you with it?
Whom do you let in your home?
I know what it’s like to be without a home, to be so much like a fish out of water, you start to wonder if you’re even a fish! Because of that, I try to be welcoming to people. However, I have found that people bring a lot of different kinds of vibes with them, so nowadays, my home is a sacred cave, and I consciously and regularly clear the space. I’ve had people who don’t believe in anything say that they feel like they are entering a temple or a place with good feelings when they visit, so I know that putting one’s goodwill and love to something is a real experience.
And whom do you let to you?
I keep my focus on who I am in every moment, and then I trust that the right people come to me.
Where or what is your happy place? How do you find peace?
My bedroom brings me a lot of joy. I know that no matter where I go or what I encounter, I can always come back to it. I think that there is peace always in the core of our hearts and being, the only reason we don’t feel it all the time is that we fill our minds and lives with so much clutter. Journaling is the most powerful tool that I have come across for getting back to a place of peace. I write everything out till there is nothing left but a quiet stillness.
How important is a connection with nature for you?
There is something to be said for the memories I have as a teenager walking barefoot in the sand, listening to the sound of the waves and watching the sunset, or laying on the autumn leaves in the forest. Though I also find the lights of a concrete jungle meditative, so while I love to protect and preserve Greenspaces like with our Foundation (www.helsinkifoundation.org), I think our planet has many beautiful features.
How do you take care of your body, mind, and soul?
I am radically honest with myself. Life is an ever-evolving journey, and I find that what I need is constantly changing so I do my best to be completely honest with myself, and especially when others reflect me things that are hard to hear, I try to have an open mind and think of myself and them with compassion and forgiveness. For me, a gauge for how youthful I am is how open-minded I am. I feel that if I become rigid or judgmental of myself and others in my thinking, then I am getting old and aging in a way that isn’t graceful.
How do you take care of your skin?
I am sleeping as much as I can, as often as I can.
Which is your daily, monthly, or weekly ritual?
Daily: a morning prayer. Weekly: journaling. Monthly: clearing my home space.
Which piece of wisdom from your grandparents or parents do you carry with you?
Always do good when it is within your power to do so.
Which wisdom will you deliver to the others?
Someone once told me that the world doesn’t need more people talking about light and love. What the planet needs are to see more people having outrageous fun! I agree.
Woman to Woman. What advice would you give to your 15-year-old self?
Life is going to be unbelievably tough at times, but I promise, you will always come out on top!
Name your five favorite books.
A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson
Zero Limits by Joe Vitale
Ladybird Reader 12b – I remember the day I finished reading it when I was two.
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
Chicken Soup for the Soul – Met Jack Canfield, who holds the Guinness World Record for most books written and sold, and I remember enjoying those stories as a child.
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