I’m very excited to host my first giveaway AND introduce a new series called “Dreamers and Doers.” It will feature people whose creativity I admire, whether they’re creating art and music or creating a fascinating life. My first guest is Angie Miner, creator of AM Charmed, whom I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know during our Wednesday tap classes. Not only is Angie a talented dancer, but she is also a truly lovely person. Enjoy this interview with Angie, and then read on to find out how you could win one of her beautiful creations. Just in time for Mother’s Day!
How did AM Charmed get its start? AM Charmed was inspired by a WAY over-priced necklace that I purchased on an emotional buy at a boutique. Having always been drawn to personalized items, I just had to have it. I quickly discovered that other moms were interested, too. I’d get asked frequently where I got my necklace and received numerous compliments on the uniqueness of the sparkle chain. I spent some time doing research and determined that I could make the same quality product, sparkle chain and all, at a fraction of the cost, making them more attractive to a broader market. A friend and I started the business and immediately began taking orders. When my friend moved I decided to continue the journey as the newly-named AM Charmed in 2010. It has always meant a lot to me to be able to create the pieces and to see how happy they make others. I have many customers, especially new moms, who wear them every day.
Describe your perfect day. My perfect day has a plan! I find my best days have some sort of map for the tasks and events. I left my sales job three years ago to create a more balanced lifestyle for my family. Having lived as if I were being chased for several years and seeing the effect that was having on myself and my family, I happily welcomed days with a calmer yet still productive and satisfying flow. So my perfect day starts with being able to see the kids off to school and being there when they get home. I am greatly satisfied when I have the opportunity to put a load of laundry in and head to my work bench to work on inspiring projects, be that AM Charmed or the numerous other small jobs and things I support. Part of my perfect day definitely consists of being there for the kids and getting the opportunity to see them in their activities, but the best days are when we all sit down to dinner to talk about “our favorite part of the day.” I guess to sum it up my most perfect day is in control and always meaningful.
What’s your favorite way to make time for you? My favorite time for me is when the kids are in bed and I can sit down to read a book or watch one of my recorded programs.
What would people be surprised to find out about you? That I am actually more of an introvert than an extravert. Although I appear to be social, I prefer small groups and even one-on-one to large social events.
What lesson do you most want to teach your children? One of my mom’s (yes, I am a huge mama’s girl) favorite quotes is that our role as parents is not to give our children the world but rather to teach them to live in it. Within that, I strive to teach them that no matter what they do to have love and kindness toward others.
What goals or dreams do you have for yourself over the next few years? My goals and dreams have changed so much throughout the years. I used to panic that they were not big enough but then one day I realized that I was already living my big dream. Being able to do the things I love and still be there for the kids is a dream come true. If I am able to keep doing what I’m doing right now, I’ll be one lucky girl! I really do love my life!
You’re a busy mom of three, you run your own business, you tap dance, you volunteer. How do you do it all? I do it all by loving it all. I am careful to respect time and never overcommit or actually try to do it all. I also have a very supportive and helpful husband; we are a good team. Neither of us like to sit much and we both agree never to complain or overuse the word “busy.” We laugh that there will be plenty of time to sit in recliners but for now bring on the activities and all the other things that come with making life work as a family. Like the song by Kenny Chesney says, “You’re going to miss these days.”
Thank you, Angie!
And now for the giveaway. Please check out AM Charmed and leave a comment below today and tomorrow (May 4 and 5) to win one of Angie’s gorgeous, customized creations. The winner will be selected on Friday, May 6, using random.org and then notified right away. Thank you and good luck!
UPDATE: WE HAVE A WINNER! I went to www.random.com and entered 32 (the number of participants) and the generator announced—drum roll, please—Number 29! Which, when I went to see who had the 29th entry, is Penny! Congratulations, Penny, and thank you to everyone for taking time to leave a comment. Let’s do this again some time.