#TPBTH Meet: Angie Mizzell
Name, craft/industry/blog/passion, most popular handle:
Angie Mizzell, lifestyle blogger, angiemizzell.com
How did you get started?
My background is in broadcast journalism. When I left that career in my late 20’s, I studied to be a certified life coach. In 2008, I launched a coaching website and started blogging. I quickly noticed that when I blogged, something came alive in me. I also noticed that I was drawn to writing personal stories that revealed life lessons or shifts in perspective. When I realized I could make an impact through personal storytelling, I moved away from one-on-one coaching, rebranded myself as a writer, and relaunched my site under my own name. I’ve been writing at angiemizzell.com ever since. My blog has opened the door for many opportunities like speaking engagements and writing gigs including blogging for skirt! magazine.
What or who influenced you the most as you were developing your craft?
Ultimately my blog is a platform for my in-progress memoir, which is the story of how I left TV news, rewrote my definition of success, and found a sense of home within my own life. I’ve known for quite a while that I wanted to write a book, and at first I envisioned it as a nonfiction, self-help type book. But then I saw Elizabeth Gilbert on Oprah talking about her bestselling memoir Eat, Pray, Love. I was captivated and inspired by her personal story, and so was every woman in the audience. I got butterflies in my stomach…that’s always a clue that I need to pay attention. I’ve been a student of the art of memoir writing ever since.
Why do you love your work?
The work I do as a writer feels like a calling. The creative process can be daunting at times, but the only relief is putting words on the page. Examining and documenting slices of my life through story is a huge part of who I am, so to NOT do it would feel like losing a piece of me that makes me feel alive.
What inspires you?
I love home blogs, even though I’m terrible at decorating. I’m drawn to images of beautifully decorated spaces. But when it comes to what inspires me, it’s not a particular thing. I simply pay attention to what makes me feel lighter and more joyful and I follow that lead-like a trail of breadcrumbs. If something makes me feel heavy, or agitated, I’m deliberate about shifting my attention to something else.
5 words that describe who you are:
Lighthearted, intuitive, honest, flawed, optimistic
When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?
A cartoonist! I created a character named Zelda, and she looked a lot like the comic strip character Cathy. I also wanted to be an actress. But I think that had something to do with my obsession with Alyssa Milano on Who’s The Boss.
Bestselling author and host of a show that focuses on lifestyle and women’s issues.
3 things you aspire to be or do:
Publish a bestselling memoir, redecorate my house, and be fully present in my life raising three kids.
(Fill in the blank) I appreciate _______ in my life, because _______.
I appreciate my three children, because they teach me to be present and embrace what truly matters in life.
What was one of the hardest lessons or toughest obstacles you had to overcome?
It was hard to leave my career in TV news, even though I was ready. I had to let go of my self-imposed expectations about what I thought I was supposed to do with my life. When I finally moved on, I discovered that outer success (and the praise that goes along with it) is not connected to my self-worth. My worthiness is not dependent on what I do for a living or the level of success I achieve. My goal is to encourage women-whatever path they’re on-to trust their hearts and gut feelings. I believe our souls speak to us, and there’s not a one-size-fits-all definition for success.
Advice for someone who is looking to begin a new hobby/job/life pursuit:
If it brings you joy and makes you feel alive, honor it. Figure out a way to make space for it. This will most likely involve letting go of something else. That’s not easy to do, so take time to imagine what your life would look like if you did make space to pursue the thing that’s tugging at you.
Something your followers would be surprised to learn about you:
I have a fantasy about being on Dancing with the Stars. I miss my hip-hop dancing cheerleading days, and I suspect that somewhere in there, I’ve still got it.
My mom’s macaroni and cheese.
Creamy foamy latte in a large mug.
September by Earth, Wind and Fire.
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” Howard Thurman