Isla de Angela ~ gaining inner peace, losing extra weight

Hi! I’m Angie.

“Isla de Angela” is the name I’ve given the serene place in my mind that I visit when I meditate.  Wow, that sounds flaky!  But keep reading – it gets better!

Here’s the deal:  Despite having a really great life (supportive family, loving husband, great kids, financial security) I’ve struggled with depression, negative thoughts, weight, and low self-esteem issues for over 2 decades (YUCK).  Meditation is new to me, as is the realization of how to find my inner peace, living in the moment, Hot Yoga/Bikram Yoga, and “being present”.  But all of those things (ie.. F*L*A*K*Y* things!) have lead me to a door of happiness and now that I’ve found it I want to keep it open!

Isla de Angela, the blog, is a place for me to recognize, acknowledge, and celebrate the good things in my life (no matter how seemingly small).  I’ve learned one of the best ways to bring more happiness and moments of joy into my life is to be thankful for the happiness and moments of joy that are already here!

I pledge to myself that this blog will remain a joyful place – never to become another “chore” on my to-do list.  This is a labor of love I give to myself.  If it adds some pleasure to your life as well, then that’s a bonus for both of us!

Thanks for stopping by!


Miscellaneous Stuff About Me (updated July 2015):

Mom to 3 (S (19), A (16), M (14)  & Jack Bower (8 year-old Weimaraner) and Cooper (8 year-old Long Haired Dachshund) – Katie and Cody Lloyd (brother & sister cats) joined our family in October 2014

Wife to 1 (J)

46  years-old (young?)

Happily married for 21 years (1994)

Have lived in MI, TX, OH, LA, OH, PA, IL, VA, and now back in IL

I love to take pictures, digital scrapbook, read (inspirational self-help books, cooking book & mags, scrapping magazines, Oprah’s Magazine, and LOTS & LOTS of fiction.)  I enjoy going to the movies but usually wait for DVD.  I get a little thrill out of reading a book THEN seeing the movie.  Yes, the book IS always better but it’s still fun!

A few years ago I discovered Hot Yoga/Bikram Yoga and L*O*V*E*D to H*A*T*E it (it’s incredibly hard but incredibly rewarding!).  I stopped going as I got more and more out of shape and recently found a new Yoga Studio that does Hot Yoga but with a more flexible choice of classes that I’m going to start with my daughter soon.  I think it’ll be more my speed!

I’d be lost without my laptop and Kindle.  But my DVR is a pretty important piece of electronics in my home, too!  I watch too much tv – but by using the DVR I can watch it commercial-free and when it suits my schedule (which makes me feel like I’m in control and not a slave to my tv).  Some of my top picks are:

Orange is the New Black, Jane the Virgin, The Good Wife,  

The Voice (my guilty pleasure), Modern Life, The Big Bang Theory,

The Middle, Grey’s Anatomy, Orphan Black, Scandal

Jimmy Fallon, Inside Amy Schumer, Little Women LA,

and OUTLANDER (good show but GREAT Books!! – my favorite book series)  

Lastly, I think Arrested Development was the best sitcom – EVAH! (you NEED to watch it on DVD or Netflix if you’ve never seen it!)!  And I really miss Oprah.

Hmmm….  that should be enough for now! 

Would you like to be friends?


9 Responses to "Hi! I’m Angie."

Hi Angie, I have no clue what I’m doing. I bee-boop around on myspace. I’m affraid I don’t know how to blog. It looks like you really have the hang of it. It looks complicated. TTFN

I was just reading the forum and saw your entry about having a post stay at the beginning. Are you aware that you can now do this? It’s on the forum.

I love the O’reilly Factor. Not many people here in Illinois do. We should be neighbors!

Wow… the beginning of you “about me” is almost identical to mine. I love the idea of your blog. Good luck in all your journeys! I’d like to be friends 🙂

Angie, I see you like digital scrapbooking! In addition to my blog, which you have already visited, I dabble in digital scrapbooking a bit too, although more often as a seller than a designer. I did assemble one kit to help me with weight loss although I haven’t created many layouts yet! If you think you’d be willing to create a couple pages for my gallery using the kit, I’d be happy to gift you a copy! 🙂

Good luck on your journey, and I know what you mean about dealing wth the fear of failure. When I finally addressed that, things really sgarted changing for me. You can do it~feel free to check in if you need some moral support! It was a long process, and I still struggle from time to time, but I have to say it is all worth it. I never want to go back to the 260lb Invisible Girl.

Hi Angie!

It’s so nice to meet you. Thanks for leaving me a note over on I have just embarked on the next leg of my journey and I appreciate your encouragement to get back to blogging. I look forward to keeping up with your progress, too.


Anyone who loves Dexter is alright by me…which is odd because that might be concerning…

Great Blog!

I need some motivation in my life- maybe you can check out my blog and help me out. Im trying to lose this summer to be fit the right way for once in my life.

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