If you opened your own business, what would it be? I do really love what I do now. Can this question mean what would I add to my business? My business partner and I have been talking about building tiny houses. The ideas at this point just flow, we haven’t decided anything other then I know soon she will build one as a trial. We talked about size, just how small we talking about here! We have a few acres to play with, what if we made our own little village? Would that just be a fancy campground? We love the idea of reusing/recycling these houses, no matter the size, they will be very green. I could go on all day about this, I will cut myself off now.

What advice would you give your younger self?​ I know how important it is to be “normal” and to do the right things. I know you feel like no one will like you if they find out you might not be exactly like them. People might be mean….ok they will. You know those people you are already thinking about telling, go ahead they won’t leave you and they love you. You are fine. You got this. Ps. Thanks for trying so hard kid. I know what you put yourself through…. put the booze down, it won’t make it go away.

Exceptional Skills- I’m really good at eating food, like really good...probably better then anyone you have ever met.

What makes you feel fulfilled?​ When something I am working on is done. Project over! Good night hugs from my kids, they don’t volunteer those like they used to so they really feel good when I get them.

When asked to describe yourself, what’s the first word that pops into your mind?​ Loyal Favorite Book-​ As I have aged favorite book has really changed. I keep a few tucked into my memory that I will never forget. I enjoy reading. I used to get sucked in and forget to feed the kids, I try and do a better job now. That is a lie I don’t know how to do better I just read less larger books. Less likely the kids will starve to death.

What makes your heart race? When people say , “Do you remember that time YOU…..” Organization or cause near to your heart-​ Cystic Fibrosis

What keeps you up at night?​ Usually my own snoring but also the fear that I forgot to do something

What is a belief you once held but no longer do?​ That people wouldn’t like me if they found out I was a part of the LGBTQIA community. I mean there are plenty who don’t but I only cared about certain people and they seem fine with it, so I’m good.

What are you interested in connecting with other women about? That they can’t get it all done either. That there has to be balance between work and motherhood and how you manage that.

Angela West

Real Estate Agent & Co-Owner of Iowa House Fixers

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