Women across Canada are kicking butt in the workforce, all while maintaining their cool and doing the things in life they enjoy. “Motivation Monday: How she does it” is a news series where we profile notable women working in various fields to find out how they juggle work-life, balance. For this installment, we chatted with Angela Price - Lifestyle blogger and Carey Price’s other half.
When did you start your lifestyle blog?
I started it in August 2015 and I just started it thinking that some friends and family would come and follow it, so it kind of caught me off guard, but I’m having a lot of fun with it! Between my blog and endorsement deals, I work on the blog about 30 hours a week. So it keeps me pretty busy.
Do you have any other projects that you’re working on right now?
I’m always working on different charitable initiatives for Carey and I. I’m kind of like the background manager for Carey and whatever is going on in his life and things that he’s working on. I kind of keep him organized, while running the family and all that.
So what does a typical day look like for you starting from the moment you wake up?
Mornings are kind of my quiet time. I’ve always done that since as long as I can remember. I like to have an hour to myself in the morning to like just drink my coffee, meditate, pray, read, and just do whatever I intend to do to get ready for that day or that week, just to start the day off right. I maintain that even with the baby. Then the husband gets up and it gets a little busy. I get breakfast going for everybody, I get the husband out the door, and then I’ll put the baby down for nap time. Once Liv is down napping, i’m in the office for pretty much the rest of the day working on my blog, answering emails, organizing stuff for Carey and whatever projects I have going on. After Liv’s nap she joins me in the office for a bit for as long as I can keep her entertained. Then if the husband isn’t on the road, he will come home and there’s a mix of playing with Liv and just hanging out until it’s time to get dinner ready. I’m a big cook, I get dinner ready every night. So we do dinner, family time, and then once Liv goes to bed I’m back on the computer for another hour or two before turning in. One day a week, I get childcare. On those days you’ll see me running around town like a madwoman trying to get all my errands, my meetings and my appointments done (laughs)!
You had Liv less than a year ago, how has having a baby changed your life?
Probably the same as any other woman. There’s just not enough hours in a day for the most part. It’s a lot busier, but it’s a lot more fulfilling. It’s funny, you look back and you wonder ‘what was I doing with my life before baby’. It just seems a lot less meaningful than it does now. So it’s busier, but it’s better. I love every second of it.
What are some of the challenges you face as the wife of a hockey player and a new mom?
I guess just going back on the time thing. I want to be the best wife I can be and the best mother I can be, and those two things come first, but then I still want to be able to pursue my passions, which can be hard when there’s only 24 hours in a day! Especially with the husband who’s always on the road, a lot of the day-to-day stuff and the responsibilities really fall on me. So I think that’s the biggest challenge; just trying to manage it all and also worrying about me and what I want.
How do you deal with this challenge?
Learning to run on no sleep, if that helps (laughs)! But really, I’m an extremely organized person, which means I can be pretty efficient. And then, the benefit of having a new baby is we have family that wants to come out and see her, so I really capitalize on that time. My sister was just here and I got pretty much the whole month prepared and organized. I got blog posts going and took all my meetings in. So I really capitalize on that time and other then that I just try to stay organized, and prioritizing is also super important when you’re trying to do it all.
And how is it being married to a famous hockey player? How has that affected your lifestyle?
I guess it was a bit hard to get use to at first. Not being in his shadow, but just being Carey Price’s wife and not Angela. And that was frustrating at first, but then I kind of learned to just be proud of that title. I love being Carey’s wife and I’m proud of our family, and if that is what i’m known for then that’s ok. It has opened a lot of doors for me and opportunities, and I’m going to make the best out of that and try to make a name for myself, but if at the end of the day I’m still known as Carey’s wife then I’m ok with that.
Do you feel like you have a certain responsibility with that title?
I did Hockey Wives, the reality show, last season and it was within that process that I have realized that I do feel responsible. A lot of people look up to Carey and in turn look up to our family, and I want to set a good example. I think that’s what is so great about the blog too. I can truly show what is important to our family.
I was just checking out your blog and on your About page you wrote that maintaining a healthy balanced life has become your passion. What does that entail?
That entails really just finding balance with everything. It’s not just about working out and eating right, but it’s also about the mental side of it. And you know, I am two dozen miles away from close family and friends, so it’s just maintaining a positive energy and attitude, and making the best out of any situation. In Montreal, the winters can get lonely and cold, so you want to stay positive and have a positive mind-set for that. Just everything that emcompasses happiness to somebody, and those are the things that make me happy. So maintaining all these things is what’s important to me to maintain a healthy balanced lifestyle.
What are some of the ways you like to unwind?
It’s really hard for me to unwind. I have a brain that has a permanent on switch I feel. So I think it’s not so much unwinding, but recharging is really important to me to recharge my batteries. And going back to my mornings, that’s my ‘me’ time, my quiet time and I can recharge, refocus and reevaluate. And if that fails, a hot shower and just climbing into bed with Netflix is always a go to (laughs).
And when you go out, do you choose wine or cocktails?
Oh cocktails! I’m a big martini girl! There’s been a lot less of those knowing I have to wake up at 6:30 with a baby, but that’s still my drink of choice (laughs).
Do you have a lot of evening events that you have to attend and get ready for?
There are quite a few. Between hockey games and events, I feel like there’s not enough quiet evenings at home. I tend to stay home a bit more now because of the baby and that’s just important to me, because I don't want a sitter every night of the week, but we do go out quit a bit. Mostly for charity events, so it's harder to say no to that.
So with the baby you have to say ‘no’ more often to certain events?
Definitely! And at first I thought that was going to be hard because I never wanted to be a stay at home mom and I think my perception of the stay at home mom was a lot different then I’m realizing it is. You think of a stay at home mom and you think of someone cooking, cleaning, and you know, just caring after the baby. But I feel like I’ve been able to build a lifestyle within my home with my blog. So saying no and staying in isn’t as bad as I thought it was and I actually kind of enjoy it.
And what is the best advice you have ever received?
My mom use to always tell me never put something or someone else in charge of your happiness. You see that all the time, people holding their careers or their significant others responsible for their happiness, but at the end of the day, you’re the only person who can make you happy. So I think realizing that and finding happiness within myself has been a game changer for me and I think that has been some great advice.
How would you define success?
Again going back on the happiness thing, I think success is finding happiness. At the end of the day, I think that’s really what we’re all chasing weather you think your happiness is in your career, money or travel, or whatever it is you want to do. At the end of the day, you’re doing it because you want to be happy. I think you should always be happy, but not always satisfied and I think finding the balance between the two, that’s real success.
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