Angel Richards is a mother of 4, life coach, educator, and entrepreneur. She is the CEO of Helping Others Transform, a lifestyle empowerment company dedicated to helping women de-clutter their lives, create breakthroughs and become unstoppable. She is also the leader of the #clutterfree movement that has women worldwide focused on having unlimited clarity, undeniable confidence, and unshakable courage so they can move past their hurts, habits, and hang-ups in life & love. Angel then founded Clutter Free Society to provide classes, coaching and a community of like-minded women who are committed to working on themselves and winning every single day. She is a sought after life coach that has helped thousands of women transform their lives from clutter to clarity. She is also the author of the transformative self-help book Clutter to Clarity: A Simple Guide to Decluttering Your Life, Reaching Your Goals & Living Your Dreams.
I have the opportunity to interview Angel Richards.
CP: Who is Angel at her core?
AR: When I look past the titles of mother, teacher, author, speaker, life coach, Christian…at my core I am just a woman who’s passionate about happiness. I was miserable for so many years of my life and now that I choose happiness- I can’t imagine anything else. Although I have bad days that steal my attention, I don’t allow them to steal my joy. Being happy is the best feeling and seeing others happy makes me happy. I believe that in that state our world is in right now- personal happiness needs to become a priority. We all have reasons to be unhappy but what reasons do you have to be happy. Focus on that.
CP: Tell us about Clutter Free Society?
AP: Clutter Free Society is an online classroom and community for women who have decided that settling, suffering and staying stuck is no longer an option. Through empowerment sessions, masterclasses, coaching calls and live events, the ladies receive the inspiration and insight needed to create breakthroughs and transform their lives. It serves as a safe place where you can share your truth and be yourself- all while receiving the encouragement and support you need to thrive.
CP: How do you handle setbacks?
AR: With chai tea lattes! Just kidding. I handle all setbacks with clarity. Clarity around why I am experiencing the setback. When you understand why something is happening, you can identify your role (if any) and play a new part next time. Also, clarity about the lesson I could learn from it. I don’t believe in failures but in lessons. When you seek out the lesson in any given situation, you open yourself up to growth in that area be it life, love or work.
CP: Where do you see yourself in the next 2-5 yrs?
AR: Coaching couples and families through the process of decluttering their lives individually and as a unit. My years as a classroom teacher has exposed me to brokenness in the home and how it affects children’s confidence, work ethic and dreams. I want to provide the tools needed for couples and families to work through their challenges quickly and effectively so love, peace, and happiness is restored.
CP: What advice do you give women about becoming Clutter Free?
AR: Trust the process. Everyone’s clutter free journey is different so you must stay focused on your path and trust that everything you experience along the way is for YOU. The highs and lows, clarity and confusion, love and hate, support and sabotage, excitement and exhaustion…all necessary to prepare you for your next level. This is how we become wiser, stronger and more powerful as women.
CP: What was the biggest obstacle you faced in your business?
AR: Ironically, my biggest obstacle was going full time in my business. I taught elementary school for 13 years and absolutely loved it. However, I knew my season in the classroom was up and I was called to do this work on a larger scale so I retired. This was a dream come true but I started to feel depressed. I no longer had 40+ kids depending on me, parents thanking me, teachers looking to me for leadership, recognition from the administration, a steady paycheck, a strict schedule…I felt lost. It was just ME. I had been helping my clients change their lives for years but my mindset hadn’t made the shift from employee to entrepreneur. Fortunately, I was able to breakthrough that block before it started to impact my business or my self-esteem. That was definitely a tough transition for me.
CP: What keeps you motivated to continue to help women?
AR: Their transformations. When you have clients who end toxic relationships and discover their worth or clients who restore broken marriages that were on the verge of divorce or clients who are finally getting their degree after 19 years of stagnation or clients who start their own businesses and find success immediate…how could I not be motivated!
CP: How did you get into your business?
AR: After ending an abusive relationship, I hit rock bottom. I was depressed, bitter, and broken. In fact, it was the only time in my life I felt suicidal. It as bad. But I had what I call- a moment of clarity. There was a moment when I was sitting on the bathroom floor, crying my eyes out, begging God to help me, and I realized I AM THE SOLUTION. I need to make better decisions. I need to work on my issues. I need to heal from my past. I need to forgive myself and others. I need to create my own breakthrough. And I did. I got up and fixed my life- one day, one decision and one prayer at a time. After going through my own transformation, I knew that I wasn’t alone and could help others breakthrough too. Hence, the birth of Helping Others Transform, LLC.
CP: What is your key to success?
AR: Commitment. As a two-time teen parent, single mom of 4, who has dealt with abuse, abandonment, divorce, depression- to name a few- it’s my NON-NEGOTIABLE commitment to my peace, happiness, and success that has created the life I love today. It’s actually our mantra in Clutter Free Society. “My peace, happiness and success are non-negotiable.” So when I see something or someone getting in the way of me having success in my relationship, business, or life in general- I’m always willing to let go. You have to be committed to your commitments if you want to manifest and maintain success in any area of your life.
CP: What advice would you give to someone who wants to become a life coach?
AR: Don’t wait until your life is “perfect” to start. People who need help aren’t looking for perfection, they are looking for progression. They want to know that you can help them progress through their challenges and help them reach their goals. Another tip- don’t compare or compete. Every life coach is unique and it’s the uniqueness that aligns you with your ideal clients. So be yourself, stay in your lane and start serving.
CP: How can others connect with you?
AR: You can connect with me @hotcoaching on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and YouTube as well as www.helpingotherstransform.com