I would say that most of us get anxious from time to time, including myself. The first step is making sure you’re offering support to those around you. You want to make sure you’re helping but not overstepping. You can simply reach out to friends and family to make sure they’re staying well. We have to stay strong for our loved ones.
As a part of my series about the things we can do to remain hopeful and support each other during anxious times, I had the pleasure of interviewing Angela Ruch, Professional Stock Car Racing Driver, Reality TV Personality, Mother.
As the third generation of Copes to enter the world of racing, Angela and her twin sister, Amber, received a go-kart while they were only nine years old, thus beginning their career in racecar driving. Being the niece of former Daytona 500 Champion, Derrike Cope, Angela always had a desire to race and entered her first NASCAR race in 2010.
Since then, she continued to compete and received a number of accomplishments, including First to Lead Laps by a Female Driver in the Truck Series at Daytona, Second-Best Finish By Female Driver in the Truck Series, Tied Danica Patrick for Second-Best Finish by Female Driver at Daytona All-Time and more. Angela is currently one of three female NASCAR drivers in the world right now, and the only mother in the industry.
All while making her return to NASCAR, Angela started a new journey in her life as a mother. With her husband, Mike Ruch, founder and CEO of Industrial Timber, the couple adopted two babies, which was showcased on her new reality show, “The Ruch Life.” The Ruch Life, debuted on Facebook Watch in 2020, focuses on Angela’s return to the racetrack, as well as her plans to adopt and start a family. To date, the show has received over 7 million views, averaging over 835K views per episode in the United States.
In addition to her career with NASCAR, and a new journey as a mother, Angela is a partner and advocate for Give a Child A Voice. Founded by Angela’s nephew, Eric Erdman, Give a Child A Voice is a non-profit organization with a mission to put an end to bullying, child abuse, and life-threatening childhood illnesses.
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Can you share with us the backstory about what brought you to your specific career path?
Asthe third generation of Copes to enter the world of racing, me and my twin sister, Amber, received our first go-kart when we were 9 years old. My uncle, Derrike Cope, is a former Daytona 500 Champion and I always had a desire to race from a young age after watching him. I finally entered my first NASCAR race in 2010 and I’ve been competing ever since then. Outside of NASCAR, I recently launched The Ruch Life reality show on Facebook Watch with my husband and co-star Mike Ruch. Our show gives an inside look into my racing career along with my transition into parenthood as we get ready to adopt two newborn babies (which was at the time of filming). Our fans absolutely loved it, so now we’ve launched a podcast as an extension of the show on Facebook and YouTube, where we chat about current trending topics and speak with celebrities and athletes about what’s going on in the world today.
Is there a particular book that made a significant impact on you? Can you share a story or explain why it resonated with you so much?
I’m a big autobiography reader. I loved reading Ronda Rousey’s book detailing her life on how she grew up and chased her dreams and accomplished everything she set to do and then some! I can relate to this as I was a young passionate woman and a big dreamer of becoming one of the top competing females in a male-dominated sport in the world of NASCAR. I’m living my dream today.
Many people have become anxious from the dramatic jolts of the news cycle. The fears related to the coronavirus pandemic have heightened a sense of uncertainty, fear, and loneliness. From your perspective can you help our readers to see the “Light at the End of the Tunnel”? Can you share your “5 Reasons To Be Hopeful During this Corona Crisis”? If you can, please share a story or example for each.
- God, I feel he is the answer to everything
- Pray, I pray every night to keep all my family, friends, coworkers and the world safe
- Acts of kindness, stores are opening an hour early to let the elderly shop, consumers are supporting their local businesses and everyone is helping the people surrounding them as much as they can. It’s inspiring to see and it helps me stay hopeful that we as a unified front can get through this!
- The world is taking proper precautions such as shutting businesses down and the stay at home order with the hope that Americans will listen. We’re doing everything we can to stay strong and safe.
- Family time, the time spent at home with our loved ones makes us appreciate the finer things in life and just how precious family and life really are during this pandemic.
From your experience in racing or research, what are five steps that each of us can take to effectively offer support to those around us who are feeling anxious? Can you explain?
I would say that most of us get anxious from time to time, including myself. The first step is making sure you’re offering support to those around you. You want to make sure you’re helping but not overstepping. You can simply reach out to friends and family to make sure they’re staying well. We have to stay strong for our loved ones. Another important step is making sure you individually are mentally and physically focused. Exercise is the key for distressing and clearing your mind with yoga and going walking or running.
What are the best resources you would suggest to a person who is feeling anxious?
The best resource for a person who’s feeling anxious is to talk to a friend/family member or a doctor and also surround yourself with influential people. I would also suggest keeping busy and staying positive! You can start watching a new show or podcast. I found myself having a lot more downtime and realized that this would contribute to feeling anxious and impatient. Instead, me and my husband decided to connect with our fans more to lift their spirits and keep them entertained outside of watching us on The Ruch Life. We launched The Ruch Life Podcast just last week in hopes to bring some laughter and light into people’s homes. We’ve also started a cleanse! We’re eating healthy and feeling a lot more energized as we start each day with a long workout. We encourage you to keep yourself focused and active. You can utilize online gym classes or meditation apps to really help you stay on track.
Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Do you have a story about how that was relevant in your life?
“Never regret a day in your life. Good days give you happiness and bad days give you experience”
I love love love this quote, I’ve always lived my life by this especially in racing. There are lots of ups and downs, good days with bad days but in the end, it’s a new lesson learned!
You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be?
If I could start a movement, I would want to help families that can’t adopt because of finances. As I have adopted two of my own children, I have gotten to know the ins and outs of adoption and the money it takes to bring a child home. So with that being said, my movement would be to help make adoptions all over the world more affordable for families, so these children will have a place to call home.