On The Throne With Queendom Member Angela Montanez


 

 

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Angela L. Montanez and I am the owner of Door 24 Agency—a public relations, planning, and communications firm specializing in the nutrition, fitness, and holistic fields.  I also have a Tumblr blog called “The Citrus Life” where I provide inspiration for you to zero in on your best citrus life—a life of health, happiness, and spiritual connection.

Who is your favorite “shero” and why? 


I don’t have one favorite shero. I tend to think that I have an avenger team of sheroes that can be classified as my wonder women team. It includes my mother; my great-aunt who is 81 years old and is such a pillar of strength and determination; my older sister who has always found a way to survive and is full of heart; my twin sister, Olga who is super adventurous and the newest addition to my wonder women team is my niece, who is 7 months old. 

 

If a reality show were being made about you, what would its title be and why?

I don’t know. Lol. Perhaps I would call it “My Citrus Life” or “The Twinning Life.”  My life is VERY full with a lot to manage and a busy schedule. With all the juggling, happiness, and breakdowns, this would definitely be categorized as “My Citrus Life”. However, I am viewed as one half of a pair and since my twin sister has recently agreed to begin working with me, this is where I would categorize it as “The Twinning Life” because separately we are struggling but together we are #Twinning!   

 

You started a blog called The Citrus Life that is “about living a life that is purpose-filled, healthy, happy, zesty, and learning to embrace the blues as life lessons.” – We absolutely love this mission! When did you start The Citrus Life and what was your motivation for starting the blog?

I started the blog almost a year ago. The motivation behind creating and writing a blog was to inspire other individuals who were struggling with a chronic illness, as I was, and having a hard time finding a healthy medium, as well as someone who could relate to their struggle. I discovered the joys of eating naturally while watching natural health enthusiasts and experts such as Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram from Rawfully Organic, Francheska Medina of Hey Fran Hey, and Cooking Channel Chef, Jason Wrobel. I wanted to share my journey and inspire others like these notable creatives.


How did you come up with the name “The Citrus Life”? And what impact has starting The Citrus Life had on your commitment to healthy living? 

LOL.  The first question is somewhat controversial between my twin sister and I. Originally I called the blog, “My Life In Orange.” My sister thought the name was terrible and renamed it, “The Citrus Life.” She’s the brain in this operation and I have the skill. 

Starting this blog has definitely kept me accountable. I can’t very well post inspirational quotes, photos, and testimonials if I haven’t been living that life. It also drives me to focus more on eating better and helping others to live, and eat better. I also hope to hear more stories from other individuals who have started their own journey and connect with them.


We see that you make some great smoothies and other recipes in your videos.  Do you have a recipe that you think our Queendom Members should try?

Ha! Thanks. I tout my Bruce Banner Green Juice, which I have been drinking for over a year now and that recipe can be found here.  However, my twin sister recently came up with this really yummy berry pepper juice that she calls, “A Happy Accident.”

A Happy Accident Recipe:

1 ½ cups of spinach

1 head of lettuce

5-6 sweet peppers (multi-colored)

1 large carrot or two medium carrots

1 head of bok choy

1 apple

1 thumb of ginger

4-5 Limes (squeezed into the finished juice)

 

What words of advice do you have for anyone who is struggling to commit to healthier living, and/or who may be struggling to find his or her purpose?

 

  • Many people want to live healthier but they want an instant solution. The commitment is about consistency, longevity, and having a goal. It’s not a race to the finish line. Whether you are practicing yoga, meditation, calisthenics, or swimming, it’s a new lifestyle that may begin as a bumpy road but if you adapt and maintain a fighting spirit, you will be amazed at the way your body adapts, and gets stronger.

  • Many people want to eat healthier but they want an instant fix and they are worried that their new diet will be less satisfying, tasteless, and boring. Nothing could be further from the truth. This commitment is about education, creativity, consistency, and then longevity. You will need to become open to being creative and resourceful.  There are times when I am hungry and all that I can manage to find—vegetable wise—in my fridge is a cucumber, bell pepper, and a head of kale. Boom! I got a meal or I have a juice and if I add an apple or some berries, even better.

  • Overall, begin where you are now. If you are a fitness enthusiast then work on improving your diet. If you have a decent diet, improve your training. If both are lacking, begin somewhere. There is always room for improvement and there are plenty of resources from e-books, hardcover, online articles, and even easy and tasty recipes on YouTube from dieticians, nutritionists, health guru’s, experts, and aficionados. The journey is amazing, frustrating, exciting, and definitely a learning curve but once you’ve found the road to Oz, that yellow brick road seems somehow, golden. And you will wonder, “What took me so long to get on this path?”

  • Purpose sometimes is a fleeting chase. Almost like a dog chasing its tail. Finding it, catching it, and embracing it can often feel like trying to grasp sand or the wind. I like to view the concept of purpose as multiple things you can do that make you feel accomplished and make those you serve feel rewarded and accomplished. There are small things that an individual can do every day that can make them feel closer to their idea of purpose or contribute to their sparkling jewelry box of purposeful activities:

 

Give Actively:

Don’t just decide to give or offer a donation. Get in the trenches of life. Do something for someone else today that is completely out of character for you. Give someone a free ride on public transportation. Pay for someone else’s gas. Leave a bigger tip. Spend some time with an elderly neighbor or family member and listen to their stories. Have a meaningful conversation with a stranger especially if you notice they are looking stressed or downtrodden.

Each non-selfish act will draw you closer to your higher self and your purpose won’t feel like one massive unattainable invisible duty that has a great big question mark on top. Instead, it will feel as if you are chipping away at the uncertainty and ambiguity, and surprisingly, the wisdom of those you help and converse with will carry you on your way toward your next purposeful adventure.

 

Try New Things:

If you find yourself lost, the only way to get unstuck is to keep moving and try new things. Try anything. You will be surprised how intertwined the duties and tasks of a sanitation worker are interlaced with those of a PR professional. Sounds far-fetched but in the process you will find similarities, learn new and useful skills, and learn new things about yourself.


Trust Your Spirit:

Trust your instincts, spirit, your gut, whatever you want to call it. If you are working as an analyst in finance but all you keep thinking about is beauty or skateboarding and you just know this is where you should be, go for it and set a plan. You know what’s best for you. You will never let yourself down even if you have to readjust.

 

YouTube: @door24agency, @thecitruslife

Website(s): http://thecitruslife.com

Instagram: @thecitruslife

Twitter: @thecitruslife & @door24agency

Facebook: The Citrus Life

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/angelamontanez/

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On The Throne With Toni Daley

 

We are so honored that Toni Daley included us in her Support A Sista campaign.  We interviewed her to learn more about this fabulous woman and her goal to encourage the natural hair community to support a sista.

Tell us about yourself.

I'm Toni Daley of ToniDaley.com.  I'm from Toronto, Canada born and raised.



What inspires you? 


I draw inspiration from many things; natural hair; beauty; my family and husband.

 

Who is your favorite “shero” and why?

I'd say my "shero" would be Beyonce.  I've always admired her beauty, her drive, her humility, and the way she seems to balance such a demanding career and family effortlessly.



What song always gets you on the dance floor? 


Anything by Beyonce :)



If a reality show were being made about you, what would its title be and why?

It would likely be called Toni vs The Boy. The Boy is my husband's pet name, we've been together for 15 years and are pretty competitive…..about everything, lol.

How long have you been designing accessories and how did you get started? 


I've been designing accessories for years now.  I am a self proclaimed earring junkie and if I couldn't find an earring to go with a certain outfit, I'd just make it myself! That turned into friends and family asking me to make them earrings as well, and eventually strangers on the street so I figured…why not?



Tell us about the Support A Sista campaign. 

The Support A Sista campaign is a call to action among black women to make a conscious effort to spend our money in our community first.

What inspired you to start the campaign?

I've been doing "Sista Owned Hauls" on my YouTube channel for about 2 years now where I showcase various wares from fellow black female entrepreneurs.  I found that there is quite a loving camaraderie within the YouTube natural hair community that is quite apparently missing in "the real world"  I started doing the hauls in hopes of spreading some of that camaraderie around. When I had a run in with a company that left a bad taste in my mouth I decided to take the Sista Owned Hauls to the next level and start a call to action from black women everywhere.

What impact do you hope to have with the campaign, and what impact has it had thus far? 


I'm hoping that the campaign will cause black women to take a deeper look at where we spend our money and why. It's about self reflection and self love.  We are capable of doing so much for for each other, and we should want to.

If you could share one word of advice with a fellow entrepreneur or another person working to accomplish a goal, what would it be?

Never be afraid to ask for help.

 

Youtube: YouTube.com/ToniDaley80

Website(s): ToniDaley.com & SupportaSista.com

Instagram: @tonidaley

Twitter: twitter.com/tonidaley

Facebook: Facebook.com/ToniDaley80

 

Thank you for including us in your campaign Toni!

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On The Throne With Queendom Member, Dr. Nicole Christian-Braithwaite

 

 

Do you have a favorite quote or book you can share?

“The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education. ”

~ Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

“Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.”     ~ Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Who is your favorite “shero” and why?

My mother Alicia Christian.  She went from being homeless and losing everything to starting her own non-profit organization, to helping homeless families and children. She is an activist and soldier in the fight against discrimination of any kind. She is one of the most self-sacrificing people I have ever met. We used to go out in Philly and we would frequently be stopped by strangers thanking my mother for saving them or their family from the nightmare of homelessness.

What’s something you’re passionate about?

Mental health in the black community and helping traumatized children heal

Success in your book is…?

To be able to use my knowledge and skills to help patients, friends and family who are suffering from mental or medical illness. I would also define success as finding a healthy balance between work and personal life.

In the end, if my life served to help positively shape the life of another person, then I was successful.

If a reality show were being made about you, what would its title be?

Hmmm… This is a hard question… LOL!

For what are you most grateful?

Honestly, everything. I don’t deserve the career, friends or love I have been blessed with. I have too much to be grateful for.

Favorite childhood game or toy?

My curious George stuffed animal

What song always gets you on the dance floor?

Anything by Shabba Ranks or old school hip-hop by artists like Dougie Fresh, Biz Markie etc

What mark do you want to leave on the world?

That my life fulfilled its purpose to speak for those without a voice and to fight for children 

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