Every other week, Southern Social: Women of Influence spotlights the achievements of women who truly leverage their influence to make an impact. This series is a tribute to women in the Social Selling industry and an inspirational way to bring the community together and empower female leaders.
Kicking off our Women of Influence series…Angela Lentz! Angela was such a trooper during the cold, snowy photoshoot downtown Nashville. The less-than cooperative weather didn’t stop us though!
Risiding in Nashville, TN, Angela Lentz is a true influencer, inside and out. She’s a mom of 4 who married to her high school sweetheart. She’s also a Christian singer and a very influencial entrepreneur who built a 6-figure income in the social selling industry. Angela is obsessed with getting women to see they can do just about anything if they hold on to their dreams with a Kung fu death grip! Angela is on the ground floor of a new company and when she says it’s going to make a positive impact in the industry – we are all ears!
- Hats you wear: Knit & Trucker hats…well only because my head is huge and they fit LOL
- First thing you do when you open your eyes in the morning: Thank God and make some coffee! 🙂
- Last nice thing you did for yourself: A warm lavender soap bath, candles and Alexa playing my favorite…spanish guitar! It whisks me away to a far off beach!
- 3 words to describe your strengths you’re most proud of: Compassionate, Influencer, Dreamer.
- 3 characteristics other people use to describe you: Caring, Friend, Inspiring
- Current book you’re reading: Story Brand by Donald Miller
- Current favorite physical activity: Dance breaks with my kids
- Current color crush: Light Blue
- Current song on repeat: Raise a Hallelujah
- Current thing that never fails to make you smile: My kids
- Next purchase or experience on the bucket list: A Cabo Vacation
- Thing you’re most looking forward to right now? Launching!
- 5 words to describe what love means to you: Unconditional, Sacrifice, Endures, Giving, Selfless
- Morning bird or night owl? Morning Bird usually
- Coffee or Matcha? Coffee
- Sweet or savory? Sweet
- Favorite lazy girl weekday meal: Mexican take out
- 5 items always in your purse/bag: Lipgloss, Lavender Serum Stick, Wallet, Phone, and yes…Old Bay seasoning, just in case LOL!
“GETTING IT ALL DONE”
- What is your one signature shortcut or cheat that makes your life run a little smoother? Asking for help
- Life doesn’t always go according to plan, so we choose our battles. What are your daily non-negotiables? 30 minutes of quiet time & prayer. Oh and coffee.
- What is the most important lesson you’ve taken away from a particularly big achievement or success? You can’t lead many til you learn to lead one.
- What’s a habit you’ve adopted in the past year that has had a significant positive change on your daily routine? My quiet time and taking walks outside.
- Working from home or on the go has it’s own set of challenges— what are 1-2 key things you’ve found to help you be most efficient and productive? Hiring my sweet Virtual Assistant, Daphne from the Philippines, and take out! 🙂
MOUNTAINS TO CLIMB:
- Your work is a lot closer to home than most. While most everyone brings home work these days, thanks to emails on phones, blogging actually entails documenting and sharing your everyday. How has that affected your relationships with friends and family? It’s actually been a dream! We get to homeschool and travel because we are able to work from anywhere.
- Have you found that technology- especially with the real-time trend that social media is adopting (Snapchat, IG stories) that it takes away from the experience? It’s definitely easy to get caught up in too much of the scrolling, but the good outweighs the bad!
- From time to time, we all get caught up lusting after others lives— whether it be their travel photos on Instagram, their beautiful home, their adorable husband + babies, their burgeoning career, etc. What do you do when you fall down the rabbit hole of comparison to others in your field? Yes, it sure is easy to compare! I just remember that they all have their bad days too…whether it be feeling like you’re failing as a parent or not accomplishing what you want to in a day or a year…we all have those stressors in our life. It helps to share the tough days instead of only our highlight reels. It draws people to us because they see us normal, just like them.
- Do you think you have your *crap together? Do you think anyone else does? Ha! This made me choke on my water! I hope I’m right, but I don’t think anyone really has it all in the bag, buttoned up in a pretty perfect bow. And me? Yeah, definitely not. I’m a 7 on the Enneagram test, so I just want everyone to like me, be happy and come to my party in the clouds so we can all dream together! Ha! Oh and let’s make sure your readers are aware…organization is NOT my thing, so don’t even ask me to put a spreadsheet together. Not if you want it done right! LOL!
- What’s a personal weakness you’ve overcome (or progressed on) that you’re most proud of? What was that process like? Ok so I have a love affair with ice cream and a good ole fountain coke! We were drinking most of our calories and the sugar overload was hurting my joints! Ya’ll! My husband and I would drive up and the girl would have our order ready before they even saw our chubby faces in the drive thru! Ugh…wha?? Who does that? LOL! OMG I can’t believe I just shared this! So we did the Daniel Fast last month with our small group. We needed to do something! We ended up giving up the daily coke, sweet tea, and ice cream pretty much for good. We don’t even crave it like we used to. I will have it once in a while instead of every day, but hopefully the girl at the ice cream shop forgot our usual order. 😉
- When you’re caught in a moment of overwhelm or chaos, what is the one thing you rely on to ground you? My relationship with God is what I cling to. Even now, I have a family member going through a difficult situation and I can’t imagine not having Jesus in my life to rely on. He truly is my rock!
- What do you think about the phrase “having it all” as a woman? This might be my big dreaming heart, but I do believe women can have it all. Now for me, this is about having a business that has brought more choices and freedom, one that unlocks purpose and passions in myself and others, and can help capture more moments with my family. One that helps me create a life filled with freedom and impact! This LIGHTS ME UP! It totally is my prayer for every woman!
- Do you believe that you have to “have it all” to be happy? Well having it all is not about having all of the material things the world says we need…it’s about making a difference. It’s about breathing life into our family and friends. It’s about sharing the love of God, helping those in need, and creating even greater impact. If I can help my family, my friends, really anyone I’m blessed to lead truly see who they were created to be…that is real happiness.
- What is an important thing in life that you feel like the world is lacking lately and could use more of? As a woman of faith, I have to say, more love. More of God’s love to be even more specific. There’s so much cynicism in the world, and not enough love out there.
- What is currently frustrating you the most about your industry? Not enough grace. We all could stand to give more of that. Give as much as you would want. None of us know what the other one is walking through in life, so let’s all go a little easier on each other.
- We all see it— society’s increasing pressure to be so “perfect” — our outfits have to be Instagrammable, our homes have to be Pinterest-worthy, we have to be eating all-organic and healthy, our engagement shoots have to be magazine-worthy, and even our dogs have to have their own following! What are the effects on your life that you’ve noticed because of this dynamic, both negative and positive? Oh gosh the dog followings crack me up. I think I would go crazy if all I posted were the perfect posts. Sometimes, you need the raw and the real. I need to still work on this in my posting because it’s not easy to be vulnerable. I come from a southern mama who wasn’t raised to share your dirty laundry…but ya know, it helps the next mom when I do. Those posts always get the most feedback. Because it speaks to our humanity. So I pray I can release that impossible need to always share the perfect. It’s freeing really.
- Define “being healthy” in your perspective. Goodness in, goodness out.
- What is the one thing you’re most thankful for about your body? I can finally say, my curves.
- How has your perspective on your body changed since 5 or 10 years ago? I guess that comes with age…it’s more about being healthy and having energy for my kids than just the outside looks, or a scale number.
- What do you think is unique that you offer to your audience that is lacking out there? I love being the girlfriend who reminds you to start dreaming again! I just met a beautiful mom on my Nashville flight to California. We talked the entire flight and after a while, I finally asked her what her big dream was, she almost choked in tears because no one had ever asked her that before. I couldn’t believe it! She and I are now working together on a huge launch, and I’m in awe of what God is doing in her life! It’s amazing!! All because of a divine encounter when we ended up side by side on an airplane!
- What inspires you most? Stories about triumph over struggle!
- What is the key to maintaining your personal aesthetic + brand integrity while working with other brands? Sharing from the heart.
- Do you ever feel like you see the advice out there to “just be yourself! Produce content that makes you happy and the rest will fall in place?”— but reality is, is that there are some parameters for succeeding in these kinds of creative fields. How do you maintain integrity while also still propelling your business forward? It’s been so important to me to think about who I can serve and how best I can serve them. That’s what helps me focus on value in my content.
- How do you see the social selling and influencer space evolving as social media continues to rapidly develop and change? It’s hard to predict with such fast changes, but I do believe it’s not going anywhere soon. One thing I can easily see is more talented influencers creating their own shows!
- Content fatigue is real. Social Influencers take in so much content through their social feeds, and sometimes it can feel like you’re seeing the same stuff over and over. How do you stay innovative with your content and what work you produce? I like to look at influencers and brands outside of my industry to get more inspiration and refuel my entrepreneurial spirit!
- What is the most rewarding part of what you do? I love getting to love on the women I’m blessed to serve and inspire!
That’s a wrap – we officially have all the feels now!
Angela – thank you so much for joining our Women of Influence series here at Southern Social! We’re so proud of you and excited to continue to follow your journey.
Are you or someone you know a Woman of Influence? We want to hear from you! Email firstname.lastname@example.org.