The time now exists where women are able to achieve what once was considered the unthinkable.
Women are now heads of corporations, doctors, attorneys, governors, and senators, just to name a few. However, despite the mountains moved regarding career opportunities available to women, the struggle to find the perfect balance amongst household responsibilities, family life, and career continues.
This quest for stability is fueled by the pressures of society—pressures that suggest if a woman takes on more modern roles, then she must simultaneously and adequately fulfill the requirements of traditional ones. This has resulted in many a mother guilting herself out of the opportunity to set and attain lifelong professional goals. It has also led to women choosing a life dedicated to career and foregoing the opportunity to raise a family. Ultimately, if a woman is forced to choose, she fails to appreciate and achieve her full potential.
The obstacle of balance exists, but it does not have to dictate the successes of today’s contemporary woman. Despite the challenges, women can effectively raise families while still making their marks as career-committed professionals.
One Charleston area wife and mother of two is doing just that!
Hair Stylist, Salon Owner, Makeup Artist, Photographer, and Author, Angie Ravenel is proving that moms can have and do it all. Ravenel sat down with the Charleston Motherhood Examiner to discuss her recent successes and how she handles the delicate relationship between career and motherhood.
~You are a wife and mother of two sons. You are a gifted Hair stylist, Photographer, and Makeup Artist. You own your own salon and photography studio; your work has been featured in many local and national publications, and you have just released your first book Makeup 101 with Angie Ravenel. What drives you to continue reaching for more?
Wow, there are so many things that drive me. First of all, being that I am a wife and a mother, I love when my kids see me settings goals and trying my best to complete them. Of course, I can’t complete them all, but I really do a lot of things as a role model for my children. I’m my worst critic, but then I like to challenge myself. It’s constant movement, constant being involved with different projects. I like to say, ‘Hey, can I do that?’
~Give the readers an idea of what they can expect in your new book, Makeup 101 with Angie Ravenel.
First of all, I did this book because I was always asked questions about makeup by clients or just by friends and family. Keep in mind, I’ve done classes for hairstylists or makeup artists who wanted to perform makeup services on their clients. So, my classes were always more in depth. I didn’t really pay close attention to my everyday woman. So, with all of these questions being asked, I decided to put the answers in a tutorial. It’s an easy read. It’s a 56-page tutorial that really helps the everyday woman build confidence and know that she, too, can apply makeup and feel she is doing it right.
~Was there ever a time when you doubted yourself or questioned your ability to be both a successful businesswoman and a devoted mother?
Definitely. More often than I would like. I do beat myself up. I say, ‘Okay now Angie, you need to either pick or choose. Are you going to be an at-home mom or are you going to be a career-driven woman and an at-home mom?’ You cannot give each aspect of your life 100%. So what happens is you give 20%, 50% there, 60% there, this part gets 70%. So, nothing ever gets fully completed, and it does eat away at you…but I think that will continue on because we, as women, have taken on all these roles.
~What advice would you give mothers who have a dream they would like to see as their reality but don’t quite know how to make it happen?
First, I believe in writing down your goals, whether it’s a short-term goal, an itinerary, or a long-term goal. That way it makes it prominent. It’s in your face. So, when you look back at your notes, you can say, ‘I’ve done it!’ or ‘I haven’t been living up to what I’m supposed to be doing.’ I think when you write down your goals and you focus and you complete your goals, no one can pull you in a direction that you didn’t set for yourself.
Secondly, get around people who share your interests, have your best interest in mind, and can give you good solid advice.
And, lastly, of course, networking. You can’t go wrong with networking and being around great, positive people.
~In addition to your professional talents and successes, you are also involved in charitable endeavors. You created a foundation called Project Warm Hands. Please tell the readers more about that.
Project Warm Hands started about 4 or 5 years ago. I started a coat drive for the winter months and the success was phenomenal. People brought in so many items. But I never gave it a name or really thought about it in depth. So, last year I decided I wanted to give it a name. This was something I wanted other stylists and barbers to start doing, so I called it Project Warm Hands. Basically, it’s a foundation that helps clothe people who are in need during the winter months. We provide socks, gloves, mittens, hats, coats, and sweaters. Last year, we had a charter school help with the donations. We gave the clothes to a homeless shelter in Summerville and an orphanage in the North Charleston area. I will be starting that up again in November.
~What can your followers expect from you next?
I would like my own makeup line. I would like to do a DVD of makeup. I also have a couple of inventions that I would like to bring to life. Definitely more photography. And, I may even want to start my own publication of some sort. So, a lot! But, once again, it all goes within that beauty circle.
Angie Ravenel serves as inspiration to all Charleston mothers. With hard work, commitment, and dedication, moms can do it all!