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Angie Ardolf

Your name/about yourself ? My name is Angela (Angie) Ardolf and I am a single momma to my beautiful daughter Ruby. She is 12 years old and has a rare genetic condition called Stromme Syndrome, which causes microcephaly (small brain), vision impairment and intestinal issues. Apparently, there are only 12 cases of this syndrome in the world! Despite doctors making dire predictions about Ruby's future, she has surpassed every single prediction made about her. You can find us at @angieandruby on Instagram, and at our blog, www.raregemsblog.

What do you do?

I am a freelance copywriter/marketer and I share Ruby's story of love and courage through Instagram, Facebook and our blog.

Why did you get into that?

I have always loved to write, but I wasn't sure I could make money with it. After graduating with a degree in mass communications/public relations, I started working at an award winning public relations agency as an account executive. When my daughter Ruby was born, I was thrust into a new world of single-parenting of a child with lots of unique needs. I stayed at the agency for a couple of years, but I couldn't keep up with the long hours and intense pressure while managing Ruby's frequent doctor and therapy appointments. I saw a job ad for a copywriter at a local dental company and I decided to go for it! Thankfully, I had just enough professional writing experience to snag the gig. Over the past 15 years, I have written for several different companies and built up a few freelance clients, but I wasn't confident enough to quit my job and do freelance only. Last year, I found myself in a toxic work environment and I realized that it was time to take the leap! I quit my full-time job and I have been freelancing ever since. I've expanded my services to include not only writing, but also marketing strategy, social media, graphic design, videography and photography.

Name 3 words to describe you best?

Empathetic, Positive, Strong

Which females influence you the most?

My mom is the most amazing woman I know. She did not have an easy life growing up, but she rose above her circumstances and created a beautiful life and family. She did not go to college, but that has never stopped her from getting the jobs she has wanted. Ruby is also a huge influence in my life. Doctors basically told me that she would never sit, stand, walk or talk and she has gone on to prove each and every single one of them wrong. She has made me a better person by forcing me to slow down, become more patient and draw upon the power of love and faith for strength.

What struggles have you over come and how?

I got pregnant at the age of 22, fresh out of college and so excited for my future. I was not at all prepared to be a mom, but I knew that I had been given a gift and it was my role in life to care for this child. When I discovered that she would be born with disabilities, I was beside myself with grief and pain. So many people gathered around me to show me love and support, which helped me through those difficult early days. Seeing my daughter's beautiful face and watching her fight to become the person she is today has kept me going in my darkest hours.

How do you stay positive and focused?

I find that I am most positive when I am writing in my journal frequently, exercising regularly, taking some quiet time for reflection, getting lots of good sleep and listening to my heart. I find that I can stay most focused when I have a huge "WHY" for what I'm doing.

Any words of advice for future girl bosses following in your footsteps?

Don't ever let anything stand in your way of becoming who and what you want to be. You are the only person who knows what is best for you, and you have infinite strength and wisdom within! Tap into what makes your heart sing and you will be led exactly where you need to be. Also, be nice to every single person you meet. You never know who could have the key to the door you've been wishing would open...

What is one quote you stand by?

“When you want something, all the Universe conspires in helping you to achieve it"