Today we’d like to introduce you to Angel Risher.
Hi Angel, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles. I am finally in a Chapter of my life where I (mostly) feel like I have a balanced life. Not perfect, just balanced. This was not always the case. As child, I had a habit of putting the feelings and goals of others before my own. That led to a long phase of people pleasing, which really affected my mental health and deterred me from walking in my purpose( which is to be completely myself). As time went on, including a few traumatic instances, I realized that I only have one life to live and it’s up to me to live it, no matter how uncomfortable it can be at times. That’s what I hope to encourage others to do as well.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
The road to being myself completely has not been easy. I’ve dimmed my light to accommodate others, but I realized that it’s not the best for me. I’ve struggled with Anxiety and Depression and the older that I get, the more comfortable I am with expressing it. My Anxiety forces me to shrink in large crowds. At times, I feel like I could be much further in all aspects of my life had I not dimmed my light in my younger years.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a Management Analyst within the Human Resources field by day. When I am not working, I am an avid runner and I own a candle business, Scent The Tone. My work within the Human Resources field allows me to help people fulfill a need, which is what I really love doing(helping people). However, the activities outside of work allow me to help myself, mentally and physically. I’ve been running since 2015 and I joined a run club in 2018( Keep It Run Hundred). Running allows me to focus on myself, which is something that I failed at when I was younger. Running forces me to be in tune with my body, my mind and my soul. It’s a spiritual experience; real personal. I really appreciate the group that I run with. I feel like I can be myself, awkward and all. Human Resources and running fulfill the professional, physical and mental aspects of my life. However, in 2020, I had a lingering desire to tap into a creative source of freedom. I created Scent The Tone. My business includes handmade natural soy wax candles (including custom candles), linen + room sprays, wick trimmers and candle-making workshops. Human Resources can be a bit rigid, but Scent The Tone makes me feel alive. It’s something that I created. I don’t feel like there are any limits. I am the limit, and I don’t plan on getting in my own way.
I am proud of the fact that I’ve taken chances on myself, no matter how many times Anxiety, Depression or my reluctance to speak publically try to get in the way. I keep showing up for myself. That has taken time and energy that I don’t always have, but I continue to remind myself that showing up is worth it. This pocket of growth that I am currently engulfed in has been a beautiful journey and it will only get better. The combination of my profession, running and Scent The Tone makes this journey possible. A balanced life (mostly).
How do you define success?
At this moment, success is feeling fulfilled. It doesn’t have to do with status, money or popularity. Success is waking up and feeling enough. Not perfect, but enough. Feeling whole. Feeling complete. Had I been asked to define success ten years ago, it would be much different. I believe the obstacles that I’ve encountered have shifted my mindset in a positive way. I would encourage anyone to do their best to be their authentic self, even if it’s uncomfortable. That’s success.
- $15 – $28 Candles
- $35 Candle Making Workshops