Here at LiveMom, we love meeting new moms (and dads) doing interesting things around town. Our monthly Feature series give us an excuse to learn more about these hardworking Austinites. This month, we’re featuring Angela Crockett – WAIT. Hold the phone. Is this not the third Angela we have featured in as many months? *Counts on fingers* – first we had Angela Glode, then Angela Ward, and now Angela Crockett. Maybe this is the year of the Angela.
Anyway, I met Angela Crockett when my son was a baby at the now-closed activity center for kids and caretakers called Gorgeous Millie in Westlake. I was fascinated by Angela’s experiences traveling the world, and loved her creative vibe.
A few years later, I ran into Angela at the elementary school where my son was starting kindergarten, and we picked up where we left off. Angela is the founder of Arts Days at a local elementary school. Her mission is to foster, nurture and inspire kids to take a lifelong interest in art via culture, and she leads a team of volunteers to transform the school into an arts and culture extravaganza. If you spend any time with Angela, her passion for culture and positive energy will inspire you, too.
LiveMom: How long have you lived in Austin, and what brought you here?
Angela Crockett: I was born in Minnesota and raised in Colorado, and earned my bachelor’s degree from UT. My husband and I met here and got married, and then we moved out of the country for nine years, living in China and other parts of Southeast Asia. Our family brought us back here six years ago.
LiveMom: How many kids do you have, and what are their ages?
Angela: I have three boys: 14, 11, and 8.
LiveMom: What is your idea of a perfect day with the family in Austin?
Angela: We love to be together at our home; we play games, watch sports, swim. Basically, our home is our sanctuary, here in Westlake. It’s a perfect day when all the chicks are in the nest! We are perched up in the hills with a beautiful view of the city. We get away from the traffic and the city and the stress and bustle and chaos. It’s our zen zone.
LiveMom: If you had 24 hours to yourself in Austin, how would you spend it?
Angela: I would start with my usual cappuccino from Lola. They named my blend after me, so I just ask for the Angela [laughs]. It’s a mixture of three different coffee drinks, actually; there are about six people who order it now, because it’s perfectly delicious. After Lola, I would take a yoga class at Yoga Vida. And I’d love to sit outside and have a leisurely lunch with family or friends and have a glass of wine. Anyplace with a patio. I love the heat – some people hate it, but I love it. And I’d finish the day with friends and family for a healthy meal on my patio with good food, good wine, and good friendship.
LiveMom: What do you like best about Austin? What would you change, if you could?
Angela: It’s getting more of an entrepreneurial vibe here. I feel that there is a young, hip energy to Austin – a creative energy, if you will. People here are very unique. You don’t feel like you have to fit in, unlike other big cities. I do feel that it’s getting less of a community feel as it gets bigger. Too many people make it less intimate.
LiveMom: What’s one piece of unsolicited advice you’d give to a new mom?
Angela: Really try to look for and understand and nurture your child’s unique gifts, because everybody has one. Our job as parents is to find what makes them tick. What gets them excited? Look to them for their gifts. Notice things as they grow up, and be careful with words and labels. Like, don’t call your child a little monster. It gets in their heads. Think of positive adjectives. Try to see the gifts.
LiveMom: What is the best thing one mom can do for another?
Angela: I feel like we need to support each other more instead of being competitive with each other. Listen, support, help. And communicate. If my kid does something wrong, get on the phone and talk to me. We need that village mentality. We’re all doing the same thing: cooking and cleaning and providing the best experiences. The village takes the pressure off us trying to be supermoms.
LiveMom: What kind of music do you like? Any local musicians? Kids musicians?
Angela: I love the Chill station on XM because it’s loungy and relaxing. I love Thievery Corporation.
LiveMom: What’s the best way to keep up with what you are up to next?
Angela: I’m off the grid. I’m a bit of an alarmist when it comes to social media; Facebook is way more powerful than people even realize. They know too much about us. I choose not to participate. Text or call me.
LiveMom: What might we be surprised to learn about you?
Angela: I like a good bargain! I’m a bargain hunter. Also, I’ve done cliff jumping (I would still!) and parasailing.
LiveMom: What is your job, what is your title, and what do you love about your job?
Angela: My job is nurturing and nourishing my family so they will thrive and succeed academically, socially, individually. That’s what I focus on: how I can give them the best opportunity to thrive. A lot of that has to do with food, and I show love through cooking. Also spend a lot of time at the school as the co-chair, and founder of the Arts Days.
LiveMom: What is your secret talent?
Angela: I’m creative – I love throwing a party or finding ways to make things interesting and unique.