Ready to Finally Increase Your Leadership Confidence?

Who do you need to become to project confidence when leading yourself, individuals, and teams? Join Angela M. Odom's Reading Club and improve your leadership confidence by engaging in thought-provoking discussions.

I am a firm believer that you can never learn enough in life. I'm also a firm believer that we should be taking full advantage of having a practically limitless supply of books at our fingertips! To celebrate all of the amazing resources that are available, I am starting a Reading Club in 2018!

Every other month, beginning January 1st, we will tackle one of the books shown above, which all focus on leadership! Each week of that month you will receive your reading assignment along with discussion questions and there is a private Facebook group for Club participants! This way we can discuss our takeaways and truly enhance our learning experience by learning from one another in addition to the reading material!  In January we begin with Simon Sinek's, "Leaders Eat Last...

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November 2017 Update!

November is my favorite month of all. 

If you know me at all, you know that I am Hattie Mae's baby girl and my favorite title to answer to is 'Ryan's Mom'.   

It's been a while since I have provided an update, so I thought this would be the perfect time for an post Army retirement life update.  

I love the month of November because of a combination of significant moments of demonstrated love, admiration, and support. Besides November being one of my sister's, one of my God daughter's, one of my closest friends and my birth month as well as the month the nation celebrates military veterans.

November is the month we celebrate Thanksgiving, my mother's favorite holiday. It's simply a love fest all month long!

After being retired from the US Army for two years,  I finally have a vision for my life. I don't actually have the perfect plan. I am willing, however, to fail forward and learn from my experiences.  I am finally able to remain present in the...

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Happy Thanksgiving 2017!

As we prepare to celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday with family, friends and loved ones, I would like to take this opportunity to express sincere gratitude to you and yours. Thanksgiving always falls on the fourth Thursday of November. This year Thanksgiving is on Thursday, November 23. 

Traditional Thanksgiving meals:

The traditional Thanksgiving meal revolves around turkey, to the point where Thanksgiving is sometimes colloquially called Turkey Day. The turkey is usually served with cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and gravy. Yams or sweet potatoes are another important part of Thanksgiving dinner and is often served as a side-dish.  Click here for some Thanksgiving Day Recipes. 

How is the day celebrated?

Many big cities hold a Thanksgiving Day parade, the most famous of which is the Macy's parade in New York City – an annual pageant of floats, cheerleaders, marching bands and gigantic helium balloons in the shape of cartoon characters including...

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Happy Veterans Day 2017

"How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!" - Maya Angelou

Happy Veterans Day!

A great big "Thank You" to our military women and men who have served our country with dignity and honor. Thank you for your service to our great nation.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN VETERANS DAY AND MEMORIAL DAY?
Both holidays were established to recognize and honor the men and women who have worn the uniform of the United States Armed Forces. Memorial Day, which is observed on the last Monday in May, was originally set aside as a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle.

While those who died are also remembered on Veterans Day, which is observed on November 11, Veterans Day is intended to thank and honor all those who served honorably in the military - in wartime or peacetime. In fact, Veterans Day is...

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Hacks and Identity Theft

This latest internet hack of Equifax is an eye-opener to the amount of misguided trust we have developed in large corporations over the past few decades. We blindly provide our personal information to insurance companies, hospitals, people who cold call us for charitable donations, grocery stores, schools, and any number of organizations.  Between the most recent hacking news, including the US 2016 elections, the French 2017 election, Gmail phishing scams, bitcon hostage situations, we are being inudated with news of security breaches of corporations and organizations one would think would have be more prepared to withstand such attacks.  

When I heard about the Equifax data breach I thought, "Dang, this stuff just got real."  

The Equifax CEO provided an update on September 7, 2017. According to Equifax, the breach lasted from mid-May through July. The hackers accessed people’s names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances,...

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John Lewis inspires you to be great

Recently I had the privilege to listen to my Congressman, The Honorable John Lewis, U. S. Congressman, from Georgia's 5th District address a packed room of engaged citizens. 

John Robert Lewis is an American politician and is a prominent civil rights leader. He is the U.S. Representative for Georgia's 5th congressional district, serving since 1987, and is the dean of the Georgia congressional delegation.

Afterwards, he patiently posed for pictures with various groups of people; including kids, teachers, members of the military, senior citizens, elected officials, and others.  It was inspiring to observe how John Lewis engaged with so many diverse people and seemed to make everyone around him feel special.

He simply inspires you to be great by sharing his personal story of triump, perserverance and integrity. 

I was fortunate to be able to take a photo with my Congressman.

When Congressman Lewis posed with some members of the military, I shared with The...

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Announcing our 21 Day Financial Fast

Get the book, 'The 21 Day Financial Fast' by Michelle Singletary. Coach Angela is moderating  a spiritually based financial fast beginning on Saturday, July 1, 2017. 

In “The 21-Day Financial Fast: Your Path to Financial Peace and Freedom,” financial advisor and Washington Post columnist Michelle Singletary outlines the “financial fast,” a sort of money diet that promises to break bad spending habits, create a plan to become debt free, and set yourself on a better financial course for the future. While on a financial fast, you can’t spend any unnecessary money – at all. Unless it’s food, shelter, or something else essential to survival, you’re committing to making do with what you already have.

It's not about what you can't have during the fast, it's about the relationship with money. We are going on a financial fast to become aware of our actual needs versus all of the stuff we want.  

WHERE WILL IT TAKE PLACE?

We...

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Happy Father's Day to Men Who Stand in the Gap

I am grateful for the men who choose to live their lives as positive examples for my son to follow. You are truly appreciated.  

Sometimes I notice my son paying attention to influential men. I imagine in his mind he is determining what characteristics and skills he wants to emulate.  My 12 year old is a spiritually based, kind, verbal, intellectual pre-teen who possesses a keen spirit of discernment.  

Rest assured that all of his material needs such as food, shelter and creature comforts  are met. He is a confident young man, who has a personal spiritual relationship with God.  He understands morally right and wrong at the level you would expect a pre-teen to understand.  I see him becoming more and more independent and responsible each day.

It is quite amazing to watch his transformation baby to toddler to preteen.  Realizing that the next 12 years will fly by just as fast as the previous, I choose to be more intentional about the influence I...

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We remember the few who've served, fought and died

Since the founding of our great nation, we've stood on the shoulders of the few troops who've served, fought and died for us.

Memorial Day is a time we pause to honor our nation's war dead.  It is indeed a privilege to be an American citizen and therefore know and experience liberty. I was born in the late 1960's under the watch of the Vietnam era veterans who were drafted; meaning they did not volunteer to serve in the US Armed Forces. We experience liberty because of them and all of the brave men and women before them who've served, fought and died on foreign soils and within our borders.

During this article, we will not debate:

  • Whether the wars and conflicts were justified, won, or conducted above reproach
  • Whether the wars and conflicts were in accordance with the constitution
  • The character of those who burn American flags and effigies
  • The legal rights of those who choose not to stand when the National Anthem is played
  • The number of people wishing to immigrate to the...
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Give me my flowers while I live

It's Mother's Day and I miss my mother.

In the USA, Mother's day is celebrated the second Sunday in May. It is a day where we honor maternal bonds, motherhood, and a specific woman who nurtured and cared for us.  

Mother's day is celebrated in over 40 countries.  Instead of saying 'hello' and 'goodbye' we greet women in kindness by saying 'Happy Mother's Day'.  I realize that it's kinda crazy to assume that most women have nurtured a child at some point in her life.  Early in the month of May we begin to to see retail reminders of Mother's day and begin to hear references of Mother's day on social media and in our social circles. 

During this time of the year, I tend to retreat to a place of lack and loss.  I seem to focus on the current feeling of being physically without my loving Hattie Mae who died six years ago.  Intellectually I understand that focusing on the fact that she was an amazingly loving, caring, attentive nurturer adds more value...

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