Angie Goff | Finding Her Way

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Deep down inside, we’re all glimpses of Wonder Woman, the comic heroine who was fortified to prevail – persevere, even – under pressure. To say Angie Goff really is a modern-day wonder woman wouldn’t be too far from the truth.

“Being a mom, in my eyes, really qualifies you as superhuman,” asserts Angie Goff. But the adored, sharp, and wittingly passionate anchor at NBC4 in Washington, DC, didn’t acquire her super-human cape overnight. Like most of us, it came with the all-too familiar lineup of blunders and insecurities – not being sharp enough, good enough or perfect.

angiegoff3“I will never forget a news director who gave me a shot. A few months into the job, while critiquing my work, she said, ‘I didn’t hire you because you’re the best anchor. I hired you because you’re you.’”

And it’s a good thing, because her viewers and social media followers love her just as she is. The Angie Goff that captured the heart of that news director is the very same person that so many people – including her 30,000 Twitter followers – see and love.

“They are family,” Goff says about her social media audience. “From kissing my kids goodbye at 2:30 am while they sleep, to texting my hubby during the show about a plumbing problem, to calling my mom every day after work (I dare not forget!), social media has allowed me to share these parts of my life.” It is this transparency and authenticity – a rarity in today’s news media personalities – that has attracted and engrafted this family of hers into others’ lives…and her into theirs.

The presumed “one for the job” wasn’t always an immediate for Goff, the golden girl from Northern Virginia. “I wish I had glowing memories to share from my high school days but, in all reality, things were tough.” Tough for the spot-on anchor? No way. Yes way. Freshly transplanted from South Korea, it was near the end of her junior year in high school – the nail-biting, ego-slaying, double-dog-dare-you season of her life – that taught her one of the most valuable lessons she’s ever learned. It was, of all things, an impending class election. “I saw elections for class officers were coming up and, not really knowing a soul, I decided I would run – not for class representative, secretary or treasurer – but for Senior Class President.”

Not only did she find a way to muster up the gumption to run for election, but she won. The new kid on the block – the one who was not experienced enough, the one not known enough – actually won. This gusto and knack for diving into waters that were choppy and a bit murky lent itself to the kind of spitfire attitude that would carry her beyond her high school years.

angiegoff4“I’ve found that ‘find a way’ has been a big constant mantra in my life,” she reveals. “That high school experience showed [me] that roadblocks keep you striving.”

It’s a fascinating lesson in winning even when it seems as though you shouldn’t. Indicatively enough, the odds are still stacked against her: not enough hands, not enough time…or coffee straws.

When demystifying her uncanny ability to achieve balance – or, rather, the continual pursuit of such a thing – she replied, “Coffee. Well, okay, that’s not the entire answer, but it helps. I do drink it with a straw all hours of the day, so it gets a little bit of the credit!”

She’s learned that in making sure she gets her coffee – just one small piece of the puzzle of her hectic, manically, wonderful life – it really comes down to caring for herself. “You need to be healthy, alive and aware,” she insists. It’s a statement she boldly declares, as if to say, “Ladies, we need to do it. We’re called to do it!”

“There’s a reason that, during an emergency, they instruct you to put your oxygen mask on before that of your child,” she says. And, perhaps, the solution to the mystery in this hat trick of balancing being a wife, mom, company team player, friend, or daughter – and this list will go on and on if you allow it – is to be present in the present. Being mindful that we need the air supply first ensures that we can supply health and wellness to those around us. “I think that’s where the real balance is. One thing that has helped me to accept this is having the knowledge that on some days, just showing up is good enough.” She feels that simply being able and willing is sometimes all that is required of us.

angiegoff2Angie Goff has more than shown up – she’s arrived. Her gauge for success isn’t derived from a presumed state of approval from anyone. Angie’s peace stems from the validating, unequivocally soundness of self-worth. “To me, success equals self-worth,” she explained. She realizes that any attempts to measure her success by her mini or mega accomplishments would simply enlist her in a brutal battle of “Am I worthy?” or “Am I enough?” Angie accepts the notion that simply being is enough. “It was when I finally realized I was worthy that I finally felt successful. It doesn’t come in the form of a big job, a raise or even having a child,” she says. “I was constantly performing to please others in my personal life and at work. Once I let that go, it was liberating. I finally had a sense of achievement.”

Liberated, taking care of herself and calling the shots, Angie Goff is probably somewhere right now sipping her coffee out of “the little straw that could” and beautifully embracing her humanity. And she probably has a soft twinkle in her eye and is whispering, “Remember, we are more than enough.”

Photo Credits: Angela Goodhart, Goodhart Photography

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