20 Questions with Angela Rodriguez
Some might remember Angela Rodriguez as a former WYFF evening anchor and reporter, but these days, she’s taken on two new roles, including mom. A native of Key West, Florida, she lives in Greenville with her husband, Steven Sawyer, and their 2-year-old daughter, Sloan. After leaving her television career behind, she gave birth and began a new career as a real estate associate at Wilson Associates in Greenville.
1. How did giving birth affect your decision to leave your career in journalism?
Real estate is something I’ve always been passionate about. The timing felt right to make the switch.
2. What has been your favorite thing about being a mom so far?
The deep belly baby giggle is right up there at the top of my list. I melt every time my daughter asks to hold my hand or gives me a random hug. I love getting to see her personality develop. She loves to tell a story!
3. How do you juggle your new career with being a mom?
Technology is a huge help. I can do it all via cell phone and email — wherever life takes me. The flexibility allows me to enjoy precious time with family and give my clients immediate attention.
4. What’s the best parenting advice you’ve received?
The mess can wait. Play with your family.
5. What advice would you give to other working moms?
You are better at it than you give yourself credit for. Tomorrow is another chance to start over.
6. What is your favorite family ritual?
We call it “Music Mondays.” We dance silly as a family to make the start of the week fun.
7. What always makes you laugh?
My husband and our good friends always find a way. We are a silly bunch. The laughter is contagious.
8. What would surprise people about you?
I have a house full of rescue animals. There’s never a dull moment when you have three dogs, two cats and a toddler. My lap is never empty and my heart is always full.
9. What quality do you most admire in others?
10. What’s your favorite childhood memory?
I loved going fishing with my dad. He taught me how to throw a cast net and a curve ball. We used to play catch every night. I can’t wait to do the same things with my daughter.
11. What’s your dream vacation destination?
Eating my way through Italy is at the top of my bucket list.
12. Where’s the best place to take the kids?
My daughter loves Runway Park at the Downtown Greenville Airport. I’m a big fan of the fried Oreos at the Runway Café. It’s a win-win.
13. What’s your super power?
I move at warp speed. I am full of energy, which is a good thing when you work full time and have a toddler.
14. What is your favorite TV show?
“How To Get Away With Murder.”
15. When you were younger, what did you want to be?
I always knew that I wanted to become a television journalist. Now, I’m chasing a new dream and loving every minute of it.
16. What are your hobbies?
Working out, running with my dogs, cooking and going on adventures with my family.
17. What is something important life has taught you?
Nobody is promised tomorrow. You have to make time for the special people in your life. Tell people how much they mean to you.
18. What has surprised you most about being a parent?
I was surprised by how much I worry. It’s constant. I was never a worrier before. I’m not sure anything can prepare you for the all-consuming love that comes with having a child and the need to protect your little one.
19. If you could have dinner with anyone, whom would you choose?
I’d pick my older brother, Roddy. He was killed in the Persian Gulf War when I was 11. I would love the chance to know him again, even if only for a few minutes. There are so many things I’d want to ask him. He was a character and he is missed deeply by all of us.
20. What is the best gift parents can give their children?
The best gift my parents gave me was unconditional love. I was never afraid to be myself or try something new and fail, because I knew that I was loved and nothing could ever change that. I think it’s also important to teach your children how to overcome adversity. Life rarely goes according to plan. A sense of humor helps.