A Joyful Mother2 min read

“Mom, you’re always stressed.” I stopped frantically chopping vegetables and looked across the counter at my 13-year-old daughter. “I’m not stressed, at least not always,” I replied. But her comment had pierced my reality. Was I stressed more often than not? This was a turning point for me. Are you feeling stressed and burned out? Would you like to put the JOY back into your mothering and teaching? YOU CAN! Stress is just a symptom—a misperception. It means we are not seeing things quite right. Mothering and homeschooling can be joyful. Come discover how to get the JOY back when you’ve lost it (and we all lose it from time to time). Discover “The 7 Lenses for Finding Joy” and let joy be the legacy you pass on to your children.

When asked what she does, Angela Baker responds enthusiastically, “I do people!” She sees genius and beauty in every person and passionately believes that education should be about discovering and growing that genius. This life-long passion led her to seek alternative education for her children. She is an authentic, down-to-earth home educator of twenty-one years who knows the ups and downs of her “business.” Angela is the mother of seven children. She and her family live on a one-acre farm in rural Erda, Utah, where the main crop is children. Angela is a well-loved speaker whose talent for weaving stories with principles creates a memorable experience for her audiences. She is also an experienced parent coach and youth mentor.

In order to inspire youth to dig deep and engage in a rigorous scholar experience, Angela founded Erda Youth Leadership Academy. She is a mentor for Elevation—Williamsburg Academy’s outdoor high school leadership program—where she invites youth to challenge themselves by climbing rock walls and rappelling over cliffs. She is a certified relationship coach through Townsend Relationship Center. Her formal education includes a bachelor’s in family science and a master’s in education. A cherished highlight of her homeschool journey and years of motherhood is the happy hours of reading to her children. She enjoys quiet study, fiery sunsets, family dancing in the kitchen, climbing mountains and rock walls, and refreshing moments of just sitting.