I didn't know you could feel someone jumping for joy in an email, but when I received an e-mail this week from Tangela Ekhoff, I could.
"The feature story about me and my comedy actually made it into Woman's Day Magazine...page 58. I about had a heart attack when I saw it. It is the September issue...on stands now around Owasso!" she said.
It is a story about overcoming obstacles and changing your approach to life.
In 2008, Tangela's husband lost his six figure job as a computer systems analyst, and the family began to struggle. Tangela, who has a master's degree in education, started cleaning houses as it was the quickest and easiest work she could get.
Tangela and her husband relocated to Owasso last year from Montgomery Alabama where the job prospects seemed better and they could be near her husbands family.
Tangela never lost her sense of humor—even during the hard times. After her husband lost his job, Tangela had to clean houses to keep her family afloat.
"Every time I would come home from cleaning job, I would have a funny story to tell my husband." Those funny stories became a comedy routine, changing her direction in life.
Never one to miss an opportunity to make people laugh, she wove her experiences as an overeducated maid into a one woman comedy show called “The Recession Maid Me Do It!” Instead being a victim of poverty, Tangela turned her pain into a side-splitting hour of tales from the GREAT RECESSION.
Tangela is known for her clean, intelligent comedy. She has also used her gift for good clean fun to raise money and awareness for good causes .
Tangela has used her own experiences in motherhood, overcoming obstacles, and business failure to craft inspiring keynotes for job seekers, aspiring entrepreneurs, and students. She inspires others to deal with change, adversity, and the challenges of life. Tangela is an expert at dealing with adversity.
Tangela grew up in public housing in Montgomery, but went on to be the first in her family to graduate from college and earn an advanced degree. She encourages her audiences to always have hope, always follow their dreams, and always have a sense of humor. She is also an advocate for leadership development. She believes leaders come in all ages, shapes, sizes, and colors. Tangela encourages her audiences to be agents of positive change.
Tangela studied standup and improv at Judy Carter’s legendary Comedy Workshop in L.A. She had a chance to work with comedy greats and rising stars like Rick Overton and Ahmed Ahmed. Tangela has inspired and entertained audiences in Birmingham, Montgomery, Auburn, Palm Springs, New York, L.A. and Tulsa.
When she’s not wowing audiences, she spends time with her young sons and her husband.
About her article in Woman's Day: "I'm so proud!!! Right under my name and age it lists Owasso as my town!!! I hope I can help people follow their dreams no matter how big or small and no matter what has gone wrong in their lives! I hope I do my new community of Owasso proud!"
To read more about Tangela, visit her website at tangelaekhoff.com