Angela Martini is a model, turned life coach, turned author. Martini’s memoir, LOVE HOPE LIGHT, could not be more pertinent to the times we are living in, in a world where safety and the future is uncertain. Her book, which was just released in the U.S. after being sold out in her home country of Albania, guides readers through doubt, anxiety and fear.
LOVE HOPE LIGHT provides key takeaways that readers can implement during this COVID-19 crisis, while inspiring others to never give up in the pursuit of forging their way through the darkest hour to find their light.
Her story is very unique and inspiring within itself. As a former top model and Miss Universe, she opens up about fighting against all odds, overcoming a life of poverty, spending a short time in a refugee camp and more to attain her ultimate success and happiness.
BELLA chatted with Martini on her life, career, and inspiration for her book…
Right now, we could all use some inspiration… Could you begin by sharing some of the transitions and obstacles you have faced in your life and on your journey to success?
I’ve faced many transitions and obstacles on the path to achieving my goals – transitions and obstacles that I continue to face today, which made me realize they are a part of life itself. In terms of inspiration, I can tell you this: ALL the obstacles and difficulties I’ve experienced have helped me to grow and transform my life for the better. A long time ago I came to understand that we cannot grow and achieve our goals without leaving our comfort zone or without facing hardships and difficulties. I understand that we need to focus on the bigger picture in life and that a problem or obstacle can actually be an opportunity to change our circumstance for the better, and an opportunity to reach higher levels in our lives that we may not have had the courage to even dream about before. I understand that often times we need to embrace the negative we face in our lives, because the result may be the best thing we achieve in our lives!
In my book, LOVE HOPE LIGHT, I shared some of the hardships my mother and I faced – in my case from almost being kidnapped to participating in Miss Universe, and in my mother’s case from losing everything, being a single mother with two children and living in poverty, to finding the true love, succeeding in a foreign country at the highest level and then winning a UNESCO price for a humanitarian project – there is always light at the end of the tunnel. According to my readers, these true life stories have inspired them…:)
Describe life as a top model and Miss Universe and how it has impacted you.
Of course, I can talk for hours about life as a model and about my Miss Universe experience. But for now, I want to leave you with the most important takeaway from these incredible experiences. Besides the feeling of the joy that comes with having such a life; the attention, respect, envy and even hate sometimes, the most important aspect was the opportunity to reach certain social levels in terms of the network of contacts. I met so many different people from so many different positions of respect. I met businessmen, artists, politicians, celebrities, and so much more.
The people I met inspired me and pushed me to work, learn and to become the best version of who I can possibly be. My understanding about myself, and everything around me, grew significantly. This gave me the power and strength to keep growing. Fortunately, because of the blessing to be able to view life this way, I used these experiences the my greatest capacity, and here I am today.
What inspired the career change and what has life been like since?
I have the will to keep growing and the strength to never stop. There came a point in my life where I understood that I need to change and go to the next level. I stopped modeling and became a certified life coach, movie producer and then an author. I have the power to express my thoughts, my feelings, my real self. Being a storyteller, I quickly understood that I have all the tools to express the real me and to be happy knowing this is the real me. And in reference to my book, I also knew that I had a real subject to share! LOVE HOPE LIGHT is the happy result of such mixed feelings and thoughts.
Talk about the inspiration for your book and how it may provide relief amidst COVID-19 through the pursuit of happiness amidst hopelessness.
From my book you can conclude that no matter how bad the situation is, how difficult life is, with Love as the most important ingredient and with Hope, which is the ultimate greatest feeling, you will eventually learn that where is dark, there is Light! You just need to look for it and eventually you will find it!
As readers can see in my book, this is actually not my first quarantine due to some crazy life circumstances. When I was 10 years old living in Switzerland, I was ‘quarantined’ for 8 months. Because of this, I’ve learned to not become bored but to enjoy my own company.
Today, we are facing a period where life as we know it has been put on pause. It’s been very difficult to have to change our ways of experiencing the world, but when I’m having trouble and am in a dark place mentally, I think about the experiences my mother and I have both have faced and overcome. The result of it? We survived, we learned our lessons and we succeeded ! This helps me remember how strong I am, and how strong we all are. To everyone facing challenges in today’s times, my message full of Hope is: You will make it!
A portion of proceeds from all sales will go toward the non-profit homeless organization, My Friend’s Place.
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