Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Angela Breidenbach, Mrs. Montana International

What do you feel so passionately about that you would spend your free time on it?

That's one of my favorite questions to ask people. I love to hear what comes from the heart.

When my husband and I talked of getting married, we discussed important goals. One of the top priorities was to make sure we traveled outside of our own country so our children would grow up knowing about and understanding people all over the world. Another was to teach selflessness through volunteerism. We felt understanding and selflessness would help our children grow to be adults that would reach out and change the world. From mission trips to ecological studies, our kids have been sent around the world.

And that is where my story begins...

Our son, Devan, and his wife, Katie, served in Kenya on a mission trip last summer. They brought back life stories, stories that would change lives here. I heard about little David and how much he clung to Devan because he needed affection. How hard it was for Devan to leave him behind. I heard about the mama and papa of the orphan homes and how much they loved the children and the newly placed little David too. I heard about the women in the AIDS home and a village that needed a well.

I heard the passion in my daughter-in-law's voice and in my son's heart. (Their passion is to continue serving Kenya even from back here in the U.S. Devan is putting together a fund raiser on June 28th at Biga Pizza in Missoula.)

They bought me a necklace from Pamba Toto Jewelry for Christmas and I heard how that particular company gives 50% of their profits to support the Hope's Promise Orphan Ministry, specifically 2 Kenyan homes called Sanctuary of Hope #1 and #2. The more I learned, the more I wanted to help.

I'd already finished my non-fiction book, Insanity Rules: Gems of Wisdom. In each chapter you'll battle an internal pirate and then at the end, win a gem of wisdom. I could have chosen any company to commission the jewelry to compliment my work, but I wanted to live out my purpose by reaching out to others. So I began working with Pamba Toto and now we have the Gems of Wisdom line of jewelry!

My passion is finding ways to add value to the lives of others. I love being able to work as a partner to encourage and enrich the lives of women and children around the world. I love that my line of jewelry does that on many different levels. I'm excited to share how in my upcoming interview. From fair trade to providing jobs to women with AIDS to raising funds here locally, and leading a healthy lifestyle, I hope to share about my work and offer some tips on battling your own internal pirates with gems of wisdom. Let's fill our treasure chests together :-)

Interview Info:
July 15th, Angela Breidenbach talks about filling your treasure chest with Gems of Wisdom and her passion for helping children at home and abroad through Hope's Promise Orphan Ministries, The Jadyn Fred Foundation, and promoting healthy lifestyles with the American Heart Association.

June 15th, 6p.m. Pacific, 7 p.m. MST, 8 p.m. Central and 9 p.m Eastern.
Interview with Angie Breidenbach, Mrs. Montana International.

I hope you'll listen in.
Thank you,


  1. I think wrtiters have to be passionate about writing. A lot of times we are passionate about a theme or a cause and that drives our stories.

    I'm also passionate about helping the community. We have been very blessed to find a church that is outreach oriented and we are able to do things and hold block parties just to tell people that we love them...and God loves them.

  2. Writing. That's definitely what I'm most passionate about. Ask anyone who happens to ask me about my writing:-) If I have free time, you can find me in my office working on some aspect of my story-a new scene, editing, etc. What a life!

  3. Angie, I think what you're doing is wonderful!

    I'm passionate about writing. And I hope God will use my writing to touch others.

  4. I'm passionate about writing, but in my writing I have a desire to inspire people and point them toward God and/or a piece of His Word.

  5. Yes, I understand. Writing is totally a passion. I think our daily life passions come out in our writing topics and our characters.