Angela Joyce is the Founder of The Ugly Duck. She is a Yoga Alliance teacher who studied fitness training and nutrition at The National Academy of Sports Medicine. Angela is currently continuing her education at Delta College in Midland, Michigan. Her intention is to transfer to a four year university where she will study Psychology, International Relations, and Non-Profit Business Organization. After completing her undergraduate work, Angela will continue her education to become a Doctor of Philosophy in Cognitive Psychology.
Angela Joyce spent most of her youth traveling the world. She chose eco-travel and backpacking trips, which took her everywhere from Africa to Amsterdam. She visited the Dogon Tribe, learning about the constellations in the exiled country of Mali. She took a walkabout in Australia, where she learned about dream time from the indigenous Aboriginal people. She climbed Machu Picchu in Peru, where she stood above the clouds and marveled at the sacred rock of the ancient Inca people. She has watched the sun rise in Japan and she has backpacked through Europe. Her travels have opened her eyes to the universal truth that, as human beings, we are all more similar than we are different. We all learn, value, and focus on different material things in our day to day lives but we all experience the same joy and the same pain. Human beings all have varying levels of education and income, and we all have different standards of living, but at the end of the day everyone in the world is searching for the same happiness, peace, and love. We all laugh the same and we all cry the same. Everyone finds joy in helping others, and no one likes to feel alone.
There is no place on Earth that Angela Joyce does not wish to visit and no culture she does not wish to understand.
In her late twenties, Angela Joyce became a mother. Having children introduced her to the fierceness of feminism and helped her tune into the greater human aspects of overall health and well-being. Her motherly instincts encouraged her to become health and nutrient conscious. Organic joy and abundance were created by immersing herself, and her children, in healthy food, structure, and community. She found holistic prosperity in physical fitness training, nutrition education, and the medicinal practice of yoga.
Her vision for The Ugly Duck began at the gym.
Well respected in the Health and Wellness Industry, Angela Joyce found the mental strength and endurance she needed to overcome obstacles in her life while she was at the gym. She noticed that physical fitness training could be used as a tool to combat mental, emotional, and social obstacles in her life. She noticed her young family thriving because of her positive lifestyle changes she made and decided to share what she was learning with the world. This experience lead Angela Joyce to became a leader in the Health and Well-Being community.
Her vision is for prerequisite Health and Well-Being Education to become a foundation that will help us, together, shape the lives of generations to come.