- After a long career in music publishing, Angelique Miles found herself aged out of an industry that had given her two decades of immense success.
- She began hitting the gym as a way to cope with that transition (scientists say it's a highly effective way to keep our bodies and brains sharp (1), after all)—and within a matter of months, realized that she could leverage this new ritual into her most exciting chapter yet.
The greatest tool in a woman’s toolbox isn’t a cosmetic or a brush. It’s self-determination—the daily commitment you make to yourself and your future, and the hard work and rituals that create the foundation for that journey. Make Your Self is a series that spotlights the stories of women who fiercely embody this relentless pursuit.
"What do you want to do every day?"
During a period in Angelique Miles' life that felt wildly complicated, this radically simple question changed everything. In her mid-forties, she was negotiating the aftermath of a successful career in the music industry; she had spent years signing some of the most recognizable acts of the '90s and nonetheless found herself unceremoniously aged out. "One day it came to a crashing end," she recalls. "I had done it for so long that I wasn't sure what else I was going to do."
Which lead her to that question: "Well, what do you want to do every day?" She decided that, in the midst of so much uncertainty, working out and taking care of her health might at least help her feel good again. She began frequenting CrossFit; the workouts got tougher, and soon she was challenging her body in ways she never thought possible. It didn't take long for Miles to realize that she could leverage this daily ritual into an entirely new chapter of her career.