When Angela Spazianto, our NJMOMpreneur of the Week, wanted to tap into her creative side, she started Warwick Sunday making beautiful keepsake vow journals intended to preserve intimate thoughts, love, and reflection for newly married couples. Yet three kids and a successful business later, she realized that success meant more than just the money—she yearned to live a more purposeful life and help moms and kids create stronger connections to themselves and the people they care about. So during COVID, Angela pivoted from weddings to families, and today her workshops, affirmation stationery, and keepsakes help kids and women live a more mindful life. We chatted with this Wayne mama to learn how her childhood teachers inspired her to help others, small changes everyone can make to be more present, and her go-to garden center (that’s so much more) for seasonal flowers. (featured photo credit: Nicole DeTone Photography)
Please share a bit about your background and the “aha moment” that led you to open Warwick Sunday. My husband, Chris, and I have been married since 2013, and we live in Wayne with our three young sons. I was a special education teacher for several years, and I loved my job—deciding to stay home with my boys was not easy. But, during that transition, I leaned into the creative side I had been exploring. I started designing vow books, and my business grew rapidly, especially during COVID. It began to grow and didn’t feel like the right fit for me—I wasn’t getting the creativity and connection I needed from it. I was feeling overwhelmed and burned out, so I started working on mindfulness to help myself, and I realized that I had missed the classroom and wanted to work with kids again. I also knew I could help other women who might feel the same as me, so I soon pivoted my business from a wedding focus to mindfulness for women and children focus.
Why do you think this message of mindfulness and connection is so important to you? I was fortunate to grow up in a loving home, but as a child, I struggled academically, which brought to light many insecurities. Specific teachers helped me through those moments and impacted my life, and I wanted to find a way to touch others, too, and help people live more meaningful lives. I genuinely believe that you can have very little in life if you’re surrounded by genuine, authentic connections that allow you to be who you are.
Were you always creative? Was there something you made as a child (or more recently) that has stuck with you for whatever reason? I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember. When I was younger, I wanted nothing more than to be accepted into this special art program, and when I wasn’t chosen, I gave up drawing for quite a while. I let other people’s opinions dictate how I thought of myself, and in doing that, I created a lot of limiting beliefs about my artistic abilities. Later on, as an adult, I turned back to art when I was looking for alternative ways to work with my students. And when I returned to drawing, it felt freeing, empowering, and validating. I’d denied this part of myself for too long, and I wasn’t going to let it hold me back any longer. No one should let someone else’s beliefs dictate who they are.
Any advice for someone looking to live a more mindful or creative life? When people think of living a more creative life, usually music, art, theater, or dance come to mind. But weaving small acts or changes in the way you normally do things can also have a significant impact on leading a more mindful and creative life. Ask yourself how you can make breakfast a little different this morning or what small changes you can make to your bed. Just switching things up a bit in small ways will have you thinking in other, new, or innovative ways.
What is something you wish you had known before launching Warwick Sunday? I figured out the hard way the importance of rest. When you’re running a business and raising your children, it’s very easy to burn out. Take the time to pause and ask yourself what you want because success means different things to different people. When my business was the most successful on paper, it wasn’t the business I wanted because it wasn’t making me feel fulfilled. I needed to pivot because success looks like a human connection to me—I care deeply about inspiring and sharing resources with others. I want to connect with myself, my family, and my friends and help others do the same.
What are your fan favorites? My Power Words, a children’s self-love affirmation deck, has 24 double-sided positive affirmation cards with an affirmation word on the front and a mindfulness tool to support that word on the back. You can start by reciting the affirmation when they are babies and up to 12 years old, and they have the tools to use it for themselves. Also, my workshops are hands-on sessions where I work with women to tap into their creativity and overcome their limiting beliefs about themselves through art. I recently held an Intro to Floral Drawing workshop, and I asked the class to release their expectations for their drawings in class and in the different areas of their lives. I know how empowering it is to accept and embrace who we really are and what we create and appreciate the beauty in the imperfect.
What do you hope your children learn by seeing you as an entrepreneur? I hope they understand the importance of working hard because what they’re doing means something to them, and work is not just about the money.
Please share some of your favorite NJ businesses. I’m big on supporting small. Farms View Roadstand, a small NJ farm, market, and garden center, is extra special. They have wonderful produce and a pick-your-own element my boys love, plus I get seasonal flowers from there. I also am a fan of Zest, a great smoothie and juice bar with healthy and delicious food. And we also love our ice cream—Van Dyk’s Ice Cream in Ridgewood is great, and their Cookie Dough is my all-time favorite.
What’s something every new NJMOMpreneur should know? You’ll feel mom guilt no matter what, so just be kind to yourself.