Brittany J Brown

Occupation: Mindshift Strategist

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Brittany J Brown

HOW DID YOU IDENTIFY YOUR PASSION AND THE WORK THAT SATISFIED YOU VERSUS WORK THAT JUST PAID THE BILLS?

To me, they are one in the same; by day, I work as an agile coach, and at night, I’m a mindset strategist. But with both jobs, I’m doing the same thing – helping others to change. And THAT is my passion, that is what all of my work is about. It doesn’t matter if I’m empowering an IT team or coaching a young woman to overcome fear; the end goal is change. 

WHO WILL ETERNALLY BE A WOMAN YOU ADMIRE AND RESPECT, AND WHY?

So many beautiful Queens have poured into me throughout the years. From teachers to hairstylists, I’ve been blessed to be fed mentally and emotionally and spiritually by a plethora. However, my sister Kim would HAVE to be my #1. We’re 15 years apart, so she’s like a pseudo-mom to me. During my early years, she was away at college; but I remember her giving me assignments to complete. It was her way of challenging and pushing me beyond societal norms. The older I’ve become, the more she does that same thing for me – but on a spiritual level.

IN LIGHT OF YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF OUR HASHTAG #WHYITRIBE, WHY DO YOU THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO CELEBRATE WHO WE ALREADY ARE TODAY?

Who we already are is vital to who we’ll become and who we were. No matter where we are in life, we can NEVER negate the here and now. So it doesn’t matter the flaws or mistakes, the wins or triumphs – celebrating the particular part of your journey is just as important as celebrating the result.

NAME A TIME RECENTLY WHEN YOU SAID SOMETHING GOOD ABOUT YOURSELF/HOW DID THAT MAKE YOU FEEL?

“You’re looking good slim!” Yep, that’s what I said. And It felt great to whisper those words to myself. For the past three years, I’ve struggled with my weight and my esteem was taunted a bit. Recently I started working with a trainer, and she records our sessions. After viewing our last session, I felt a sense of pride and victory. I could SEE my progress! I could SEE that my diligence was paying off. And it felt AMAZING!!!

WHY DO YOU THINK WOMEN SHY AWAY FROM CELEBRATING OR PRAISING THEMSELVES SO MUCH?

Guilt, shame, condemnation – They’re all synonymous in this. And then there are times when you don’t want to appear to be “too” confident because you fear how others will view you. Most women feel unworthy of celebration. Some can’t deal with being seen because hiding has become more comfortable for them. And some secretly deal with imposter syndrome.

HOW DO YOU OVERCOME THE TENDENCY TO DISCREDIT COMPLIMENTS YOU ARE GIVEN?

To be honest, I’m STILL working on mastering this. Because I struggle with it, even now, it goes back to my previous response – the imposter syndrome. When I feel guilty inwardly, I also feel awkward and can’t take nice words. So I responded with a quick word of thanks or a smile and exited myself from that conversation quickly.

WHO WAS THE FIRST FEMALE TO TEACH YOU OR INSPIRE YOU TO FEEL THAT #YOUAREENOUGH?

MY MOTHER!!!! No question about it. She called it “making your place in the world.” As a teenager, I started to change things about myself to fit with “the in-crowd.” When my mom took notice, she taught me a lesson on individualism. Although these were not her exact words, the message was clear; don’t change who you are and embrace your uniqueness. 

WHAT WOULD YOU GO BACK AND TELL YOUR YOUNGER SELF, TO ENCOURAGE SELF-ESTEEM AND SELF-LOVE?

This question is the reason I started Bold Ambassador. I wasted a lot of time in a vicious cycle after a toxic relationship. I would tell 20-ish Brittany that self-worth, self-love, self-care, and self-awareness are the ingredients for success. But the show stopper (good or bad) is you! You MUST take time to invest in yourself. Why?  Because you’re a valuable asset. 

WHERE DO YOU THINK THE NEED TO COMPETE WITH OTHER WOMEN COMES FROM? IS IT TAUGHT? 

It’s hard to say for sure. At times I find myself comparing myself to others, especially women I admire; however, I have to remind myself that their journey will not be mine and to enjoy my milestone moments! We have to be comfortable with our shoes and stop trying to force our toes into another’s.

WHY IS THE TRIBE MOVEMENT IMPORTANT?

It imperative for us to celebrate ourselves (and each other). That’s the only way we can thrive for real!