I don't recall the exact moment that I stumbled upon Brittany's twitter page, but I do know that I have not been the same ever since. To put it lightly, Brittany Josephina is a force of nature. She brilliantly uses her online presence to create a safe space for healing, growth and spiritual exploration. She is a self-proclaimed "emotional nudist," who inspires us all to find strength in our vulnerability. After spending just a few moments on either her twitter, instagram or tumblr you will feel her love that magically seems to be transmitted through space and time (try it out - trust me you will feel an immediate surge of warm feelings).
Who or what inspires you to be such an inspiration in the lives of others?
So many things inspire me to create healing spaces, extend the love and spread my message of empowerment but I honestly have to say my first inspiration is myself. I say this because I have an incredibly undeniable passion for people that literally calls me to do what I do. I love people because I see the beauty in each individual. I want to hear people’s stories. I want to hear what excites someone. I want you to feel both seen and heard in my presence. In many instances, we experience being overlooked by others. It’s not always intentional. Sometimes people are not in a position to see you at that particular moment. On the other hand, I am drawn to those moments. I want to see you — the real you, the authentic you, the you that you are in that moment. That’s where all the deliciousness lies. In that space. My mom is definitely a huge inspiration. I’m definitely my mother’s child. She’s a force of love and support in so many people’s lives. I grew up watching her provide for family members, friends, strangers, schools.
Are there days when you feel down? What do you do to pick yourself up?
There are definitely days when I feel down. At this point, I just allow myself to flow through that and express what I’m feeling — whether that’s sadness, fear, uncertainty. So that’s my first step. Be in that space. If I need to cry, cry. If I need to put my daily schedule on hold, I put it on hold. I just want to allow whatever needs to be expressed, to be expressed because that experience of feeling down doesn’t always come out of nowhere. It’s often calling you to pay attention to something. On the other hand, because I go through that process of sitting with that feeling I’ll recognize that sometimes I’m not feeling down because of something pertaining to me. Sometimes that’s just the energy of the day. Sometimes that’s the energy in the atmosphere. It’s good to know whether a feeling belongs to you or if it’s stemming from something outside of you. Some things I do to pick myself up is clean my bedroom, burn incense and just chill out, dance to music, pray, write in my journal, call a friend, take a bubble bath, ask for a hug, go to sleep.
You're such a positive influence on social media, how long have you been doing that and what made you want to use social media to spread your messages?
Thank you! I actually started on tumblr — MindofaTaurus.tumblr.com. I created my blog during my senior year of high school. I simply wanted to share my love for astrology. I felt like I had a really refreshing perspective. I used astrology as a tool to assist others in further understanding themselves. In turn, they had the power to transform their life because they had a knowledge of self. For instance, if you’re a Taurus and you inherently know that it’s sometimes difficult for you to dive into unfamiliar spaces because you like being certain of your experiences, you can use that knowledge to reaffirm the necessity of releasing and the beauty of emerging into a new place. In the beginning, I was simply expressing myself on my blog. I didn’t intend on doing what I’m doing today. It wasn’t really on my mind. However, I started to notice people becoming invested and interested in what I had to say so I continued to spread my writings, my experiences and my perspectives. I love how everything has organically transpired.
What's the best piece of advice you would give to our generation?
The best advice I would give to our generation is — believe in yourself and follow your inherent interests. You literally matter. Your perspectives. Your interests. Your joys. Your concerns. Your craft. It’s necessary. You’re necessary. There’s a reason why you’re drawn to certain things. There’s a reason you may love basketball but also are passionate about graphic design. Your passions, as random as they may first appear, speak to something bigger than you imagine and they can gel seamlessly. We determine what’s reality and what’s important for us. We determine what’s realistic. Everything is possible for yourself. Continue to affirm that and watch how life mirrors that truth. You have no limits. Allow yourself to be limitless.
Why do you champion being an emotional nudist ?
I’m totally an emotional nudist. I’ve always have been but there’s been certain periods in my life where I kept that part of me inside. It wasn’t always readily expressed. I allowed that part of me to freeze up and inherently my life mirrored that until I had to let that part of me flow again. Emotional nudity is about embracing vulnerability. Vulnerability is the birthplace of any great emotion, feeling or experience. It's the origin of creativity, innovation and change. Think about it. Everything starts there. To be an artist is to be vulnerable. To be a lover is to be vulnerable. To experience something new is to be vulnerable. To have an opportunity that fulfills soulfully, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, physically or intimately, you must stand in your vulnerability. Every single thing I’ve ever loved arrived from that space. That’s why I celebrate it and am committed to facilitating others in embracing that. You need to allow the emotional part of you to bloom, to express and to explore. My sensitivity is also what allows me to do what I do so authentically and so distinctly.
Do you believe that a person who has a strong desire to succeed and works relentlessly in the manifestation of their dreams will end up successful ?
I love this question because it’s wonderfully layered so first I will say — absolutely. A strong desire is powerful. It can be a driving force to getting started. It helps you shamelessly pinpoint that thing you so deeply want. Next, relentless manifestion. I believe in working towards a vision but I also believe in the necessity of taking breaks. So for anyone who’s working towards a goal, understand that it’s not just about “doing” the work but also the allowing the tools and insights to arrive and the journey to unfold. I’m interested in the least resistant, most efficient journey towards my vision so that means not sacrificing myself mentally, emotionally, spiritually or physically. I can win and still be in tune! Especially considering that your personal disposition naturally varies. As long as you’re working towards your vision daily in the measure that you can, you’re winning. It’s impossible for you to not win. Lastly, my advice is define success on your OWN terms. Measure up according to what you decide as success. Sometimes the standard pre-created definition of success is too narrow. The sooner you embrace the truth that your path is not linear but rather a spiraling staircase going upwards, the freer and more joyful you’ll be along the journey.
Describe your version of heaven or paradise?
In my version of paradise, which is arriving more and more each day, I have my own studio space where I use to create. There is where I host deliciously inspiring workshops, wellness events, art exhibits and yoga/meditation classes. My life filled with variety, creativity and inspiration. I write books for a living, spread the Brittspiration through my website that reaches millions of people each day and travel the world as a motivational speaker and wellness coach. There’s a lot of love in my personal and professional life. I’m surrounded by supportive, inspiring and creative friends. I’m free to create as I please and have the resources to do so. All in all, my work is assisting people in feeling comfortable and empowered in their skin.
Sometimes I have off days and I feel like I'm taking two steps back with every step I take in the right direction, in other words I feel that when my chakras aren't aligned I've caused irreversible damage to my self-love journey. Do you believe that having days when you kinda feel like crap is apart of the growth process or something that hinders the growth process?
We all have those off days! All of us. Insert any person you love and admire and I promise you they experience it. It’s a human thing. It’s a beautiful thing. What matters most is that you don’t deny those kind of days. It happens. So what are we going do with it in return? How are you going to respond to that space. Allow yourself to be there. Allow yourself to grow there. Or simply be without judgment. Allow it to arrive and allow is to leave. Be compassionate with yourself.
What tips do you have for a young women who is on a journey of self-actualization (AKA me) ?
Be patient with yourself. Be flexible with yourself. Have fun with yourself. It’s a process. It’s fun. It’s funny. It’s bumpy. It’s revealing. It’s intimate. Compare yourself to no one. Everyone is walking their own walk. Take as much time as you need to “figure it out.” There’s no race even when you feel like everything around you is moving fast. The journey is laying down the foundation and as you get more grounded, more connected, more in tune with yourself, you’ll embrace your limitlessness. Allow yourself to make mistakes. Allow yourself to make mistakes. Allow yourself to make mistakes. You’re doing a heck of a job already. Celebrate the small victories always and continuing putting yourself out there. You’re needed. Be shameless in your big dreams. Know that you deserve what you’re actualizing.