Emotional Inventory

 

It's a very simple exercise. Yet I guarantee most of you won't be able to do it.

Up for the challenge?

Track your emotions for 7 days.

Yes, the exercise is that simple. So why don't I think most of you can do it?

Because it's going to feel uncomfortable, increase your awareness, and challenge the way your see yourself.

And doing those things are hard!

But there's even more to be gained from doing this exercise...

If I had done this exercise a year ago, I would have been waaaay more challenged. That's because a year ago I equated my value to things that could be measured; such as how much money I was making, how busy I was, and what I was achieving. 

And all of these things are associated with DOING.

So, when I felt I wasn't "measuring up" my emotions would include: frustration, anger, sadness, disappointment, and not feeling good about myself in general.

This all changed when I got pregnant.

My swelling belly took away my body's energy to DO, DO, DO.

I had a choice. I could feel crappy about not accomplishing as much as I used to. Or I could value just BEING.

When we allow ourselves to just be, without judgement and with self-compassion, we make it ok for ourselves to do a little less.

So when I did my emotional inventory, good stuff came up for me because I have made it ok to just BE, and not judge myself based on my achievements.

So...

Track your emotions for 7 days.

See what comes up for you.

If it's a lot of negativity, explore why? and where it's coming from? If it's positive, congrats on having BEING balance!

Happy emoting :)

 

 

 

 

Your greatest challenge yet

 

You do so much. 

You manage your career, take care of your family, and try to better yourself. Yet there are times when all of that doesn't feel like enough!

It's that gnawing feeling of "I know I can do better. If I just....." fill in the blank with the problem of your choice! 

In most aspects of your life, this relentless pursuit of excellence is a good thing. Society rewards you for it.

But what happens when it doesn't serve you? When it burns you out? When you wish you could just stop sometimes?

I want to offer you the greatest challenge yet! ...to just be. Can you do it?

Watch this week's video to see if your up for the challenge!


 

Share Your Scary

 

How often do you put on a pretty front? And how often do you let people know your truth?

It is SCARY to let people in on the less refined version of ourselves. But you know what? People love it! It makes you more human and relatable.

Watch this week's video to find the courage and opportunities to share your scary!

[HINT] I think you'll find that what you want to share is actually not that scary to people :)


 

What's your inner genius?

You know when you're sitting at a coffee shop, and all of a sudden you think of a brilliant way to store napkins that no one has ever thought of before? 

It's like you've just invented a process that will make you rich and famous. So, for a a second, you bask in the idea of becoming the celebrity Napkin Guy. 

And then, after a minute or so, you go right back to sipping your coffee and on with your day. 

That napkin thing- that's your stroke of genius!

That's you allowing your brain to flow in creativity!

That's you accessing your inner genius!

You don't need to act on each stroke of genius you have. You just need to access your inner genius as much as possible!

How do you do that?

Watch this week's video to learn how I access my inner genius, and what may work for you too! Watch your inner genius take off and create what you didn't think was possible! 

 
 

 

Share it!

I want to hear from your inner genius! I want to know how you access it and what strokes of genius you've had recently. Share your story to help inspire others in the comments section of this video!

A better Thanksgiving starts here

It's almost time for my favorite holiday... Thanksgiving!

And whether you celebrate this day or not, it's always a good day to be grateful and eat delicious food!

My good friend hosts an annual party where we make crafts and celebrate the season. Although I wouldn't call myself particularly "crafty", I'm very proud of this Grateful Garland I made (see pic below!) 

Each leaf has something written on it that I'm grateful for. Some of my favorites include: my family, my clients, and puppies. Yes puppies, really. I just love those things!

The words "gratitude" and "grateful" can seem over played this time of year. But I will still challenge you to come up with your own list. We all have things in our lives to be grateful for.

Write them down.

Read them often.

See what changes for you.

Want even more support to survive your holiday? You got it! 

Last year I published a Holiday Survival Series that will help you have the best holiday seaon yet! 

Check out the first video in the series here. Find the rest on my YouTube Channel.

 
 

Why you don't get anything done

Look at your to-do list right now! This moment!

What's on it? What has been checked off as completed? And what hasn't?

What has lingered on your list SO LONG that it will deserve a ceremony once completed?

That's the one I'm talking about! 

It's that task you wish you could pay someone to do for you. The one you would NEVER miss doing again. The one that causes your stress just seeing on your to-do list. 

That's your resistance! 

We all have it. And you can find it cropping up everywhere you go - the gym, a work meeting, important conversations with your spouse. 

Your current tactics:

AVOID at all costs! Delay, delay, delay! Or hop on Facebook for 15 minutes.

Want a real solution? One that will get you to accomplish this task and no longer feel weighed down?

Watch this week's video to learn to Recognize Resistance, no Rationalize it, to once and for all Resolve your Resistance!

 
 

 

Business Group Coaching

This group will be closed at the end of November until June 2016. This will allow the group to grow together and not waste time repeating things.

If you were on the fence or thinking about joining, this is your chance to email mefor an interview. But don't let that scare you off! I'll be nice about it :)

What else?

Work with me  one-on-one for even bigger creation and transformation. Find out even more ways you can make positive changes for your life and get what you really want!

You can create your legacy and live a life you love!

 

Why you should unsubscribe now

Happy Tuesday!

Do you know why I send emails out on Tuesdays? I never thought you'd ask! Market research companies have found that Tuesday is the best chance of getting your email opened by a customer! Hurray!!!

But who cares  about open rates if your not sending your people anything of value or positively impacting their lives!

So I BEG you... Please unsubscribe if you feel these emails aren't giving you any value or positively impacting your life! Because that's my goal! Not open rates.

I absolutely love my tribe on here, but I only want you here if it feels good for you! 

Watch this week's video to use the "unsubscribe rule" in more areas of your life!

Business Group Coaching

This group will be closed at the end of November until June 2016. This will allow the group to grow together and not waste time repeating things.

If you were on the fence or thinking about joining, this is your chance to call me for an interview. But don't let that scare you off! I'll be nice about it :)

Find more wisdom through hula hooping

Ever feel stuck or completely trapped in a situation? Ever look for the answer to something simple, but it doesn't come?

Have you tried thinking with your body? 

We have a crazy amount of wisdom from the neck down. But we don't use it as much as we should.

Do you get a gut feeling that something's not right? That's your body's wisdom telling you, "Hey, listen up! You know something's wrong here. So pay attention."

How can you access this wisdom when you're in a jam?

Move your body!! Today's video is all about using movement to find your energy and access all the answers you already know!

 
 

 

Business Group Coaching

The first 2 weeks of our group have been a total success! The 2 free sessions have ended, but I am still accepting referrals for those interested in joining. We've had so much interest, I may start a second group!

What's the first step? Call me (401.441.1626) or email me (brittany@brittanydrozd.com) for a quick interview. Let's find out if we can create amazing results for you.

What else?

Work with me  one-on-one for even bigger creation and transformation. Find out even more ways you can make positive changes for your life and get what you really want!

Keep working, because you deserve to be your best self and live a life you love!

Teaching my friend to kitesurf

Kitesurfing is absolutley one of my favorite things to do. It's like walking on water and having a wind-powered jet engine all at the same time!

But it can take years to learn. One of my friends wanted to try, so I thought I'd show him the first step - learning to fly the kite. 

As I was teaching him, I realized how similar it was to coaching. Here's why:

- There's no miracle. If you want to see a "miracle", watch a televangelist.

- Progress, not perection. Coaching and kiting are about learning small, baby steps that will lead to a great transformation.

- Action is the only way to Satisfaction! The only way to change, transform, and learn to kite is to take action. You may fail at points along the way. But you will reach a satisfying end if you persist.

 
 

Do you own a business? Or lead a team?

Join our group! Feeling overwhelmed and bogged down by a business you built does not have to be your story. Jump on the call October 19th at 9am EST! 

I've put together a group of inspiring and accomplished people (by referral and invitation only) to meet via phone/Skype every Monday morning to give our persepctives and businesses a kick in the a**! 

You will start your week with a clear head and mega support and feedback from others in your shoes. If this is you, or someone you know, you've gotta talk to me first! Call me (401.441.1626) or email me (brittany@brittanydrozd.com) and let's see if you're a Hell Yes for this group!

 

What else?

Work with me  one-on-one for even bigger creation and transformation. Find out even more ways you can make positive changes for your life and get what you really want!

Keep working, because you deserve to be your best self and live a life you love!

Do you even have fun?

Happy Thursday!

You're at the home stretch of your work week! Hallelujah! The weekend is near.

Do you have plans for your weekend? Are they plans to have FUN?!

I was at the gym and everyone was asked what they did for fun last weekend? I was shocked when so many people said they did NOTHING fun! 

Watch my video to find out the full story. Alsoooooo... I break it down so YOU can have fun this weekend no matter what!

 
 

Get more of me!

October 19th is the start of my coaching group! Do you know someone who runs a small business or their own practice or firm? Do they complain about being overwhelmed and not living their best life? 

I'm putting together a group of inspiring and accomplished people (by referral and invitation only) to meet via phone/Skype every Monday morning to give our persepctives and businesses a kick in the a**! 

You will start your week with intention, a clear head, and mega support and feedback from others in your shoes. If this is you, or someone you know, you've gotta talk to me first! Call me (401.441.1626) or email me (brittany@brittanydrozd.com) and let's see if you're a Hell Yes for this group!

You sound like Donald Trump!

If you've watched the news lately or listened to any radio programs, you've likely heard about what this guy is up to! Or what he's been saying!

Like him or not, Donald Trump has a lot to say! Recently, some of my favorites are..

"The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese."

"I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall.."

And my personal favorite:

"All the women on The Apprentice flirted with me - consciously or unconsciously. That's to be expected." 

 

Why you sound the same

Donald Trump just spouts off without any clear or consistent message.

Donald complains.

Donald yells his words because his message is weak.

 

YOUR message is weak when you've stopped taking care of yourself, stopped striving for your dreams, and stopped taking control in your life.

Sounding like The Donald is a result of not taking action in your life...

But I can help you with that!!

On September 23rd at 1pm, join me for a LIVE call! I'll be getting into the nitty-gritty of why you're stuck, and how to STOP talking like Donald Trump!

 

 

 

 

 

What are you doing Sept 23rd?

 

Obviously you'll be joining the telesummit I'm hosting! Did you watch the video yet? Do that, and sign up here!

The Demise of Guys

Are you a guy who wishing he had more power in his life? Or do you know a guy who you wish would step up? 

How about a guy that remains passive and let's his female partner take control with her masculine energy?  Sound familiar?

With so much attention to feminism and equal rights (which are great things!) some men are getting lost along the way.

But your feminine partner needs your masculine energy. They need to you to still give a damn. They need you to step into your power.

You know why?

It's sexy! That's right! When you own your masculinity, make decisions, and stop being a pushover, your partner will be more attracted to you. 

That's a win-win if I've ever heard one! 

Get more details and examples of this phenomenon in this week's video. Find out how you can step into your power now!

 
 

When have you been that passive guy? When have you taken back your power and had awesome results?   

Share your results in the comments section of this video or on the blog. Lets keep the conversation going to encourage men to get their power back!

100 Conversations

I'm challenging myself to have 100 conversations in the month of July! I want to have a mutually inspiring conversation about where you're at and where you want to go. I want to challenge your beliefs and show you what's possible. 

Interested? Email me at brittany@brittanydrozd.com

Mindfulness in Japan

There's no place like home, there's no place like home..... or is there?

After hopping around southeast Asia, I made my way north to Japan. And although different from home in so many ways, there is an odd familiarity about this place that I love!

It's cooler temperatures, divine cuisine, and mindful people made for a warm welcome after sweltering, crowded days in the south!

At times in southern Asia, I found myself really missing home and some of it's simple comforts I take for granted - like air conditioning. I never complain about the weather, but this was a heat that created a level of fatigue I've never experienced before.

But beyond my mild heat stroke, there was this disconnection between "us and them" that I couldn't put my finger on until I arrived in Japan. And then it hit me....

 

I felt human again!

Almost constantly, I felt separate from most of the people in southeast Asia. I felt like a tourist (which I was), just serving as a means to an end for those peddling goods and services. I don't want to overgeneralize - these countries are beautiful and the people are kind. But my experience was one of separateness (this is probably why my last blog was about the people I actually connected with!).

So what's different about Japan?

The Zen in everything.

From how they greet each other (bowing in respect) to how they cross the street (never jaywalking), there is an immense awareness of how their behaviors impact others. They move with intention and attention to others. This makes everything run more smoothly, especially in their populous cities. 

 

 

 

We vs. Me

Concern for others, even just in our minds, changes our behaviors. We’re more understanding, more patient, and more kind.

The culture of a society has a huge influence on this, making it not so easy for you try this new Japanese mindset. But it can be done. 

What do you think you would do differently if you were more thoughtful of others? 

To find out, you need a plan to be more mindful:

1- Try setting an intention for the day, and remind yourself throughout. “I will be kind and peaceful to all.”

2- Take breath breaks. Slow, mindful breathing really improves our ability to stay in the moment and be conscientious.

3- Create the space. Give yourself the space and time you need to get things done. Half the times we’re irritated is because we’re running late or rushing around. You can stop that practice.

 

Collective efforts to be more mindful and respectful of others can really influence our society at large. And what kind of society would you rather live in? One that is considerate of all, or just fends for themselves?  I thought so!

Here’s to a more mindful week! 

Meet my new friends Happy, Lucky, and Friendly

Traveling through Southeast Asia has lived up to its promises of delicious food, beautiful scenery, and affable people.

Additionally, I’ve visited world heritage sites and heard breathtaking stories of empires and demise and fantastical tales of dragons shaping history.

Even with all that, it is clear that the friends I’ve made along the way have had the greatest impact on me. The relationships and interactions I had, however brief, create emotional experiences and memories that give my travel meaning and significance.

Sure, visiting these beautiful places is great, but the people you meet share a piece of themselves with you. That exchange is priceless. Here are just a few of those exchanges…

Meet Happy:

Happy is a rambunctious, playful, 7 week-old Asian elephant. She loves eating sugar cane, bathing in the river, and ramming the tourists in spirited fashion. In Thailand, I participated in Mahout training, which teaches you how to care for elephants, including bathing them in the river. Just imagine- 3-ton elephants rolling around, spraying their trunks, and wrestling with each other!

This incredible experience is made even more amazing when you realize that elephants are sentient beings; meaning they experience feelings, have empathy for others, and bond with their group. Watch my video with the elephants to learn more!

 

Meet Lucky:

Lucky is an ambitious 20 year-old from Cambodia and was my tuk-tuk driver.  He’s from a small, rural village, but moved to the big city with this older brother to make his own way. Together, they purchased 2 tuk-tuks (taxis/pedicabs) and are determined to be the best drivers in Siem Reap! At night, he’s taking classes to learn English and Chinese.

He’s youthful and excited energy was intoxicating and made our time with him so enjoyable. I was so impressed by his aspirations that I wanted to share them with you!

Meet Friendly:

Friendly had such a calming and confident presence that assured me she could make a beautiful dress. Friendly is a tailor in Vietnam, whose specialty is custom tailored clothes just to your liking.

Friendly was so present and attentive when measuring and fitting me, and said she was willing to do whatever it takes to make me happy with the outcome. When do you ever get service and attention like that?

Friendly also loves her job! She said several times that she’s happy when she sees her customers happy with their new clothes. Time was no issue for her, as she was patient, mindful, and not the least bit pressured.

I learned so much from the way she works. I hope to incorporate Friendly’s attitude in my work and share her mantras with all of you!

What's next?

I'm coming home soon! Make sure to contact my assistant Kirsten with any schedule changes at admin@brittanydrozd.com. I'm looking forward to seeing you all again soon!

Finding gratitude where you never thought possible

My time in Nepal is coming to a close. My mission to be helpful and provide aid has been accomplished, and I have learned so much from the experience.

 

Here are just a few of those lessons....

 

#1 - Ask for help when you need it! I know I came to Nepal to help the local communities that had been effected by the numerous earthquakes (yes, earthquakes happened daily, and only a few made the news), but sometimes I needed help too! 

 
 

 

The IMC and myself had been asked to set up tents for the overwhelming amount of patients at a hospital in Kathmandu. Not only were there not enough hospital beds, but everyone was so scared to be inside the hospital because of all the earthquakes. 

So we had set up 20 tents by dusk.... and realized we had no idea how to do it!

What did we do??? Enlist the help of a dozen Nepali soldiers of course! At first the soldiers were somewhat intimidating, but were more than happy to help us! We all shared a few laughs, too, in the process! 

 
 

#2 - Find the gifts in everything.  The earthquake was undoubtedly a devastation to Nepal and its people. There was immense grief and sadness in the eyes and hearts of both locals and aid workers alike. At times, it was completely overwhelming and anxiety provoking for me.

But this natural disaster wasn't without its gifts. I'm completely in awe of the people's relentless resilience and determination to rebuild Nepal. I heard countless stories of those who had lost their homes, had no money to rebuild them, and yet they were working side by side with relief workers to help others in their community who were also in need. Yes, millions are aid dollars are being brought in to help rebuild Nepal, but the Nepalese proved to be some of the most generous people I know.

I'm leaving Nepal with a new mission - find ways of being more generous daily. Even if it's just giving more of my true self. We all have wonderful gifts to share with the world. Withholding them is a real disservice to ourselves and others.  

 
 

#3 - Gratitude fills you up. I am so grateful for all of you who donated to our Nepal fund and supported me in this mission! Knowing I had so many people behind me made it that much easier on the hard days. Although we didn't ask for this sign to be made (because it's not my fund, it's from all of you!), it's representative of the true positive effect your generosity and support had on the people of Nepal.

I'm grateful for our donors, my opportunity to be a part of this mission, and the people of Nepal for reminding me of what humans are really capable of!

With each story I heard and each aid worker I met, I was more and more grateful for generosity, love, and light each brings to this world. Together, we all make it shine brighter. And gratitude helps us see this light.

So before you think I've lost my edge and gone soft on you, try it for yourself. See what an intention of being more grateful brings to your life.

What's next?

We're moving on to southeast Asia! For the rest of my trip, I'm looking forward to jungle excursions, spicy food, and culture overload. Stay tuned!  

What is sacred?

I'm curious, what is sacred to you?

I'm sitting at the foot of the Boudhanath Stupa - one of Nepal's most treasued and religiously significant Buddhist monuments. The omnipotence of the structure is undeniable. Yet it's current role is questionable.

The stupa (mound-like structure, used as a place of meditation) is surrounded by countless shops selling all kinds of typical Nepali souvenirs - pashmina scarves, mini deity statues, and mala necklaces. A mix of modern and traditionally dressed locals make their obligitory lap around the entire stupa, signifying their commitment to their religious practice and way of life. 

However, this practice appears far from sacred. Even monks can be seen making their way around while sharing videos on their smartphones!

Although still some (usually older) patrons can be found making their lap in meditation - mala beads in hand, mantras on their tongue, and intention in their mind. 

What separates these two practices?

It seems the degree to which one holds this stupa and practice sacred determines their style of practice - and likely the outcome of their meditation experience. 

These approaches clearly have their generational gap - with the older, wiser patrons exhibiting a more focused practice. What do they know about living that us younger souls haven't figured out yet?

Simplicity, intentionality, and sacredness(and many more virtues I will eventually figure out). 

In the Dalai Lama's book the Art of Happiness, he describes several accounts in which these same virtues are essential to true happiness. Unfortunately, these are common shortcomings in Western culture and younger generations. 

Things we used to hold sacred - belief systems, families, our true selves - are losing their importance  and place in our fast-paced lives. I know that's not true for all of us; many are seeking enlightenment, connection, and greater consciousness. 

In order to increase our happiness, we need to examine how we're holding space for sacredness in our own lives.

Do you have a spiritual practice? Even just a routine you do everyday for peace and relaxation? Finding a daily practice for sacredness will bring more meaning into your daily life, as well a greater happiness.

What do you want to be more sacred in your life? Name it, and make it so! No one can stop you! 

You won't believe all I've been up to

I have so much to share, I'm bursting at the seams! From Nepal updates to client success....where do I begin?!

I feel so lucky to be able to be a part of the relief efforts happening here. And like I said last week, the people here are all in!

My husband and I have teamed up with the International Medical Corps. They've got a great team, tons of resources, and helicopters. Yes, helicopters. So it was a clear choice.

 
 


But on a serious note, IMC is approaching the relief effort from all angles - medical response, sanitation, and shelter. Of course, everyone thinks of the immediate medical need. But with monsoon season upon us and no confined latrines, that makes for a pretty nasty landslide.

Check out IMC's latest video update from Sean- the director in Nepal- AKA who I'm working with all day. Although, his vlogs aren't as creative as mine, he's leading a pretty badass and effective relief mission.

What have I been up to?

I never thought you'd ask :)  Myself and one other social worker [the entire mental health team!] are providing psychological first aid to the victims of the earthquake. From what we've learn of people's needs, we're teaming up with other aid organizations to create a nation-wide mental health system. Basically, we're trying to make it easier for people to get the care they really need.

Did you say ladies night?

Women in Nepal need so much support right now! We working on providing them with safe spaces, reproductive healthcare, and emotional support in these trying times. In stressful times, the domestic violence rate goes way up. We're trying to put a stop to that each hour!

Oh yeah.... and my husband has been doing some pretty awesome medical work with his team- seeing HUNDREDS of patients each day!

And if all of that seems too crazy to relate to, there's this......

 
 


I just got the BEST email from a client about all of his recent successes in the short time I've been away! All emails like this are the best, but he ended with this: "Isn't it funny how life works out?"


He's been putting in the hard work to pursue his passions and I've asked him to have faith that all the good stuff will come from his efforts. I guess his faith has been restored! Here's a recent picture of his 1/2 marathon achievement!

So remember....when you feel like giving up, believe in yourself, and your faith bring your through it!

Signing off from Nepal!

What does it mean to be all in?

If you've worked with me before, I'm sure you've heard me use the phrase "all in."It's what I would consider one of the most underrated secrets to happiness. 

 

If you're "all in" with something, that means you're present, engaged, and focused on whatever it is you're doing. And when you have presence, engagement, and focus it makes the doing that much more enjoyable. 

I believe it's when we split our time and try to be multi-taskers that we make ourselves unhappy. 

Being "all in" has already shown up in unexpected ways in my trip:

- Being all in with their spiritual practice

People in India practice a wide variety of religions, but what they all share is an unwavering commitment to their practice. Everyday, these temples, mosques, and churches receives thousands of visitors, many of whom visit daily. What do you do every day that feeds your soul and connects to your spirit?

- All in in supporting their communities

These same temples, mosques, and churches feed their visitors everyday. As it was explained to me by a guide, they understand how important their community is, and that we all need to take care of each other. As he showed me the incredible size of their kitchen, it was clear what huge undertaking this was. But really, what else should we be doing but taking care of each other? What do you do to help your community?

- All in with shared goals

Since I've arrived in Nepal, you can see the presence of NGOs, humanitarian workers, and collaboration efforts. From meeting at the airport, to sharing information at the coffee shop, it is clear that we are all working towards the same mission: supporting Nepal. It is amazing the amount of work that can be accomplished when interests are aligned and people are All In! How do you collaborate with others?

 
 

I met these guys on my flight to Nepal. They were bringing $60k in donated medicine and supplies! Amazing, and all in!

These are just a few of the examples of people being all in on my trip so far! So, how can you be all in in your life? Name one action step you can do today to get there!

Help Me Help Nepal

 
 

I'm sure by now you have heard about the devesating earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25th, with a death toll of 5,000 and rising.

But what you may not know is my personal connection to the tragedy.

My husband, Remi Drozd, has been in Nepal since late February volunteering as a medical professional. With the recent earthquake and continued tremors and aftershocks, his work has become much more difficult and in higher demand.

I've been preparing for my visit to Nepal as well, and had a ticket to leave this Thursday....but the universe has other plans...

Due to the earthquake, I will be leaving this Saturday for India where I will be doing some meditation, volunteering, and waiting for the Nepal airport to reopen.

Like many of you, I experienced a wave of emotions over the past week with the news of the quake.

And it's an excellent reminder that we cannot control everything in our lives. My trip abroad will be very different now, but am grateful for my husband's safety and my opportunity to help.

You can help too! Please check out the the fund I have started with my sister-in-law for medical supplies, water, and other resources needed for the people of Nepal. 

https://life.indiegogo.com/fundraisers/1243835?fb_action_ids=10101393951332346&fb_action_types=og.shares

I will continue to post while I'm away and keep you all updated! 

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Brittany