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How I Thrive: “Two routines I use to protect my mind are planners for organization, and unapologetic me time” with Brittany Sherell

Two routines I use to protect my mind are planners for organization, and unapologetic “me time.” While I do use electronic calendars and means of tracking activities, I still respond best to physically writing down my commitments in a planner. This allows me to connect with my calendar on a deeper level and it’s also […]

Two routines I use to protect my mind are planners for organization, and unapologetic “me time.” While I do use electronic calendars and means of tracking activities, I still respond best to physically writing down my commitments in a planner. This allows me to connect with my calendar on a deeper level and it’s also a great back up for those inevitable moments when technology fails or you forget to charge your phone and you’re on the move. My unapologetic “me time,” usually consists of me booking a hotel room close to home for me and only me. This allows me a change of scenery to fully relax without worrying about chores or the demands of being a public figure, wife or teacher. This is time for me to just be. And it’s understood by friends and family that this time is uninterrupted. It’s one of the best ways to truly hit the reset button.


Asa part of this series about what successful women leaders do to thrive, both personally and professionally, I had the pleasure of interviewing Brittany Sherell. Brittany Sherell is a Power-Packed Happiness Coach, Author and Consultant who helps High-Achieving Women who are successful but still unsatisfied, find the missing link to their happiness, which she calls The Fulfillment Factor. Her purpose is to help others get UNSTUCK and Achieve Results that Create a Life of Fulfillment. Beyond her business, Brittany spends her time loving on her close-knit family, two fur babies, and the nearly 30 special education students she teaches.


Thank you so much for doing this with us! Our readers would love to “get to know you” a bit better. Can you share with us the backstory about what brought you to your specific career path and to where you are today?

AsI was approaching my 29th birthday, I hit a dark place in my life. I found myself questioning whether anything I’d done up to that point in my life was really of worth. I seemed to have a laundry list of broken promises I’d made to myself, and although life around me was what society considered “good,” there was a profound emptiness within me. I felt extremely guilty for even feeling this way.

During this time, the weight piled on, I struggled to sleep at night and I always felt on edge as if something bad was always on the brink of happening. Going to work was definitely a chore & family/social functions drained me at my core. It was a dark place, with an unwavering heaviness. I found myself constantly asking God to forgive me for my senseless dissatisfaction, but one dreary December morning, while a work a message of hope rested upon my heart. God revealed to me that I didn’t need any more of his forgiveness, what I was lacking was self-forgiveness. It was in this moment, that I realized that the unrest within me was only a cry from the untapped gift I had inside. It was time to get out of the rabbit race of achievement and develop my gift to experience the joy that comes from fulfillment.

I made a conscious decision to forgive myself for the things I’d promised myself would be accomplished by the age of 30. I acknowledged the brokenness but stood in the truth that I still had complete and utter control over how I handled my life moving forward. I was sick and tired of being sick and tired of feeling stuck & empty, so I became Intentional about how to strategically plan my daily steps in order to optimize my progress towards my personal goals and dreams.

I wanted to help other women like me who realized that years have passed them by and they haven’t followed through on a lot of the things they promised themself, but deep within they know this time is personal -Nothing and no one will get in their way. I help these women by giving them the blueprint I used on the road back to fulfillment.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your career?

Since starting my career, one of the most interesting things that happened to me was being in Atlanta on my spring break. It was a crisp Tuesday morning in April and I was struggling to keep my commitment to healthy living. I had committed to exercising at least 4 days a week and this particular morning I was struggling. It was early morning around 7-something and the hotel gym was empty with the exception of me. As I was on the treadmill contemplating just throwing in the towel…I decided before I would quit, I’d try something different. I’d never been a podcast listener but I recalled reading numerous interviews about successful people listening to podcasts as a part of their routine. So I decided, before I called it quits on the whole “healthy spring break” regimen, I’d listen to a podcast to see if it inspired me to keep going. I randomly scrolled through the podcasts and landed on Redefining Wealth by Patrice Washington and the particular episode that played was her talking all about “Taking Care of the Vessel, So You Can Execute the Vision.” It spoke DIRECTLY to my most immediate needs. I ended up binge listening to all of her episodes and reaching out to her via IG DM telling her about how her podcast blessed me…and she responded offering to coach me in business. Here I am less than a year later and rather than just a business, I have a whole platform and it all started with a podcast. It’s incredible how we are truly one decision away from a totally different life. Had I not made that one decision to listen to a podcast in an effort to stay on the treadmill, I would have cheated myself out of a BIG shift in my life and business.

Can you share a story with us about the most humorous mistake you made when you were first starting? What lesson or take-away did you learn from that?

One of the funniest mistakes I made when I first started was trying to sell an inspirational journal, using a screenshot of the journal cover in pdf form. In hindsight, it looked like the jankiest thing I’ve ever seen and I probably wouldn’t have bought that journal myself. What I learned from that experience was, start where you are…but don’t buy into all of the DIY hype. There are some things you need an outside eye and handiwork for. Sometimes DIY will cost you so much more in the long-run. Consider the money I lost paying for a website, email system, etc. for a product that wasn’t making money…all because I should have outsourced the imagery.

What advice would you give to other leaders about how to create a fantastic work culture and work life?

I would advise other leaders to always set your life and work place up in a way that allows you and the others on your team to operate in their zone of genius. Release the notion that in order to be an effective leader, you need to know how to do all things at all times. That’s not true. Find your area of mastery, and build a team that are masters in the other areas you need. As long as you have an understanding of how the moving parts all fit together to cultivate greatness and you support your team in doing that…you’ll reach much higher levels of productivity and impact.

Ok thank you for all that. Now let’s shift to the main focus of our interview. In my work, I focus on how one can thrive in three areas, body, mind, and heart. I’d like to flesh this out with you. You are a very busy leader with a demanding schedule. Can you share with our readers two self care routines, practices or treatments that you do to help your body to thrive? Kindly share a story or an example for each.

In terms of physical self-care, I set firm boundaries about my needs. My number one physical self-care routine is that I’m in bed every night by 10 pm. I’ve found that in order for me to perform optimally and feel refreshed…my life must shut down at 10 pm. My family and friends know this and I require them to honor it (with exception of real emergencies of course). My phone goes on Do Not Disturb and I don’t even keep the TV on in my bedroom so that I am able to fully unwind. Another self-care routine I have is no eating within 1 hour of bedtime. I find that if I eat right before bed, I wake up sluggish and irritable. It took a while to recognize that pattern, but once I did, I committed to making the late night eating rule non-negotiable.

Can you share with us two routines that you use to help your mind thrive? (Kindly share a story or example for each.)

Two routines I use to protect my mind are planners for organization, and unapologetic “me time.” While I do use electronic calendars and means of tracking activities, I still respond best to physically writing down my commitments in a planner. This allows me to connect with my calendar on a deeper level and it’s also a great back up for those inevitable moments when technology fails or you forget to charge your phone and you’re on the move. My unapologetic “me time,” usually consists of me booking a hotel room close to home for me and only me. This allows me a change of scenery to fully relax without worrying about chores or the demands of being a public figure, wife or teacher. This is time for me to just be. And it’s understood by friends and family that this time is uninterrupted. It’s one of the best ways to truly hit the reset button.

Finally, can you share with us two routines that use to help your heart, your emotional or spiritual life to thrive? (Kindly share a story or example for each.)

Several years ago, I was in a physically, emotionally, financially abusive relationship. Considering I’ve always been a pretty head-strong person, people found it hard to believe that I’d been silently dealing with that type of treatment. Here’s the realization about how high-achievers end up in situations like that…we let down our mental guard. As solution-finders…we try to troubleshoot toxic people, at the expense of our own mental/emotional health and identity. Healing my way out of that dark space took way too much work, for me to allow anything but peace to infiltrate my space anymore. I help my heart thrive by believing the actions of folks. I don’t try to read between the lines, I take their actions at face value. If their actions add to my peace, I welcome them. If their actions detract from my peace…I unapologetically hand them their exit ticket. I also keep my spiritual alignment by being relentless in reading scripture BEFORE my feet hit the floor each morning. I literally roll over and read two passages scripture prior to even getting out of bed. This sets the tone for my day before anything or anyone even has a chance to pierce my day.

When life is very busy, and you cannot stick with your ideal routine, are there any wellness practices, rituals, products or services for your mind, body, or soul that you absolutely cannot live without?

When life gets busy and I can’t stick to my ideal routine, I definitely find the Calm App super helpful, journaling and watching something funny on TV. I’m not a TV person, in fact, I almost never watch it. But when I’m on the move, and I need a reset or to lighten the mood, I’ll watch something ridiculously crazy on Netflix.

All of us have great days and days that are not as great. On days when you feel like a rockstar what do you do? What does that day look like, and what did you do to get there?

On days when I feel like a rockstar, I’m up before the crack of dawn. I’m brewing coffee and listening to some soft music while dancing my way through the work at hand. I’m super creative and literally have to shut my mind off from being overwhelmed with ideas. I’ve gotten my workout in before getting my day started and I greet every challenge with creative solutions effortlessly. I feel like I’m practically floating. These days come as a results of good sleep, exercise and consistent enforcement of boundaries that support my peace.

In contrast, on days when you feel down, what do you do?

On days when I feel down, I focus on gratitude. I focus on what all I have to be grateful for and I’m super intentional about not letting other people call or come over to baggage dump. We all have days where we need to vent, but if I’m already struggling to stay afloat for myself, I cannot afford to allow others to add unnecessary weight.

Do you have a story about the weirdest, most bizarre or most humorous wellness experience, treatment, practice, or practitioner that you’ve ever partaken in? If you do, we’d love to hear it.

You’re a high achieving business leader, and you also have family and loved ones that may require a different side of you at home. How do you leave the executive at the door, and be the most loving caretaker at home?

I cannot say that I always leave the executive at the door, but I’m intentional about including family when I have work that spills over into home time. I think having that open communication about what you’re working on and why it’s important is a part of being a loving caretaker. It reminds the people you love, that you love them enough to do the work even when it doesn’t “feel” good.

Is there a particular practitioner, expert, book, podcast or resource that made a significant impact on you and helped you to thrive? Can you share a story about that with us?

Hands down, I’d say the Redefining Wealth Podcast that I mentioned earlier, hosted by Patrice Washington was most most instrumental in my life. Rather than just Redefining Wealth…it Redefined my Life.

You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂

If I could start a movement, it would be an extension of what I already do…Creating a safe place for high-achieving women, who I refer to as “The Superwomen of the World” to take off their cape and unapologetically pursue what fulfills them.

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Do you have a story about how that was relevant in your life?

What are the best way our readers can follow you on social media?

IG: @BrittanySherell

FB: Brittany Sherell Coaching & Consulting

LinkedIn: http://bit.ly/LinkedInBritt

Thank you for these fantastic insights. We wish you only continued success in your great work!

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