Body/Health

How Taking a Summer Break from my Business Helped Me Grow More than Ever

How taking a summer break from my business Soultiply Brittany Ritcher Oh baby, baby…

It feels so good to be back!

I thought my last true summer break was the year that I worked at the American Girl Store (I think I’m STILL finding glitter on my body from that summer…) But this summer, I was in for a big surprise.

On May 19 th , my boyfriend called me and told me the words that I had been waiting so long to hear; he just received a job offer in Los Angeles.

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Brittany Ritcher How Taking a Summer Break from my Business Helped Me Grow More than Ever

Use this One Word Switch to Take Ownership of your Dreams | Soultiply TV Ep. 2

Use this One Word Switch to Take Ownership of your Dreams | Soultiply TV with Brittany Ritcher Ep. 2 | www.Soultiply.com At your Wit’s End? Ready to throw in the towel? This simple mind shift will help you regain control over a hopeless situation and challenge you to create out-of-the-box solutions. The same solutions that will empower you, build your confidence, and set you on the path to achieve your deepest desires. Now THAT’S a powerful shift! Learn the lingo here…

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Brittany Ritcher Use this One Word Switch to Take Ownership of your Dreams | Soultiply TV Ep. 2

BEYOND THE MAGIC 8 BALL: How to Make Stress-Free Daily Choices

Beyond The Magic 8 Ball: How to Make Stress-Free Daily Choices | Soultiply with Brittany Ritcher | www.Soultiply.com Welcome to Part 2 of our “Beyond the Magic 8 Ball” Series, where we are exploring different tools to make life-changing choices.

In our last post, I showed you how to use the Three Prong Method for weighing the pros and cons of a big decision .

Today we are going to rein it in and focus on the small choices that we face on a daily basis.

To tell you the truth, for me, making daily choices are actually MUCH harder than the huge, life-changing ones. I know that sounds kinda crazy, but it’s true. If you’re emotional or prone to anxiety, daily decisions can feel debilitating. Sometimes the options feel so overwhelming, that it can be difficult to take a deep breath and step back from the situation.

That’s why a lot of people find having a routine or schedule to be helpful – it eliminates the need for us to make the same choices over and over again. In fact, I just listened to a great episode on Pat Flynn’s Smart Passive Income podcast where he talks about his miracle morning routine and how he fights decision fatigue.

But today, I want to share some of my own tips and tricks on how I make stress-free decisions in my daily life.

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Brittany Ritcher BEYOND THE MAGIC 8 BALL: How to Make Stress-Free Daily Choices

When Stress Becomes the New Normal: 8 Stress-Busting Hacks to Get Your Life Back

When Stress Becomes the New Normal 8 Stress-Busting Hacks to get your Life Back | Soultiply with Brittany Ritcher I received workout DVD a few years ago for Christmas. It’s been collecting dust on my shelf, (Why bother with workout DVDs when there’s millions of free workouts on !?) but I finally decided to give it a whirl.

And let me tell you, holy moly great balls of fire! That DVD kicks my ass! I have to practice Lamaze as I try to walk down the stairs or sit on the toilet – my whole body aches with soreness.

Considering it’s called “30 Day Shred”, I imagine Jillian designed this workout to be completed in 30 consecutive days.

But that’s where I draw the line.

Call me a big loser, but when I recognize stress, I know that my body needs time to rest and recoup. Because rest plays an important role not only in our physical lives, but our mental and spiritual lives as well.

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Brittany Ritcher When Stress Becomes the New Normal: 8 Stress-Busting Hacks to Get Your Life Back

Trick Your Brain Into Easier, More Enjoyable Workouts with these 4 Mindful Exercising Tips

Trick your Brain into Easier, More Enjoyable Workouts with these 4 Mindful Exercising Tips... | Soultiply with Brittany Ritcher I consider myself a lot of pretty impressive things – but an athlete is not one of them.

The only physical game I’ve ever won was dodge ball back in 5 th grade. And to be honest, it’s mainly because the boys took each other out one by one, leaving me to win by default. I was a cheerleader in high school, but it was for the basketball cheerleading squad, which (I’m not gonna lie) was kinda known for being the less talented of the school cheerleaders. It was basically just glorified dancing, no tumbling knowledge required.

All this being said – I honor my body’s need for exercise.

And that’s what is great about exercise. You don’t have to have balance (I fall over just standing up sometimes, so good thing!), you don’t have to have speed, or any real skill to start. You can take it slow and build those qualities as you go – that’s the point.

There’s only ONE thing you have to have before you can start a workout program. It’s not bulging muscles or a firm booty – in fact, it’s not even something that you can see!

It’s the proper mindset.

Without a mindset that is focused and determined to stick with a workout plan, the only progress you’ll see is your stomach progressing to a larger size!

So how can we prepare our minds for a healthy exercise program? And most of all, how can we use our minds while we exercise to make the most of our workouts?

I have 4 mindful exercise tips that I am going to share with you today that will transform the way you view your workouts. These are workouts FOR THE SOUL.

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Brittany Ritcher Trick Your Brain Into Easier, More Enjoyable Workouts with these 4 Mindful Exercising Tips

Don’t Erase Yourself: 2 Oaths for Looking at Selfies

Don't Erase Yourself 2 Oaths for Looking at Selfies | Soultiply with Brittany Ritcher You know what app I’ve been crushing on lately? Timehop . Have you tried it?

If you love walking down memory lane, this app is pure gold. It goes through your most popular social media accounts and let’s you see what you posted 1 year ago, 2 years ago, and so on… (I have some posts that go back 7 years or more! Depends on how long you’ve been hooked to those precious social media accounts). It’s a beautiful little reminder of our life events and what we’ve chosen to share with our friends and followers.

But there are days when a reminder from the past can sting. When the present feels all too real.

And if you are currently embarking on a weight loss or body transformation journey, there’s nothing like looking at old pictures to stir up some unwanted emotions.

But it’s not worth our time and energy to get sucked into the past, to battle the comparisons of ourselves, or to even fathom the thought that these pictures are any sort of indicator of our worth.

So instead, I’ve developed two promises to myself, two main feelings that I refuse to feel when looking at pictures, and I hope by the end of this post, you’ll pledge the same.

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Brittany Ritcher Don’t Erase Yourself: 2 Oaths for Looking at Selfies

The Best Meditation Techniques for Absolute Beginners

The Best Meditation Techniques for Absolute Beginners | Soultiply with Brittany Ritcher During high school, I craved Thursday mornings. While most kids were pressing the snooze button on their alarm clocks, I was alert and at school long before the first bell would ring. A few friends of mine started a Yoga Club and were desperate for new members – so I decided to give it a try. They recruited a lovely local yoga teacher to donate her time for our weekly sessions, and we all would pile into the stinky high school wrestling room for class. The lights were dim, the music was soft, and all the stress of college applications and high school drama seemed to just melt away.

But what I remember the most was the incredible meditation time at the end of each session. I was raised in a southern Catholic household and didn’t have an inkling about meditation or anything truly spiritual. I was entirely disconnected from my body and my own sense of self, so this yoga and meditation sequence was truly transcendental. I felt like I came alive during those morning sessions and I would carry those peaceful feelings with me throughout the rest of the day.

Fast forward 8 years and I still very much consider myself a beginner when it comes to meditation.

I’ll meditate for 15-20 minutes once a week or so, but most of the time I find my mind start to wander and I begin thinking about how old the avocados are in my fridge, or how cute that YouTube video was with that baby and puppy.

The fast pace of New York City seems to leave my nerves frazzled and my head spinning; I need meditation now more than ever!

So I thought it would be a neat experiment to try some different types of meditation and share my findings. Whether you are brand new to meditation, or you want to spice up your beginner routine, here are my honest opinions about some basic meditation techniques.

Each technique will be rated in 4 different categories: Feel Good Factor (how much of an impact it had on my mood and general wellbeing), Time , Lasting Results (how long I was able to maintain a heightened sense of inner-peace after the meditation), and Overall Score . Each category will be rated on a scale of 0-10.

Meditation allows us to connect to our source, diffuse our stress and revive our souls. Although meditation can clear our minds, it even more importantly allows us to access our true inspiration.

So don’t fret – check out the guide below to see what type of meditation practice might be right for you.

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Brittany Ritcher The Best Meditation Techniques for Absolute Beginners

Mind, Body, & Soultiply Quest: How to Create an Indulgence-Worthy Weight Loss Schedule

Mind, Body & Soultiply Quest: How to Create an Indulgence-Worthy Weight Loss Schedule |Soultiply with Brittany Ritcher

Welcome to the next installment of the Mind, Body, & Soultiply Quest !

If you are new to this journey – let me fill you in. This is a series on the Soultiply Blog that focuses purely on the motivation to help you achieve your body related goals, especially in regards to weight loss. This Quest will hold your hand, cheer with you, cry with you, and give you a big ole’ pat on the back when you accomplish your dreams. We may wrinkle our nose at vegetables or watch Netflix rather than workout, but the hardest part of pushing our physical limits is the motivation to continue towards results.

Today is the perfect day to write the next post for the Quest because it’s a very special milestone for me…I’ve lost over 11 pounds! I woke up and hopped on the scale and saw a number that I haven’t seen in over two years. I am extremely overjoyed, but not surprised; I know in my heart that this time has been different.

Why is this time different?

Because when I first started, I sat down with myself and got HONEST. I thought, “What has kept me from success in the past? What always seems to trip me up and get in the way?”

It was a little discouraging, to recount past failures and own up to my mistakes. But I knew that what I had done to develop healthy habits in the past didn’t work – so in order to see weight loss results, I would have to try something different.

Ultimately, after much thought, I came to some solid conclusions. For me, it boiled down to two things.

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Brittany Ritcher Mind, Body, & Soultiply Quest: How to Create an Indulgence-Worthy Weight Loss Schedule

Looking at the Bright Side of Pain

Looking at the Bright Side of Pain | Soultiply with Brittany Ritcher

Pain.

More often than not, we do absolutely everything we can in order to avoid it.

Then how does it always seem to rear its ugly little head in so many different aspects of our lives? Our body & health, our romantic relationships, our career, our family life – it appears just about everywhere, like an unwelcomed wedding crasher here to ruin our big day. Pain can kill dreams, squash goals, and ruin our will to live productive, happy lives.

So the question is, how can we minimize our pain?

This very question was the main focus of Soultiply’s most recent Monthly Mantra.

The purpose of the monthly mantra series is to supply our readers with a go-to positive thought to guide the entire month.

Unfamiliar with the concept of a Monthly Mantra? Here’s the low-down.

The mantra is a thought to reaffirm your choices, to gift you with inspiration, and to bring you peace.

Last month, the mantra was “You are not your pain! Step outside of the feeling and know that it is not part of YOU.”

The monthly mantra is posted every month on the following Soultiply social media outlets, so feel free to check out this month’s mantra there.

But seriously, what a thought! You are NOT your pain. It can be hard to comprehend, right? Because we love to remember pain. It just soaks into our memories. And when it’s currently present in our lives, it is all- consuming.

But the key thing is: it doesn’t have to be.

After a month long venture into the world of this miserable feeling, I learned the painful truth by looking at the bright side of pain.

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Brittany Ritcher Looking at the Bright Side of Pain

Join the Mind, Body, & Soultiply Quest!

Join the Mind, Body & Soultiply Quest! | Soultiply with Brittany Ritcher

I remember reading The Hobbit when I  was in 6 th grade. Phew, what a quest! I knew it was just a story, but I remember my little middle school brain feeling a tiny bit overwhelmed by the journey.

And the funny thing is, I still sometimes feel overwhelmed when I look at my own little journeys in life. I’m no Bilbo Baggins, but once my brain realizes the grandeur of the task ahead of me, my eyes start to glaze over and my mind goes into spaz attack mode.

But I know that even the largest, most difficult of quests must be broken down into smaller chapters for success. Or, if you to write a blog, (as I just so happen to do!) smaller posts!

And with this, ladies and gentlemen, I will introduce to you the newest feature on the Soultiply blog – The Mind, Body, & Soultiply Quest!

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Brittany Ritcher Join the Mind, Body, & Soultiply Quest!