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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

BEYOND THE MAGIC 8 BALL: How to Make Big, Life-Changing Choices

Beyond The Magic 8 Ball: How to Make Big, Life-Changing Choices | Soultiply with Brittany Ritcher | www.Soultiply.com It’s seriously like pulling teeth to get me to decide on a restaurant when I go out on the weekend. Just ask my poor boyfriend – I over-analyze, I change my mind, I weigh the pros and cons, I have to visualize myself tasting the food at each restaurant (Like, you think I’m kidding, but I’m not!)…

And all that stuff is great if, you know, picking a restaurant was a life or death decision. But what to wear in the morning? Or what to pack for lunch? NOT such a big deal.

Sometimes it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all the opportunities and choices presented to us on a daily basis.

It feels like we are caught in a twister of swirling options and we somehow have to grasp for the right choice surrounded by this very confusing fog.

But what if we could learn to fully harness the power of our choices to grow in whichever direction we choose ?

Imagine how much more time you could save in the morning alone! Those are precious minutes you could be sleeping in, amiright?

I’ve learned that powerful, dream-creating people revel in their ability to take action and make soul-filled and deliberate choices.

So today I’m excited to teach you how to develop a plan to conquer choice overwhelm once and for all. No more enie-meenie-miney-moe. If you find yourself freezing up or freaking out over the choices you need to make, these next two posts will share with you my surefire methods for making choices that resonate with your soul.

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Brittany Ritcher BEYOND THE MAGIC 8 BALL: How to Make Big, Life-Changing Choices

When the Fear of Rejection Becomes too Strong…Fight it with Care | Soultiply TV Ep. 1

When the Fear of Rejection Becomes Too Strong...Fight it with CARE It’s so easy to fall into the too-cool-for-school way of living life. And for many people, it’s more than just a teenage phase.

In today’s inaugural episode of Soultiply TV, we are diving into the nitty-gritty of what it means to care, and how we can boost the amount of passion we feel in our own lives.

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Brittany Ritcher When the Fear of Rejection Becomes too Strong…Fight it with Care | Soultiply TV Ep. 1

The Science to Designing a Supported & Purposeful Life

The Science to Designing a Supported & Purposeful Life | Soultiply with Brittany Ritcher I’ve been watching a lot of Dexter lately. It’s a Showtime TV series that centers on a blood splatter analyst who leads a secret life as a serial killer.

I will admit, this show stresses me out .

It’s not that I’m afraid for Dexter (I mean, his name is the title of the show – I doubt they are going to kill him off any time soon…well, wait that was purely a guess … I’m only on the 4th season… oh no… don’t give it away! Dexter be careful! )

I’m stressed because Dexter is AWFUL at organizing his life. I don’t worry about his crimes… I get stressed when he leaves his child with the nanny for too long. I get stressed when he doesn’t show up to work on time because he was off riding in his boat. Mainly, I get stressed because Dexter has tried to divide his life into perfect little pieces (no pun intended… harharhar ), and he finds his life constantly crashing down around him.

Dexter, buddy, can’t you see the full picture!?

Which makes me think, don’t we all try to do the same? We compartmentalize our lives on a daily basis. We have our family, our friends, our romantic partners, our career, our personal development, our homes and our health. We have these segments in our lives that we must juggle, and sometimes it’s easier to divide them into separate entities. Sometimes it seems easier to handle them that way.

But just like Dexter, therein lies a fatal flaw. Here’s why segmenting your life could cost you your happiness and sanity.

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Brittany Ritcher The Science to Designing a Supported & Purposeful Life

It Only Takes a Moment: Using the Manageable Moments Exercise to Jump Start your Dreams

It Only Takes a Moment Using the Manageable Moments Exercise to Jump Start your Dreams | Soultiply with Brittany Ritcher Have you had an item collecting dust on your to-do list for quite some time?

Honestly, I think there are a few items on mine that have been sitting there for weeks, maybe even months.

Sometimes you get to an item on your to-do list and it’s hard not to look like a deer caught in headlights. You stare at it. And stare at it. And you break out into a cold sweat and stare at it some more.

Because the next task on your to-do list is SO monumental, SO huge and important, that you have no idea how to make it happen.

And it’s easy to get uncomfortable and discouraged, and want to take a nap instead, or watch reruns of Full House, or any number of mindless, “filler” activities that pass the time, allowing yourself to procrastinate on your dreams.

And then, months from now, when you are still feeling stuck, you start to feel dejected because you are not seeing actual progress and your dream still feels SO FAR AWAY.

Daydreaming is nice, but living a dream feels SO MUCH BETTER.

I’ve been there my friend.

The guilt that manifests from inaction use to consume me. I felt like I was wasting time, like precious time was slipping away from me every moment I spent feeling lost on how to accomplish my dreams.

And that’s when it hit me.

Every time I pull up my calendar, or add a new thing to my to-do list, I’m essentially searching for the most effective use of my TIME. I was making the decision on how I wanted to spend my MOMENTS on earth.

Time is just a series of moments.

Something can take a year to accomplish or a minute – but no matter the time frame, they are both comprised of singular moments, one after one, that continue to add up until the project is complete.

And as long as you fill each moment to the brim with inspired activity, you will start to see change.

Decades or years sound very scary sometimes. But moments – those are easy! We can handle moments.

In order to create the change you crave in your life, you must break down every big dream into MANAGEABLE MOMENTS.

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Brittany Ritcher It Only Takes a Moment: Using the Manageable Moments Exercise to Jump Start your Dreams

Friends with (BUSINESS!) Benefits PART FOUR: The Business BFF

Friends with Business Benefits The Business BFF | Soultiply with Brittany Ritcher Your friends can be a huge blessing to you and your professional success, but it takes a certain type of friendship to make that positive switch. Not everyone can be a friend with (BUSINESS!) benefits…

Over the past several days, we’ve been climbing up the business/friendship ladder. We learned how to navigate the oftentimes rough relationship troubles with the Moochers , we’ve supported the scattered dreams of our Light Bulb friends, and we’ve thanked the many Observers that keep us motivated and inspired to do our best.

But do you know the type of personal relationship that brings the MOST business success?

Those are our dear Business BFFs!

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Brittany Ritcher Friends with (BUSINESS!) Benefits PART FOUR: The Business BFF

Friends with (BUSINESS!) Benefits PART THREE: The Observer

Friends with Business Benefits The Observer For me, friends are those earth angels who sometimes know you better than you know yourself.

So why do we sometimes fight so hard to keep our friends and our professional lives separate?

If you want to reach any level of professional success, you’ll need strong friendships to help get you there.

But sometimes, when it comes to matters of success, income and reputation – we don’t feel comfortable risking  our personal relationships for business gain.

In this Soultiply blog series, we’ve been exploring the 4 top archetypes of personal to business relationships, and the best ways to transition through them for professional success.

Here’s the breakdown:

For a young professional, oftentimes your career is your heart and soul. So think of an Observer friendship as the blood that keeps the heart thumpin’ and pumpin’! Let’s delve deep into what it means to be a great friend and business Observer…

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Brittany Ritcher Friends with (BUSINESS!) Benefits PART THREE: The Observer

Friends with (BUSINESS!) Benefits PART TWO: The Light Bulb

Friends with Business Benefits The Light Bulb In business, you can’t do it alone.

You can either A) Desperately try to control everything and never ask for help from others (any of my control freaks relate?? Why do we do this to ourselves?! B) Work with random people who have no sense of your vision, or C) Find people who inspire us, understand our dream language, and help us reach those goals while enjoying the process along the way.

I’ll take C – please and thank you!

And oftentimes, the people that fit the bill ALREADY EXIST in your life.

They are right in front of your nose for crying out loud!

They are your best friends!

But sometimes navigating the blurry line between personal and business relationships can be a difficult task, so in this series we are looking at the top 4 archetypes of personal to business relationships, and the best ways to transition them for professional success. We will take a look at:

Today we are going to get down and dirty with a group that I like to call The Light Bulbs…full of luminous possibility – within a limited time span.

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Brittany Ritcher Friends with (BUSINESS!) Benefits PART TWO: The Light Bulb

Friends with (BUSINESS!) Benefits PART ONE: The Moocher

Friends with Business Benefits The Moocher For the past several months or so, I’ve made a huge effort to be more of a social person.

I’m one of those gals who is perfectly happy with spending the evening in reading a book or writing a blog post, wearing my wool socks and not a spot of makeup. I despise the bar scene and it’s like pulling teeth to get me to go out on a Saturday night. (Why do I live in NYC again!?) I swear, when I get married, I honestly think my Bachelorette party will consist of a crafting circle and loads of great wine. That’s just who I am!

Needless to say, my friends are not often pleased with my anti-social tendencies.

But I love my friends, and those relationships mean the world to me. You won’t hear me ever discount the joys of a proper work/life balance; I’ll always have time for my buddies.

But now that I run my own business, many of these friendships have taken on new meaning. And I’ll admit, some for the better…and a tiny few for the worse.

But it got me thinking, where is the fine line between a personal and business friendship? Is it possible to have both at the same time? And if so, how can you balance the two without jeopardizing your existing relationships along the way?

For the next four days, I’m going to delve deep into 4 of the most prevalent personal-friendship-to-business-relationship types out there. You’ve met these people – hell, you might BE these people! We’ll meet…

Let’s do some TRUTH TALKIN’ and start with the most awkward of personal and business relationships…managing a successful friendship with The Moocher .

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Brittany Ritcher Friends with (BUSINESS!) Benefits PART ONE: The Moocher

How to Stand Strong Behind your Work & Art, Even when it’s Scary

Create How To Stand Strong Behind your Work & Art Even when it's scary | Soultiply with Brittany Ritcher Well, I didn’t get a lot of sleep last night…soooo…

Well, I didn’t have very much time to prepare…soooo…

Well, I wasn’t really invested in this idea anyway …sooo…

Sound familiar?

We dish these lines out like they are candy on Halloween.

The moment we come in contact with anything that we truly want, anything that makes us start shakin’ in our boots, anything that makes our hearts start to pound with excitement – we freak. We start to formulate the excuses that will buffer ourselves against the possibility of failure.

We can be afraid to put our name on our own work, afraid to say “This is my love, my life, my passion. THIS IS THE BEST I CAN DO AND I AM PROUD OF IT.”

Has this ever happened to you? Lord knows it used to happen to me.

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Brittany Ritcher How to Stand Strong Behind your Work & Art, Even when it’s Scary