Life Enhancement

Having a Tough Day? 3 Ways To Boost Your Mood Using Emotional Memory and Music

Having a Tough Day 3 Ways to Boost Your Mood Using Emotional Memory and Music Soultiply Brittany Ritcher My hands down favorite vacation would have be my trip to Disney World with my boyfriend back in 2013.

I knew I wanted a memento from that fantastic week, our first real vacation together.

I could have bought a t-shirt, but I knew that it would just end up where all old t-shirts go to die: the workout clothes pile.

A stuffed animal would end up high on a closet shelf, just waiting to creep me out every time I turned on the light.

A keyring would chip off, leaving Mickey Mouse with half an ear.

No, I knew exactly what I wanted. I wanted a song.

Because I knew of one of the most powerful ways to capture a moment in time was through the memory of music .

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Brittany Ritcher Having a Tough Day? 3 Ways To Boost Your Mood Using Emotional Memory and Music

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 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

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

Strength on Loan: How to Repay the Supportive People in your Life

Strength on Loan: How to Repay the Supportive People in Your Life | Soultiply with Brittany Ritcher | www.Soultiply.com After living in New York City for over 6 years, I’ve become pretty jaded. Not many things get me riled up about this bustling town…but for ONE exception .

Humans of New York

I’m sure it needs no introduction, but the Humans of New York blog kicks some serious booty. It reminds us of our fragile humanity, how everyone has a story, and how when it all comes down to it – we fundamentally want to help one another. It’s the happiest place on the internet. And what’s more than that – it’s a blog that has seriously changed lives.

Take, for instance, the current saga centered around a young man named Vidal. I won’t get into all the incredible details, ( you can find them here – and I urge you to do so!) but Vidal is a young man that Brandon (the founder of Humans of New York) met on a street in Brownsville, Brooklyn. Brandon asked him who the most influential person has been in his life, and he mentioned his school principal, Mrs. Lopez. To make a very long and incredible story short, Humans of New York was able to raise over a million dollars for Mrs. Lopez’s school, send Vidal on scholarship to college, and inspire a nation. In fact, Vidal & Mrs. Lopez recently had the opportunity to visit the White House and meet President Obama! And to think that all this powerful change was initiated by a principal that dedicated her life to creating scholars; that the catalyst for this greatness was an intelligent young man, honoring the individual who taught him that he mattered.

I dare you to look through these posts and not cry tears of joy.

It’s a very New York City mindset to think that you can do it alone.

We all float around this city in our own little bubbles, eyes glued to our cell phones, trash and slushy snow biting at our feet. It’s easy to feel like you are alone in this winter dystopia, especially when the subway is crowded, rent is due, and you have no clue what you want to do with your life .

But if you manage to look up for a second, to recognize the warm bodies around you, and to acknowledge the supportive people who stand by you no matter what – your whole life can change.

It did for Vidal. And it did for me too.

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Brittany Ritcher Strength on Loan: How to Repay the Supportive People in your Life

In-Between Dreams? Here’s How to Use your In-Between Time to Gear Up to the Next Level…

In-Between Dreams? Here's How to Use your In-Between Time to Gear Up to the Next Level... | Soultiply with Brittany Ritcher | www. Soultiply.com “So, what have you been up to lately?”

There used to be a time in my life where if you asked me this question, my stomach would drop. I began to DESPISE anyone who ventured onto this dreaded topic. Usually I would stutter and stammer, trying desperately to sound casual, until eventually I would reply with the classic conversation-ending response, “Oh…nothing much.”

It’s not that I hated that people were interested in my life – not at all! I was thankful to have friends and family who actually gave a damn about me and my endeavors. What I hated was how that question made me feel. I hated the fact that I had no clue what I wanted to do with my life. It was hard to hide behind that little question. Instead, it just made me realize how disappointed I was with myself and what my life had become.

Does this sound even a teeny-tiny bit familiar?

Looking back on it, I realize that this phase of my life was one of the most CRUCIAL times that I have ever, or will ever experience. Although it felt like nothing was happening and I had no direction, this phase in my life set me up for everything that I would aspire to be in the future. And now I like to refer to this special phase as The In-Between Time .

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Brittany Ritcher In-Between Dreams? Here’s How to Use your In-Between Time to Gear Up to the Next Level…

Happy 1st Birthday Soultiply! Check out the TOP 5 POSTS from Our First Year…

Happy 1st Birthday Soultiply! Check out the TOP 5 POSTS from Our First Year... Wow, I just can’t believe it. Can someone send me a virtual pinch and wake me up from this dream?

Soultiply turns 1 year old today and I couldn’t be prouder!

To think that a year ago today, I was sitting in that grimy subway car, trying to juggle 3 different jobs, when I had an idea that shook my world. One moment I was floundering, wondering what I was going to do with my life , and the next I was furiously scribbling down ideas for my newest, passion-filled endeavor. (You can find the full story here and .) That’s all it takes – one moment of pure inspiration. The rest is easy; the rest you can handle. That’s why they say, “the rest is history”…

I hope you’ve grown a lot this past year and I hope that Soultiply was a part of your journey. Lord knows I’ve grown a tremendous amount since I started Soultiply – I hardly recognize the person that I was merely a year ago today.

This year has been filled with ups and downs, times of stillness , and times of triumph. If anyone would have told me how difficult it would be to design, build, and maintain an online community, I probably would have chosen to curl up with my favorite blanket and take a nap instead!

I’ve started my Soultiply Life Coaching practice , I’ve written to you from the deepest parts of my being, I’ve been featured on some of my favorite websites, (like here and here for example!), and I’ve shared with you my authentic soul.

I’ve received emails, texts, and Facebook messages full of positive encouragement and notes of gratitude for the lessons and stories that I’ve featured here on the blog. And I want you to know that every single message brings me the absolute greatest amount of happiness imaginable. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. You guys sure know how to make me smile!

And although I look back at this year with gratitude and , I also realize that this is just the beginning. I know because I’ve only written 50 of the 493 blog post ideas that I have stored on my hard drive. As of today, I’ve only crossed off 62 of the 849 items I have on my Soultiply MASTER TO-DO LIST.

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Ain’t that MASTER PLAN a beauty?!

This year has only tickled the surface of my life’s work. And without you reading this right now, none of this work would mean a thing. And for that, I am immensely grateful.

Although the Soultiply blog officially launched late March of 2014, the idea of Soultiply celebrates its birthday today.

And what better way to celebrate than with our 50 th blog post!?

(I swear I didn’t even plan it that way…we just happened to hit 50 posts on our 1st anniversary! The Universe provides! )

So to celebrate, I want to take a look at the top 5 blog posts from the past year and give you the behind-the-scenes scoop on it all.

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Brittany Ritcher Happy 1st Birthday Soultiply! Check out the TOP 5 POSTS from Our First Year…

In the Retreat of Happiness How to Ditch the Pursuit and Let Happiness Find You Not going to lie, I can be bit of a drama queen.

And I don’t say that just because I’ve spent most of my life acting on stage .

I’m an emotional person, what can I say?

Sometimes us drama queens can get SO caught up in our negative thoughts, that we end up making life harder for ourselves in the process. You feel like  ALL you can do is complain, moan and worry about something, only to realize that the simple solution was right in front of your nose the entire time.

The same exact thing can happen to the role that happiness plays in our lives.

We all want to be happy, right? The pursuit of happiness is a lifelong goal, and many of us would do just about anything to get a glimpse of it.

But that’s the thing – the “pursuit of happiness” isn’t a pursuit at all! I challenge you to retreat from happiness, starting today.

Because Happiness has been in front of your nose this entire time.

Brittany Ritcher In The Retreat of Happiness: How to Ditch the Pursuit and Let Happiness Find You

The Huge Lesson I Learned After Being Bullied in School | Soultiply with Brittany Ritcher | www.Soultiply.com I went through an awkward stage. I think it’s safe to say that we have all spent at least one year of our lives as a gawky version of current selves. My moment came in the heart of fifth grade. I grew much more quickly than my other female classmates, and boy was I reminded of it .

I remember sitting in the cafeteria eating lunch and hearing girls taunt me with the lyrics of Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back”. Thank God they didn’t understand much more of the song than “I like big butts and I cannot lie”… but that was all they needed. They would sing and laugh and look right at me, making a huge scene in front of the entire lunchroom until a teacher would shoo them away.

I remember being frozen to my chair, not wanting to get up until everyone else had left for class, afraid that people would start pointing and laughing at my rear-end again.

And it didn’t stop there.

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Ummm…can you say AWKWARD?! Circa 2001.

I remember signing onto AOL instant messenger (my screen name was BroadwayBabe2008, do you remember yours?) and having someone named ‘BroadwayFag2008’ request to talk to me. My naive 7 th grade mind accepted their request, and they proceeded to spew nasty words and slurs at me, naming my home address, and threatening to burn down my house.

My best friend had transferred to a different school, and they would make fun of her, reminding me how alone I was without her, reminding me that I had no one left.

And I would go to school the next morning and would sit out in the car with my mom for as LONG as possible, trying to stay away from those hallways that were full of mean glances and feet that would try to dart out and trip me.

I remember working in the front office and having one of the office aides look up the class schedule of a particularly cruel girl, so that I could make sure and plan my route to avoid her in between classes.

I remember begging my art teacher to let me eat lunch in her classroom, doing anything that I could to avoid sitting in the cafeteria alone.

I remember being really upset and trying to keep my eyes from tearing up one morning as I was practicing my Science Fair speech with my teacher. She could tell something was wrong and she wouldn’t believe my excuses when I said I was fine. Eventually I told her about the online threats and she got the school technology adviser to track the IP addresses of the bullies.

Ends up they were the same girls that sung the mean songs in the school cafeteria years before. Go figure…

I don’t mean to tell these stories to sound depressing. Lord knows my bullying stories are barely the tip of the iceberg compared to some experiences kids endure at school…

But my heart still pounds in my chest whenever I see a picture of the old AOL instant messenger Buddy list.

Whenever the “Baby Got Back” song comes on, most people my age laugh and sing in 90s nostalgia – but I just can’t get myself to dance along.

Over the years I’ve learned to embrace my curvy figure, learned to love it even. But man oh man, did that take a long. long. time .

And that’s the thing. Bullying never really leaves you. If you’ve ever been bullied, those moments are forever crystallized in your mind.

If you are told that something is wrong with you enough times, it’s easy to start to believe it. The bullying begins to live in your mind and it sets up camp in your heart.

And I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be that way. Fifteen years after being bullied, I’ve had a good amount of time to sit back and reflect on that time in my life. And I’ve learned some very important things…

That no matter what stage you are in your life, you can erase and reverse those thoughts, and defeat the inner-bully that the REAL bully left behind.

Brittany Ritcher The Huge Lesson I Learned After Being Bullied in School