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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…

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

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

How to Succeed As A Highly Emotional Person

How to succeed as a highly emotional person Soultiply Brittany Ritcher

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Four years ago, when my boyfriend and I started dating, I sat him down and told him the blunt, honest truth. I told him, “I cry. A LOT. And I mean a lot. I cry when I’m upset, I cry when I’m happy, I cry when I stub my toe, I cry when I’m stressed. Sometimes, I cry just because I haven’t cried in a while. But I need you to realize, just because I’m crying does not mean that the world is going to end. Do you understand and accept this?” Luckily for me, he did. Crying was part of the contract.

Because I am proud to say that I recognize I am a highly emotional person. And I own it! And if you are having difficulty in day-to-day situations because of your disposition, or you feel guilty for being emotional–breathe a sigh of relief, because IT IS possible to succeed as a highly emotional person. Even if you don’t consider yourself emotional, but you spend lots of time around people who are, there are tips and tricks that you can use to navigate the ups and downs of your relationships.

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Brittany Ritcher How to Succeed As A Highly Emotional Person