Welcome to Real Women Wednesday
It’s Wednesday and even though it’s a short week, it’s still hump day! To get you through the rest of your week, here is another RWW. I created this series to empower, inspire and connect women. Every Wednesday, a new Q&A with a remarkable woman who I’ve connected with and/or admire appears on my blog. It’s my way of showing the realness that it means to be a woman.
The empathic, soft AND powerful sides of us that need to be shared and celebrated.
This Wednesday’s woman is Brittney Andreesen. I met Brittney through Instagram last winter and we decided to meet for coffee. When I met her, I quickly realized she had this passion to connect women and empower them to ignite the fire within themselves.
When I met Brittney I could feel this overwhelming sense of purpose pouring out of her. She knows who she is deep down and what she stands for. She fearlessly is chasing her dreams while helping the women in her life. Her laugh is contagious and she honestly has one of the sweetest souls.
Brittney is a good person through and through and she makes me work towards being better. She and I joined forced and created the Kelowna Sisterhood and because of that, I’ll be forever grateful for her.
I hope Brittney’s words inspire to you chase that dream that is just a thought in your mind right now.
If you’re meeting someone for the first time, how would you introduce yourself?
I guess if I was to sum this up, it may look like something like this haha!! But there would be lots of other words clearly added and probably some laughs.
ME: Hey I’m Brittney, nice to meet you.
UNKNOWN PERSON: Hey girl… nice to meet you also, what do you do?”
ME: Well you know what I do is always evolving, my day job is working at a digital marketing agency, my passion project is Wildfire Women and I love encouraging people to go after their wildest dreams.
To be Honest, sometimes introductions for me throughout the years have brought up major insecurities. Why? I’m pretty hard on myself at times, wanting to be somewhere else in life, but not fully there yet. I had a period of time of really digging into my identity and even though I may not be exactly where I want to be in life, telling myself… don’t get down on yourself, don’t compare, but look at how far you’ve come, my road is going to look different than others, embrace the process.
Tell me about Wildfire Women. Why did you feel drawn to create this magazine?
It all started in 2011 when I started to really realize my purpose and what I’m called to do on this earth. In 2014 I was running my own personal blog, interviewing all sorts of people, getting into their stories. It was super fun for me, but I felt something was missing. I wanted to do something bigger than just my own personal blog. I wanted to create a community where women would be empowered, inspired, equipped and celebrated. I always had a huge heart to see people walk into the fullness they were created to walk in and chasing their wildest dreams. I knew community was super powerful to have in one’s life and I felt many women always came to me saying they were looking for that. From that point on, I started to talk about it a lot with friends, my passion to forerun this movement was on my mind every day. I knew I had to launch it, even if I didn’t have all the puzzle pieces.
So this past March I launched Wildfire Women as a Magazine!! My heart was to really grow it from just an online magazine, but to hold women events, workshops, retreats, produce shows, podcasts and start an online wild school. Our bigger vision is to have team leaders in different cities that would run weekly/monthly wildfire women meetups and have a variety of life coaches in place for women to meet in person.
How do you work with the fear of rejection being visible? You’ve created your own “brand” and I’m just wondering how your creativity stays alive when you have the risk to fail.
That’s a good question. I look at “failure” as a little hiccup, because sometimes things don’t work out. And I’m learning to know that it’s okay. These “hiccups or failed projects” they’re like little detours, that bring you closer to your destination.
I know who I am and my I know my life purpose, so if one project doesn’t work out, I can still hold onto faith that God has an amazing plan for my life. Knowing that I have a dream that I will continue to pursue and not give up, even if I’m the only one who sees it or understands it.
What does the word “woman” mean to you?
The word woman really runs deep for me. I believe we have all been created for such a time as this, beautifully and wonderfully made. The word woman also means to me of being unstoppable, unique, warrior spirit, enough, highly loved, capable and leader.
How do you define success?
I don’t define success as a career status, things I have, how much money I make, like material things. Even though those things are nice to have, focusing on those things really won’t fill my deep need. At the end of the day, what really matters? My family, friends, health and my relationship with Jesus. I’m really thankful for the people in my life and I think that’s a success – having rich relationships. I really wouldn’t know where I would be without God, Family, and Friends – These three things I highly Value in my life.
What’s your purpose in life?
This is one big question. I could go into this pretty deep, but I will make it short and sweet. My life purpose is to call out the gold within people, forerun movements that change people’s lives, love others well and help others in need. I believe my life purpose is getting deeper defined every day.
How are you creating a genuine and happy life for yourself?
I’m always trying to look for the positive in my life, even when life circumstances are not so great. Surrounding myself with positive people is another big helper. If I surround myself with negative people, I will also start to become negative. Being around toxicness is going to affect living my life to the fullness. So a major key to creating a genuinely happy life is being around awesome positive people, doing things you’re passionate about, helping others, trying new things and laughing as often as you can.
What is one thing you feel your life is missing?
When I really thought about this question, I think it’s marrying my best friend and starting a family. I would love to get married someday, hopefully soon hehe and have a large family. I’m currently single, but I know this dream will come to pass sometime soon. I can’t wait for the day when my kids are running around the house and chasing our dreams with my life partner. So in the meantime, I’m enjoying my single times and talking about relationships with my girlfriends haha!!
Actually recently some of my single girlfriends and I were talking about relationships/dating… we started laughing… because we said… man in 5 – 10 years… our conversations are going to change to talking about changing diapers, going for walks with being preggo – mom life things… which we all looked at each other and laughed again… as we can’t wait for those days to come also.
What do you want to be remembered for?
I want to be remembered as a girl who always had the heart to encourage others, who loved well, who was a good friend, who showed up every day, even though some days were hard.
Where do you go when you need to find yourself again?
As odd as this may sound to some people, I try to run to God every time. My relationship with Jesus is really important to me, I will go for walks, listen to music, play some inspirational podcast, journal and be reminded of who I am. Being in God’s presence refreshes my soul, gives me peace, strength and overflowing joy.
Do you have a quote, phrase or passage that you live your life by?
I don’t really have a specific quote, phrase or passage – But one of my favorite quotes right now is by Brene Brown – “Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.”
If you could tell women as a whole one thing, what would you want to say?
If society or people’s words have tried to put you in a box, THROW THAT BOX AWAY!! If you want to be a CEO of a major company, do it, there is ALWAYS ROOM for you. Whatever is in your heart to do, go for it with passion and never look back. I say, girl… go for it, chase your wildest dreams.
I hope you’re feeling just as inspired as I am after reading this Q&A! I want to say a HUGE thank you to Brittney for taking the time to answer these questions. Your truth and beauty shined through in your answers. To follow Brittney, check out her online magazine, Wildfire Women.
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