I’ve always felt quality over quantity when it comes to friendships. I’ve never made it a point to be friends with everyone, but I have always made it a point to be kind to everyone. As I’ve grown, I’ve had plenty of friends, even very close friends, transition out of my life. But I swear, for every friend who closed a door- two more amazing ones have taken their place. I couldn’t be more thrilled about this, y’all, my girl gang is solid! Once I came to this realization, I started to think about each of them individually, their place in this world, their place in my life and let me tell you- my friends are doing things, big things, and I thought the world should know about it. The ladies I surround myself with are inspiring, uplifting, positive and unique. With all of the awesomeness they bring to my life, I thought I would do a series of Girl Power posts featuring their personalities, stories and anything else they’re willing to share! So, who better to start with than myself, right?!
Welcome to my blog and the first post in my new Girl Power series!
Brittani Giamoni, 27, and I work in sales for a cookie and cracker company (ever heard of an Oreo?). I’m originally from Pennsylvania and currently reside in Austin, Texas! FUN FACT: I am completely OBSESSED with fountains! (Fontana di Trevi featured above 😍)
What is something you are passionate about?
My passion cannot be limited to one category. So many things bring me happiness- travel, books, sewing, wine, anything chocolate and of course, my girl gang!
”Speak the truth, even if your voice shakes.” I think this quote really embodies who I’ve become as a person. I used to live in the mentality- leave well enough alone, don’t rock the boat, don’t get involved. And that is really the opposite of what I’m about these days. I’ve learned through experiences and observations that there’s a difference between being blunt and rude and being honest and strong and speaking up for what’s right.
Have you experienced a difficult season and how has that helped shape who you are today?
I think this question can be related back to my favorite quote. On the Enneagram spectrum, I’m a two, the helper, with a wing of one, the perfectionist. I truly enjoy being there for others, I’m the friend that will drop everything. On the opposite end of that spectrum- I never ask for anyone to help me. I’m a “I’ll just do it myself” type of person. I never used to speak up about expectations and what I needed from other people, at the time it seemed so selfish. I went through a rough season and felt like I didn’t have anyone to lean on, to talk to, or that no one wanted to hear it- that I was responsible for fixing everything myself. It helps that my Meyers Briggs personality type is ISTJ (Introverted, Sensing, Thinking, Judging). I am a planner, a list maker, I can assess situations logically and remove emotions from decision making- and I was able to climb out of that slump with a plan on paper and put it into action.
I determined the root cause of my “problems” was that I just wasn’t happy with the ins and outs of every day life, I thought I was definitely too young to be feeling the hamster wheel scenario. I was living in a place where I felt isolated, I didn’t do anything besides go to work and go back home to be by myself. I got in this confused state after graduating college where I felt like there had to be more to life than going to work just to pay the bills. I thought, ‘I went to school for seventeen years for this?’ I did something proactive that I feel like most people wouldn’t- (to make a long story short- maybe I’ll share this journey later in a separate post) I created a list of potential places I’d like to live, visited on weekends and small trips by myself or with friends and then I searched and applied to like ten thousand jobs. I knew I wanted to move South, I just didn’t know where. I eventually landed on Austin, TX after visiting twice, went on several interviews and eventually ended up getting my current job transferred.
I can tell you, this has totally shaped where I’m at today, especially mentally. I’ve always been a positive person, but now I actually believe the things I’ve been telling myself all along. I let go of any one way and toxic relationships and replaced them with the best people I am proud to know and call friends. I’ve had moments of clarity where I’ve spoken up for myself and for others and for what’s right. I love where I live, I enjoy the company I keep and I can’t wait to see what’s to come! I traded a life of just making it through for a life where my heart feels so full. That’s definitely something I wouldn’t have been able to put into words if you had asked me, “what do you want?”
What is the greatest piece of advice you’ve ever given?
If you’re not happy about something- change it. Easier said than done, I know. But I have not only given out this advice, I have taken it for myself. Life is too short to sit around and complain about things you can change! Make yourself a priority and don’t apologize for it!
What would you tell your younger self?
If I could tell my younger self one thing, It would be to slow down and enjoy the time and season you’re in. Stop looking forward to next week, next year, living for the weekend. Thrive from day to day instead of just “trying to get through” the current moment and skip ahead to something more exciting. Make life exciting every day.
What is your dream- no limitations?
Ah, I feel like this changes daily, I get excited by so many things (this is why my blog topics are all over the place). Some days I’m super motivated to change the world- and other days I can barely manage to make it to the gym… If I could do something without any limitations, nothing stopping me or holding me back, I would travel the world. Not for vacation (okay maybe a few) but i would love to be able to reach out and help other people- I’m The Helper, remember. Whether it’s through this blog or a book or offering a service; there are people out there of all ages, gender and demographics that need a helping hand, an ear to listen or even a mentor.
How do you want to make a difference in the world/ what is the legacy you want to leave?
The legacy I want to leave behind is pure happiness. I want to spread positivity. I want people to remember me for my personality, for being kind, for always having a smile on my face- rather than material things.
Who is a woman that is inspiring you today?
Stephanie May Wilson, Author of The Lipstick Gospel and host of the Girl’s Night podcast. She is changing lives. Regardless of your religion or faith or lack there of- Stephanie May Wilson (and her guests) talk about everything you didn’t know you needed to hear. She is so relateable and refreshing and a great resource for any season of your life. Her book and podcast are encouraging, uplifting and a big part of why I continue this blog. I honestly can’t say enough about her, you need to experience it for yourself! You can find her on Instagram @smaywilson, download a FREE copy of her book on her website http://www.stephaniemaywilson.com AND listen to her Girl’s Night podcast on Apple for FREE!
That’s it! That’s everything you need to know, and probably more, about me! Seriously, writing about yourself is one of the most difficult tasks… I’ll be continuing my Girl Power Series weekly with the help of some special guests! They will answer similar questions to the ones featured above, plus many more. You’ll get to know the girls in my tribe, how awesome they are and hopefully you’ll be inspired to surround yourself with some amazing people too! Check back for updates and, of course, feel free to leave a comment or ask any questions!