We had the good fortune of connecting with Brittany Williams and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brittany, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
My thought process for starting my blog was that I wanted to have conversations that I did not see people having. Experiencing life and healing are not wrapped up in a pretty bow. There are many sad, hard moments, but society doesn’t like to highlight these moments. It’s not about broadcasting your problems, but understanding that we all struggle to get through various points of our life. Feeling like someone understands you or has been in your shoes before can make a major difference. Feeling like you’re not alone can change your perspective and life. I wanted people to know they weren’t alone and to open the door to discuss the rough times. When it came to my journals, I wanted to make cute journals that spoke to their owners. I buy so many journals and notebooks, but sometimes struggle to find ones that fit me or that I’m drawn to. I wanted to create these as I know that others like to connect with products they use.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I blog, freelance write for other platforms, host podcasts, and create journals. I am proud of all them because they all came from different aspects of me. Writing has always been my first love and comes naturally to me. I enjoy a good conversation lol, so podcasting was second nature. Creating and designing journals was something I had to study and learn, but I enjoy it. Even though I’ve been writing since elementary school, ultimately that was not the path I chose. I have a Masters in Social Work, but my passion for writing never waivered. I made it my business to go back to school and get a Bachelors in Journalism to further my brand and enhance my skills. It was definitely a challenge because I was dealing with regret of not pursuing writing in the first place. Despite my frustration, I remembered how my dad would tell me “everything happens how it’s supposed to.” I accepted and appreciated my journey, which was a lesson for me. Being in the present is important rather than focusing on the past and stressing over the future. We really have to embrace life for what it is at the moment. I’ve learned that my determination and passion will never fail me. I want the world to know that your dreams are possible, regardless of when they happen. Your journey won’t look like someone else’s and that’s okay.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love wine lol so I would say Cooper’s Hawk or Mermaid Winery for a tasting is always a good time. Seafood is my favorite so I would say restaurants like Croaker Spot, Buoy 44, & Fish & Slips. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
God has always blessed me by surrounding me with amazing family and friends. While my friends have changed throughout the years, I’m a firm believer that I have who I need at the time I need them. My parents, first and foremost, have always supported all my endeavors. My father, who is no longer with me, for always guiding me and instilling in me that I can be whoever I want to be. I think about him in everything I do. I credit my mom for my gift of writing and expressing myself through prose. My husband, Brandon, who is my best friend, I cannot thank him enough for simply being who he is, loving and listening to me. I’ve known him more than half my life and he’s been a constant blessing to me. My cohost & Leo sister, Shawana, for being so instrumental in my growth as a person and content creator. My prayer warrior, Ashley, for our many encouraging talks about life and all that comes with it, our convos always happen when I need them the most. My Spence family, my Usual Suspects family, my Flossy Posse, my BFF Marcus, my Mason girls: Brittany & DeShonta, and all the people who have inspired me along the way.
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