Spotlight: Britt Reints

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Allow us to introduce you to one witty, inspiring, and all around swell chick: Britt Reints.

We had the pleasure of meeting Britt back in May when she signed on as a VIP Coaching Client. Little did we know at that first meeting that our lives would be changed in the most amazing way simply by knowing her.

Since May, we have had the pleasure of watching Britt's business grow in some amazing and impressive ways. She published her first book, created a happy tribe, has been speaking her heart out, and creates weekly happiness challenges. And that's just in the time we've known her.

Britt likes to joke around and say that she is a Propelle groupie. But we think she has it backwards. WE are Britt groupies, plain and simple.

Check out her Q&A, and you'll see why.

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Name: Britt Reints
Job/Title: writer // speaker // happiness advocate
Where you call home: Pittsburgh, PA
Website: inpursuitofhappiness.net
Twitter: @missbritt
Facebook: fb.com/inpursuitofhappinessblog
Other links: An Amateur’s Guide to the Pursuit of Happiness on Amazon!

Introduce yourself as if you were speaking from the cockpit.
Hello fellow passengers, this is your captain, Britt Reints, writer, speaker, and happiness advocate. You didn't hear me say pilot, but I assure you that you are totally safe because I have spent the morning watching YouTube videos about how to fly an airplane. You can learn anything from YouTube.

When did you earn your wings?
I didn't so much launch my business as I just started doing it because it was the only thing I could imagine doing when I wasn't at work. I started writing a blog in 2005, and then I started writing for money when I found out some of my friends were getting paid to blog. When I was going through my own personal transformation, I started writing about that because that's what I did: share what I was going through.

It wasn't until about 2011 that I started to realize that there was anything I wanted to do more than connect with people through writing and speaking. I realized that in order to do that more often, it'd be a good idea to make a business out of it so that I didn't have to be distracted by a job. :-)

If you could name a nail polish color after yourself of your business, what would it be?
"Distant Shores," from the quote I left in my high school yearbook that I still live by today: You can never discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.

And it would be that purpley-pink color that once in a while shows up in the sunset, because that is totally in my color palette and ties into the "sailing off into the horizon" metaphor.

Not all flights are smooth. Tell us about how you handle turbulence in your business and life.
First, I put my seat back and take a nap, and then I gobble up a few bags of mini-pretzels. Once I've given myself a chance to be mad or sad, I revisit my mission statement and decide how I can move forward in a way that is in line with my values. I ask myself what the brave choice is. If that doesn't work, I look at my kids and ask myself what example I want to leave for them.

If that doesn't work, I eat more pretzels.

Who is the wind beneath your wings?
I'm lucky to have more than one source of lift. My mother is my biggest cheerleader. She thinks I can do anything and is a safe place for me to go when I'm scared or sad. My husband is also amazing and has supported every single dream I've ever had. My kids don't support me, because that isn't their job, but they sure do inspire me to be someone worthy of being their role model.

What's your advice to other women as they navigate the business world?
Know that everyone is scared sometimes. Everyone. It's ridiculously common for successful women to feel like a fraud. But you have to get over that. It's your responsibility to share your gift with the world—it's why it was given to you.