Name: Briana Ford
When did you start your blog/business?
I started my very first blog when I was 9, before I even knew it was blogging. I got back into it at 19 when I started a full time social media internship. I then started freelance writing shortly after I got laid off in 2011.
What triggered you to pursue your dreams and begin creating the life you want?
I think my trigger was my separation and impending divorce. I finally realized I had lost myself, and I hated feeling empty. So I dove head first into self-help and personal development to get a foot up in the right direction. I decided I deserved the life I wanted to live, and made a promise to myself that I would figure out a way to do it.
What do you enjoy most about living life on your own terms?
Living life on my own terms feels so exciting. I’m happy more times than I’m sad or irritable now. It’s a huge relief that I get to go after the things I want and have even more support than I had before.
How are you living out your purpose?
I’m doing things that I’ve always wanted to do that used to scare me. Actually, they still scare me, but I’m doing them anyway. I’ve experienced hell, so nothing really scares me to the point of not doing it anymore. I just go for it.
Describe an a-ha moment.
My aha moment was reading a book by one of my mentors, GG Renee Hill. Once I read her story, Beautiful Disruption, I knew I could do great things. I knew I could rise above what happened to me. I knew I could help people by telling them what I went through.
What does being free mean to you?
Being free is indescribable. I know how it feels now, but I can’t explain it. Let’s just say it’s right, and it feels good.
What has been your biggest challenge pursuing your purpose?
My biggest challenge pursuing my purpose has been me! I am constantly in the way. My thought process needs so much work. I am my harshest critic, and sometimes it’s hard to get past those negative thoughts.
What does your ideal day look like?
My ideal day would include eating good food, laughing with my loved ones, and helping someone out. Extra points if I can do this all in a one day event. I need structure, but I also need some down time.
What’s one thing that you want people to know about you or your business?
I am one of the most understanding people you’ll come across. I will listen to you and do my best to understand where you’re coming from. That makes me a good friend, and a good consultant.
What is your biggest fear? And how do you overcome your fears?
My biggest fear is not living in my purpose. I’m deathly afraid of dying before I get a chance to make a difference. I feel like some people are here for a short amount of time but make a huge impact. My cousin passed away when we were 19, but I feel like she truly lived a huge life. I don’t feel like I’ve done that yet.
How do you stay encouraged?
My mom is my biggest cheerleader. I can tell her anything. The other day, I told her I was scared and overwhelmed to follow my dreams because I’ve had an experience before where I’ve self-sabotaged. I don’t want to do that again. My mom is great at encouraging me without being too biased. :)
What are you most proud of?
I’m most proud of how hard I’ve worked throughout the years. Even when I get knocked down, I have always gotten back up, even when I’ve been depleted beyond belief.
How do you support other women?
I try my best to help in any way possible: listening, helping, sharing, anything that I can do, I try to do it.
What is your favorite affirmation or quote?
“Be you; everyone else is taken.” - Oscar Wilde
What’s your favorite book?
The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John C. Maxwell
What exciting things do you have planned for 2015?
Growing my business to the point where I feel comfortable enough to tell others, strangers mainly, that I have a business.
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