| BRITTANY COCHRAN |
There’s something special about this lady- she just has this beautiful radiance and infectious positivity about her! What I love most about Britt is that she’s creating an amazing, unique path for herself by listening to her own intuition, rather than getting caught up in and held back by what other people think. A fellow Beautiful You Life Coach, I love how she combines the things she most loves into her work- she’s super passionate about astrology and looks to the stars, which seriously fascinates me, so I can’t wait to learn more from her!
Brittany Cochran is a life coach, writer, speaker and self-proclaimed astrologer. With guidance from the stars, she helps women rediscover a life full of meaning and magic. Through her one on one coaching and birth chart interpretations, Brittany takes women who are feeling stuck, bored and unfulfilled and reawakens them to who they are and all the possibility that this life can hold for them.
Brittany is a certified life coach through the internationally known Beautiful You Life Coaching Academy. She also holds a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Family and Child Development from The University of Akron.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO JUST GO FOR IT, AND START LIVING THE LIFE YOU LOVE? WAS THERE A TURNING POINT OR AN ‘A-HA’ MOMENT IN YOUR LIFE WHEN YOU REALISED YOU NEEDED TO MAKE THE CHANGE?
Between the ages of 25 and 27 I was feeling completely unfulfilled in life. I was looking around and wondering how I got to where I was and how I let my life get shaped into something that was in no way a reflection of who I was or wanted to be. I spent many Sundays crying at the thought of going to work the next day… to me, my life had no meaning, I had nothing to look forward to.
In an effort to improve my quality of life, I started desperately searching for answers. I read any book I could get my hands on, listened to as many podcasts as I had time for and opened my mind to new ideas and thoughts. On a whim, I picked up a book on astrology and my life was forever changed when I came across the idea of “Saturn Return”.
For those that may not know, your Saturn Return occurs around the time you turn 29 and refers to the point in time when Saturn returns to the place it was located in the sky when you were born. Universally people feel called to make big changes in their life, or perhaps big changes happen to them… regardless the purpose of it is to get you on the path you are supposed to follow by any means possible. It is preparing you for the beginning of the rest of your life and showing you that you need to say yes to being you!
I loved this idea so much! I finally had an explanation for why I was waking up every day wondering if this was all there was to life, but I still found myself more comfortable not taking action. That’s when the universe took my life in its own hands.
My wake up call came to me in the version of a soccer ball straight in the back of my head. I suffered a concussion and a horrible case of post concussion syndrome. My eyesight was temporarily jeopardized which forced me to take nearly a month off of work as I recuperated. I was extremely limited in what I could do, but at the same time, I had never been happier. All I could think was that if I really believed I was meant for more, why was I letting myself settle? At that moment, I signed up for my life coaching course and I haven’t stopped moving towards my dreams since.
HOW IS YOUR LIFE DIFFERENT NOW AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU?
My life feels like my own! Every day I wake up and feel a sense of possibility. I love knowing that anything can happen and that I really do have the power to create a life that lights me up. Something magical happens when we see our dream life taking shape, each goal we reach makes every other goal seem that much easier to attain.
WHAT WAS YOUR GREATEST FEAR OR BLOCK (EMOTIONAL, MENTAL OR PHYSICAL) THAT YOU HAD TO OVERCOME TO GET WHERE YOU ARE, AND HOW DID YOU BREAK THROUGH IT?
For me, the biggest fear I had to overcome on this journey was and still can be the fear of what other people think of me. I let it keep me paralyzed for so long, but as I continued to take baby steps forward, I found my confidence level growing and suddenly it mattered to me far more what I thought of me than what anyone else thought. At the end of the day, I am the the person living my life, not anyone else. They can think what they would like to think about me, they can tell me what I should be doing, but they are not me. They have not had the experiences I have had, the desires I feel, the goals I hope to achieve.. how could they possibly know what is best for me? I also 100% truly believe that we like to think people care about what we are doing in our lives far more than they actually do. Just go be you, sister!
HOW DID OPENING UP AND ‘BEING AUTHENTICALLY YOU’ AFFECT THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU OR YOUR RELATIONSHIPS WITH THEM?
Honestly, my relationships completely changed, but in the best way possible. I went from being surrounded by people who drained me, to being with people who light me up. As I started stepping into the person I wanted to be, I found that the relationships that really didn’t fit me organically fell away.
When we step into our power and own who we want to be, there will always be push back and for me, a lot of that came from my family. It can be difficult when the people who are supposed to love us the most don’t seem to support us when we are trying to be ourselves. While it was hard in the beginning, looking back now I am actually grateful for the pushback. They provided me the perfect opportunity to walk my talk, they showed me that they didn’t approve and I had no choice but to say, “I love you, but this is really about me”. It has been empowering and liberating and my life is so much better now that I am not afraid to follow my heart.
DID YOU FACE ANY JUDGEMENTS OR CRITICISMS, WHETHER FROM YOURSELF OR OTHERS?
Oh goodness, yes! As I mentioned in my last answer, I had a lot of pushback from my family. Part of owning this new person I was becoming and wanted to be required me to really take a look at my life and make some difficult changes that not many people understood.
I am so fortunate that the people most affected by the changes I have made are still such a huge part of life, perhaps in a different capacity, but they are still some of my biggest cheerleaders. I really believe that when we approach difficult situations with love and kindness, we set ourselves up for the best possible outcomes.
WHAT IS YOUR TRUE ESSENCE? THE NATURAL PART OF YOUR BEING THAT MAKES YOU SPECIAL.
This is such a good question, and stumped me for a little bit. I believe my true essence is warmth. I always do anything I can to make everyone feel welcome, loved and a part of something greater.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOURSELF?
I love my personality! I am kind, positive, energetic and have the ability to bring anyone out of their shell… and I’m a lot of fun! I also love how much I care about everyone and everything.
WHERE DO YOU FIND BEAUTY AND INSPIRATION?
Being outside in nature, whether it be on a hike or just going on a walk with my dog (my all time favorite thing), all of my best ideas come when I have a chance to breath fresh air. I also love movement! When I find myself getting too stuck in my head, a work out always does the trick.
AS A CHILD, WHAT DID YOU ABSOLUTELY LOVE TO DO?
I loved to read and be active. Both allowed me to be 100% present in exactly what I was doing, whether it was being present within my body or being taken away to another place through a good story.
WHAT LIGHTS YOU UP AND WHY?
Being with the people I love, spending time in the sunshine, working in my garden and astrology! I also think it is so important to create a tribe of people that inspire you to be the best version of yourself. Anytime I meet up with them, I leave feeling like my world is surrounded by possibility.
WHEN LIFE GETS BUSY, OVERWHELMING AND THE NEGATIVITY STARTS TO CREEP IN, HOW DO YOU UNWIND AND ALLOW YOURSELF TO ‘JUST BE’?
I move my body, I meditate, I listen to a podcast, read a book and I journal. All of my bad days are cured with one or all of those things… oh, and the occasional glass of wine!
WHAT MESSAGE DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHER WOMEN WHO ARE WANTING TO RECONNECT WITH THEIR OWN NATURAL WAY OF BEING AND FIND THE BEAUTY WITHIN THEMSELVES?
Follow what’s calling you, don’t be afraid to take chances and most of all trust that you know what is best for you! Inside each and every one of us, there is an inner knowing of where we are supposed to be going and what we are here to do. Let the opinions that others have for your life fall away and if something doesn’t feel right, let it fall away, you’re only making space for something that is that much better.
HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE YOU?
Incredible! When I look around at my life right now, all that comes to me is that everything is exactly as it is supposed to be. There is no greater feeling in the world than knowing you’re on your path.