Welcome to the Sip and Soul Podcast. My name's Angie Leitnaker - transformational coach, self development junkie, network marketing advocate. For over a decade I've been obsessed with the power of human potential and realize that the recipe is the same whether you're 4 or 104. In this show you'll learn the recipe for living your best life through positive vibes and a soulful tribe. So grab a cup, let's fill yours up.
Hello everybody. I could not be more excited to welcome. One of my dearest friends on the planet. She's one of my favorite humans ever. We go way, way, way back. And she is just one of those humans that make you feel you can do anything. You can live your best life. She is a dreamer, a doer, a believer, and all the things. She's a professional organizer, but more than that, just a dream chaser and she helps other people do the same.
(00:53): So welcome my dear friend, Brett. Hey, Hey, I feel like that'd be me introducing you minus the organizer part. Yes. You helped me with that part, but everything else you say, I would definitely say about you too. Thanks friend. Well, I'm so excited to have her on this podcast because she has helped me in so many ways. And just to give you guys a little bit of a background, we started, you are the name of my company together nine years ago, and it really just came organically from the space of her degree was in funeral, directing mine and early childhood education. Can we talk about two different sides of the spectrum? What we found is, you know, when you're studying the human psychology and human potential, everybody has a story. And I know we've said this a million times, but everybody wants to feel seen, heard, and valued.
(01:46): And we realize this is where we came up with. It doesn't matter if you're four or 104. So the recipe is the same. So through that beautiful journey, I'm going to allow her to share the evolution into professional organizing here. But from that start, we just really had a passion for helping people at a different capacity. So Brett, I'm so pumped for you to share your story. And do you want to start like way back? Yeah, I mean, I just can't believe I'm on your podcast right now. I feel like crazy. I'm a new level of famous.
(02:20): It's so fun
(02:20): Because just to see not only your journey transform into what it is now, but to be part of it and you know, still get to see you behind the scenes. So. Cool. I love you. Yeah. So how did it start? Where did you begin and how did you get here? So your degree, isn't a funeral. It's your bread. You guys, I say this all the time. If I ever go missing, Brittany has a passion for Dateline. She wanted to be a butcher at one point in her life and she was in funeral directing. So I'm just going to go on record saying that. Yeah, listen, I still say, I sort of want to be a butcher, so like it might be in my future, but no, so it basically started a long time ago. I think we've all heard of like the Marie Kondo method and things like that and wanting things in our lives to bring us joy.
(03:12): And that kind of sparked my interest in becoming a minimalist, which is what I call myself now. That means that everything in my life has purpose. If it doesn't, it's not serving me is gone. Like it's gone girl. So basically it just started with that kind of journey. I was downsizing a four bedroom home and into a camper Airstream. So for those that don't know what an Airstream is. It's the little silver bullets. You see camper style toaster on wheat, toaster on wheels. Yeah. And the storage speaks for itself when you say that. So I had to literally learn how to pair down a four bedroom home into my bare necessities because there was no room for anything but the necessities. So that's where my journey started. And through that, I found that a lot of people were coming to me and they're like, how are you doing this?
(04:02): And how did you get there? What are you doing? What can I do? And just asking those questions really prompted, like, okay, maybe I want to do this for my living, because this is my passion. It brings me so much joy to bring people through it. And that's what I'd like to do for a career. So that's where it really started. Yeah. And it was so cool. I remember you in that journey and you're like, Hey, my couch. Human's my thing. When's my, the thing that they just like, they would, they did, it symbolize like joy to you and to realize how many things, if we all got real real with ourselves and we looked around and we literally had to walk around and pick up every item in our home and say, does this bring me joy? How many things would be no. Yeah, there'd be a lot of nos.
(04:49): And I mean, I was so fortunate to have such a good network of friends that were like, yeah, my girls moving into college. I need everything. And I'm like, girl, come get it. That made my job so much easier. But the emotional was a little bit, that's where the tricky stuff comes in. You know, you're questioning everything. And that's where I find that you are. So obviously I've hired you to help me simplify my life because as an empowerment coach, that's what we look at. How can we live and be in breathe, the highest version of ourselves in this life and this journey. And I realized that I was spending a lot of time, folding clothes in my closet and doing these things that were really not serving me. And I feel our journey with you setting the human psychology for so long before this. And you doing empowerment, coaching 50, if not more percent of what you do is really like working on the psychology and working on who you are and where you are and what you want.
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(06:18): It's a little bit about that. Like how you coach people thrill, maybe they're in a space where they're like, everything's important to me. I want it all. So kind of walk us through what you do, right? So I think that, you know, that's definitely something that is more in depth, but to answer your question and to kind of give you the roundabout way of saying it really comes into what are your priorities for not only your space, but for your life and how can we design the space and your life around those priorities. So really getting clear on what's important. What's no longer serving us. And, and just making that, that clarification in the line, in the sand, like, okay, is this going to serve your future self? And if it's not, can we go ahead and like at least move it away from us and come back to it.
(07:03): And if we're still checking in, let's bring it back and say, okay, you've been without it for this long. So there are exercises for sure that you can put in place to try to separate yourself from the things, but really it's just a question of in your soul, is this going to serve me and who do I want to be? And is this helping me grow there? Yes. Oh my gosh. And I see that so much, like you working with your clients and you really genuinely care. I remember years ago at retreats people and say like, we did the essence activity and everybody always said like, Brittany listens. Like she really like listens to me. And I think that that's so important because you did. I mean, I'll just use this as an example with my Tupperware drawer, you said, okay, well, tell me about your life.
(07:46): And at the time I was still teaching first grade and I was like, well, I pack my lunch every day, but my lids are off the containers and I'm digging thrill. And if I'm meal prep Sunday, I'm like, you know, floundering to try to find them. And literally that was how long ago? A couple years ago. Yeah. My temporary at shore is still, so it still looks like the picture I took when it was done. I know that's what you do. That's different. I think, than a lot of people is you really coach us through creating a lifestyle in which we love. Right. And you know, it really comes down to how important is that, is that small thing that we can do. How important is that in your daily life? And if it shows up daily, let's fix it, you know, and that fix can literally come from just creating a system.
(08:35): That's easy to put back in place. Just think you guys like how many places in our lives, where we walk around with these rocks in our shoes and we're like out out, but it hurts like not bad enough to like take the shoe off. But I heard just enough that we like complain about it. I think of how many weeks where I would like, Oh, if I could just find the link to this container, I'd be good. Well, that energy, that energetic state that I was in, just dealing with a Tupperware container, it sounds so minute. But like you said, if it's something that's on the daily, that compound effect every day, not being able to find the lids in the temporary. Well, that's exactly what you're saying. So if that five minutes, every day adds up into an hour, a week or five hours a month, then Hey, what could you be doing with that five hours since then?
(09:21): That's when it sounds a lot bigger. I could go on a short little mini vacation in five hours. I can read a book and five hours. I can take care of my kids in five hours. I can play on the floor with my kids an hour a day, you know? So those are the things that I want people to reassess. And I want to help them understand that by saving the five minutes a day, we're really just giving them their time, energy and space back. When you say it like that, how many times do we not step back and go, Whoa. Right? And not to mention the energetic space. We know those days where we wake up and we bump our toe and the whole day seems to go like that. We fill our coffee and we're like, man, it would just, it's the day didn't start off on the right foot.
(10:04): But it's like those little things that you just, you take care of. It's not, it's not a thing anymore. And then when you're doing that to all the spaces in your home and each space you go in, you feel good. And you say aligning with your highest self, you create like a sanctuary for everyone, right? I mean, life throws us punches, but if we can make it easy where we can and that's what we can control, then that's what I want to help implement into everybody's life. Girl. I love you. I love seeing what you're doing to help so many people. I know your business is flourishing. And I know that it's hard to squeeze in there sometimes because your, your time gets blacked out. But I'm really excited to see the things that you're creating. I hear you're taking things more virtually. Yes. I cannot express my gratitude for the capacity to be able to go virtual.
(10:53): Cause my impact is going to be so much greater. I'm looking so forward to seeing everybody's journey coming in the future. So I'm very excited about the virtual experience for sure. And especially now where we did have to look at things. We've talked a lot about this lately in the podcast, but some areas in our life where maybe we avoided for a long time and then hashtag quarantine, Canaan and no longer avoid them. But in so many ways, I see like that's really propelled your business and it's helped so many people like look at the things to acknowledge the things that weren't serving them, but to make really massive change. Absolutely. And people's living rooms are now becoming classrooms and office spaces and they need to be happy so we can be productive. Oh my gosh, your ripple is ran so deep. So thank you so much, sister, what a fun time.
(11:41): And I hear we're going to be doing more of these together. I am super proud. Like anytime you ever want me on here, sign me up. I will look forward to it. So thank you guys so much real fast. Where can they find you? So you can find me online at [inaudible] dot com. I also run a couple Facebook groups and you can join me anywhere online and on Instagram. Also all very simplified. Well, if you guys went to Barry, simplify your life, you know who to call and we'll look forward to connecting again soon, all the best guys. Thank you so much.
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