Britt Bravo shimmers.
Talking to her is like being showered with warm acceptance and effervescent hope.
Enjoy Savoring & Serving through her shining eyes. Allow Britt’s responses to encourage your own shimmer!
THE SAVOR & SERVE QUESTIONS
How do you savor?
- Move, Play, Reflect, Connect
- Take breaks from technology
- Take breaks from to-do lists
What does savoring give you?
- Appreciation for what I already have
- To appreciate my life now
- To stop thinking about the future when things will be, “better”
Do you help your clients savor? Is it important to the work you do?
As a blogging coach and creative career guide, time is one of my clients’ major obstacles. I help them identify and prioritize doing the things they love; it gives them energy for the other to-dos they’re not as excited about, and makes their day feel more spacious.
What does service mean to you?
- Giving my gifts away without expecting that they be reciprocated
- Being generous
- Leaving my ego at the door
- Putting my compassion into action
If you could serve in any way possible – no restraints, limitations, or boundaries, what would you do? What would that look like?
After reading Kathy LeMay’s book, The Generosity Plan, I decided that there are four issues I’m particularly passionate about:
- Education (especially literacy and arts education)
- Food justice (especially food safety and healthy eating)
- Human rights (especially children’s rights and genocide prevention)
- Women’s economic empowerment
The skills I love to use are:
- Capturing and compiling people’s stories
- Community building
- Connecting people
If I could serve in any way possible, I would use my skills in service of the causes I care about, which in some ways I already do with my blog and podcast, and with my volunteer work as a reading partner at my neighborhood elementary school. I’d also love to be involved with a fun organization, or project, like Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, that is focused on food justice, food safety, and/or healthy eating.
Are savoring and serving linked for you?
Definitely. Savoring your life gives you more energy to serve, and you can savor your service. For example, I recently did some volunteer work to help Save Oakland’s Libraries. I was attracted to the campaign because it’s being run in a creative way, and I care about literacy, education, and the preservation of public space.
They offered a lot of ways to get involved, so I chose actions that sounded fun, fit my schedule, and used my skills. I collected petition signatures at my local library, spread the word online, and wrote my Councilmember and the Mayor.
Collecting signatures was one of the most fun things I’ve done in a long time. I got to stand in the sunshine, talk with all kinds of people from my community, and I felt like I was actually making a difference. When you savor as your serve, both you and your cause benefit.
Britt Bravo is a blogger, podcaster, juicy blogging coach, and a creative career guide who helps people find and express their calling. The East Bay Express named her the Best Podcaster/Blogger Most Dedicated to Social Change. Check out www.brittbravo.com.
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