Continuing on with my #MOMCRUSH month of May and y’all I am so so excited to share this girl. Brittany Spain has become one of my biggest inspirations over the last year and I have no doubt she will inspire you just the same.
I’ve followed Brit on social media for years. We got to spend a weekend together at a retreat several years back and I still claim that weekend as one of my all time favorite EVER. We met through Beachbody, have a mutual bestie, and this girl is about as cool as they come. Not to mention we are both from Missouri and I do love me some Midwest girls. Over the last five years I have watched this girl blossom into something so magical and inspiring. She has things to say, GOOD things and we all need to be hearing them. Here is the amazing Brittany Spain….
Tell us a little about yourself….
First of all, so humbled to be sharing with all of you, so grateful! But goodness, not sure where to start, but here we go…
My name is Britt Spain. I’m a mom of one sweet 4.5 year old boy and partner to his father for nearly 7 years.
I wear many hats as far as my passions and professions go, but to keep it simple, I’m a spiritual life and business coach who’s foundational practice is helping others have a healthy relationship with social media while developing a deeper level of self awareness. I’m an artist, a writer, a podcast host, and retreat host! Just typing that out, I’m wondering how I manage it all! Haha! But I do know I was called here to make a huge impact, so that’s what I’m here to do! 🙂
What’s the story behind your social media name Shalako Laloba?
Ahh, great question! So, a couple years back I came to the realization that if I took a different pen name when it came to my written work and my art, that I could show up a little bit more boldly (at the time, I had begun to embark down my journey of intentionally cultivating a deeper level of self awareness, and this just felt like the right move).
Shalako was the name that my dad wanted to name me, but my mom wouldn’t let him. I always felt like it best suit me than my birth name Brittany. LaLoba comes from one of my favorite books, Women Who Run With Wolves by Clarissa Estes Pinkola, that has made one of the greatest impacts to my personal evolution!
Your e-book Spiritual Girl – Digital World is revolutionary! What role do you think Social Media plays in being a mom and why are social media detoxes so Important?
Ah, yes! And not to be nit picky, but I actually call it “Sacred Social Media Fasting”. Such a subtle shift switching it from “detoxing” to “fasting”, but when I began this journey calling it “detoxing” so many perceived that I thought social media was all bad. So, not the case!
My philosophy is that we can have an even HEALTHIER relationship with social media by making time for intentional unplug time. In Spiritual Girl, Digital World, I walk women through my sacred process! So many people think it’s about just putting your phone down, but it can be SO much more than that!
You have so many talents (SoulSister Radio, The Abundant Sisterhood, @JustfollowJoy, your amazing art!). What would you tell another mom looking to dip into the entrepreneurial world?
I have so many passions and endeavors because I get bored easily. I wouldn’t suggest this kind of energetic juggling to all, but for me, it keeps things interesting and really easy to always have something to shift to when whatever I’m working on isn’t feeling joy aligned!
My advice would be following whichever endeavor brings you the most JOY! That, and give yourself permission to change your mind at ANY time! I think so many of us moms hold onto titles and positions because we have little people watching us, and we feel that we need to play it safe for THEM. My belief is that they are the reason we NEED to take more risks on things that light us up, so they know what it looks like to follow your heart!
What is on piece of advice you would give any mom struggling with negative stories around self worth?
My advice would be to stop searching for validation in those negative stories!
I know when I began embarking down my self awareness journey, my self worth was at an all time low. It stayed that way longer than it needed to because I had deeply engrained patterns of searching for confirmation that I wasn’t really that great or capable of the life that I wanted.
Become intimate with your inner dialogue. Are the thoughts in your head keeping you low vibe or are they stoking the flames of your self worth? No need to judge yourself, just be conscious of what you’re saying to yourself so that you can shift into a new narrative!
What is your greatest accomplishment outside of being a mom?
That’s a tough one, but if I had to say one thing, it would be the internal work I’ve stayed committed to, to be the woman I am today!
What is you favorite part about being a mom?
My favorite part about being a mom… Hmmm, I’d have to say it’s nurturing him to be the man he was destined to be versus the man I expected to raise. It’s one of the more challenging aspects of parenting, for me, but it’s so awesome to see him flourish and see exactly why God gave me him.
What do you find challenging or is your least favorite part about motherhood?
Least favorite part about parenting would be bedtime. Handsdown. Haha!
What is your favorite way to be ‘Selfish’ or practice self care?
Ohhh, I am proudly so “selfish” with my time, haha! My favorite though?
It would have to be solo trips away, remembering who I am outside of being a mom. I just got back from a solo weekend away this past weekend, and it always does two things: 1) allows me to nurture myself and cultivate that deeper level of self awareness that I’m so passionate about 2) allows me to miss and value my family even more so I can come back and be an even better mom!
What are your next plans? Anything new and exciting we can expect to see from you?!
Ahh, still working on the final touches before I announce, but let’s say it involves private coaching, monthly week long social media fasts, and ends with a tropical adventure!
That, and the Digital BOSS BABE version to my Spiritual Girl, Digital World ebook releases this July!
Follow Brittany on IG @withloveshalakolaloba