Bri Seeley is living the life of her dreams and she wants to help you live yours! Through many different jobs, paths, and obstacles, Bri has discovered that her passion really lies in helping others discover exactly what they are passionate about, and helping them manifest that dream life into being. How do you manifest your dream job? Go on a journey with Bri to learn more about her past, and how she can help your future!
Tell me a little bit about your background. What do you currently do?
I am an Inspirational Woman. My job is to show women what is possible for them in their lives, and teach them the skills they need to create the life they want to be living. The life that inspires them. So often we are told what to do and asked to conform into some version of life we should be living. And I find it all too often that women get sucked into that kind of existence without ever asking what it is that they want or being able to stand up for their needs. My mission is to change this.
At the present moment this looks like teaching + coaching, writing, and co-leading an UN-networking movement (The Amplify Collective).
Immediately after finishing Graduate School in Italy, I returned to the states and got a job as a Costume Designer. Which I found out very quickly I did not enjoy. The pay was terrible, the hours were terrible, and I just generally didn't enjoy the thought of that being my life. So I got a "real job" that was not related to anything that I was excited about, but the money was right.
For eight years I continually justified doing a job I hated, being stressed out and resentful, and living a life that made me miserable. Granted, I was getting a great paycheck. But there were days that even looking at my work laptop would spin me into a panic attack.
Luckily I started opening up to the idea that there had to be a better way. I had gotten really clear on how I didn't want to feel, and started spending time and energy focusing on how I did want to feel. It was right around that time that my employer emailed me out of the blue saying, "We wanted to let you know that as of four days ago we've cut your pay in half." All of the sudden, I no longer had a reason to stay and I unshackled myself from the position and ventured out on my own.
What do you love most about living your dream job? Can you also explain a little about the ideas behind manifestation.
I love pretty much everything. Even on the stressful days I know that I'm happier and more fulfilled than I ever was in my "real job." To get more specific, I think there are two main things that I are critical to any future occupation that I explore:
1. Living in my purpose. As I've gotten older I am less and less able to pretend that I care about things that are not aligned with my heart + soul. Which means that I need to be putting my energy towards things that support my long-term vision and soul purpose. It's a crucial aspect to me being in love with my life.
2. Living on my terms. I'm really clear on the fact that I'm not here to live by anyone else's rules. Being able to control my schedule, my time, my interactions, etc. is a key ingredient to my happiness and ultimate success.
Which actually brings me to a third point..... I love that I have created this for myself. The job title of 'Inspirational Woman' is not one that existed before I declared + defined it for myself.
A few years ago I started learning about the Law of Attraction (otherwise known as manifestation) and started playing with the concept. What I found was that I could easily envision + get into energetic alignment with what I wanted, take the necessary inspired action, and then things showed up and/or my life changed drastically. It's exactly these steps that I took to create my current occupation and way of living. Manifestation is a way for me to take my desires (which are often things that may not make sense or may seem impossible) and make them my reality.
Were there any lessons learned from mistakes you made or missteps that helped you shape the career you have today?
Where do I even begin? Of course there were experiences that felt like mistakes and missteps! But I also firmly believe in the concept of divine perfection wherein everything is perfect - always. I do my best to look outside of the current circumstances and see the perfection in whatever I am being presented with.
I stay in a job I hate for too long? It's perfect. My employer cuts my pay in half? It's perfect. A client won't pay me? It's perfect. I missed out on the opportunity? It's perfect.
Granted, I allow myself to be angry, upset, crabby, disappointed, etc. first. But after that initial response, I step outside of the situation, remember that there are no mistakes, and ask myself "What can I learn from this?" Sometimes the lesson isn't immediately apparent, but usually it will reveal itself to me in time.
There's just one situation in the last seven years that I haven't realized the lesson in.... why did I buy that house? ;-)
What is the best piece of career advice you have heard? Do you have any advice for our readers on finding their ideal career or dream job/ or creating their own opportunities?
If you don't know what your WHY is.... have fun and experiment. I feel like our culture forces us into choosing a singular career path at too young of an age, then defining our entire identity around whatever this job title is that we've chosen. And we're asked to do all of this at an age when we don't even know who we are as beings yet.
How are you supposed to know what you want if you don't have any experiences to guide you? Get out and have experiences. Try everything. What feels good? What would you rather not do again? Get to know yourself. Get clear on your desires. Then and only then should you commit to a career.
And even that is not entirely true. I mean, look at me - 7 years ago I started a fashion brand, last year I closed that brand, and now I'm completely out of the industry.
So I guess the other caveat I would invite you to remember is.... just because you commit to a career now, doesn't mean you have to stay with that career forever. Life is a journey. Be open to miracles and surprises.
What is your goal for your career in the future?
I love what I do. Because it's more than just a career for me. It's my purpose. A purpose that's been with me for longer than I even consciously knew. So to look into the future, I don't see my purpose changing. It may look different year by year.... In the coming year I'm aiming for a book deal, I want to launch a digital course, I want to take the UN-networking movement national (or maybe even international!), and more!
But regardless of how my career continues to look - I don't anticipate my driving motivation to change, but rather to continually propel me into new opportunities day after day.