July 2, 2018
Today we have another introduction for you. Miss Bri of Universal by Nature. She is a crazy talented jewelry business owner I met through the power of social media. I’m so excited for you to read a little bit more about her journey and the love she brings to this tribe.
If you’d like to see her work and purchase a piece of jewelry you can find her here at Universal By Nature.
My name is Brianna (Bri) Landry and I’m 23. I’m creative, a dream-chaser and a lady boss. I’m an insurance agent by day and a jewelry designer by night (and every other moment I get to do what I love). I’m big into self-care whether it be yoga, meditation, a good booty work out, eating a pint of Ben & Jerry’s, retail therapy, or enjoying some time in nature. Life’s all about balance, right?
A typical day for me consists of working my day job then letting my creative juices flow once I leave those doors. My nights revolve around my business and my clients, loving on my honey, cooking all the food, and binging on Netflix. When I’m not working my day job, you can usually find me at a local farmer’s market, art festival or flea market. I’m all about supporting local and small businesses.
On my tough days, I remember how far I have come. I remember how much love and support I have surrounding me. I remember that tough experiences are a test of my strength and I am experiencing this to learn a lesson. Tough days are never meant to tear you down, but to build you up in the end. I like to start these days with mindfulness. Whether it be with a mantra for the day, setting my intentions, a little mini meditation session, or a little pep talk. Reminding yourself that you are in control of your own destiny is huge. YOU decide whether or not you are going to have a bad day. YOU decide whether or not you are going to allow someone or something to bring you down. It’s harder some days than others, but with practice and not making up excuses for yourself, you learn to take control of those not-so-good days and own it.
Women. I am surrounded by so many incredibly inspiring women. My mother, sister and grandmother. Fellow lady bosses who are KILLING the game. Friends who provide endless love and support. Women who dare to make a statement. Women who create something out of nothing. Women who chase their dreams. Women who support and uplift other women. It’s such a powerful thing to be a woman and I would not be able to do what I do without the support of other women.
You may not be everyone’s cup of tea and that’s okay. You weren’t brought into this world to please everyone. Be the best damn version of yourself that you can be, live your truth and you will attract the right people into your life. And anyone that decides to leave you behind, keep walking and don’t look back. Those individuals do not define your worth. You are enough and you are worthy.
“A Woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will without pretense and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself and only herself” –Maya Angelou
This quote is one of my many favorites. It is representative of the woman I have become and continue to grow into over years of self-exploration, self-love and becoming mindful of the way I treat and think about myself. To have a sense of self and know who I am, to be confident in what I do and to be able to inspire other women in the process is such a beautiful feeling. Not to mention the feeling after seeing my photos from my session with Kim. I saw myself with a new set of eyes.
Acceptance and love comes from within. Whenever self-love is referenced, we’re not talking surface level. Self-love is soul deep. In order to open up and begin this journey, you need to be honest with yourself—mentally, emotionally, spiritually. It is so important to hold yourself accountable and to throw your excuses out of the window. You need to learn patience and forgiveness for yourself. When we become in tune with our own thoughts and emotions, insecurities and flaws, we become vulnerable in the most beautiful way. We’re reminded that all women are in this together and we are facing similar struggles. When we knock down those walls, we are able to lift ourselves up while inspiring other women to follow our lead. It becomes a ripple effect. Love, kindness, acceptance, and truth go such a long way.