Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessica Brittani.
Jessica, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
When I was 15, I was diagnosed with depression and put on depression meds that only made me worse. Years later, the depression came back bad enough to reach out for help, I started seeing a therapist and they recommended being put on depression medicine again and the side effects were daily anxiety, no appetite and bad headaches, but no more depression! Pick and choose your battles right?
When my dad’s cancer came back, I read the book “The Power Of Now” and being mindful helped me get through one of the hardest times in my life during that depression I was already struggling with.
Being mindful by practicing breathing exercises, meditating and just simply bringing myself to the present moment helped me get through those difficult times. While learning about mindset and how much control we have over ourselves and taking responsibility for myself while discovering my self worth all helped me get off my depression medicine.
During all these few years of struggling with depression myself, one of my little girls I used to babysit when she was in preschool decided to take her own life at 13 years old. It was years since I’ve seen her, but losing her affected me knowing what I went through and knowing that there were many times I felt almost that low broke my heart. Viktoria was an incredibly sweet, talented and happy little girl. I now offer 1×1 mindfulness mentoring for children and families online.
I am currently creating a membership in her honor to share all the tools that helped me get out of my depression and hope to help many children and families (ideally) before getting to the point of being diagnosed with depression, and also children that are already suffering from depression. I hope and pray that any child from this point forward that crosses paths with me will never feel they need to take their own life.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It hasn’t been a smooth road- with depression, abusive relationships and losing my father I had no idea my self-worth at all or had any love for myself. I was always the person who bent over backwards for everyone else to make sure they are happy. During the time of being my father’s caregiver before he passed, I watched his friend bend over backwards for him and not take care of herself at all. Seeing this, while on my own intense personal development journey, that was my eye opener on the importance of taking care of myself especially once my dad moved in with me. I hired weekly help and picked up my yoga practice and meditating every morning- even when I felt like “I wasn’t doing it right”.
Please tell us about Calm & Colorful.
Calm & Colorful is a safe place for children, parents, teachers and caregivers to learn about building self-esteem and self worth as well as helping children improve their emotional intelligence. As adults, the choices we make reflex on the self-worth, emotional intelligence and self-confidence we have. Teaching children early these traits is important for their happiness in their future. I provide tools and techniques to help them accomplish this. I am known for my book “Breathe in Color”. This is an interactive breathing coloring book originally created to help the child learn breathing techniques. The feedback I received from adults confirmed this is a book that can benefit everyone of all ages. I am most proud of making a positive impact on children, helping each child individually while watching them grow and gain confidence in themselves. I think what sets me apart from others is my passion and life experiences. Both of these help me be the best I can be and pass on my knowledge.
Calm & Colorful offers online 1×1 mindfulness mentoring, traveling to different schools teaching in person in classrooms and workshops for teachers and speaking at events about self-care and the membership is coming early 2020.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I feel my services can be used anywhere. I have sold my book and worked with children internationally. I feel that children and families in Los Angeles could really benefit from learning mindfulness tools and coping skills. LA is a very busy and high intensity, with the rates of anxiety and depression above average. The tools Calm & Colorful will guide families which will create calmer and happier homes. Who doesn’t want a calmer and happier home?
- My book sells for $15.99 on Amazon. My one-on-one mentoring is at $250/hour. In January the online membership will launch, which will vary from $27-$197/month. I also have scholarships for those in need. I feel that money should not be the cause of a child not getting the help they need.
- Website: www.calmandcolorful.com
- Phone: 805-618-2526
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