Brittany Garth is an award-winning certified women’s empowerment life coach who possesses a Master’s degree in clinical family and adolescent therapy. Life Coach Brittany has worked in the field of coaching and empowering women for more than a decade. Brittany became certified in the field of life coaching after a job loss and nearly becoming homeless. This situation caused Coach Brittany to not only become financially broken, but emotionally broken as well. With minimal income and resources, Brittany decided to write out a business plan to create a business dedicated to the empowerment of women. Less than 2 years later, Brittany has gone on to provide coaching services to hundreds of women in need annually around the world, and build an online subscription of 10,000+ women. Life Coach Brittany additionally has opened an international online Life Coaching school that debuted in January of 2016 and has graduated hundreds of students from across the US, the UK, Singapore, and Australia. Coach Brittany is the owner of Dimensioned Wellness, a leading business and empowerment coaching agency and Pinq Inc. a 4,000 sq ft co-working space for women and business training center.
Brittany, was fortunate enough in her first year of beginning Dimensioned Wellness to host a 6 city college tour and has recently co-hosted a 5 city international leadership-empowerment tour. In February of 2016, Coach Brittany created the DW Life Coach Network, the first professional network for life coaches globally. This network holds over 700 + members from around the world to include Canada, Ghana, Singapore, and the United States. Most recently Brittany has continued to provide motivational speaking internationally and has participated in a TEDx in Africa. Coach Brittany has been featured on MTV, The TD Jakes Talk Show, The Huffington Post, CBS and NBC News, Essence Magazine, and several other national and international publications for her work as a leading life coach to women, in addition to being selected by Forbes Magazine as a top business coach within her industry for the Forbes Coaches Council. Brittany has been selected by Cosmopolitan Magazine as one of their 50 social influencers for 2017 for their “Social Patrol” program. Coach Brittany is additionally the author of Dear Pinq, a dedication and self-help
book for millennial women seeking to turn their struggle story into their success story. The book features personal life lessons in love, career, finances, wellness and more. Most recently, Coach Brittany was honored with a proclamation from the Governor of Virginia for National Life Coaches week, to honor her work in the industry of life coaching. Brittany is the first person to receive this honor within the industry of Life Coaching nationally.
Who is Brittany Garth and what was your motivation for starting your brand?
I feel like there’s Brittany Garth and then there’s Life Coach Brittany. Brittany Garth is definitely the personal side of me. I like to do things that make me an individual outside of business. A lot of times when you own a business your life is completely engulfed and wrapped up in owning a business. The Brittany Garth side is definitely the go-getter outside of professional stuff. I have to give myself credit for being very creative. I love creating and doing DIY projects. I’m definitely someone that has made it through several struggles and adversities.
The Life Coach Brittany side is definitely a go-getter as well, but she’s very strategic about creating her business and working with individuals to grow her business into an empire.
What are the brands you are currently building?
I recently purchased a building here in Richmond, Virginia. It’s about 4,000 square feet and we’ve remodeled it and turned it into a co-working space and women’s incubator, called Pinq Inc. We opened up on December 1, 2018 and had our ribbon cutting ceremony on December 18, 2018. This is something absolutely brand new that I have invested all of my time into. I’m really excited about that because I’ve been a member of several different co-working spaces and I wanted to make sure that whatever I was investing my money into in 2018 would definitely be something that would be a headquarters for women, a particular place where you can go and get all the things that you need as far as training, private and shared office space. Then, my first company Dimensioned Wellness has been around for about four and a half years and that’s my baby. Dimensioned Wellness is a leading life coaching agency where we exclusively work with women. In the beginning, we did more empowerment based coaching and it has currently transitioned into business based coaching and C-Suite training and coaching. So far, we’ve been able to work with women in over seven different countries. It has allowed me to invest and pour into other business ideas such as Pinq Inc., and then it led me into my other business which is the Life Coach Network. We have about maybe 500 to 600 members and again, it’s just a free network for life coaches to come in to be able to connect with other coaches. We also do training there. The main thing is to just network with one another and we have an annual award show. This year we announced the magazine. Those are the three major companies that I have right now. I’ve owned a few other investment properties and I’m looking into turning that into another business of purchasing investment properties and then flipping them. So, I would say three and a half.
What were the main challenges you faced with building your brand?
I don’t even know where to begin. The number one challenge is that I was facing homelessness four and a half years ago. So I started my brand with literally zero dollars to my name. My house was about to be foreclosed on. Literally, everything was going on at one time which I’m sure is probably very common among a lot of entrepreneurs. It taught me that just because you don’t have the finances doesn’t mean that you cannot at least get started. There are so many different free resources out there and many different things that you can do to prepare. Because I do business internationally, I hate to say it but as a woman of color from America, it can be a bit difficult. They may or may not take you seriously with just being an American outside of being a woman of color. Believe or not, that also can be an issue in a lot of other countries. A lot of countries look at Americans as being cocky, knowing it all, and just not being very culturally savvy or culturally sensitive. That grew me also as a global brand to make sure that I’m on my P’s and Q’s.
How did you discover your purpose?
I discovered my purpose when I was at my lowest, lowest moment. I like to call that my rock bottom moment. It’s a place where you don’t ever want to have to go back there again, but you’re thankful for the opportunity that it brought something amazing out of it. Leading up to the very moment that I was almost homeless, I thought that my life purpose was to get a degree, work for someone else, get married, and have 2.5 kids. What I learned was, that was not the plan and purpose that God had for me. I ended up having a failed engagement. We were so close to getting married and had to cancel. I bought this dream home, but I bought that when I was engaged and here I am getting ready to lose my job. I just lost my fiancé and now I have a huge mortgage over my head that I have to manage independently. That job that I mentioned before, that I assumed I would grow old and retire from, was a nonprofit and the business was mismanaged and they did not have the funds to pay me or any of my staff. I ended up working there for five more months unpaid assuming that things would get better. I ended up using all of the money that I had because again, I had limited my mindset to think that I can only do this one thing, God only has one plan for me. So while looking for help for myself, I’m like who does the professional woman speak to outside of their mom and dad? The word life coach came about. The more I did my research on it, I said this is what I want to do. My background is in Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy. Again, that plays a huge role in the transition into the whole life coaching thing and then from there conditioning that into business coaching.
What motivates you to keep going?
My goal is having this huge feeling of responsibility for the clients that I serve and anybody that I might have touched one time with inspiration. I feel like I have to keep going because when I was low on finances and when I was hitting rock bottom, I didn’t get to look at someone else and say “If she can do it, so can I”. Those situations definitely keep me going… knowing that I’ve made it so far and I’m still here and being that there are certain women around the globe that say, “Look, you’ve done it, it makes me want to keep going too”. I know it sounds cliché, but whenever you have one person say I read your story or I heard your story and I want to keep going, it does give you that feeling of “okay girl you can’t quit because you don’t want to let down anybody”.
Tell us about some of your accomplishments and which one you are most proud of?
My number one accomplishment right now is the co-working space. Another accomplishment of mine was definitely contributing, writing, and being featured for Forbes. This year I received the first proclamation for national life coaches’ week from our governor here in Virginia, Governor Ralph Northam. That was awesome. Another big thing is that in 2015 I became a TEDx speaker. I flew all the way to Ghana and it was an amazing experience just being there in general, and of course being on the stage and sharing my story.
What advice do you have for women looking to follow in your footsteps?
I would say don’t even look to follow in my footsteps because everyone’s journey is designed differently. But I definitely would say to take note of the now. Just because things look bad or you’re missing one aspect that you need to go forward, don’t quit. You definitely have to make sure that you are learning as much as possible with the time that you have. As I mentioned before, there are a lot of free resources out there to learn as much as possible. For example, I use YouTube and I like to call it YouTube University. When I wanted to learn about sales funnels and how to navigate via social media, I looked on YouTube and Google because I could not afford to pay someone. That led me to have a lucrative business, but it started with maximizing that time to learn as much as possible. Then on top of that, setting deadlines. If you know that on January 1, 2019 you’re going to start a business, then come January 1, 2019 you need to make sure that you have done everything leading up to that to actually launch things and hold yourself accountable.