Brittany. Just Act! Adventurer Since April 19th, 2020.
Immediately after finishing Just Act! Brittany decided to look into sustainability at work.
Brittany came to the Just Act! Inner Adventure through word of mouth (thanks, Chris!). At the end of our adventure together, she decided to look into sustainability at the huge tech company where she works as a firmware engineer. A part of her dream future includes living van life in a sustainable way. She identified that one of the barriers to her dreamy future life was that she sometimes didn’t feel confident in her value at work. She thought that engaging in the conversation around sustainability could help her feel better about her place there while doing something to heal our earth.
Brittany found out about sustainability at work.
At our first check-in, Brittany discovered that her company had a small, grassroots sustainability team that had been working for almost two years to create traction with executives. They had representation from one part of the company, but not from Brittany’s department. She set up a meeting with the manager, but it got pushed back by a week.
Brittany also went into a van life and tiny home youtube hole.
At our second check-in, still nothing on the sustainability-at-work front, but Brittany was starting to get really interested in van life and tiny homes. She went down a youtube hole for ideas and inspiration. I was absolutely delighted to learn part of that inspiration came from Leandre’s tiny eco-home project for the Limitless World Tour!
Brittany started daydreaming about closed-system-design van life.
At the next check in, still no progress at work because of needing to complete current work projects, but her curiosity about van life was still blossoming. Closed system designs were on her mind. She was asking questions like, “If I needed to live with only my vehicle and what I have for a few weeks, how could I do that? How can I reuse water and harness solar and other energy generating options?”
When I asked her how she was moving through her contemplation, she said her foundations came from engineering. She comes up with a problem she wants to solve (in her case, sustainable with mobile living), collects all the information she can, reads other people’s experiences, and checks in with herself about what’s important to her. Then, she imagines she’ll go through an iterative process full of mistakes and learning to make it all work.
Brittany started to think about modular design sourced in an ecological way.
At our next check-in, work wasn’t even a part of the discussion, and van life was fully on Brittany’s mind. She reported, “On the van life front – really excited about the whole creative process! It’s like I’m ‘birthing’ my perfect future life!” She described coming up with a list of priorities, watching build videos and realizing it’s just ordinary people building vans, which gave her confidence she could do it too. She used her 3D modeling skills to see if she could fit everything she dreamed in the van, and was thinking deeply how to use items she already has within a modular system.
She had this to share about Just Act! at that point: “Your workshop really helped show me what I enjoy and want in life. It really helps remove other people from the picture, and I use it as a guide to figure out if I’m doing something for me, versus if I’m trying to please someone else.”
Brittany began to understand why she took such deep joy from designing her van.
The next check-in, Brittany had some really deep insights to share. She expressed that she was really enjoying the design process. While designing, she experiences deep focus, time flies by, she doesn’t want to procrastinate, and she doesn’t feel tired. She reported that this experience of flow and going with her energy is how she knows this is the right thing to be doing right now.
She also expressed that she doesn’t know if she’ll ever actually end up making her van, but has a deep intuition that the journey is really about experiencing true freedom through self-sufficiency.
Thank You Brittany!
Thank you for checking in with me so fully, and sharing your journey so openly. Thanks for talking shop and philosophy with me, and for helping me to understand my journey as well. Thanks for committing to yourself and for choosing not to dim your bright light.