Meet Brittany King-Pleas


MEET BRITTANY KING-PLEAS

BRITTANY KING-PLEAS IS THE FOUNDER AND CREATOR OF WOMEN OF SO CAL, A PLATFORM CREATED BY BRITTANY TO BRING TOGETHER WOMEN, BUILD CONFIDENCE AND CREATE CONNECTIONS. THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, BRITTANY HOSTS SEVERAL EVENTS TO HELP DEVELOP SELF-LOVING HABITS AND SPREAD INSPIRATIONAL STORIES.
DURING A TIME OF UNEMPLOYMENT, BRITTANY WAS ABLE TO EXPLORE AND DISCOVER AREAS WHERE SHE DIDN’T KNOW SHE COULD EXCEL. NOW, WITH HER MASTERS IN SOCIAL WORK, BRITTANY SPENDS HER DAYS WORKING FOR A NON-PROFIT CALLED THE GOOD SEED. 
WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND? ARE YOU FIRST-GENERATION, UNDOCUMENTED, COME FROM A MILITARY FAMILY, ETC?
I AM A FIRST GENERATION COLLEGE STUDENT, FIRST-GENERATION MASTERS STUDENT.
WHAT WOMEN (OR MEN) INSPIRE YOU? WHY?
I AM INSPIRED BY WOMEN LIKE ISSA RAE WHO STARTED OFF LIVING HER DREAM ON YOUTUBE AND NOW HAS A SHOW ON HBO THAT SHE GETS TO HER WAY. I AM INSPIRED BY BEYONCÉ WHO HAS CREATED MUSIC THAT HAS ENCOURAGED HER FANS TO GROW AND TRANSFORM WITH HER. I AM INSPIRED BY MY MOTHER WHO HAS HUSTLE, DRIVE AND DEEP CONCERN FOR THOSE AROUND HER. I AM INSPIRED BY WOMEN LIKE KATHRYN ZENKINA OF MANIFESTATION BABE WHO DEMONSTRATES WHAT AN ALIGNED AND PURPOSE-DRIVEN LIFE CAN LOOK LIKE. 
DID YOU PURSE A HIGHER EDUCATION? WHY OR WHY NOT? IF SO, WHAT SCHOOL DID YOU ATTEND AND WHAT WAS YOUR DEGREE?
I DID PURSUE A HIGHER EDUCATION. AT THE TIME, I DIDN’T SEE ANY OTHER ROUTE FOR CREATING SUCCESS AND HAVING IMPACT. I DID IT FOR ME, FOR MY FAMILY AND BECAUSE I WANTED TO SEE THE WORLD. I WENT TO KALAMAZOO COLLEGE IN MICHIGAN. I TRAVELED ABROAD TO KENYA FOR 7 MONTHS. I ALSO WENT TO CAL STATE LONG BEACH FOR MY MASTER’S IN SOCIAL WORK. 
WHAT DO YOU FOR FOR A LIVING? IS IT WHAT YOU THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE DOING 5-10 YEARS AGO?
I CURRENTLY WORK FOR A NON-PROFIT CALLED THE GOOD SEED. I SUPPORT YOUNG ADULTS IN FINDING A JOB AND SECURING EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES. THIS IS NOT MUCH DIFFERENT THAN WHERE I SAW MYSELF. I AM A SERVANT LEADER AND KNEW I WOULD BE IN A PLACE HELPING OTHERS.
HAVE YOU FOUND YOUR PASSION IN LIFE? IF SO, WHAT IS IT?
I THINK I’VE SCRATCHED THE SURFACE OF WHAT MY PASSION IS IN LIFE AND I THINK IT WILL ALWAYS GROW AND CHANGE WITH ME. MY PURPOSE HAS ALWAYS BEEN TO INSPIRE PEOPLE TO LIVE A TRUE, AUTHENTIC, FUN, LIFE OF YOUR DREAMS. I KNOW THAT’S TRUE, BECAUSE IT’S BEEN MY BIGGEST STRUGGLE TO DO SO. YOUR BIGGEST LESSONS ARE THE WAY YOU ARE CALLED TO TEACH THE WORLD. 
WHAT EVENT OR MOMENT OCCURRED THAT LED YOU TOWARDS YOUR PASSION?
THERE IS NO DEFINING MOMENT THAT LED ME TO MY PASSION. IT’S ALWAYS BEEN A FAINT HUM IN THE BACKGROUND. THE DIFFERENCE IS...I DIDN’T ALWAYS NOTICE IT/SEE THE IMPACT THAT I HAVE ON OTHERS. ONE BIG THING THAT HAS HELPED ME DEFINE MY PASSION HAS BEEN GETTING INVOLVED IN PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT. 
WHAT DO YOU THINK IS ONE KEY ELEMENT OR EVENT THAT HELPED TO GET YOU TO WHERE YOU ARE TODAY?
ONE KEY ELEMENT THAT HAS LEAD ME TO WHERE I AM WAS MY DECISION TO LEAVE MY COMFY JOB TWO YEARS AGO. I NEVER THOUGHT I COULD DO IT AND IT WAS ONE OF THE MOST UNSTEADY PERIODS OF MY LIFE. I DIDN’T HAVE MUCH IN SAVINGS OR ANOTHER JOB TO GO TO. HOWEVER, LOOKING BACK, IT WAS THE MOST FULFILLING TIME IN MY LIFE. I WAS FORMALLY UNEMPLOYED FOR 8 MONTHS AND HAD TO ASK MYSELF SOME TOUGH QUESTIONS. IN THAT TIME, I BUILT THE FOUNDATION FOR WOMEN OF SO CAL, I EXPLORED CAREERS AND JOBS I THOUGHT I WOULD NEVER DO (SOCIAL MEDIA CONSULTANT, BABYSITTER, RESUME WRITER, ETC) I CHOSE TO PUT PRIDE AND EGO ASIDE TO ASK FOR HELP AND RELY ON OTHERS. I WAS CREATIVE AND FRUGAL IN HOW I SPENT MY MONEY. I GOT TO CREATE HABITS THAT FOCUSED ON EMBODYING A HUMAN BEING VS A HUMAN DOING AND I MANIFESTED MY IDEAL JOB. LITERALLY THE THREE AREAS I WAS LOOKING FOR WERE FULFILLED. AT THE TIME, IT FELT IT WAS SOME OF THE WORST TIMES...LOOKING BACK, IT WAS A DEFINING MOMENT. 
WHAT DOES SUCCESS LOOK LIKE TO YOU? IS YOUR IDEA OF SUCCESS DIFFERENT FROM A PREVIOUS VERSION?
SUCCESS LOOKS LIKE PEACE AND SELF-ASSUREDNESS TO ME. SUCCESS IS ABOUT ACCOMPLISHING DREAMS AND GOALS. I WOULD LOVE TO MAKE 1 MILLION DOLLARS FROM MY BUSINESS. BUT MY LIFE LONG GOAL HAS ALWAYS BEEN TO SPEND MY DAYS TRAVELING AND SUPPORTING PEOPLE ON THEIR LIFE JOURNEY TO LIVE A MORE FULFILLED LIFE. MY IDEA OF SUCCESS IS VASTLY DIFFERENT THAN BEFORE. I USED TO THINK IT WAS ABOUT TITLE AND ABILITY TO MOVE UP IN A COMPANY. NOW, IT’S MORE FOCUSED ON HOW I FEEL ABOUT WHAT I DO AND HOW I DO IT. 
DO YOU HAVE ANY FAILURES, THAT IN RETROSPECT, TURNED OUT TO BE LEADING YOU TOWARDS A BETTER DIRECTION?
YES! BACK IN APRIL 2015, I GOT A DUI. AT THAT TIME, I THOUGHT IT WAS THE BIGGEST MISTAKE OF MY LIFE. THERE WAS SO MUCH SHAME AND GUILT AROUND MY DECISIONS AND WHO I WAS AND WHAT OTHERS WOULD THINK ABOUT ME. I LEARNED FIRSTHAND IN THIS EXPERIENCE, THAT GUILT AND SHAME DO NOT SUPPORT YOU IN MOVING FORWARD. I MADE A CHOICE TO BE OPEN TO THOSE WHO NEEDED TO KNOW AT THE TIME AND OVER TIME...THOSE WHO DIDN’T NEED TO KNOW. IT WAS A HUGE LESSON IN HUMILITY AND NOT LETTING LABELS DEFINE ME. THERE WASN’T ONE OPPORTUNITY THAT I DESIRE THAT PASSED ME BY BECAUSE OF MY DUI. AT LEAST, THAT’S MY BELIEF AROUND IT. THIS EXPERIENCE SHOWED ME THAT WE HAVE A CHOICE IN HOW WE SEE OUR SELVES AND OUR STORY. I COULD’VE DEFINED MYSELF AS A WORTHLESS CRIMINAL, WITH NO SELF-CONTROL, AND NO HOPE FOR JOB PROSPECTS. OVERTIME AND WITH SUPPORT, I CHOSE A HUMAN, THAT UNDERSTANDS A LOT MORE ABOUT THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, WHO IS NOW MORE RELATABLE, COMPASSIONATE, AND LOVING TOWARD OTHERS. IF I CAN OVERCOME THIS, YOU CAN OVERCOME YOUR SITUATION. 
WHAT IS A QUOTE YOU LIVE BY?
“IT’S NEVER TOO LATE!” IS ONE OF MY INFAMOUS SAYINGS. WELL, BECAUSE IT’S TRUE, MOSTLY. SO, WHEN SOMEONE SAYS THAT THEY WANT TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL, I ALWAYS THINK OR SAY ... “IT’S NEVER TOO LATE!”. I DON’T THINK IT’S EVER TOO LATE TO FULFILL YOUR DREAMS/GO AFTER WHAT YOU REALLY WANT. EVER. 
IF YOU COULD GIVE ADVICE TO YOUR YOUNGER, THIRTEEN YEAR OLD SELF, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?
I WOULD SAY “GIRL, BE YOURSELF”. YOU ARE LOVED AND THOSE THAT CARE ABOUT YOU MOST SEE YOU. THEY SEE YOU FOR THE AMAZING YOUNG WOMAN YOU ARE AND WHO YOU WILL BECOME. ALSO, DON’T WORRY ABOUT YOUR LOVE LIFE - YOUR LIFE ISN’T DEFINED BY WHETHER A BOY LIKES YOU OR IF YOU HAVE A BOYFRIEND. BE CONFIDENT IN WHO YOU ARE...BE CRAZY, BE SILLY, SHOW UP FULLY...AND THE REST WILL FOLLOW. I PROMISE!
LET’S GET SOCIAL:
IG: @BRITTANYKINGPLEAS AND @WOMENOFSOCAL
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