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Conversations with the Inspiring Brittney Charlot

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brittney Charlot.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Brittney. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I’ve always had a love for creative outlets! As I grew up, this love was channeled more and more from art and drawing into fashion and beauty. When I started in college, I put this passion on the back burner to pursue my degree. I studied Criminology for about two years until I stopped and asked myself one day, “Is this really something I want to be doing when I’m saying… 40?” Mid-major, I decided to switch into the medical field. I basically had to drop everything I had done and start all over in a field that was completely foreign to me.

At first, I don’t think anyone took me seriously when I finally said: “I’m want to go to medical school and become an MD.” But I think what doubt there was, helped motivate me through it all. Just like with anything, I had to start from the bottom and work my way up. I switched from the community college down the street from my house to one 45-minutes away. I knew this new CC was more science based and was a better environment for me to focus. I started volunteering in a Women’s Acute Care Unit, became a certified EMT, and got accepted into a clinical internship-the internship I’ve been in for the last 3 years and am currently an ICU lead for. I was able to shadow remarkable surgeons in the operating room as well. They taught me so much and inspired my eventual goal to become a surgeon. In between it all, I was lucky enough to receive acceptance into the University of California, San Diego for Human Biology. After a year or so as VP, I became President of UCSD’s Minority Association of Pre-medical Students. I work alongside the School of Medicine staff and students to enhance underrepresented students matriculation into medicine. I am a huge advocate and voice of support for women and minorities into STEM and higher education altogether.

I had side jobs (server, tutor, etc.) throughout this, but as my life settled into a more comfortable pace, I realized I spent so much time “doing”, that I wasn’t really “living” out the creativity I once loved. When people would ask me “what’s do you do as a hobby?” my mind would draw a blank. I decided just this year to pick up my love of fashion and beauty again, by focusing on these topics in my instagram/blog. I’m so happy I did, because I love to be able to inspire, be inspired, and connect with others who have similar passions through social media.

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 definitely hasn’t been an easy road at all. Changing my major was probably the hardest struggle for me because it set me back time-wise, but at the same time, it was an easy choice because I knew it was for the best-both in my career and happiness. I think even starting up my page again was a struggle too. I had gone from an outgoing “put myself out there” type of person to someone who found happiness in myself and just studied/ worked all the time. I definitely had to do some soul searching to combine the “good” from the old me and new me together, to gain the confidence to feel comfortable with putting myself out there again.

My advice to women is to do what you love and go for all the opportunities you can. It is so important to find strength (and a little humor) in all your struggles. No matter how hard you work, always find a little “you” time, because taking breaks here and there will only strengthen you when you come back. And always, always, always love yourself and be your own motivation!

what should we know about your business? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I run my Instagram as a fashion, beauty, and lifestyle blog. I’m hoping in the future to get back into writing by starting up a personal blog soon. Writing has always been a huge love of mine, so I’m excited to do that in the future. I post a lot of content about styles and beauty finds that I love. My style has never really fit into a category, I basically love to wear outfits based on how I feel that day. Some days I’m all colorful rompers and heels, and other days I’m wearing Nikes, all black, and over-sized jackets. I love being able to switch it up and create content that hopefully will inspire others. At the same time, I really started to enjoy digging a little bit deeper to personalize my page and content to give others insight into my everyday life and struggles. Being able to relate and be relatable to others is so important to build genuine connections over a social media platform. I love being able to get to know others through their passion and content, so I think it’s important to open myself up to others as well.

It would be great to hear about any apps, books, podcasts or other resources that you’ve used and would recommend to others.
I love blogs and books! Some of my favorite blogs are from the amazing ladies I follow! My most recent book favs are Rupi Kaur’s “the sun and her flowers” and Paul Kalanithi’s “When Breath Becomes Air”. I’m also guilty of reading scientific journals/articles in my spare time. I always find myself reading about cancer/genome topics, they’re the most interesting reads to me!

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Melissa Vint (@chasingbacklight)

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