I’ve been following Britta Higgins on Instagram for … ever? I want to say I’ve followed her ever since I took off my Instagram training wheels started following all the fashionistas there. When I first met her on Instagram, she was blond. And now I know the whole scoop about how she decided to make the change.
Britta and I are two out of the 50 bloggers brought together for the first annual Fierce 50 Campaign designed to bring awareness to women in midlife. Britta’s blog is called By Way of Berlin and that’s her Instagram handle as well (@bywayofberlin). She’s based in Scottsdale, Arizona. Her Instagram feed is inspiring and just so pleasant to look at! My busy mind instantly takes a break when I breathe in her images and the warmth behind them.
Hair color is something you can control in your 50s
I remember looking at her feed one day and she’d changed her hair color. It seemed to me to be a bold move. I thought, Now here’s a woman with confidence galore! When we chatted on the phone recently she told me she’d been a blond all her life. She found herself looking at photographs of her that were taken for her Instagram feed and not liking what she saw. She thought that maybe it was something wrong about the outfit or the background wasn’t right that day. But then one day she realized what the problem was with the images. She said, “You know what? I’m not a blond anymore! It doesn’t suit me.” She changed her hair color. I feel like it’s a metaphor for women taking charge of their life in their 50s and doing it in bold strokes if need be.
Britta says …
This is my last year of being in my fifties. My fifties have been my best decade ever. It’s also been one of the hardest. I went through an acrimonious divorce. I’d married an older man and I was ready to be taken care of in this marriage. When it didn’t work out, I was angry. I was too young to retire. I’d been out of the workplace and it was scary starting over again. I didn’t have the same confidence I have in my forties.
So what came next? She’d had a successful entrepreneurial business in the previous decade. But, she said, “Turning an idea into a career worked then but doing it again in my late fifties, I was at a disadvantage, mostly with technology. I felt like I’d been in a time warp. I felt lonely but I was determined. Nobody could get the best of me. I know I’m not alone. Many women at this age feel insecure, inadequate and not marketable.”
Finding herself in this position and honoring her natural desire for helping people she made a pact with herself to share what worked for her during this transition to other women finding themselves in challenging times.
Britta will be transitioning her lifestyle blog, By Way of Berlin, so she can serve women going through change. It’s not a dream anymore. It’s not in the idea stage. It’s really happening!
I decided I didn’t want my blog to be looked at as a woman of taste with a nice collection of handbags. There was a piece missing and that’s sharing with women who are dealing with issues related to change. In the near future I’ll be offering online programs incorporating videos and programs. It will also have a little store. I’ll be providing tools for women to use to create the dream life that they want which starts by stepping back and figuring out what a dream life would be.
To add to her tools for women, she’s become a Certified Health/Lifestyle Coach. She asks women to think about their dream life but what she often hears is women giving up before they even get started. She’ll tell her what they’d like but they’ll continue with the word, but. “But I can’t …” And she’ll say, “Why not?”
Britta is moving into her next chapter
The eldest of six kids, Britta’s a natural when it comes to helping others. She’s a people lover. She has much to share with others. Her hurdles didn’t bring her down, they brought her up. She’s been inspired by the difficulties. She says, “I’m stronger, happier and I’m experiencing the light at the end of the tunnel. It’s amazing. I’d like to share with others so they can experience the same.”
I see Britta as a change maker. She’s perfectly qualified to help people meet the challenges of change. She says, “It’s most likely that when one reaches their fifth decade, they’ve met hurdles they never expected to face. It could be in the form of the death of a parent, the end of a marriage, watching a child move away who was the center of one’s world. The common denominator is change and how we respond to the challenges of change.”
The process of finding strength, courage, and clarity is an amazing journey. Britta says, “It’s a discovery process. This is where my calling was and where my passion is. It’s a great journey. I’m committed to impacting someone’s life.”
Britta’s life story shows that it’s possible to find true freedom, connect to purpose, and redesign one’s life. Dreams can come true. She is my new inspiring female warrior … with style. I had to add the style part because that’s true too. She has interest in helping women be seen and will be addressing the subject of being desirable to oneself. In all of Britta’s history, you can bet she’ll be discussing the inside job of loving oneself…a topic that never gets old!
Stay tuned to all of Britta’s upcoming offerings by following her lifestyle blog, By Way of Berlin and checking out her Instagram feed @ByWayofBerlin. She’s got value to share with all of us. Being in the “interview seat” when she interviewed me, I felt her incredible warmth and drive to help women thrive at this magical age! Get to know her; you’ll love her, too!
More #Fierce50 resources
Do you want to know more about the other 48 bloggers who are part of the Fierce 50 Campaign? Here’s an article from Thrive Global with more information and the full list of 50 bloggers over 50 who are participating. Check it out and meet new friends!
If you have enjoyed reading this post learning more about The Fierce 50 Campaign, please visit this page to see an archive where you will find each of the women that are participating in The Fierce 50 along with their blog posts. (Hannah Storm is one of them!). If you or someone you know is interested in either joining or supporting the movement, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. We have lots more planned for this year and beyond so, stay tuned everyone.
I’d like to acknowledge the sponsors who are also supporting this campaign.
Here are the list of sponsors for this campaign so far:
Onzie www.onzie.com @onzie
Madison Reed www.madison-reed.com @madisonreedllb
HSI Professional www.hsiprofessional.com @hsiprofessional
Awe Inspired www.aweinspired.com @aweinspired_