We had the good fortune of connecting with Brittany Vidi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brittany, how do you think about risk?
Taking risks, for me, has always come down to my heart vs my head. Over the years, I have been consciously developing a strong ability to listen deeply to my heart when it swells up with excitement and something feels in alignment (especially when it doesn’t make much sense yet). This is often distinctly different from what my head is saying, which often clings to security and stability, and will tend to generate a lot of fear around the unknown! Taking risks for me has meant following my heart, learning how to recognize what lights me up inside and then taking action to move in that direction which has guided me too many of the exciting adventures and business opportunities I have taken over the years.
I have had to develop a deep trust in myself and my intuition, and the courage to get messy and challenge myself! In my experience if the feeling is strong enough, things fall into place above and beyond anything my mind could have ever conjured. Does that mean these actions always lead to success right away? Absolutely not! I fail all the time, it’s a huge part of how I learn and grow. I love the statement ‘Fail Forward’ – it reminds me of what my dad used to say to me and my siblings growing up on the ski mountain “if you aren’t falling, you aren’t learning!”. I think we are wired to think that if we don’t succeed at something the first time we are failures, which has been a belief over the years that I have had to continually rewrite for myself. As humans, we all are students of life and its lessons, and it’s hard to learn those juicy and expansive lessons if we aren’t exploring what we are really capable of achieving, and testing the limits of what’s possible. That being said, I am always learning and trying new things, and exploring territory that requires me to get out of my comfort zone and get messy. It is often during these moments and experiences that things begin to become clear around what I need to do to get where I am going.
I am who I am, and where I am because of the risks I have taken over the years. There have been (and continue to be) many leaps of faith in the direction of my dreams. From packing up and moving from New York to Steamboat Springs Colorado, a town my husband and I had never been too, too paying for programs and trainings that on paper was seemingly impossible to make work in our finances. These choices were made based on an inner knowing, that this is important and though I can’t see where it’s taking me yet, I know it’s where I want to go.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Next Level Vibrations creates transformational experiences that support people in living and creating a vibrant life using the potent power of Sound Healing, Yoga/Movement, Meditation/Visualization and Breathwork. When we slow down enough to tune into our own body and rhythm, magic happens. We live in such a busy world and are constantly bombarded with information from our external environments, and in my experience it is easy to forget how much magic actually exists within when we take the time to tap in and listen.
I guide people into accessing a part of themselves that may be difficult or challenging to access alone. I guide and support the facilitation of the healing however, I am not the one that is actually doing the healing, that is something that gets to be done by each person individually. I think that is a really important distinction to make, I am supporting others in discovering, acknowledging and releasing their own energetic blocks which gives them access to making the shifts in their life that create real and lasting change. By tapping into a deep connection with self, they often discover and experience something much bigger than themselves, beyond the physicalness of the body.
Science has proven that trauma is stored in our body, in our muscles and tissues. And since we often aren’t taught how to process our emotions or tend to our mental health, when major things happen in our life and we don’t have the tools or resources to process it, it literally is stored energetically within the body. This often creates triggers for our fight or flight responses to go off in certain situations, and if unaddressed and stored long enough, it will eventually manifest into an illness and/or disease. It is well known in the medical industry that 90% of all disease is caused by stress, so it is imperative to staying healthy that we are taking the time to process stressors in our life, environment and body. The body is the key to the mind and all of the modalities that I work with utilize the body, and its natural intelligence to bring healing and change forth from the inside out.
I think what sets Next Level Vibrations apart is the collaborations with people in the community that share the same vision of creating a powerful experience for others that deepens connection to self, and to those around them. I thrive off of working with others to generate something even more dynamic and unique then what would be possible to do on my own. Collaborations can construct a stronger container because of how it naturally brings in more awareness, with diverse perspectives taken into account. I am currently collaborating with Heather Higgins of Big Magic Healing – Heather offers bodywork (massage/reiki/craniosacral) while I bring in Sound Healing for private sessions. I also work with Whitney Bakarich of WhitWork, who offers NADA a form of ear acupuncture during the group Full Moon & New Moon Sound Baths. One of the things I love most about this business is its ability to connect me to amazing humans that I get to work with and collaborate alongside of, as I continue to learn and grow down this path.
One of my favorite things about using Sound in healing work is its immersiveness and its ability to complement many other healing modalities. Sound is vibration, and vibrations penetrate the body affecting every organ, cell, and system within us, unlocking what has been stored in the darkness and calls it up into the light. The beautiful thing about Sound Healing is that you don’t have to mentally recall what is being released to process it.
There is no question what I am most excited for is having my husband Mark, join in on this work. Next Level Vibrations is a dream that we share together, and it just worked out that I was best positioned to make the shift to begin building the foundation of that vision for us. What we envision is bringing together the more natural and classical instruments in our sound journey with a more modern flare of electronics, working with lower frequencies to generate a tactile/kinesthetic experience. We love to explore and experiment together and I know what we create together as an offering from our hearts, is going to be out of this world.
The biggest lesson that I have learned along the way is; you will never gain confidence in what you are creating if you are not actively putting yourself out there and creating! Building something new can be awkward and uncomfortable, full of self-doubt and imposter syndrome. And though, it was because of moving through all of those feelings and emotions that my confidence was built and I was able to shift from creating from the mental realm, to creating from an embodied state.
I am grateful that starting this business has generally felt ease-filled, and though that certainly doesn’t mean easy! There was a lot of work that I did personally and professionally long before the vision of Next Level Vibrations existed that laid the groundwork for a strong support system and network, and the confidence and strength to see things through regardless of the outcome. Though challenges arise, I continue to use my intuition to guide my way forward, listening in for what feels like a fuck yes, and if it’s not a fuck yes, its a hard no.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love when my friends and family come to visit us out in Steamboat! If it’s summer time, we would 100% be cruising the bike path into town (on the reg) to grab lunch at Yampa Valley Kitchen and/or Seedz but not until after we stopped at the Botanical Gardens for a stroll to see everything in bloom. Of course, it wouldn’t be a summer in Steamboat without getting out in a tube to float down the Yampa River, it’s always a blast out there! We would definitely make a trip up Buffalo & Rabbit Ears pass to wander in wildflower meadows and head up to Strawberry Hot Springs for an evening dip to relax and experience some epic star gazing. A trip to the iconic Fishcreek Falls is a must, and likely would have to do a shameless photo shoot as we bask in the greatness of mother nature.
A fun night out for cocktails and tapas at Besame and then check out Schmiggity’s or OTP in search of some dope live music to go dancing fills the vibe for a night on the town. Going to Out Here Yoga for a class (or few) with the community and the most epic view of the ski mountain is an absolute must. And probably my most favorite thing to do, is set up shop in our backyard! We live along Fishcreek and it’s the best when we are kicking it in the creek or on blankets on the bank, soaking up the warm summer sun enjoying each others company.
Depending who was here, we would hike up Mt Werner, or take a gondola ride up to see the expansive views and stunning sunsets of the Yampa Valley, and enjoy Taco Cabo and chill under the big tree on the best deck on the Yampa. We would definitely hit the Farmers Market to purchase some local produce and explore all the other treasures while connecting with friends downtown and grab lunch at one of the food trucks and kick it in the shade along the river. A paddle board adventure out at Pearl Lake, and a camping trip in the Flattops would definitely be on the high priority list!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I am certain that there is no way that I would be where I am without the encouragement and inspiration I receive from my husband Mark on a daily basis. In many ways I am building the foundation for both of our dreams with Next Level Vibrations and it is because of Mark’s ability to see a bigger picture, to take bigger chances that I have had the confidence to take action on the things that fire me up, regardless if they make complete sense in the moment! I am so grateful for my incredible family who always encourage me to go after my dreams even though they may not have always understood the direction I am moving in. To Shannon Crow and Out Here Yoga for all the mentorship and growth that the studio has given me, which has been pivotal in getting clear on my vision, and the action steps required to bring it all to life. And last but certainly not least, all my amazing friends, community members, collaborators and clients who continue to come out and show me support, it’s because of you I have the honor of doing what I do and for that I will always be grateful.
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