Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Z is for Zoo!

Of course, as a nanny, the first word that starts with the letter Z that pops into my head is ZOO. Next would be "zany," followed by "Zane," which is the name of the little guy my nanny friend Stephanie cares for with whom I often have play dates.

ZOO, though, reminds me of the movie, "We Bought a Zoo." It's one I highly recommend watching. For everyone. Despite your age, or movie preference, or relationship situation. Just take an evening to yourself, or with company, and watch it. You will not be disappointed; that is a promise. :)

I can't believe the A-to-Z challenge has come to an end! What a crazy whirlwind it has been. Very interesting, eye-opening, absolutely challenging, and just so fun. I'm truly glad to have participated. Thank you for creating this, Mr. Arlee Bird!!

Best,

Brittney Schering
Your All-Write Nanny

Monday, April 29, 2013

Y is for youth

Y is for youth because I think it is endless and boundless.
It's also the key to happiness-- to remaining forever young.

I've learned this little secret from my very own mom, who looks as though she could be my sister, and it's because she feels so young at heart.

Youthfulness is radiance. It's imagination. It's a true yearning for learning and loving and embracing each new experience that comes our way.

For this reason, my hope for you and for I and for everyone else is to remain in a mindset of youth for as long as we shall live, no matter what the years may have to say about it.

I'm 23 going on 7 forever, in fact. ;)

Best,

Brittney Schering
Your All-Write Nanny

Saturday, April 27, 2013

X is for "X0" because...

...while "X0" is not technically, according to Mr. Webster, a word, I consider it as such. It's more of a.. well, it's my signature. I sign almost every [informal] piece of writing with "X0.Brittney;" always have and always will. It's 'my thing' you know?

And it's tattooed on my collarbone, above my heart.

Not for fun, but for meaning, and to show true significance. A love and devotion to my childhood, my upbringing, my roots-- my family. My mom, particularly. She always listens to country music, and my little brother and I grew up listening to it.

There's one particular song that always rang true by Trisha Yearwood, where the lyrics say, "She ties her hair up in ribbons and bows; signs her letters with x's and o's, got a picture of her momma in heels and curls... she's gonna make it in her daddy's world. She's an American girl."

That's me. Those lyrics are my life. That song is my childhood. X0 is my signature. You'll find it on my personal blog, and if ever I send you a personal [not to be mistaken with "Best," which is what I sign for all things professional, such as this here platform].

Best,

Brittney Schering
Your All-Write Nanny

Friday, April 26, 2013

W is of course for Words

Words. Without a doubt, words contain so much more power than we ever dream imaginable. They are the very essence of meaning, of truth, of explanation. Of everything. Words are our foundation for communicating far beyond any and all other species in the world. Without words, we'd still be primates.

Without words, we'd be equals to all other animals.

Think about it. Words provide us with so much more than we could ever dream of, and to ever have to do without them would be absolutely catastrophic.


*For The Love Of Words*

Best,

Brittney Schering
Your All-Write Nanny

Thursday, April 25, 2013

V is for vision and values


V is for vision because every dream starts with one. It's the seed of the soon-to-bloom flower, the starting point. The ambition, the motivation, the inspiration. The beginning.


The vision is the start of it all. The foundation to which one may lay the building blocks.

Vision combined with values is an equation for success and greatness.

Best,

Brittney Schering
Your All-Write Nanny

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

U is for Uniqueness. :)

In a world that is constantly attempting to morph all of society into this mold that is so highly spoken of-- a certain size, a certain style, etc. etc., I believe it is our job, especially as nannies and caregivers of children everywhere, to encourage uniqueness. Encourage individuality.

Speak highly of embracing that which makes us different-- our 'imperfections' are, in fact, the very traits that make us our own version of perfect. There is no one way to be. Everyone is born with the right to follow your heart into the world in any which way-- unique as can be-- as you desire-- that makes you happy.


Perhaps it's important to remind adults of this, as well. Uniqueness is a grand thing; it's what brings life to the world. Variety. Spunk. Excitement. If everyone was the same boring cookie-cutter of a person, what would there ever be to look forward to? The world would be so boring!

Be unique. Embrace your individuality, and encourage others to do the same.

It is the uniqueness, after all, that gets us remembered. Fall into the trap of 'acting as everyone else' and your name will soon be buried under a pile of no-name, 'average-joe' slaves to society.

Free yourself. Unleash your uniqueness. You were born for that very reason. ;)

Best,

Brittney Schering
Your All-Write Nanny

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

T is for Trust, love. A-to-Z Challenge Day 20 :)

The singlehandedly most important factor for keeping any relationship alive, afloat, and well is the foundation of Trust, with a capital t to signify it's absolute, above-all importance.

Without it, you've got nothing-- or that which you do have, will amount to nothing but misery and dissatisfaction, despite what your emotions and mind-fuzz may have to say.

Trust is crucial.

The ability to trust someone is great, but to have someone else put their precious, fragile ability to trust in you... that's something to hold onto as dearly as the precious gift it truly is. For nannies, especially. We're trusted with the lives of children-- their beating hearts are put into our hands, into our care, by their parents. There's something to be said for a trust as high as that. It's remarkable, in fact, and it is a characteristic to be proud of, and one to never take for granted.

A half truth is a whole lie.
-Yiddish Proverb

Trust is the glue of life. It's the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It's the foundational principle that holds all relationships.
-Stephen R. Covey

The most important five-letter word in the English language is spelled T-R-U-S-T.
-Harvey MacKay

Best,

Brittney Schering
Your All-Write Nanny

Monday, April 22, 2013

Salvation by means of silence in solitude; be still

Please allow me to explain.

By no means does the title of this 'S' post intend to inspire extreme, mute seclusion to the extent of becoming a recluse. Tonight was an exhilarating, life-changing experience as it was my first time attending a Marianne Williamson lecture here in LA.

Let me just confess that I feel like an absolute dummy for having passed the Saban Theatre twice daily-- on my way to and from work-- for the past four months before realizing that Ms. Williamson speaks at the theatre weekly-- giving lectures based on, 'A Course in Miracles.'

However, I do feel like the timing of this discovery, and of this first-time adventure, could not have been more perfect. The lecture was absolutely spot-on; it was exactly what I needed. Exactly what I've been praying for, as the weight of the world in my head and heart was lifted as she shared her sacred words of guidance, life, and love.


Going into this brand new experience, I had no idea what to expect. I was hopeful beyond measure that I'd leave feeling... better. The extent to which I would feel this way, though, I was not prepared for. The liberation I experienced-- the freeing feeling as I released that which has been bogging me down for the last several months-- I cannot tell you how full of Love I am in this moment, after having attended her lecture.

I will tell you, though, how terribly frightening it was to experience the silence in solitude during the time of meditation with an entirely packed theatre of people who seemed like professionals. I couldn't even keep my eyes closed! I kept looking around; observing as everyone else seemed to meditate so peacefully, so perfectly. Then there was me, stomach in knots and rumbling because I hadn't had dinner yet and it was going on 8:30. Yet, something happened in that silence-- the solitude of the whole room together as one-- it was full of undeniable salvation. A room full of believers, of all-in Lovers, of truly authentic Selves reaching out, handing their hearts over to God. It was glorious and beautiful and captivating and terrifying all at once.

But you know what? As I stared around the room at all of the perfect meditators, I did not once think about the things that have been bogging me down. I did not once get lost in the mess of my thoughts that have been draining me of energy which could be better used somewhere else. Instead, I got lost in the peacefulness of the room full of solitude. The silence. The salvation. Perhaps that was my own means of meditation.

And this is something I need to do more of. These lectures of Marianne's, I will now attend weekly. And I cannot believe the following words are coming from my mind, but it's with eagerness that I look forward to Mondays now because they will end with Marianne's wise words of peace and miracles. Her words of forgiveness, of God, and of meditation. Of practicing daily all of the above. Of living with-- and giving-- Love.

I could not be more thankful, nor more blessed, to have experienced this lecture tonight. I feel sincerely saved in the way that I was freed-- even if it was temporarily-- from the messiness of my mind. This new weekly ritual will be one that continually changes my life and transforms my heart in ways I'd never before knew were possible.

Salvation by means of silence in solitude. Stillness. Peace. Not solitude in the way that you're completely alone. As Marianne said tonight, we are never alone-- for God is within us, always.

Best,

Brittney Schering
Your All-Write Nanny



Saturday, April 20, 2013

R is for... Radiant.

As in... Charlotte's Web. I love that book, and the movie. It's magical.

Charlotte is the only spider I'll ever admire. Ever.


The movie is truly fascinating-- I saw it in theaters when it was remade about five years ago, and it goes to show how powerful words are, and imagination. Two things I love more than most. :)


I have a sudden urge to read/watch Charlotte's Web now. I think I will soon.

Best,

Brittney Schering
Your All-Write Nanny

Friday, April 19, 2013

Q is for Quintessential

Quintessential. A word that has a lovely ring, but it doesn't always resonate with me.

You see, I want traditional life things;
Love. My own family. A cozy place to call home.

But I've never seen myself as one to go about them as "by the book" as others will and have and do. Especially where I'm from, tradition carries a good majority through their lives without experiencing much outside of the comfort bubble in which we all grew up-- a tiny town where nothing exciting ever happens; nothing ever goes wrong.

I couldn't stand to stay in a stagnant town, although now that I am gone, I do appreciate it as a solid foundation, a great place to grow up and establish morals, values, etc. It was wonderful for that. Extraordinary, really. Especially being that I live in the city of Los Angeles now-- I see so many others who didn't have that luxury of growing up in a small, yet intimate town of love and life where everyone knows everyone. Growing up amidst one huddled community-turned-family; it's beautiful.

I never knew how rare it'd be-- looking back-- and how lucky I was to have grown up like that. How lucky I am to have spent my childhood years in the tiny town I once despised and could not wait to get out of. The town that now that I'm out, I feel the urge to visit frequently. To see my friends and family, and to be surrounded by genuine love, which I miss so much.

It's so rare. That genuine love.


Quintessentially, the life plan is a bit different than that which mine as been. I did, however, finish out school and get my Bachelor's degree, without taking any time off. In fact, shortly after writing the 'Breaking Point' post above, I enrolled myself for the summer semester to finish quicker-- and graduate sooner. It seemed like a better alternative to taking time off. Most of my friends back home have children already; they're married, or they're settled, or they're set in staying there.

Not me though. I wanted to get out and experience life. I wanted the ocean. The City of Angels. To pursue my crazy dream of living by the beach and living to write; writing to live, and living in love. To live somewhere that I can walk to wherever I need to go-- I've never been a fan of driving, and living in New York City turned me into a major fan of public transportation. That, and I love to walk everywhere as much as I can.

In reference to living quintessentially though, I don't think I do. I prefer an unconventional lifestyle, and that's what I've been living out. Still, there are those few traditional elements that I wouldn't mind throwing into the mix of my crazy life. I believe I will soon do that... it's all in a matter of time.

The family that I interviewed with for an evening/weekend nanny position yesterday-- they're unconventional in the way that I like to be, and I think we will 'click' on that similarity if I am presented with the opportunity to take the job. I adored their home, and their spirit; they are so happy. Again-- time will tell. We shall see :)

Best,

Brittney Schering
Your All-Write Nanny

Thursday, April 18, 2013

P is for passion; A-to-Z challenge

Passion is the very thing that drives me to dream out loud and seek the best of success that I can muster amidst my imagination's realms. My whole heart is in that which I'm passionate about, and so it's without a doubt that I say my ultimate passion is writing-- but not just any writing. Living to write; writing to live. Loving to write, and writing with love. Oozing it out with each word woven; each sentence structured; each continuum crafted-- all with immense, undying passion.

My passion is to write in a way that connects with readers, giving them a positive experience, all the while providing them with knowledgeable information to better their lives in one aspect or another.

I love to write in a way that moves people. That empathizes with them. That provides a feeling of hope, of encouragement, of motivation.

To write in a way that positively affects my readers, providing them with a nudge of optimism through whatever it may be that I am writing about, is my absolute passion. It is what I wish to excel in, to make a career of-- it's how I wish to be remembered.

Passion gives breath to life everyday. Its pulse brings the beat of my heart to rhythm with that which I write, always.


So please tell me; what is your passion? I love to hear what sets fire to other souls, as listening to people's stories provides pure encouragement, inspiration, and motivation, as well as a dash of fresh perspective, and I love that, too. :)


Best,

Brittney Schering
Your All-Write Nanny

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

O is for outstanding optimism

Because that is what optimism is: Outstanding. It's liberating. It's the light amidst the dark. It's the brightness of the stars in the night sky so black. It's holding on when you don't know what's to come-- having the strength to keep doing and pursuing that which brings you to life.

To be optimistic is to be opportunistic about each and every experience we endure.


I choose optimism as my perspective, through thick and thin, and I always will.
*Thank you, Mom, for instilling this mindset, this motive, into my brain at a very young age!
My wish is to do the very same for all who I cross paths with every day. :)

Best,

Brittney Schering
Your All-Write Nanny

N is obviously for Nanny!

Nanny is the word I'll choose for today, of course, because it is who I am daily; serving as a caregiver for a beautiful child. It's a huge feat to be asked to assist in the molding of a human being, and I take it with great honor and wholehearted compassion each and every day.


The truth is that while I am a writer at heart, I am also a nanny, and I love it so very much. Children are our future; they hold the fate of what's to come of this world when we're not around anymore. How they're raised is of mighty importance; extreme significance. It's everything, really.

So with that being said, here's to the nannies!

Best,

Brittney Schering
Your All-Write Nanny

Monday, April 15, 2013

M is for... Monday?

Monday because I'm mindless; it's the start of a new week-- always a day of overwhelm combined with goals and motivation beyond anyone's imagination.



Monday calls for too many pots of coffee, and a late night because of that.

Is it Tuesday yet? *Yawn.*

Best,

Brittney Schering
Your All-Write Nanny

Saturday, April 13, 2013

L is for Love, of course.

Love is, above all, the best 'L' word out there. It's what causes our hearts to beat. It's what makes the whole world go round. It's what we constantly need more of. To feel more of. We all desire it, whether we want to admit it or not. We all require it, too. Love is everything, and if you disagree, I will gladly argue to my last breath with you. ;)

Be careful though, with who you choose to give your Love to. That very choice has infinite power. Power so intense, it just might make or break you.

But if and when it does, don't worry. You'll only build back up stronger, to love harder than before.

Love's like that. It's resilient. And when it's real, you just know.

You see, the one real problem, real tragedy with love, was written in a book called, 'The Perks of Being A Wallflower,' and it says:


Know that you deserve the very best, and never ever ever consider accepting anything less.
Never settle.

Love is the most extraordinary thing, and it should not be taken lightly. Trust me. ;)

Best,

Brittney Schering
Your All-Write Nanny

Friday, April 12, 2013

K is for Kindness.

My mom always tells me, "Kill them with kindness." And so I do, always.

Short, simple, and sweet. That's all this one needs.

Kindness goes for miles like you would not believe. Trust me. ;)

Best,

Brittney Schering
Your All-Write Nanny

Thursday, April 11, 2013

J is for job interview. A-to-Z Challenge!

J is for job interview simply because of all the J words in the world, this is the only thing on my mind right now that starts with the letter J. This is because I have a job interview tomorrow-- for a new nanny position here in Los Angeles-- that could change my life for the better in so many marvelous ways.


I cannot stop thinking, daydreaming, wishing, hoping, and praying that it goes well; that I can soon call it my new job, because if that is what's to come, I will be the happiest girl in the world. SO much good will pour over into my life from this opportunity, so long as the job interview goes well tomorrow evening! All I have to get through is the day of work, and then my fate will be determined around 6 p.m. Eeeeek!!! I am so nervous, but so excited.

This could be my next big step in the direction of my dreams. This is what dreams are made of; baby steps-- each one paves the way. It all starts with that first impression though; this job interview holds the potential of everything right now! Gah, I can't stop thinking. Here's to hoping sleep comes easy as soon as I finish my writing, shower, and paint my nails prior to snuggling up into my big, cozy bed.

Have a great night! Happy J Day, A-to-Z friends!

Best,

Brittney Schering
Your All-Write Nanny

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

I is for instinctive intuition. A-to-Z Challenge

Trust it. Trust that little voice. Trust your gut. Trust the instinctive intuition that's telling you whether to pursue something or to run. It knows more than you think it does. Read the book, "Blink," and you'll know what I mean. It's a serious thing. Seriously!!!


Also, here's a little anecdote I like to share when anything relating to instinct/intuition comes up. It makes me happy to be from Michigan, and even happier that people can sense it just by the way I carry myself and the energy I must somehow exude. My hope is to never lose that, so long as I am living away from home. And that's part of why I'll be sure to visit so often-- to stay grounded in who I am.


So, yep. There you have it. Trust that instinctive intuition. It'll save you a lot of heartache. Trust me, as my stubborn self has learned that the hard way a time or two or seven. Whoops. At least I'm finally learning. :)

Best,

Brittney Schering
Your All-Write Nanny

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

H is for happiness. Simply that. A-to-Z Challenge Day 8!

Everyone deserves to be happy.

I think what we forget is that happiness is not only a choice-- it's our God-given right. So, if you're not feeling fully happy for one reason or another-- change it!! Take that reason, and rearrange it so that whatever may currently be wrong can soon be gone or made right. You deserve to smile truly from the depth of your heart; we all do.




Happiness is underrated, and I think it's about time we do something to change that. Look to the little ones-- children everywhere-- and how blissfully unaware they are of all that makes us sad. Let's take a hint from them; it's simple, really. If you want to be happy, simply BE. Put a smile on your face, and say, "I'm choosing to be happy today." The following is a beautiful reminder of how to be happy.


The photo below is of me from last Friday night, blissfully choosing to be 100% happy. I, too, need to work on staying mindful of the quote above, because it really does ring true on all accounts. Choose happiness; you deserve it. We all do! :)




Best,

Brittney Schering
Your All-Write Nanny


Monday, April 8, 2013

G is for Grace... the grace of God... the grace of God in all of us.

Whether you choose to believe or not, I firmly believe that inside each one of us is the beautiful, delicate, intricate grace of our beloved Father-- of God himself. The little word itself keeps popping up all over the place in my life lately. It's serving, in my eyes and heart, as a reminder to remember how precious a thing it truly is-- grace-- to carry and to consider throughout each day, each of our obstacles and our successes.


Grace is a soft and beautiful thing; it's to be handled as such. I think sometimes we forget. I know I do, at least. So, it's important to take a step back and remember every once and again, its purity and delicacy, like that of a child, or a flower, or anything fragile and worthy of love-- like daughters and grandmothers.


To work as a nanny is to receive reminders of grace daily through the eyes and hearts and minds of innocent children we look after. For that, I am immeasurably grateful, for my faith is restored each time I am greeted by the wonder and amazement of the little guy I care for everyday. Gotta love him! Gotta love this life of a nanny. :)



Best,

Brittney Schering
Your All-Write Nanny

Saturday, April 6, 2013

F is for Freedom by way of Faithful Fearlessness; A-to-Z Challenge Day 6

The only way to free yourself is to find your heart nestled into faith. I once wrote an entire blog post on this, where one particular line I crafted has rang true over and over, serving as a true motto-- one that I find myself repeating in my head when I feel my footing start to become unsteady, my heart unstable.


You see... to be free, one must be fearless. To be fearless, one must be faithful.
With faith in God & yourself, find fear in nothing. Free yourself.

Find freedom in faith that God's Love will carry you through each passing day.

And to be honest, while I know I ought to, I'm still learning how to. I think we all are. And that's the beauty of it--- helping each other find the strength to put faith in God, and to be fearless; to free ourselves. 

Best,

Brittney Schering
Your All-Write Nanny



Friday, April 5, 2013

E is for Eat; A-to-Z Challenge Day 5!

E is for Eat, because eating is the act of consuming food which is fuel for energy we need to get through each day. [Just, you know, in case you weren't aware... ;)]

As a nanny, you need a heck of a lot of energy just to do that. Trust me.


Today, I felt so beyond drained after work... and during work, and before [like, upon waking] that it got me thinking. I need to refurbish what I've been eating. The little riddle we all know rings true, "You are what you eat," popped into my head. SO I asked myself, what have I been eating this week? I'm usually tired by Friday, but not to this extreme!

That's when I had my 'ah-ha' moment. You see, I get on food-kicks, and some weeks it's really good, and I swear I'm going to turn into a clementine or a carrot because I can't stop eating them. Other weeks, like this one, it's bad, and I feel as though I might turn into a French fry. Or macaroni & cheese. Because I can't stop eating French fries. Or macaroni & cheese.

This week, I've consumed fries probably 3-4 times in comparison to my typical 1-2. That's not okay. That's why I feel as exhausted as I feel.

You are what you eat!!! Learn from me. Check yourself; get right with your fuel-- for it's your very source of energy, and we all need energy. :)

Have a great weekend!

Best,

Brittney Schering
Your All-Write Nanny


Thursday, April 4, 2013

D- Dream. A-to-Z Challenge Day 4!

D is quite possibly among the easiest letters for me to choose a topic/word to write on. It's dream-- a favorite word of mine, and the driving force behind all that I do, all that I aim to become, and every decision I make.



My very first tattoo (above!) was inspired by my love for this word back in my first year of college during Christmas break-- December 2007. The six more that followed [so far] have been just the same. [& yes-- successful nannies in Beverly Hills can/do have tattoos, if you were wondering! ;) heh]


One of my all-time favorite contributions (above) to a magazine was on the stages of making one's dreams come true. I'll forever treasure it, and I hope it resonates with you!

Best,

Brittney Schering
Your All-Write Nanny

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Care.com; A-to-Z Challenge Day 3

There's this lovely organization called Care.com that I'd like to feature for Day Three of the A-to-Z Challenge. Not only feature, but also to thank, because it's through Care.com that I've been hired for each and every nanny job I've ever had from Detroit, MI to my current position in Beverly Hills, CA.


Care.com is an extraordinary aid in helping families find caregivers and helping caregivers find jobs. As a nanny, I swear by it!

Best,

Brittney Schering
Your All-Write Nanny

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Babysitter? Blasphemy. A-Z Challenge Day 2.

That's right. Blasphemy.


Word of advice: Don't refer to a nanny-- one who cares for a family's child[ren] on a regular basis-- as a babysitter. Why? Well you see, a babysitter is an occasional caregiver who comes to relieve the parents when they have an event to attend or just need a night out.

Not only that, but a babysitter is typically quite young-- preteen to college years-- or elderly and retired. A nanny, however, tends to be one on the brink of a career with a degree or two, working at getting a job in his/her field, and working as a nanny to pay the bills.

Emphasis: A nanny's job is a consistent, professional service that indeed pays the bills. A babysitter's, however, is not. Your 13-year-old cousin can babysit, you know.

El dia DOS of the A-to-Z Challenge is upon us!
Enjoy the abundance of B-topics :)

Best,

Brittney Schering
Your All-Write Nanny

Monday, April 1, 2013

A-to-Z Challenge Day 1: A is for Arlee Bird!

Yes indeed; you read that correctly! My first blog entry for the A-to-Z challenge of April is dedicated to Arlee Bird, as a tremendous statement of appreciation for creating the A-to-Z! Here's to you, Arlee-- Cheers, and thank you kindly! We could not ask for a better Challenge founder.


Be sure to check out what Arlee's up to over at Tossing It Out.

Muchas gracias, otra vez, Arlee! You rock our world!

Best,

Brittney Schering
Your All-Write Nanny