Occupation: Manager for the Texas Association of Counties – County Information Resources Agency (CIRA).
What did you want to be when you were a little girl? lawyer / investigator
What are some different jobs you’ve had in your life?
I worked at my grandmother’s business, “Scrubs & Such” when I was in high school and part of college. Scrubs & Such sold nursing uniforms, scrubs, lab coats, and accessories. I memorized all of the uniform style codes by this company called “Landau” – 7502 is a one-pocket, unisex scrub top (think “ER”).
During college I worked for the Twelfth Man Foundation (Gig’ Em, Aggies!) and assisted with donor ticket sales.
Post-college I was a Nanny for a short time before finding my job at the Texas Association of Counties. I have also enjoy volunteering. In Austin, I taught computer skills to ESL students and really enjoyed that process. I also worked with the organization Keep Austin Beautiful, helping to clean up Lady Bird Lake.
What do you work toward in your spare time?
So many things! Gardening (tomatoes, mint, basil, succulents, and roses), home decorating on a budget. My husband and I moved into our home the last few weeks of 2016, and I’m slowly piecing things together throughout the house. I’m pretty detail oriented and everything I hang up or put on display has meaning/sentiment to me. And, I’m trying to build my blog and following, slowly working on that!
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
I used to be a night owl and tend to get my best ideas as I’m falling asleep… but I’m turning into a morning person. My internal clock now wakes me up around 5:30 every morning, and then I enjoy some coffee/start my day.
What are you most proud of?
I’m the first person on my mom’s side of the family to graduate college. This was a big deal to my grandmother. She raised me, and college was always something that was in the plan – it was never something I questioned. She worked hard all of her life and then when it was time for her to relax and enjoy the ‘golden years’, she was busy raising me. Going to college and obtaining my degree was something I did for myself, but also for her because she did not have the same opportunities.
What are you known for?
Hmm… oh man. Good question! I love creating my own greeting cards and mailing those to loved ones, friends, etc. I’ll be driving and get an idea of a card I want to create and will try to sketch a draft as soon as I get to my destination, etc. Actually, my best ideas for cards come when I’m driving. I’ve made so many over the years. I love sending little notes and cards. As a kid during summer break I used to wait for the postman every day at 3PM, excited to see if I had any mail. I’m also known for my resilience. I’m like one of those low-light houseplants haha. I bounce back easily and persevere despite tough conditions.
What inspires you?
So many things! I find inspiration when I go on my morning walk with Bernie. Everyday when I peruse my Instagram or Facebook and I see my fellow O Mag Insiders, I’m inspired! Several of my best friends work 40+ hours a week (whether traditional job or stay-at-home moms) and are mommas and THAT to me is inspiring.
Tell me something about you that most people don’t know.
This is really funny and something relatively new to my life. Bernie (my labradoodle “George Bernard Paw”) has developed a fear of our stairs. For the past 8 months, I have had to give him a pep talk to come down the stairs. Same routine every morning. He stands at the top of the stairs, looks down, looks back up at me and hesitates. The whole process takes me about 10 minutes. There’s lot of cheering, “Go Bernie, go!” “You can do it, Berns.” I’m essentially a dog cheerleader at 6AM. It’s so silly. When he finally makes it down, I get all kinds of kisses and love and affection. He seems genuinely excited and happy – and to me, that’s a wonderful way to start my day.
Why did you apply to be an O Mag Insider?
I had just moved from Austin, TX to central Massachusetts in the first few weeks of winter 2016, crazy! I know. One night I was reading through my Oprah magazine and came across an ad for the O Mag Insider group, and thought “how cool!”. I grew up watching Oprah, admiring Oprah, and following her successes and amazing growth. I applied and was optimistic, but never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be selected. I’m beyond grateful for the wonderful opportunity and amazing people I’ve met in person and online.
How do you live your best life?
Living my best life (to me) means waking up with a grateful heart and a daily goal. Life can get messy and throw us curve balls, and I try to maintain a positive outlook. A perfect day for me would involve spending time with my husband, a sunny day with some time spent on the water (pool, lake, ocean, doesn’t matter!), and just enjoying each other’s company.
What are you reading now?
Right now I’m reading The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton and Laura Love Hardin. Very moving, eye-opening, a must-read.
What’s a day in the life of Brittany Lane like?
Ideally, I start my day with an early morning yoga class at Hot Power Yoga Studio (shoutout to the amazing ladies that help me keep my sanity). After yoga and once I’m back home, I start the coffee and then take Bernie for his morning walk. After that it’s breakfast and then time to start work (I work from home). I spend the majority of my day online (oh heeeey, spreadsheets!) and on the phone working with Texas Counties. Because I’m inside all day, I try to eat my lunch outside (weather permitting) and go for a walk (or two) to get out of the house. I have several apps that help me stay on track with mindfulness, exercise and taking breaks. My office assistant is my cat, Dr. Leon Claw. He’s great comic relief but terrible with file management 😛 He is a rescue that we adopted back in January, and he brings me such joy. Between him and Bernie, I don’t really feel that isolated (working from home).
This is part of an ongoing series, introducing you to the dynamic individuals who make up O, The Oprah Magazine’s Brand Ambassadors known as the O Mag Insiders. For more information on the program or to apply, click HERE.