Today we’d like to introduce you to Bridget Douglas.
Bridget, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I grew up outside of Richmond, Virginia in a small town and moved with my now fiance to Denver three years ago. We picked Denver after going on a six-month tour/road trip with his then band and having seen most of the country and parts of Canada. I’ve been traveling ever since I was a kid, so seeing new places is when I’m happiest, and Colorado is one of the most beautiful places to do that. We drove out here with no jobs lined up knowing we could make it work though we did sign a lease without seeing it in person. I got a Customer Service job at a hospital really close to where I live, definitely not a dream job, but it has been instrumental in my life. Before that, I was in school, waiting tables, babysitting, part-time writing jobs, I just began to crave a full-time job where the money was consistent and had a good amount of PTO. It’s the longest job I’ve had and I’ve moved up the ladder, which I’m proud of. You would think I’d become a doctor or nurse since I’m already in the hospital setting, but I’m more of a natural/integrative medicine type girl so it doesn’t align with my beliefs and how I treat my health issues. Moving to Denver has opened up my life and who I am in so many ways. Living in the same place, seeing the same things and being around family and old friends can kind of keep you stuck in the old negative beliefs about yourself and your life, and it can be hard to see new possibilities. Moving away really opens your mind to see infinite possibilities.
When I first moved here, along with my full-time job, I started writing part-time for 303 Magazine. I graduated college from VCU in Richmond with a degree in Advertising and Journalism, so becoming a full-time writer is my goal. I wrote mostly about food and drink and got to interview some amazing chefs, restaurant owners, and entrepreneurs in Denver. Several of my articles had thousands of shares online. But I recently stopped writing for them in order to focus on writing for different outlets, and I just didn’t want to feel as burnt out while working at a hospital currently during a pandemic.
Other things I’ve discovered and accomplished in Denver: I’m very passionate about helping the environment and getting people to care about curbing climate change. I knocked on doors for Governor Jared Polis and spoke in front of City Council on behalf of Eco-Cycle about increasing recycling and composting in the city of Denver. I’ve also been on a health journey doing physical therapy, chiropractic visits, acupuncture, food allergy tests, therapy visits, and more, learning and trying to see what and what doesn’t work. But the most effective health tool I’ve found is actually a meditation program. I heard about it on a Goop podcast while working an overnight shift at the hospital. This meditation program involves guided meditations and journaling that literally help to rewire your brain in order to live your best life and manifest what you want. The program, To Be Magnetic is based in LA, but it is very community-oriented. It allows members in different cities to organize meet-ups in their area, so I started a Facebook page for members in the Denver area. We’ve met up several times, as well as had some zoom meet-ups during the pandemic. And to note, it’s amazing how many people in Denver and the surrounding areas are spiritual and entrepreneurial and so open-minded, it’s such a great place. Also the frickin nature here, you can’t beat it. I’m slowly ticking off my Colorado bucket list.
As for my current goals, like I’ve said I’m a natural health girl so I started an Instagram page recently called: @groundedfemme. It’s all about treating mental and physical health in natural ways. It’s sort of a fun, creative endeavor but I wouldn’t mind it turning into something bigger. But even bigger, my fiance and I are planning on buying an RV next summer and doing the RV life full-time. Even though we love Denver, we’re trying to be full-time freelancers and explorers for a while.
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?
Not at all, things are still kind of bumpy and I think life is a series of bumps and smooth roads. Growing up, life was really good and really bad at times. My parents had me and my sisters at a young age and owned a photography business so needless say they could get pretty stressed. I also had pretty bad asthma when I was young as well as cystic acne which I’ve grown out of. On the flip side, we always went out to eat, visited both sets of grandparents in D.C., and just did a lot of fun things, so I was exposed to a lot of cultures, places, and experiences. My parents divorced when I was 13 and then got back together a few years later, but it was a pretty rough period. In and after high school, I got into drugs and alcohol and then spiraled out of control when I was 19 and ended up in rehab. I stayed with my mom’s parents after that to live in a more peaceful environment and figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I decided I wanted to do online college courses and be an au pair overseas and had my sights on Ireland. Ironically, my aunt needed an au pair at the exact time because her husband got a job offer in London so I was able to do that. My sister and I went over there for five months, and it widened my perspective of the world and myself. When I got back home, I met my now fiance and went away to college. I transferred from ODU to VCU to be closer to him and to be at a more creative college which I graduated from back in 2015. Since then, I’ve been growing, evolving, exploring, creating, and trying to have more good times than bad.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am a blossoming freelance writer focused on travel, wellness, and nutrition. I want to help people to live their best lives by getting out into nature, eating nourishing foods, and finding more natural ways to heal. I also want to help people to be more open-minded, kind, healthy, happy, and to become more of themselves through my writing. I’m open to writing just about anything that interests me and/or helps people and the environment.
I do not have a company per se, but I have my website: bridgetdouglas.com which you can reach out to me about any writing or content creation inquiries. Also my fun wellness Instagram: @groundedfemme
I wrote a book a while ago: https://www.blurb.com/b/9444916-highway-child about my travels on the road with my boyfriend’s band. Next year, when we buy an RV I may re-launch Highway Child.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Going to my grandparent’s beach house in Ocean City, Maryland with my family. My sister and I would boogie board for hours and eat snow cones on the beach. We’d go crabbing on the bay, go on bike rides, and eat awesome food.
- Website: bridgetdouglas.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @bridgetkdouglas @groundedfemme
- Twitter: @bridgetkdouglas