Welcome to The Brash Foundation.
God has been super amazing in this adventure. At the close of 2017, I sat at my Mom’s kitchen table and talked to her friend’s daughter (the reason I put The Brash Foundation in action), my husband, my brother and my Mom about what the name of the foundation should be. I had very few details about what I wanted to do but I knew what ages I wanted to reach and what the end goal was. We came up with some great names but none of them resonated in my spirit the way I needed them to. My god mother came in and my bonus Dad came in and they threw out some ideas. It still didn’t give me that oomph I was hoping for. It wasn’t until January during Atlanta’s snow day that the name and the structure came to me. I just had woke up and had been on a mission to research different words. God revealed a few adjectives to me and BRASH just stuck out to me.
In the dictionary, Brash (the adjective) has three meanings. The first and most known meaning is self-assertive in a rude, noisy, or overbearing way. The second meaning is what made my brain work: strong, energetic, or irreverent. There are two somewhat positive meanings but in that second definition, the word irreverent means, showing a lack of respect for people or things that are generally taken seriously.
Typically when people hear the word ‘brash’ they hear bold and brash. When people hear the word confident some people jump to a more negative meaning and say “cocky” or “arrogant”. Why can’t a word simply mean something positive without someone making it negative? The Brash Foundation was born because when I think of the word brash, I think of strong, bold, and energetic. In order to create a world with more positive outcomes and outlooks, we have to retrain our vocabulary and reasoning skills. Absolutely, we can say that brash is an abnoxious word but why when we can say it is positive?
It is imperative that adolescent girls retrain their vocabulary during the shaping years. When I was in that 10-16 age range, I was super sensitive to how people saw me and how they described me. I wanted to be pretty so I wore eye liner. I wanted to be cool, so I wore stylish clothes. I wanted to be accepted, so I watched my diet and tried to be skinny. I was bullied and criticized for looking different and acting different. I was made fun of for being who I felt the most comfortable being and those words stuck with me into womanhood. I hated looking at myself in the mirror and after the birth of my son, I hated my image even more. I was super chubby and now I had stretch marks and a hanging stomach due to a C-section. Of course my Mom would praise my beauty and my husband did also. It still didn’t matter.
The day my Mom told me that her friend’s daughter was struggling with confidence and another family member reached out to me to conduct a confidence building photo shoot, I knew something had to change. I knew I’d have to minister to these girls and end this ridiculous cycle. 2017 was a hard year for me because I didn’t know how to love myself. I prayed and asked God to just make me more confident. I met a personal trainer who gave me an assignment. She told me to write ‘I am’ affirmative statements with a positive adjective. I did it and said them everday. Nothing. I kept praying. It wasn’t until I looked myself in the mirror and cried that I realized the only person that could fix how I saw myself was me. I had to believe it so deep in my spirit that my mind had to believe it too.
I dove into God more and more and He began to reveal my purpose to me. Once one revelation came, the next one flew in, and the ball kept rolling from there. It was like an avalanche of constant prophecies from God. A Pastor from South Africa was a guest at my Mom’s church and he gave me a word that changed my life. I knew God heard me when the pastor finished ministering to me. He had ministered to me and moved on to several other people. Mid prophecy, he came back to me and said “God is smiling at you”… I cried my eyes out and I knew God was hearing the cries out from my heart. I knew God was about to do something major. I knew my purpose and I was driven to fulfill the promise of God from that day on.
My husband told me that I needed to put my written dreams into action. I prayed and asked God to give me clarity and mature my dreams and passions. He did… From the top of 2018, I have been working my butt off and it is paying off. God has been by my side, guiding me through this journey. I am honored and excited about what God is doing in my life! I am honored to be a part of The Brash Foundation and Britnee Alphin Enterprises LLC. I am honored to be a vessel for His kingdom. I am HONORED!
I pray that you are touched by The Brash Foundation and you and your daughter or a girl you know blossom! No matter what age you are, everyone deserves to be confident and love the skin they are in. It takes work but I am committed to helping anyone that needs a push, a hug, and a little encouragement.
Founder of The Brash Foundation