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I’ve just been evicted!

A few weeks ago I came home to my apartment in San Francisco to find an eviction notice posted on my front door. It turned out that the master tenant (from whom I was renting) had stopped paying her rent.

A few days prior I had participated in a powerful meditation ceremony in which I vowed to the universe to live my truth and to claim my role as a leader and teacher on this earth.

I was still humming from such a magnificent experience, so I looked at the notice, shrugged and said “well, I guess there’s something better out there for me.” Side note: for those of you who don’t know the rental market in San Francisco, it’s NUTS, the prices are ridiculous and apartments are rented as soon as they list! No joke.

After a few weeks of trying unsuccessfully to find a place to call home in San Francisco, my cool, calm attitude began to dissipate and I started to panic.

“Crap… what am I going to do? I only have a few days, I can’t find anything… it’s all so expensive, I’ll never find something… this is supposed to work out! What’s up universe? Don’t you have my back? Can’t you fix this for me??”

I promptly put myself in check and started to tap on my feelings of anxiety.

A few minutes later it occurred to me that a few months back I had promised to reward myself with an extended beach vacation once the Think and Thin program had finished. I even found the post-it note that listed my goals, the final one being “Beach reward: Sept 1st-Oct 1st.”

Think and Thin still needed so much attention that I’d been talking myself out of my beach vacation… I can’t go, I have too much to do, clients, classes, website, lalalala……

But I felt very strongly that my eviction was a clear sign that I NEEDED to do that for myself.

After a conversation with a student who explained she was on a “staycation” (a vacation where you stay at home) it occurred to me that I could do the same thing, but live at the beach, in Mexico….

So, I packed up my apartment, put all my belongings into storage and bought a one-way ticket to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.

Bella (my new puppy) and I arrived in Mexico with two suitcases, a reservation for an apartment three blocks from the beach, an open mind and zero agenda.

Within one week my productivity doubled!!
On my breaks, I swim in the Caribbean Sea, in the evenings I dine on the popular 5th Avenue (at about a third of the cost of SF), and over weekends I either scuba dive or go on tours to see the local landmarks.

I’m not trying to brag, because I’VE WORKED HARD for this, and now I believe I DESERVE it.

Many people who struggle with their weight feel they don’t “deserve” to reward themselves until they lose the weight. Or they refuse to make time for themselves.

Well let me tell ya sister (or brother), as long as you’re depriving yourself from simple life pleasures like a peaceful walk in the park, a mani pedi with a girlfriend or a 30 minute nap, you’ll continue to eat emotionally.

When we eat, it’s our body saying “please, I need a break, some pleasure, joy, happiness, SOMETHING!!”

And when we stop listening to that little inner voice, we start to overeat.

So, my challenge to you is this: what can you do to reward yourself today?

– Try something new (an art class, tennis, redecorate a room in your house)
– Call an old friend and have a good laugh together
– Take yourself on a date to see a local attraction
– Attend a party or event
– Take a bubble bath (my fave is a detox bath with Epsom salts and a box of baking soda).

The more you invest time and energy into taking care of yourself, the easier it will be to lose weight.

Please, start consciously rewarding yourself every day, otherwise, you will unconsciously reward yourself with food.

As always, there is a tapping script below to help make this easier!

Try it and let me know how you decide to reward yourself in the BLOG section.

Love and hugs,


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Tapping script:

— Think about rewarding yourself in some way and notice what comes up —

Even though I have this resistance to rewarding myself, I love and accept myself
Even though I have this resistance to rewarding myself, I love and accept myself
Even though I have this resistance to rewarding myself, I love and accept myself

I’m totally resisting this
Reward? What reward?
I’m not there yet
I’m not worthy yet
I can’t give myself a reward
I have to work harder
This resistance to rewarding myself
I honor it for its positive intentions
It’s just part of me that wants better in some way
But it’s no longer serving me
So I choose to let it go

Deep breath

— Think again about giving yourself some kind of reward —

Even though I still have some resistance to rewarding myself, I love and accept myself
Even though I still have some resistance to rewarding myself, I love and accept myself
Even though I still have some resistance to rewarding myself, I love and accept myself
This remaining resistance
All this resistance that’s left
I choose to let it go
And I’m open to the possibility of rewarding myself in some way
Rewards always make me feel good
And when I feel good, I eat less
So I choose to find ways to reward myself daily
I honor myself for working so hard to reach my weight loss goals
I am worthy and deserving right now
It feels good to love myself right now in this moment


  1. Nettie Clarke
    Nettie Clarke10-03-2012

    thanks for the tapping exercise. I too believe that when we are on a spiritual journey and evicted or anything else that is so outrageous that it can only be a wake up call, we need to go with it. good job. Nettie

  2. Sally Luckenbach
    Sally Luckenbach10-03-2012

    This is beautiful, Britt, really inspired.
    Thank you.

  3. Lindy

    Great story, Brittany. Letting go and going with the flow can release so much stored energy.

  4. Chris

    Hi Brittany,
    Good on you for seeing your opportunity in the chaos. Wishing you all the best. Chris

  5. Léanne Thornton
    Léanne Thornton10-03-2012

    Brittany, Your email made me smile in a warm and loving way. May seem an odd reaction, but you responded so beautifully to the challenge in a perfect way for all of us to see and take note. It just touched my heart. Sent with love, Léanne

  6. Liz Staedler
    Liz Staedler10-03-2012

    Thanks very much…so much of this is about resistance. Here’s to breaking down walls of resistance! I’m living vicariously through your beach experience and looking for other rewards too.

  7. nadine

    i am cut off workers compensation and living on nothing. i know my appeal will be ok. i have had to cut everything out along with my artificial nails. i have had them for 30 years. i recently started tapping and the other day i decided to get them back on. i didnt see the correlation till now. it is one thing that made me feel good about myself and since they were not there i have been uncomfortable with how i look. since i have had them on i feel great. this is one treat im keeping. thank you for helping me see this clearly. enjoy mexico (longer)

  8. Nikki Larsen
    Nikki Larsen10-03-2012

    A super big thank you from a workaholic. Yep, I see a nap in my future. Thanks for a mental reframe, you are marvelous as usual.

  9. Colleen


    This event should be subtitled: ” How I turned my unexpected eviction into a well deserved sojourn at the beach.” Talk about delicious lemonade from lemons. Well done, Britt.

  10. Chris Reed
    Chris Reed10-03-2012

    sending Love Light and support to you as you find your next home… give so much of yourself, that the Universe will give back at least three fold to you.

  11. David

    Dear Brittany,

    This is Brill.
    Driving myself without a healthy reward – un healthy reward!
    Work with people with alcohol/drugd problems – note the similarity?
    Lack of self love seems to be a common factor.
    And BLESS YOU for the first memory concept. Awesome.
    Much love you are helping more people than you may suspect.

  12. Marcela Rubio
    Marcela Rubio10-04-2012

    We are so happy all this happened in your life and you came to Mexico, here with us….
    and share your knowledge, I am already feeling different towards food without the emotional stuff, thanks

  13. brittwatkins

    Thank you ALL for the support and words of praise, I truly appreciate it from the bottom of my heart. :-)

  14. Carlana

    I started reading this just before my day began. I was going to reward myself with Bowenwork. I was feeling very peaceful just before walking out to the parking lot to find that my 12 year old car decided it liked the feeling of being peaceful and decided not to start for me. My day sort of went down hill from their, I called my husband and then my moter club for road side assistance. I sat from about 1:30 till about 5:30 with my disabled car. Luckly my husband rented a car and came and brought me a container of water and then since I had left the house without breakfast, gave me the key to the rental and I went to WaWa and got myself a breakfast sandwich and iced coffee, which I gobbled down without thought.

    Back to the disabled car, dealing with the moter club. Where is the tow truck???? The tow truck driver says they didn’t get the order, the moter club said well, this is the 3rd time we have faxed over the order. I said, you all realize that I have been sitting here in the parking lot for hours now! You are very luckly that its not blazing hot or terribly cold because I would be that much more unhappy at my plight!

    OK now its time to take a deep breath. The end of the day happened with a very good thing. I am a member of our local TOPS organization, and I had asked my husband to help me with a class on “TAPPING”, which he did so very well. And I believe that we helped several people take their anxiety to emotional eating from a 8 or 9 all the way down to a possible 4. Wow, that was very rewarding for both of us.

    Thank you Brittany for explaining this so well so we could feel comfortable in helping our friends.

    So, at the end of the day I did reward myself with feeling great about myself. That was quite the challenge, Brittany. Who knows what will happen in a 24 hour period.

    I am sure that you will enjoy yourself in Mexico, but I believe that you would enjoy yourself anywhere!

    Thanks for all that you do!

  15. Angela

    Thank you Britt, will try this and let you know how I go on. I feel sure that all will go well for you, and I wish you all the very best , that this will be so Angie :)

  16. Staci

    Wow, great timing in my life. Thanks so much.

  17. Brenda

    Hi Brittany,
    The word reward brought up grade school images of gold stars and doing something right … or wrong if I didn’t get one. Resistance turned into anger and jealousy of the ones that got the gold stars and shame when I didn’t. It’s Interesting to me how one word can hold so much pain and form patterns of behavior. I thought I was willing to nuture myself, treat myself for the fun of it, and be respectful of my body with nice clothes at any weight, yet something was “off” in someway. Now I know. Thank you, Brittany. It’s still feels like the reward word implies I did something good therefore I am good, but I’ll keep tapping and see what else lies within.

    • brittwatkins

      Well said Brenda.. Reward for no particular reason is always good too ;-)

  18. Carmelo Guzmán Pardo
    Carmelo Guzmán Pardo07-25-2017

    Hi Britt;

    I’m a 41 single father and a teacher of English as a foreign language.
    After a while trying to find the right person for me, I decided to go on alone to get my dream: “to have my own family”
    This July 29th, we are four years we know, and August 23, four years we moved home.

    They’re special needs children. Apart from ADH, the are younger than their body age. (10 and 11 until August 13.)

    In September we move nearer the see. I need a new begging. It was very hard, not only because I’m alone and I have no help, but because their problems have increased.

    In the School I’ve been working and my children attending, we have learned tapping. Here we use it with children with lots of emotional problems. Most of them have noone to love or really take care of.

    I’ve never heart about tapping until this year. I have to say it functions very well. I use it in my class and in my home meetings, when need to relax, or have more attention in the situation of my children.

    I have enjoyed very much reading your words.
    Yesterday afternoon, my rented flat owners came home.
    The neighbors have claim to them because of they noise my children make. At the same time critic me as a bad father and surprise when they know I’m a teacher.
    So we have to look for another place to live. A new home for my boys, my dogs and me.

    I felt very bad. Imaging my boys when I explained to them what the problem is.

    I’ve tried to see it as an opportunity to start again, could be nearer the sea or in our own home.

    I have rediscover people love to criticize and never tried to feel what you feel or to wear your shoes.
    And what it is more, they don’t understand my children have many problems, not they are a problem. :/

    The thing is I felt what you were writing, I have a similar situation and a new fight.

    Thank you for reading me and I have to say I started writing this to tell you you have a place in my small family. So you can always use it and come to Spain.

    Huge hugs and thanks again.

    Carmelo Guzmán Pardo

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