On a Living Spree

Take Time to Play Today

Fourteen years ago, I went with four of my friends to get our photo taken with Santa at the Burbank mall. Were we far too old to be doing this? Absolutely. Did we care that we were the only group in line that did not include young children? Nope. Is Santa kinda creepy with five grown women sitting on his lap? Definitely… which makes it even more hilarious. What was meant to be a one-time joke turned out to be so fun that it became an annual tradition, complete with themes and costumes. Even as our own families and lives grow and change, it’s a once-a-year event where we can feel like kids again with each other.

Over time, the things you used to play at become serious endeavors, or to-do list items, or no longer worth doing at all. Running around with your friends outside becomes running on the treadmill at the gym, scheduling coffee dates to see your friends, and attending networking events to make new ones. We think of those activities as good and healthy, but they’re actually remarkably unnatural, not to mention not very fun. Because if you saw a kid doing any of those things, you would feel like you were in an alternate universe. Kids don’t run to stay fit, they run to feel the wind on their face and the grass beneath their feet. Kids don’t network to climb a career ladder, they bond through joyful moments. Kids go for what they want without worrying about why or what for—they just want to have fun. As adults, we deny ourselves that luxury without understanding the incredible benefits we’re missing out on.

 

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Bridget Hilton | Keynote Speaker | Burnout Mental Health Motivation Workplace Belonging | Author Experiential Billionaire
In this thought-provoking episode, we delve into the concept of experiential wealth and living purposefully, challenging the conventional definition of wealth. Bridget Hilton and I navigate through discussions about complacency in finance and relationships, we explore how discomfort can be a catalyst towards achieving our goals. We touch on practical ways to challenge comfort zones and the importance of shared experiences in nurturing relationships. In this episode, Bridget seeks to inspire you to redefine your perception of wealth, live purposefully, and create meaningful memories through simple experiences.
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Bridget Hilton | Keynote Speaker | Burnout Mental Health Motivation Workplace Belonging | Author Experiential Billionaire
In their book, they surveyed over 20,000 people on their life regrets. It hits, y'all. I don't want to die with any regrets. The release of this episode coincided with a few other things for me– a dinner with Andi Scull, the founder of HOPE Gallery; an event for the Ubuntu Foundation; and scrolling across a photo of Kim Kardashian with two other powerhouse women who are all founders of companies.

The 'what are you waiting for' vibe really struck me. We can do anything we set our minds to. I get caught up sometimes in all the things that can hold me back. There will always be obstacles. But I prayed about it all and I was given an idea, and it can truly make a difference, and I want to make the most of this life.
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Bridget Hilton | Mental Health, Burnout, Workplace Belonging, Motivational, Goal Setting Keynote Speaker | Experiential Billionaire Author

When you were younger, you might have had some type of allowance to use on whatever you wanted. What if you gave yourself an allowance for your experiences? We’re not personal finance experts, and there are plenty of books on that if you want to go deep (I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi is a great place to start). We do, however, know that when experiences truly become the priority, spending habits often change. 

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How do shared experiences help with burnout in the workplace?
The secret to strong bonds lies in shared experiences, especially novel ones. With yourself, your romantic partner, kids, parents, roommates, your ride-or-die, buddies, classmates, colleagues. It doesn’t matter. People are people, and experiencing new things brings us together in a...
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Bridget Hilton | Mental Health, Workplace Belonging, Motivational, Goal Setting Keynote Speaker | Experiential Billionaire Author

In this enlightening podcast episode, we dive into how what people thought was a social good company that made millions of dollars, it started the journey of writing the book, Experiential Billionaire, and sharing the profound wisdom of living life with a sense of urgency and living a life rich in experiences. Discover powerful insights on seizing opportunities, transforming dreams into reality, and navigating life's unexpected turns.


In life, most of us experience some sort of unexpected wake-up calls, such as personal challenges or crises. This can profoundly alter one's perspective and priorities. These unforeseen events have the potential to reshape life's trajectory, pushing individuals to seek more meaningful experiences. We go into things that most people talk about wishing they would have done with their life and the excuses they made so that you can live a life that has no regrets!

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Now Offering Workshops With My Co-Author Joe Huff!

Joe Huff and Bridget Hilton’s transformational workshop takes attendees through a powerful and entertaining half day focused on all the ways companies, teams and leaders can unlock powerful results and untapped human potential by learning how to identify and prioritize investing in fulfilling experiences.

Told through engaging real life experiences and backed by science, their stories energize, inspire, and provide the tools and habits necessary for attendees to learn how to find peak inspiration, build deeper and more meaningful connections with their teams and co-workers, overcome burnout, optimize individual and team performance, and cultivate strong feelings of fulfillment, community, belonging and wellbeing.

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Bridget Hilton | Mental Health, Workplace Belonging, Motivational, Goal Setting Keynote Speaker | Experiential Billionaire Author

 

When it comes to learning, Mahatma Gandhi put it best:

“Live as if you’ll die tomorrow, learn as if you were to live forever.”

In other words, cultivate a sense of urgency to pursue your desires and dreams now.

But—and this is important—don’t let that stop you from investing in your long-term growth.

When we’re young, we’re constantly learning.

Somewhere along the line, though, that growth starts to wane.

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Workplace Engagement - Problem and Solution
There's a Big Problem With Workplace Engagement.
  • The job market continues to boom, with millions of workers still leaving their jobs each month despite talk of a slowing economy and recession. Also booming, according to recent Gallup polling, worker disengagement and unhappiness.
  • This is not just an HR issue but a bottom line one as well: business units with engaged workers have 23% higher profit, while employees who are not engaged cost the world $7.8 trillion in lost productivity, equal to 11% of global GDP.
  • Sixty percent of people reported being emotionally detached at work and 19% as being miserable. Only 33% reported feeling engaged ­­— and that is even lower than 2020.

So What Can I Help With?

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Bridget Hilton | Mental Health, Workplace Belonging, Motivational, Goal Setting, Retention, Burnout Keynote Speaker | Experiential Billionaire Author
Join us for a free virtual class at UCLA x OPEN on October 10 at 12pm pst, where Joe and I will speak about the art, science and path to building a life rich in experiences. Q&A and follow up materials included.Link...
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Bridget Hilton | Mental Health, Workplace Belonging, Motivational, Goal Setting Keynote Speaker | Experiential Billionaire Author
We’ve all heard the saying, “Live as if you’ll die tomorrow.”It’s great advice…up to a point.It’s true that any day could be your last.And you definitely shouldn’t put off your dreams until “someday.”However, if you literally live as if you’ll...
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WE WROTE A BOOK!
✅ WRITE A BOOK. Two+ years (and two lifetimes) in the making.Experiential Billionaire: Build a Life Rich in Experiences and Die With No Regrets - Coming September 12, 2023.This is Joe Huff and I's love letter to life, death, and the experiences...
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Bridget Hilton | Goal Setting Speaker
Cairo!!! Joe Huff and I check off a BIG one on our “someday” lists with an epic day at the pyramids. Climbing the tunnel up the great pyramid was my favorite part - I giggled the whole way up at how unexpected it was (and surprisingly unsafe aka fun for how big of a tourist spot this is 😂) LOVED TODAY!!! Worth every minute of travel, planning, money, etc for this experience I’ve been dreaming of for decades. Shoutout to my camel Charlie 🐫 and the best business partner/co-author/bff ever Joe Huff for meeting me halfway around the 🌍 to make a dream come true. Fun fact - the pyramids are the ONLY remaining ancient “world wonder”.
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Bridget Hilton | Burnout Keynote Speaker | Mental Health Keynote Speaker | Workplace Belonging Keynote Speaker

I hear the term more and more these days, but think sometimes it gets confused with normal work stress, so some managers might just brush it off as being not serious.

While stress is a normal part of work, burnout is a more severe and prolonged condition that can have serious implications for both the individual and the organization. Recognizing the signs of burnout and taking steps to address and prevent it is crucial for promoting employee well-being and maintaining a healthy work environment.

Burnout in the workplace is a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion that results from prolonged or chronic job-related stress. It typically occurs when employees feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and unable to meet the demands of their job. Burnout is often characterized by a sense of disillusionment, reduced effectiveness, and a lack of motivation.

Characteristics of workplace burnout include:

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Checking off the Taj Mahal - a Dream Come True
Got the unbelievable dream of the TAJ MAHAL at sunrise for my birthday. The most breathtaking, mind boggling, perfectly made architecture in the world is beyond worth the trip, and its existence is far beyond my comprehension. Arrived at 5am for some time alone with this beauty and the gorgeous light through the morning. Grateful for my sweet guide who also took these 📸
6/7 World Wonders. ✔️🌏🇮🇳
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Bridget Hilton
Foggy day dream come true. A visit to Rick Rubin’s legendary Shangri-La studios in Malibu, where some of the greatest artists of our time have recorded, The Last Waltz was filmed, and which property includes Bob Dylan’s 70’s tour bus...
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Happy 10 Years to LSTN
I am mostly proud of having been the ground all over the world giving 50,000+ people hearing for the first time - and how that has impacted their own futures, families and communities. What a gift this has been in my life.

Secondly I am proud of how no matter what, we have always had fun doing it. It has DEFINITELY not always been easy but it has been full of moments with the most hysterical laughter and joy I could’ve possibly imagined. Selling millions of products is cool, but enjoying the ride is FAR more important.
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Bridget Hilton | UCLA
At the end of 2021 I listed out my goals for the new year, and one of them was “join a board for something I’m passionate about”. ✅ I’m excited to join the board of UCLA as Advisor to the Dean of Extension. Learning is my greatest passion in life, so this was an interesting choice for a few reasons. I never attended university, in fact I never really thought it was a possibility or was even a discussion growing up. I’ve had a chip on my shoulder because I never got that experience/network/etc. BUT certainly never let it stop me from learning, and ultimately it was the right path for me (not everyone is so lucky).

So, during the pandemic UCLA started a program called UCLAxOPEN that provides free classes to anyone in the world who wants to take them. I loved this immediately. I always have believed talent is evenly distributed, OPPORTUNITY is not. Free/low cost ACCESS to education/knowledge can truly change the world by giving people a more level playing field. A common saying I think about is "what if the cure for cancer is within someone who cannot afford education?" I believe we’re seeing just the very beginning of a shift in education on a major level and I’m excited to be a tiny tiny part of magnifying personal growth opportunities in LA and beyond through this historic organization. #knowledgeispower
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Bridget Hilton | Mental Health, Workplace Belonging, Motivational, Goal Setting, Retention, Burnout Keynote Speaker | Experiential Billionaire Author

Welcome to On a Living Spree. Glad you're here! I'm Bridget. I write and speak about the art, science, and path to building a life rich in experiences. 

The goal of this blog is to help you discover (or rediscover!) your goals and give you the tools to make them happen, whether it's through me directly or my company Experiential Billionaire. I appreciate you stopping by - much more to come soon.

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