This time of year I break out of the fuzzy slippers and into a pair of TOMS shoes I wear around the house. These are one of those everyday things that make me happy both because my husband gave them to me but also because I love the mission of TOMS’ shoes: “With every product you purchase, TOMS will help a person in need. One for One.” Every time someone buys a pair of shoes they offer a brand new, made-to-order shoe for a child their Giving Partners serve– all around the world. So far this approach has generated 35 million pairs of new shoes to children in need!
It can be overwhelming in the face of large global problems, like poverty, to know how best to help. I love it when organizations make it easy for me and give me this opportunity to invest in a high quality product for myself and support someone else.
This is why I donate a percentage of the profits for my ecourses to charity– I love linking the lives of these amazing conscious folks I meet through Bird in Hand to noble nonprofits serving the global poor. It feels like a win, win, win, win!
It all started last summer when I was invited by a local NGO to offer coaching to AmeriCorps volunteers serving low-income children in a literacy program. (Before Peace Corps I was an AmeriCorps volunteer for a couple of years– I know, I know, thats a lot of Corps:) I think of those combined four years as my second college education. And the relationships with domestic violence survivors — AmeriCorps– and rural Nicaraguan families — Peace Corps — deeply shaped me and my world view.
Because of my personal connection it was really meaningful to have the chance to donate some of my coaching over the summer to support these young people (in college or just beyond). And they were so much fun! Totally responsive to the Enneagram + meditation, and hungry for mind/body practices to navigate the stresses of young adult life and to live into their desires to serve.
Add to that experience the fact that I keep bumping into people — through my meditation class or around my neighborhood– who are navigating extreme life circumstances and inquire about coaching Whether a single mom, young filmmaker, or Americorps volunteer each of these people touched me and made me want to find a way to open up a lower-cost coaching option for them.
Today I am! Introducing my first ever Buy One, Give One Coaching Package!
I have two spots left on my spring coaching calendar and they are dedicated for this purpose.
One is a spot for my ten session transformational coaching package (which you can read all about here…)
One is a scholarship spot.
The paying client who invests in their own growth through these ten sessions opens the door for me to donate my time and attention to someone in need.
That’s all. Tom’s shoes but holistic life coaching!
If you have been thinking you might want to take the plunge and invest in coaching, and if you want to leverage your investment as a gift for another, now would be a great time!
You can email me directly at email@example.com or grab a time convenient for you on my online calendar (just choose a complementary conversation about coaching in the menu.)
If you are interested in the scholarship spot email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send you the link for a brief online application + we will set up a conversation.
Also if you know someone who would could use some coaching and would appreciate this added dimension of simultaneously gifting support to another — please share this info with them!
And thank you Birder for being you. For showing up for your life. For leaning into conscious living. And for being a part of my world.
I hope your everyday is filled with small things which both fill you with happiness + remind you that we are all so beautifully + mysteriously connected together.
PS Almost forgot the video! Shot in the yoga studio post meditation class– check it out for more of the story on Buy One Give One. xo
Courtney Pinkerton, M.Div & M.PP, is a holistic life and leadership coach and the founder of Bird in Hand Coaching. She holds dual masters degrees from Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Kennedy School, is the host of the Summer of Meditation Challenge and publishes a weekly e-newsletter on real-world mindfulness practices. Courtney teaches regularly on the Enneagram, meditation, and conscious approaches to leadership and parenting. She lives in Oak Cliff, Texas with her husband Richard Amory where they try to keep up with their three young children and remember to water their garden boxes. Courtney can be reached at email@example.com or you can schedule a complementary conversation to talk more.
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