Big Sky Country

This pic is from last week’s vacation to my parent’s retreat house in the North/West Texas hills. Big sky country is always good for my soul. While away I thought about our need as people for both roots and wings. It is good to know where you come from and to let yourself dream big.

For me connecting to roots is enjoying no-makeup, unplugged time in a house with a big porch in a small town where I get to finally make that lemon pie I have been dreaming of for about 5 months. And drinking my coffee on the swing and going to sleep with train whistles and the heavy silence of stars overhead. When connected to my roots I remember who my kids are when they have no where else to be and nothing else to do but lose themselves in a day-long vision board/collage project. But deep in that space of rest and “non-doing” I also find clarity about my desires, professional and otherwise. (Like the dream of doing a live coaching intensive in an eco-treehouse in Nicaragua. This place calls to me I tell you! I just need a few hardy souls to go test it out with me…. let me know if you think you might be one.)

See how this works? The simple stuff and the stretch stuff, they seem worlds apart but actually they inhabit your same inner ecosystem.  And dreaming from this deep place, what Martha Beck calls your “core of peace” is so much more powerful than surface level grabbiness.

So where do you find your roots?

And where do your wings want to take you?

You can have both you know. You don’t have to choose.



Courtney Pinkerton, M.Div & M.PP, is a holistic life 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 popular blog on soulful living. Courtney teaches regularly on the Enneagram and meditation and helps busy women unlock their greatest professional contributions and flourish in their personal lives.  She lives in Oak Cliff, Texas with her husband Richard Amory where they try to keep up with their three children and remember to water their garden boxes. Courtney can be reached at or you can read more about coaching options and retreats at
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