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So I don’t know really what to make of “the law of attraction.” Like many ideas in the self-help world I think there is likely some germ of truth in there but it is too often explained in a simplistic way. I don’t think we just cling with our little graspy minds to thoughts about what we want to make it come true.

But I do try to pay attention to serendipity when it shows up in my life.

Last week I lingered at the book sale at the public library. I had all three children with me so time to peruse was tight. I saw the book Writing Down the Bones and once I held it in my hand, I knew it wanted to come home with me. It is a gorgeous read– combining writing tips with observations from Zen meditation. I had never heard of the author but had that feeling that I was meeting an old friend. Then a few days ago this second book came in the mail with some delicious truffles, part of a gift package from a dear family friend. It is by the same author, poems and paintings, the next of her books. I simply cannot wait to spend more time with both over the holiday season, and I think they make help me set the stage for some deep writing in 2016. Happenstance? Perhaps. I have given up on explaining the universe. As Rumi says “Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.”

And you my beloved? Where is life winking at you?

I would love to hear…

Wishing you all the best this season of magic and mystery!


PS I have space for 4 free laser coaching sessions in January– is one of them yours? This is your chance to get a complementary taste of coaching at a great time of year to make space for the new. Go ahead and grab a spot now!

I’ll be nesting out for the holidays (you may have noticed this week’s post came early) but will be back in January with a new blog series I’m really excited about. I’ll also be sharing more Vintage Bird favorites in the new year. xo

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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 children and remember to water their garden boxes. Courtney can be reached at

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