“We need a coat with two pockets. In one pocket there is dust, and in one pocket there is gold. We need a coat with two pockets to remind us who we are.” Parker Palmer

I spent Spring Break glamping with my family in the Hill Country (that’s Texas, y’all. Nearish Austin.) Glamping = glamorous camping. Airbnb is full of such fun. We enjoyed a safari-style tent and a turquoise bathtub under the stars at this lovely stay at the FreeSpirit Farmhouse.

On the one hand, the beauty of our trip filled me. Feeding the donkey’s carrots. Watching the sun set.  Hiking Enchanted Rock.



Enchanted Rock

And on the other hand nothing makes me feel more mortal and depleted than unfiltered time with the youngins. (How is it that introverts are supposed to breed ? This mama needs alone time to function. )

Somedays I can get all hyper searching for that perfect balance. I think that is why I like Parker Palmer’s quote. Increasingly I just want to be present. To the gold and the dust.

Awake to the “too-muchness” of life.

Including an awareness of vulnerability — mine and others. Something I felt acutely aware of this week as the NPR coverage was too tragic to listen to or digest with kids in the car.

So on this day where you too may be full of the “too-muchness” of life I hope you know that I love to have you as part of this Bird in Hand posse and to think of you in your own context — inspiring and supporting others, often (likely) without even knowing it. And getting to be your authentic self, limits and all. In other words, sprinkling dust and gold wherever you go.



PS So if you didn’t have like 45 minutes to read my blog post last week on decluttering (what can I say, I get excited at that theme!) I’ve brought the fun part, i.e. the bonuses for my Spring Clean coaching package, up top here so you see them. I have 3 spots left, wondering if one of them is yours? Xo

PPS Ghost Ranch is upon us! i am sooooo excited by the women who are gathering for this intimate retreat in New Mexico April 7-10. There are a couple of spots remaining so if you are feeling like this one is not to be missed I say honor that impulse and go for it! I can’t wait to spend three whole days sharing my favorite MindBody tools and enjoying heart-thumping hikes and conversation with change-makers. xo

Spring Clean

Spring Clean Coaching Package Bonuses

life-changing magic

Your copy of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo.*

*If you already have this one I’ll gift you instead Marie Kondo’s brand new companion book Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up.


One complementary 45 minute coaching session + 15 minute followup call with Alison from OldSpaceNewSpace to help you problem-solve that part of your house which is the hardest to keep organized.

Courtney + Melissa

One 45 minute coaching session with Melissa from EnduraLife + additional resources + recipes to help you detox your body through high quality nutrition. (Here I am with Melissa on a walk at a nearby nature preserve dreaming up collaborations.)

Plus a guided tour of one of my favorite coaching tools, called the Living Space Tool, from Martha Beck. Using this tool we will explore the area of least satisfaction in your home and how that space is similar to other aspects of your life. And identify concrete next steps to make it better.

So that is it! You can read all the details including pricing about my transformational coaching package here. These spring cleaning bonuses apply to both a 6 or 10 session package. It is a great time of year for some cleaning house. Book your complementary laser coaching session today and let’s get started! xo

Upcoming Live Events


Join me at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico for a special retreat.

Dates: April 7 – April 10, 2016

This workshop will be offered in the beautiful Casa del Sol at Ghost Ranch (near Georgio O’Keefe’s iconic home) and include multiple mind/body tools to help you support yourself in and through those high-stress moments which are part of being a change-maker.The course includes guided meditations, lessons on tapping or acupressure, aromatherapy, ample time to hike and enjoy nature and as well as specific mind/body coaching techniques.

You can read all the details and learn more about a bonus gift offer here.

Price: Starts at $525 (including 3 nights lodging and meals.)  Register Today. 

I have also tucked in a few answers to common questions below.
xo Courtney


Ghost Ranch Q & A

How do I get there? Albuquerque and Santa Fe are the closest airports. You can take a shuttle from the Santa Fe Sage Inn or rent a car to drive to the ranch. (Bring a friend and share the car rental!) You can also read more detailed directions regarding the shuttle ($40 roundtrip) over on the Ghost Ranch website.

What is the menu?  Meals are served cafeteria style, with choice of indoor or outdoor dining. Menus include vegetarian entrees. A salad bar is featured at lunch and dinner each day. Ghost Ranch has a Farm to Table program using their own seasonal farm produce whenever possible. We also have our own kitchen at Casa del Sol if you need to bring your own food for any reason. Gluten free options are available for breakfast. (Email me for details.)

Can I come on Friday? Yes. We do have one group gathering Thursday night on the Change Cycle, but if you know you need to miss that one I can send you the handout and answer any questions ahead of time. Our Friday morning session (after meditation) starts at 10AM.

Will I have time to rest? Yes! Don’t let fatigue or the fact that you “don’t have time” stop you from participating as it may mean that you need the respite even more. Every afternoon is completely free to explore heart-thumping hikes (and views) or just to nap, journal, and chat with others.
PS Next week is spring break and I’ll be glamping in the Hill country with my people. But you can expect me to pick back up with Myth #4 in my Shine Series on myths which keep us from reaching our juiciest goals upon my return. If you missed the first three myths busted, you can check those out below.

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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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