Birder* I have so much to share with you I almost overheated in my effort to stuff it all into this email. I felt like my kids who simultaneously present me when walking through the door with handheld nature treasures, homemade art or the stories of the day — all too precious to wait. They are bursting with the newness and goodness of it all and just have to share, right now. I feel that way about some writing I crafted over the summer as well as fresh content and many more details about my Soulpreneur Mastermind (think eCourse + group phone coaching program) which starts in October and fun, autumnlicious (yes I made that word up) goodies for coaching clients this fall.

But then i remembered the how is as important as the what.

That how I feel while working is as important as the content I create.

And so on this first week back in the saddle after a leisurely end to the summer (and in the middle of a kitchen remodel)

I just want to share a favorite moment from my summer, the pic above from an edible landscape tour outside of Asheville, North Carolina. My love of medicinal herbs and growing things in the garden is taking a wild turn and leading me into the forest. It was truly one of the more sacred encounters of my whole summer. I’m sure I’ll be sharing more about it and other ways we can hold hands with nature in upcoming posts.

Be on the lookout for all that fresh content and special offerings in the coming weeks. For now I just want to say thank you for being a part of my summer.

All the good,

PS I share more pics + fav resources over on Facebook and would love to connect with you there! xo

*Why do you have a nickname? Well as any creative will tell you the people who enjoy, read, or share your art are dear indeed. And I know I’m biased but the readers of this blog are some of the most interesting, soulful women (and a few good men!) I have had the privilege of encountering in person or through the interwebs. A powerful tribe. I call you Birder because like me I think you are out there listening. The voice of the soul is like a wild animal. And rather than stomping through the forest of our lives and scaring away everything timid and beautiful we pause. We step slowly. We listen for the birdsong.


Here are some examples of what participants in the Summer of Meditation Challenge have shared so far. I love reading each one of your reflections — please add your thoughts today!

“OMG!!! I can’t emphasize enough how wonderful the impact has been on me. I decided to take on the Challenge in the most hectic month of the year for our family. I was feeling overwhelmed, exhausted and almost in a victim state feeling burdened with too much responsibility for my three girls while my husband had to work extra hours. When I read about your Challenge I decided it was the perfect intervention. I needed something. Through the consistency of meditation my days became so much more manageable. My energy increased (and I wasn’t getting more sleep or doing less) and I was way more grounded with my children, husband and my self. I even had to stop drinking coffee as my constant tiredness seemed to lift and the coffee was too much for me and I LOVE coffee but I just didn’t feel like I “needed” it.” Christina, busy mom, Bowen Island, BC, Canada

“Every time I did the suggested meditation, I was transported from a busy mind/body to a more still, comfortable place. It was a ten minute reminder of self compassion.” Lisa Baer Frederick, Art Activist, Rockport, Texas

“I successfully did two of the meditations – walking & pernicious thoughts. On the days I did those I felt both relaxed & energized. I liked your suggestion that the meditations can be done in small chunks during the day. I am very grateful for you and your passion for transformation!” Karen, quilter, life long seeker, Oak Cliff, Texas.

I would seriously love to hear from you. Plus you would be gifting future participants by letting me know how I could make the Challenge better.

You don’t need to have done all 8 weeks perfectly to complete the survey. That is in fact all part of the feedback:) Share with me which videos piqued your interest and why. Which audio meditations you tried. What you liked. How it could be made better. Even if you only tried one meditation one time, I want to hear from you. Here is the link to the survey.

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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 popular blog on soulful living. Courtney teaches regularly on the Enneagram, meditation, and MindBody practices as well as supporting other “soulpreneurs,” aka women who want to lead with heart in their work + 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