In today’s video I share one of the moments I remember the most about my time at Harvard. This video is number one in a two part series… so if you want to hear more about the elegant scaffolding for your dreams I mention at the end there, stay tuned for part two next week. (Click on the photo above to watch today’s video).

Also when we talk about dreams or desires for a new project or goal that are bubbling up in our lives, one of the things to notice is that our egos can jump in there and hijack the process.

Shutting it down for its size and scope:

“Moving to another country with your family? That is too ambitious, it will never work.”


“Creating quilts?! That idea is so small it would never amount to much in anyone else’s life.”

And questioning your skills:

“Starting your own coaching business?!  You need to do it perfectly, or not even start.”

“Developing a blog — you don’t have the writing capacity or the consistency to pull that off.”

When it comes to the voice of our personality, we really can’t win. But dreams don’t come from the voice of our ego (which just wants to keep us safe and maintain an illusion of control.)

Dreams come from our soul. And they invite us into a life which fits us better than the one we are currently living. This process of perennial unfolding is part of what it means to be human, if we say yes to it.

But dreams they need space to breathe and mature.

So this is my invitation: is there something you are noodling with or listening for? This could be the idea for a new side business, or a community project like a garden in your neighborhood. It could be even vaguer than that, just a hunch or a knowing that you have creative contributions yet expressed.

Would you be willing to draw a sacred circle around this dream this week? Maybe you hold it in your heart and mind during a meditation. Maybe you take yourself on a nature walk and just let the ideas flow. Maybe you risk telling a dear friend about it and asking them simply to listen while you get your ideas out of your head and into your shared airspace.

I would love to hear what you do to honor the dream in your life. Leave a comment over on the below. It may be just what another needs to hear! And you sharing it may also catalyze you further in your process.

Warmly, Courtney

PS I have one spot left for a new coaching client to start this month. Check out all the fun Fall gifts here and schedule a quick chat with me if you would like a taste of coaching or are ready to get started.  The Soulpreneur Mastermind is one of the bonus gifts for one on one coaching clients, so you get automatic inclusion in this new group coaching program when it starts next month. xo

Photo Nov 12, 6 14 05 PMCourtney 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, 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. You can read more about her coaching options here or Courtney can be reached directly at