Sometimes when you are writing one book the next one pays a visit. I learned this from my book coach and filed it away in the interesting but not my experience category.  Until this week.

People, the waves of change are stirring in my heart and soul again. But wait… I’m still editing my first book and having all kinds of powerful experiences teaching it to my beta coaching group and preparing for the retreat in Mexico.

But there it was… unavoidable. I sat to meditate a couple of days ago and the voice was back.  Only a slightly different voice.  Similar to the one which bubbled up and fueled 52,000 words in nine weeks, only a fresh distinct flavor.  Blooming right next door.

And the ping of recognition. “Holy Bejessus that reminds me of the book voice.  That is the book voice.  That is a new book. OhmygoodnessIshouldwritethisdown. Thiswantstobedocumented.”

So what did I do?  I sat there and finished my meditation.  Did I write it down later?  Nope.  Sometimes we hear inspiration knocking and we can’t quite manage to catch the tiger by its tail.

But in the days since I’ve had a reckoning. I’ve set yes to this new voice:

Even though I don’t think I’m ready.

Even though I’ve yet to publish the first one.

Even though there are so many other things swirling around and inside of me as I teach the eight step FLOURISH process for the first time.

Here we go.

You know the funny thing is that I think this creativity surge is actually a product of moving through the FLOURISH process myself again as I teach the beta coaching group.

I’m hearing feedback from women in the program that waves of recognition and saying yes to deep soul shifts are opening up inside of them.  At first I was in a state of encouragement during the private and group calls – remembering previous times I’ve been in an inner growth spurt.  (What I call Upleveling. Even though at the time it can feel like a downward spiral.)

But then, shazam, I was back in my own soul growth spurt and the more I say yes to it the more quickly the waves of fresh opportunities are coming.

I love teaching out of that place. It is where I feel most alive, in integrity and transparent.

And it is a reminder that our best work, our most powerful work as soulful women in the world is not forced or engineered from the mind.  It is not pushing ourselves on when exhausted or striving for the shiny gold star. It is a gentle syncing up of all the internal resources and an editing of the static.  The gentlest of pushes when you are ripe and in this state can send you cascading into a more expansive version of yourself and open the opportunities to do things you wouldn’t have thought possible.  Like start your second book on the heels of your first.

I think is is time we go quantum, dear Birder. Growing beyond the boxes we put ourself in.

And what a season for it.  Spring fever.  Breathe it in.

Love and all the good,


Do you feel a new iteration of your life beckoning and rather than looking the other way you want to say yes to these deep, soulful nudges? If you would you like my support as you move through this process I will be opening up my FLOURISH formula program for another beta coaching group in May. (This is your opportunity to get a sneak peak on the material as I put finishing touches on the book before it will be published later this year.) If you would like to learn more I have a limited number of Discovery Sessions available when I get back from Mexico and I would love to talk with you. You can view my calendar and grab your Discovery Session today.  Xxo


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 (a personality map), meditation, and mindbody practices to reduce stress as well as supporting busy women who want to unlock their greatest gifts 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. You can read about options for working with Courtney here and reach her directly at

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