Happy Friday!

Today I have a question for you: what does flourishing feel like?

There is so much crazy (not to mention pain) in our world right now and I realized this week that with the launch of my book where I feel invited to step next is to create space for women to focus on and share with each other what feels good.

For years I’ve studied and highlighted the tools: powerful ones like the Enneagram, meditation, and mind-body awareness techniques. And if you are reading The Flourish Formula right now you know that the eight step process is rooted in the most incisive (and practical) awareness techniques I have found. Practices that have the power to change your relationship to just about everything: your work, your body, your intimates, even your spiritual core.

So I love tools, tips and techniques.

But at the same time I find myself yearning to share and hear more about what makes you feel like you are blooming, right here and right now, with life just as it is: full of obligations, choices, pain and beauty.

I think this capacity to savor the good, far from being a cliché, is a vital source of fuel for changing your own life and our communities and world.

So here is a current list of experiences and life moments where I touch and taste my own sense of flourishing:

1.) Choosing the yarn colors for our custom family hammock, which is going to hang in our living room!

2.) Fall feels really different here near the equator – I’m loving that I can still jump in the pool for a midday refresher and yet we get to enjoy the same moody Autumn moon, which hung over us during Day of the Dead Celebrations at the cemetery.

3.) And of course the book. I am so honored that people are downloading it literally around the world (Hello Japan! UK! Brazil! India! Holland! Germany! and more.) And that we achieved the best seller status on Amazon in all three categories of meditation, time-management and skills. Honestly this is better than we even hoped. We had over 800 downloads during the 48 hours of our book launch fueled entirely by word of mouth. That’s you, baby. Thank you. (Note: the recording of the book launch party is available only for a limited time so download via clicking on the photo below!)

4.) Clearly this message of wanting to slow down and accomplish more is resonating and I’m loving meeting women on Discovery Calls and hearing about new life dreams which are emerging: things like starting their family, job prospects which light them up and more. I’m also so inspired by the shifts women who are in my 8 Step Flourish Coaching Program are experiencing — this week especially in their relationship to their bodies and feeling released from long-term stress-related symptoms and pains.

5.) And lastly I’m savoring the feeling of space in my life and time with my husband that has opened in our days now that phase one of the book launch is behind us. (Up next: soliciting “advance praise” for the back cover and preparing to publish the print book in early 2018. But for now… enjoying an exhale together.)

** Oh and one more: Strong Nica coffee. **

I have a few spots left for Discovery Calls next week. Honestly these are such fun. And what is the deal with the coffee? It is simple: I feel like life is easier when we gift ourselves moments of respite and connection. Warm cups which wake up our senses: whether your beverage of choice is lemon water, tea or something stronger. That is what I hope to offer in these Discovery calls — a virtual warm cup and conversation.

So I’ve decided to pick one random winner from the women who schedule Discovery Calls in November and send her a treat. Depending on her preferences this might be a bag of my favorite Nica coffee. Or tea. Or something else. My husband thinks this is silly. (Ah the joys of working together:) But I love to give presents, and I feel like it, so voila. Presents it is. These Discovery spots tend to go fast and may be filled or almost filled next week so reserve yours today.)

Warm best,

Courtney
PS Feel free also to forward this invitation on to a friend or family member you think would enjoy a cup of support right now.

Courtney Pinkerton is a certified holistic life coach and the author of the Amazon bestseller, The Flourish Formula: An Overachiever’s Guide to Slowing Down & Accomplishing More. Courtney is a student and a teacher of the Enneagram who has helped hundreds of busy women (and a few inspiring men) slow down and accomplish and enjoy more in their life. She holds dual master’s degrees from Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Kennedy School, is the creator of the flourish coaching methodology and the Flourish Formula for Families. After selling their house and all their belongings and spending a year adventuring in Nicaragua and being tutored by their neighbors in the art of slowing down and living more, Courtney and her husband Richard Amory and their three children are making a new home in Asheville, North Carolina.

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