Happy (almost) New Year! I created this video to share with you while I am enjoying some unplugged time with my family over the holidays. 

Each year at this time I find myself searching for the questions or process to guide my way in cleaning house internally so that I can enter the new year feeling light and ready.

And each year what I need is a bit different.

Last year at this time I was about to dive into writing my book manuscript and needed a super-charged process to clean out my brain, make space, and help me feel confident I was taking care of loose ends. You can read about it here.

This year has a different feel. I am craving something softer and have settled on three questions rooted in a fresh form of gratitude, inspired by the teachings of coach Tara Marino.

Gratitude can be a cliche or feel heavy, like something you should do.

But in today’s video I talk about how essential it is to actually let yourself fully extract all the goodness you have already received in 2017 before you pick up with the energy of making improvements or adjustments to your life in the new year.

In short last year I craved a detailed blueprint of where I was and where I was going.

This year the reflection is more organic. I wanted one more pass through the garden of 2017. The chance to savor what grew here. Not only in the externals of my life. (This is the part that I think will surprise you) but also gratitude for myself.

In my experience it is super rare, especially for high achieving women or recovering overachievers, that we let ourselves slow down and fully digest all that we have been, enjoyed, and done. Instead we get a brief blip of pleasure or satisfaction before we start moving forward again.

This reflection process is powerful because it primes you to be able to receive more in the next year. If we are only chasing and pushing and proving we stay on the surface of life. To enjoy, savor and ironically accomplish more, we need to actually honor fully where we already are. Not just pausing and panting before we start another sprint.

So in today’s video I walk you through three questions:

1) What positive attribute have I embodied this year? Maybe you have been courageous or adventurous or resilient or supple or curious….

2) What have I enjoyed this year?

By which I mean what have you really enjoyed? What has surprised and delighted you? Where have you gifted yourself experiences which woke up your senses and made you tingle with happiness?

And lastly
3) What have I done this year that I feel proud of? 

This can be big or little. And don’t think only about accomplishments that are impressive to others. What have you done which felt really congruent and satisfying for you?

That’s it! Click on the photo above and watch the video for step by step guidance through the process. This is a great one to spend a few minutes journaling your way through. And I hope you will let me know what comes forward for you. Our soul or essence and our personality or egoic self have different standards. Let yourself pause for a few minutes and really tune into your essence and see what you hear. I had some definite surprises and imagine you will too!



Bird in Hand Coaching will be taking a break for the holidays from Dec 20th through Jan 8th while my family and I head to Costa Rica. I’m pretty sure I am not going to be able to resist sharing some behind the scenes shots of our adventures over on Instagram and Facebook if you want to connect there. This Costa Rica Christmas has been a dream of mine for three years and I’m so very excited its coming true! Wishing you a season of hope, love, joy and all the good.
Courtney Pinkerton, M.Div & M.PP, is a holistic life coach and the founder of Bird in Hand Coaching. She holds dual master’s degrees from Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Kennedy School, is the author of The Flourish Formula: An Overachiever’s Guide to Slowing Down and Accomplishing More and is the creator of the 8-Step Flourish Coaching Program. Courtney helps busy women unlock their greatest gifts and thrive in their personal lives. In the summer of 2017 she followed a long-time dream and moved to Nicaragua with her husband Richard Amory (they met in Nicaragua in the Peace Corps) and their three children where together they are exploring volcanic islands, colonial cities and beaches. They have made their home in Granada where they are being tutored by their neighbors in the art of slowing down and living more. Interested to learn more about her 8-Step Flourish Coaching Program? Courtney is currently offering a limited number of complimentary discovery coaching sessions. You can reserve one today here.


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