Happy Friday! Rainbows, beaches, mountains — today I share my favorite photos from our Costa Rica holiday. It was the reset I deeply craved.

I realize now that I had not fully come down from the release of The Flourish Formula. While I took time off to recover after the book launch I really needed a full system reset: mind, body and soul.

Like many of my coaching clients I can resist slowing down. But over the years I have come to understand a critical thing: We really limit ourselves if we are only trying to strong-arm or force our way toward our goals.

We do this in a few ways:

  • Expecting ourselves to move from productive time to productive time with no rest in between.
  • Naming fresh goals without allowing adequate reflection time to digest and integrate the relevant lessons from our previous efforts.
  • Pursuing goals rooted in externals – what other people want for us or the image of success we have in our minds.

These types of goals can make us feel like we are chasing something rather than fully inhabiting our own unique life.

Costa Rica was such a reminder for me that dormant time is actually deeply productive time — in that it gives us clarity and energy toward the work that is uniquely ours to do.

And I came back inspired to create something brand new for you — the Slow Down Accomplish More Challenge! You can sign up here for this free week-long adventure which starts Jan 22. Each day you can expect a quick video and suggested homework (I call it “fieldwork”) which will take about ten minutes plus a nighttime podcast to wind down your day.

Anyone can join so please invite your mom, your friends, your sister, and share on social media — it is for anyone who wants to both slow down and accomplish and enjoy more in life!

Now… on to the photos!


Where am I in these photos? Taking the pictures of course. But trust me I did play. We even went rafting and saw some of the most gorgeous waterfalls and caverns.

Of course, everything was not perfect. In fact, I fell on my second day while hiking around our mountain property attempting to carry Rosetta over a muddy, thorny patch. I ended up getting a bad cut on my toe which required a trip down the mountain and loooong wait in a local clinic. This experience inspired my purchase of these (AWESOME) rubber boots for future adventures. They make me feel like a true Tica mountain farmer (and a badass).

On a related note, can you believe this greenhouse? How would you like to start your garden each year with seedlings and a view?
*An Almost Wordless Blog Post is One Where I Share More Photos. Ironically I sometimes end up using lots of words to talk about the pictures. xo
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 and is the author of The Flourish Formula: An Overachiever’s Guide to Slowing Down & Accomplishing More and 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 area 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 sessions. You can reserve one here.


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