(The Indio Maiz Biological Reserve is invaluable humid tropical forest with a large variety of rainforest animals, mangrove estuaries, lagoons, and more. Photo credit vianica.)

This hasn’t made the news much in the US but Nicaragua is going through a political and social metamorphosis. It has been a deeply inspiring and unsettling time over the last month or so and we decided to come to Costa Rica to watch and wait as it develops.

There is so much more that I can and would like to say about what is unfolding.

But for the sake of brevity today I just want to focus on what inspires me: As is often the case young people started this peaceful democratic protest. The spark was a change in social security laws which would have taxed young workers more and reduced the pensions for the elderly.

These students are smart and resilient and incredibly courageous and dozens of them have lost their lives during this protest in what human rights groups label a violation of their freedoms and excessive force by police.

And here is what really touches me: the students were primed to act because they had recently organized a protest against the government’s failure to respond to a fire which was burning in an important nature preserve on the Atlantic coast.

To me this entire movement in Nicaragua is such a reminder that flourishing is never a solitary activity.

In fact at this particular moment in human history our planet’s ecosystems and our democracies are vulnerable. And MOST in need of awake, engaged and compassionate people to throw their weight, whether it is voice, money, or action behind preserving and creating spaces where humans and all species can thrive.

We are the ones we have been waiting for.

So please know that when I say on this blog and emails that your voice matters.

really mean your voice matters.

Now Nicaragua may not be a big part of your story. But I know that your dreams for yourself and your family intersect with issues and circumstances that deeply compel you.

And I am honored to be part of your support system – whether you read my blogs or book, try out the free guided meditations, are excited about my upcoming podcast or are interested in or a graduate of my Flourish coaching program.

It is all here to support you in metabolizing those old habits that keep you stuck and assisting you in creating a life that is more and more congruent with your authentic self, heart and soul.

So you can create the change you are here to make and are already making in our world.

Let’s get to it.


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 and 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 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? Each month Courtney offers a handful of complimentary Flourish Assessment Calls for new or potential clients. You can schedule one here.

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