Gratitude is beautiful…. and so is authenticity.

Nothing feels worse than forcing yourself to feel up when you feel down.

Or telling yourself to feel grateful when really you feel grumpy and resentful. 

I mined the archives for a favorite post for you today on this theme. When I wrote it my husband and I were about to celebrate our tenth anniversary and now this weekend we are about to celebrate our fifteenth! It is fun to reread this post and remember the super specific things which brought me joy and reflect on those that do today. I hope it does the same for you. xo Courtney

Sick of Gratitude Practices? Try This!

One of the ways people get burned out on gratitude is because they list the same big things over and over again: health, children, job etc. Instead, it helps to get really specific.

The granular level is where life feels juicy!

Today I’m grateful for…

This gorgeous pumpkin we grew in our plot in the community garden. My first time to grow my own.

Fun art for my desk. I’m not sure what is going on exactly with the bear marionette, jumping whales, or upside down house… but I love the dynamism of the print (From WeAre1976), especially the gigantic girl. She seems really organic, in the flow of nature and life and powerful.

A friend gave me the art this weekend as an early birthday present: I am grateful for each of my 37 times around the sun.

And I celebrate my tenth wedding anniversary with a special trip this weekend with my man. I’m ever so grateful that our paths crossed in the Peace Corps. And for his great taste in music and the ease I feel in his company.

We are hosting Thanksgiving for the first time this year. I am grateful for a full house of family and friends (including 6 little ones under 7!) and the excuse to make several new gluten free desserts—especially chocolate pie and a pear and ginger crisp.

And this morning I am grateful for the warm cup of yerba mate at my hand and the pleasure of writing for a community of readers about that which feels fresh, authentic and spacious.

So as you reflect on gratitude this week see if you can get really specific. Like “I’m-grateful-that-this-bath-is-the-exact-right-temperature” specific. And see how it feels.

Not that gratitude is a job to do. More a multi-vitamin for the consciousness.

Birder, know I am grateful for you.



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 conscious women, and a few inspiring men, pursue their most salient goals and discover more pleasure in the everyday. She has 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 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 their new home in a co-housing community in Asheville, North Carolina.





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