My soul and body took the two weeks I had planned to take off over the holidays and said “more please.” So I’ve kept my work and volunteer calendar as light as possible this month, allowing me enjoy lots of chillax time with my children and space to prepare for my upcoming retreat in Costa Rica. I figure my children won’t really want to hang out with me at home forever; but after the last year of adventuring in Nicaragua, and our transition this fall into a new neighborhood and schools; that seems to be exactly what we all are craving.

Beyond time with my children, I’ve needed bone-deep rest, and time and space to inquire inside myself: where am I being invited in my life?

Where do I want to put my energy and attention?

And my favorite question: What is mine to LEARN in 2019?

Many nudges, hints and invitations came forward for me in this time of doing as little as possible. And also my word of the year – EASE. What if I just let it be easy?

So I’m tweaking a few things in my biz to make them feel even better and I wanted to let you know more:

After 7 years of writing almost weekly blog posts on Fridays, I’m wanting to shake up my editorial calendar and allow myself to write more organically. Some weeks you might not hear from me and other weeks you will hear from me more than once. I’m sure that this will eventually settle into a new writing normal, but for now I just want to play. I also want to invest more in my new podcast and exploring other ways to connect to people, including being interviewed for an online Enneagram summit (!)

Another change I’m excited about is opening up more one on one coaching. The last couple of years I’ve focused on group coaching and retreats. This year I’m feeling the call to simplify. I love the soulful intimacy of holding hands as a woman names (with the scare-cited tingle) the changes she is wanting. And helping her – on both the inside, with emotional, spiritual, and mindset shifts; and in the practical outside world, to make those changes real. So I am opening up more one on one spots than I’ve had in years (especially for mentoring women wanting to transition into entrepreneurial life/coaching) and I am also enhancing or adding the option of one on one coaching to my group programs. All of this feels great. I also have a few new offers percolating — including hosting some private retreat/VIP days at a mountain spa here in North Carolina. Because why wouldn’t we want to do that?

Lastly I’ll just share how much I am looking forward to teaching the Flourish Formula for Families course next month. The Enneagram is like a decoder-ring for understanding your children and the dynamics with your partner/family! It has completed changed my life for the better and is rarely taught specifically for use in families so I’m so excited to do this work. (Go ahead and join now and you can get started with the whole Parenting with the Enneagram digital library before we officially begin in February!)

This past year has taught me so much about what happens when we walk through the door of what we are desiring. Honestly, I felt like my whole life was taken and shaken upside down when we left Nicaragua.

But now six months down the road, as I sit in our co-housing community in Asheville, NC, with my husband and children happy, and my own soul well-resourced after the break – I feel nothing but gratitude. What a ride of going for it and stretching, tumbling, and re-calibrating. What a tutorial in trust.

Now over to you:

What changes are you longing for in 2019?

What if you had more resources inside than you realized and life was more flexible than you knew?

What if mystery was real? And anything was possible?

If you are looking for someone to hold your hand in the stretching – I’d love to hear more. I’ll be opening my calendar for more free coaching calls in February, but if you want to get a jump start you can reserve one here.

Love and all the good,


PS Are we connected yet on Instagram? or Facebook? I’ll be sharing lots of fun Costa Rica pics over on social media (hello world’s largest labyrinth 🙂 next week. xo

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 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 eight-step Flourish Formula Coaching program, and hosts international retreats for women. 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.