Happy Friday!

It is making me so happy to be back. Writing a regular blog post/love note to this community is one of my favorite parts of my work. It feels almost like a spiritual practice: an opportunity to pause and reflect, and to share what is current in my life and to connect.

And yet, as I talk about in The Flourish Formula, sometimes what used to work for us stops working when we are in a growth spurt.

After 7+ years of almost weekly blog posts I came to a time this spring where the old pattern just wasn’t a fit.

I needed a breather.

I needed to allow myself to stop and to trust.

I needed to release my previous writing routine and instead focus on what was right in front of me, including teaching the Flourish Formula for Families live program, taking care of current coaching clients and attending to my nest and my kiddos. My husband is also going through a growth spurt so things are moving and shifting in our marriage in new ways, which while wonderful also takes energy and care.

Here is what is interesting.

Even with me doing less life kept flowing with beauty and meaning and surprises. 

Instagram has not been devoid of inspiring quotes or travel pics or shots of budding trees just because I wasn’t posting.

And new clients and fun professional opportunities have opened for me during this time of quiet. I might even have been more primed to say yes to them because I gave myself some creative white space.

Like an opportunity to collaborate with a new Enneagram App (soooo excited to share more about that coming soon) and a radio interview which I just did this morning!

This topic is one of my main life koans or puzzles or practice areas:

How to build a sense of trust which allows me to be honest with myself about my need for rest: creatively, professionally, as a mama, all of it.

And learning how to create a soulful business which doesn’t only require me to push or hustle but also has structures, support and an inner scaffolding to hold me when I need to inhale.

Balancing the feminine with the masculine, the time to receive with the time to consciously create.

This can be hard to do in a culture that expects us to produce (and look good doing it) all the time.

But that is a faulty model.

If we hitch our self worth or inner value to what we produce each day (or worse yet what others think of it) than this life is going to be a bumpy ride.

I’ve got lots of fun new green tender shoots opening and exciting things to share in the coming weeks. I’ve really been learning so much.

And going forward I’m hoping to get into a new routine of sharing blog favorites and fresh reflections in an integrated way.

But for now I just wanted to say hello again and thank you for being a part of this slow down/ accomplish more movement.

We are part of a bigger zeitgeist.

More and more I see the value of slowing down trumpeted all around me! Like in this article in the New York Times a coaching client shared with me yesterday called “The Case for Doing Nothing.” The science is in. We are onto something.

{A side note is it just me or are lemons everywhere right now too? Who knows how these mysteries unfold from collective unconscious to my book cover?!}

Over to you:

Where are you on the cycle of working/creating and resting?

Is your rest tank filled and you feel ready to start something new?

Or are you feeling tired and in need of replenishment?

Reach out to me at cp@courtneypinkerton.com or share a reply below. I love to hear from you!

Xo Courtney

Courtney Pinkerton is a certified life coach and the author of the Amazon bestseller, The Flourish Formula: An Overachiever's Guide to Slowing Down & Accomplishing More.

Courtney is an inner life coach and Enneagram mentor. She helps conscious women (and a few amazing men!) to pursue their most salient creative, professional and quality-of-life dreams and to discover more pleasure in their everyday.

She has dual master’s degrees from Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Kennedy School, is a certified Wayfinder life coach and has been studying the Enneagram with master teachers for over a decade. After selling their house and all their belongings and spending a year in Nicaragua tutored by their neighbors in the art of slowing down and living more, Courtney and her husband and their three children now make their home in a co-housing community in Asheville, North Carolina.