I wrote a little something recently about a mindset shift that is really serving me — the idea of “play, not perfection” — and I wanted to share it here with you.

We are all going through so much change and evolution, individually and at a social and even global level. I know I can feel overwhelmed or overstimulated with all the change.

Yet here in Asheville summer is at its glorious peak. There is a zucchini on my kitchen table larger than I thought possible to grow. And I’m writing you this newsletter from a new standing desk in the porch/home office I am creating this summer, so I can better hide from my children, write and remember my own self and soul.

With all the sunshine and green life around me it is a good time to play. And DEFINITELY a good time to speak firmly to that inner perfectionist who can get in my way. Read on for more, including a sneak peak at a new self-paced version of my Flourish Formula for Families program including pay from the heart pricing. Warmly, Courtney

Play, not perfection.

This summer I’ve been having fun with a book called The New Bohemians Handbook by designer Justina Blakeney. It has given me permission to LEAN IN to my love of global textiles and plants 🌿 and I created this sweet corner in my bedroom.

I have ALWAYS loved a good rocking chair and got this vintage beauty from a mid-century resale shop here in Asheville. (Apparently it was hand woven in Eastern Europe and brought over. So cool! I wish I knew its full story and all the families who have enjoyed it.) I also finally pressed and hung this tapestry from my travels to San Miguel de Allende a few years back. (I love that it is full of bunnies 🐇 and chickens 🐔 which pretty much mirrors our life here in cohousing — pics soon of our brand new coop!)
I keep my journals and books I’m reading in the magazine rack and so enjoy taking a quiet moment in the evening to reflect on gratitudes or in the morning to capture dreams that have come through. 🌙
There are, of course, other inner voices that come up that tell me I need to know more about color or have more training to REALLY design my home. And who tell me there are probably fancier lights or apps I should be using to capture and share this moment.
And then I remember that it is about play, not perfection. About creating a home that fits. A space and a nest that support me. It is about moving things around and discovering what I enjoy. And, yes, allowing in pleasure and beauty.
Nesting has been good medicine for me this summer. It isn’t a turning away from the work at hand – I stand so grateful and in support of our front-line medical workers and teachers and the community organizers working to bring racial justice and structural changes.
But choosing to live wholly requires honoring my limits. And trusting that I give my best contributions when I am well rested and nourished from within.

Do you have a home nest? Could it use a refresh? Some lighting or summer flowers or a new cushion? I think a home nest is one of the most powerful ways to anchor our bodies and souls to ride times of change. This is something I learned from a mentor of mine years ago and I have helped and encouraged many coaching clients to find their perfect cozy chair or to design a sacred, comforting corner. 

Self-care, rest and self-remembering are acts of resistance in a culture that compels us to always push our lives forward as if we have to prove something. 

If you would like more nest support I am opening up a brand new Self-Paced version of The Flourish Formula for Families program. It has been a labor of love to create this new format (big shout out to my husband who did the video editing) and a percentage of your fee goes to support The Loveland Foundation to provide mental health care for Black women and girls. I would love to support you and yours with the Enneagram, mind-body tools, easy inspiration and a whole library of resources you can return to as needed to help your family flourish this year and beyond.

Click here to learn more about the new self-paced program.

Love, 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 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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