This post was written on July 29 2021.

A proper beach vacay was one of my top dreams for this year.

Specifically I wanted a beach house for the fam where we slide open the door and walk onto sand. 🏖️

A home where Rich and I can sit on the balcony, drink some wine and watch the sun set. A place to sleep with windows open to hear the waves. 🌊

We found our beach bungalow in Florida (we step out into the beach pictured above) and this Saturday we are heading out for 10 days of adventure.

Amidst the list of things to take care of before we go, and the slight apprehension I feel about cramming our three children into our Prius wagon for the mega drive, I’m starting to feel a budding effervescence.

It is so important to pause and acknowledge when we experience the dreams we have mapped out for ourselves – whether they are big or small or in between.

Sometimes we forget to do this step. To really soak in the experience.

But if we aren’t careful, dreaming and setting goals can actually slide into a practice of criticizing ourselves: finding fault with where we are and always pushing forward.

That is why pausing to savor the dreams you reach and giving yourself permission to enjoy them fully is so powerful. It is the antidote to a life of pushing and dissatisfaction with the now.

My other top dream for the year is a kitchen refresh. I am still in the dreaming and scheming and saving phase – but I’m having fun researching, talking to my family about cabinet colors and getting SUPER excited about luscious counter tops and a vivid green tile backsplash to show off all my plant babies. We also got started with a pantry re-do this spring which I’m really enjoying. (I’ve always thought the everyday bits were sacred: The making of oatmeal and coffee. The favorite mug of Frida. But somehow with my new pantry they feel more honored and we are cooking and eating with more ease.) 

What were your top dreams for 2021? Have any of them come true? I would love to hear! Reply and let me know.

Also – I want to plant a little seed. 🌱 I’ve been exploring and experimenting in my coaching business with how I can make each aspect of my work more fun, including how best to nurture this community of 2000 courageous souls interested in the Enneagram and the inner lifeAnd one idea that feels super shimmery and inviting is to start a PODCAST 🎙️

I did a sort of Beta-run on a podcast when I launched my book three years ago. But in the challenge of moving back to the US a year earlier than expected – I let the podcast idea go and settled back into blog writing.

I’ve recently been awakened to the fun of podcasts again – and how great it can be to find a new person, thought leader, coach, or writer I enjoy and then to have this treasure trove of content I can listen to while I walk. Plus I think it would be really fun to interview people and to have more conversations. So I’m stretching toward starting a real podcast– available on Spotify and itunes etc.

I have LOTS of ideas of what I want to explore: 

🍋 The Enneagram. of course.

🍋 An exploration of all the inner life gardens.

🍋 I also would like to lean more into our relationship with Vitamin N or nature

🍋 plus strategies for dealing with invasive weed voices or inner saboteurs which keep us from our goals and hopes.

And I am guessing that YOU also have some great ideas!

Reply below or send me an email to to let me know! This could be a topic idea or a question you have been musing on….

The fun thing about podcasts is they can really be quite intimate. If there is something about my life you have been wondering about I’d love to hear that too! (For example I sometimes get asked about starting an online business and I love this topic! I’m a great person to speak to it because I think I have made every “mistake” possible. I didn’t even realize I was starting a business ten years ago. All I knew then was that I wanted to write and teach the Enneagram.)

So ask me anything + reply with your ideas.

And I’ll be excited to share more about this podcast idea as it takes shape (Coleman, my 14 year old who built his own computer this year and is into all things tech, may be my sound engineer 😊)



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.


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