I wrote this post a few days after the Uvalde school shooting on May 24 2022. In response I am offering The Flourish Formula for Families self-study course, previously sold for $198, for free as a healing resource. You can read the blog post for details or register directly here. 

This morning Rosetta and I jumped as our cat Tamsin knocked a jumbo box of granola bars from a high shelf, shattering her cat dish. Worried about Rosette’s bare feet, I handed her some flip flops as I swept, encouraging her to be mindful of the shards.

“When something breaks that hard,” I heard myself explaining, “the pieces fly far and wide.”

Like so many of us, I feel the shards of grief from the loss of the 19 children and 2 teachers shot by a young man in the small community of Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday.

I don’t have words yet for this loss.

There will be a time soon for a cultural conversation about gun safety and mental health and much needed policy evolutions.

I am all in for those conversations.

But right now I am simply witnessing the grief and letting it move me: lighting my candle and praying for the families.

Engaged in the normal or even tedious movements of parenting, like putting the topsy-turvy pile of shoes back on the entryway rack, I am unexpectedly flooded with tender gratitude for my children’s lives and presence in my home.

Last night I couldn’t sleep. Lying in bed, about 2AM, I heard a quiet inner whisper. It said: “Make The Flourish Formula for Families Course available. Right now. For free.”

It is an offering, a ripple of love

The course is full of liberatory tools and nourishing practices like the Enneagram. It is also grounded in real life examples and practical suggestions.

I have been told by many clients and friends who participated in the course that it bears real fruit in their lives and the content I share has transformed mine.
I would love for you to have this resource and to share it widely this summer. I have made it free for the next 100 days.

If you would like to read more about the Flourish Formula for Families click here for a description of the course on my website. Click any of the big green ‘join now’ buttons to get immediate free access.

I host the course on a platform called Thinkific. (It will prompt you to set up a password or to reset your password if you have joined before.)

You can also enroll directly by clicking on the big button below and entering your name and email.

If you value this teaching content and have the means to offer a donation I would lovingly receive it as an act of reciprocity and a gift for me and my family. The course is a body of work I cultivated over a ten-year period and includes a whole separate and powerful additional course called Parenting with the Enneagram. I normally charge $198 for all of it. You can make a donation of any size here. Or venmo me at @Courtney-Pinkerton-3.

Right now, it feels very clear to me, is a time to take what we have and share it. Let’s cherish the children in our lives and remind them that we love them for them, not for who they might think (or fear) they need to be. And in the process, let’s love ourselves into more wholeness. 

I know that a lot of people are overwhelmed right now.

I encourage you to enroll now so you have this program as an inner life/emotional support ally down the road — that is the beauty of an online learning space. It is there for you to come to when and if you need a dose this summer and beyond. And please do share this opportunity with loved ones. It is for families of every stripe and variety. You define family.

Let’s grow the love. One ripple. One heart. One child. One family. One course. One breath. One life at a time.




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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