Meet Courtney, an energetic, wholehearted soul, and one of fifteen inspiring individuals interviewed during the UR Enough campaign. Vulnerable and honest, Courtney shared her truth and personal struggles of mental health with us. The founder and fitness coach behind the successful brand, Courtney For Life, she educates and guides others to eat with balance, lift with passion, and live with intent. Read on to see how she is inspiring others.
UR Enough: You run a very successful online training and coaching business. Tell us about Courtney for Life – What is your mission and what was your inspiration behind starting it?
Courtney: When I created Courtney For Life, I wanted to educate and guide people through nutrition and exercise. As someone who’s been passionate about both for over 10 years, I wanted to help navigate through all the quick-fix gimmicks and false advertising that so many are faced with. I wanted to show women that they can eat foods without restriction, and that lifting heavy weights was incredibly empowering – not incredibly bulking! Through personal experience and many educative courses, I have grown my brand bigger than I ever could have imagined.
My mission statement is “to elevate your way of life, and to guide you to eat with balance, lift with passion and live with intent.”
My core values consist of integrity, respect and commitment.
UR Enough: On your website you mention that being strong is much more than a number inside the gym. What does being strong mean to you?
Courtney: Being strong means so many things beyond physical strength. To me, being strong means being honest with yourself. Being able to ask for help when you need it. Being aware of what’s happening both inside of you and around you and being able to adapt to changing situations. Being ok with not being ok.
UR Enough: For many professionals who work in the health and fitness industry, their sole focus with their clients is to change physical health and appearance. Why do you believe that it is important to incorporate and promote mindful activity and other health dimensions in your own practice?
Courtney: At the end of our lives, no one’s going to care what we looked like. No one’s going to care how much we weighed or how much we bench pressed. In all honesty, none of that matters. What matters is how you show up in life, each and every single day. How you live your best life, for yourself and for those around you. How you help others. How you are able to make an impact on the world. Being aware of your mental wellness is extremely important, and if you cannot be aware and connected with that, then none of the physical traits are going to appear either.
UR Enough: What are some mental wellness rituals that you incorporate into your daily life?
Courtney: I have a collection of mental wellness rituals that I incorporate into my daily life. I start every morning with a little prayer and say out loud something that I have to be thankful for. That’s something new I started, a request from my Grandmother. I message my parents every morning and tell them that I love them – because those little messages of gratitude are incredible not only to send, but to also receive. I provide my body with nourishment, with wholesome healthy foods, and I believe that every meal I consume is like a health ritual for my body, a gift. I participate in some kind of physical activity because I am able, and that’s so important to remember. Whether it’s a heavy strength training session with the barbell or just a simple walk through nature, I make it a priority to do something. I try to read something new every day, whether it’s a chapter in a current book, a horoscope, a bible verse or a science-based publication, I provide my mind with nourishment as well. I include a daily meditation session with an app called Headspace, where I practice about 10 minutes of calm, quiet meditation at some point throughout my day. I finish my day with another small ‘saying of thanks’ for something great that happened to me that day.
Whatever each day brings me, I try not to make it a ZERO day, one where I would do ZERO things that benefited my mind or body. Even if it’s just one of those things I mentioned, it’s better than ZERO, and I always focus on that.
UR Enough: During your health journey, you expressed that confidence and self love were lessons that you learnt later on in your life. If you could, what would you say to someone that might be struggling with their own confidence and self-love?
Courtney: To someone struggling with their own self love and confidence: be kind to yourself. You have been through a lot (and I don’t need to know you personally to understand that.) We have all been through incredibly challenging moments in our lives, but we have all been able to overcome them to get to where we are right now. Sure, things may have not turned out the way you wanted them to, but you and your body have literally done everything in the world to get to where you are today. That’s more than enough reasons to celebrate. So be kind to yourself. It’s the least you can do.
UR Enough: In five words, what does the messaging and community of UR Enough mean to you?
Courtney: Gratitude, appreciation, respect, growth, community.
Watch and listen to Courtney speak her truth in The #UREnough Campaign, and become inspired to nurture your own mental wellness and speak your truth, too.