My name is Courtney. I have been married to the love of my life for 14 years.
We have 3 kids: Karis- 12, Ethan-10, and Levi-8.
We live on site at an amazing, beautiful Christian camp in the Hill Country of Texas. My husband is the maintenance director. We have had a crazy few years and a lot has changed, but who I am has stayed the same (though I’m just now realizing this): I love Jesus, my family, my friends, hiking and backpacking, camping, white water rafting, nature, the mountains, adventure, food/cooking/baking, good coffee, La Croix/sparkling water, candles, fall (all things pumpkin!), Christmas (I celebrate this early!), blogging, reading, hospitality (I love having people from camp over!), living here at camp (on 1400 acres with a river, hiking/mountain biking trails, beautiful hills, and more), the sunrise over the hills, our little home that has a lot of character and warmth (and a fun tree wall), and our little back porch to sit on and watch the sunrise (when I get up early enough). I love meal planning, trying to spend less on groceries, working on saving/paying off debt (though this is hard because I’m a spender!), organizing, and all of that household stuff.
As much as I want to forget about these things, I also struggle with mental illness (bipolar 2 and severe anxiety) along with alcoholism. I was in treatment for the alcoholism mid October-mid November of 2016. I have come a long way and I have decided that I’m a fighter and that I’m strong. I haven’t been able to say that until recently. I don’t allow it to over take me and I’m working on throwing these things off as my identity; though, it’s easier said than done since it’s a daily battle. You can read more about these things through the Mental Health and Alcoholism pages.
I am on quite a few medications, I go to counseling twice a month, and I started an AA meeting and go twice a week. Sometimes a noon meeting and sometimes an evening meeting. Sometimes I do AA online on In the Rooms. It’s video meetings. They are great!
I recently became a Younique presenter and it has been amazing so far. I’m in an amazing team where the ladies are so so encouraging to each other. There’s no competition and we all want each other to succeed. I am currently working on building up my VIP group and planning out online parties. It’s so fun! It gives me purpose for my days and just gives me something for me. I have enjoyed wearing makeup most days, putting it on during Facebook live videos, and just taking much better care of myself these days! It has been a blessing.
The most important thing about me is that I’m a Christ follower. I have been in a valley because of my mental illness and struggling to stay sober, but I am on my way up! I desire the relationship that I used to have with Him: one in which I spent time in His word and prayer every day, shared Him with others, went to and was highly involved in church, and praised Him through song all the time. I have spent a lot of time lately trying to do things in my own power, but that is slowly changing! God has continued to be GOOD despite my struggles.
So. All of this to say… things you will see on this blog include:
- Lots of pictures of my family and our adventures
- Info about the monthly Customer Kudos through Younique, video tutorials, pictures and graphics, etc
- Stuff about seasons changing and holidays
- Recipes using mostly whole foods ingredients (though not always!)
- Mental health/illness/addiction posts
- What I’m learning through Bible study/prayer
- What I’m learning through counseling
- What I’m learning through AA
- What I’m learning as I get to know myself better
- Pictures of adventures and trips (camping, backpacking, hiking, field trips, etc)
- Gratitude posts (Grati-Tuesday and Thankful Thursday)
- Grocery Geek posts (pictures of what I bought and how much I spent)
- Meal plans (usually 2 weeks at a time, though I don’t always share)
- Organization posts
- Simple living
- Natural living
- Weekend prep posts
- Self care and self love posts
- And more!