Hi Friends! My name is Courtney. I am a Bostonian in my twenties and I decided to discontinue my residence at a private university to explore what the world has to offer off-campus. I now attend school online at Arizona State University through a Starbucks education program, which allows me to complete my degree at my own pace while maintaining a full-time work schedule! Finding a balance between school, work, and my personal life can be difficult at times but for me it is all about staying organized, which I accomplish with my three planners, two calendars (not including the one on my iPhone), and regularly buying to-do list pads in the $3 section of Target.
On top of my management position at Starbucks, I also coach girls high school lacrosse! This job is particularly rewarding because I get to watch my players grow from the first time they pick up their sticks. There are few things better than watching a player overcome an obstacle or score her first goal. Sometimes I feel like I have 13 little sisters, and I get a kick out of the stories they tell me at practice. High school girls are goofballs!
I value the relationships in my life more than anything else. I have an incredible family who is constantly proud of me, even when I think I have failed. As someone who jumps from one activity to the next and is incredibly impulsive, positive reinforcement when things don’t work out keeps my self-esteem high. Because of the support of my family, my incredibly loving boyfriend and his family, and my close friends, I constantly feel like I could not be more loved even if I tried.
When I am not working or studying, you can probably find me in my room listening to records, playing my guitar, or writing songs. I am a huge music geek. When I initially left my university it was to pursue music. I quickly learned, however, that having a job in the music industry requires an unconditional passion for every aspect of the subject, which is something I lacked. I loved the writing piece, and I loved sitting down with my teacher (who is literally one of my top 5 favorite people on this planet) and singing songs. But when it came down to theory and the technical part of it all, I became so overwhelmed and frustrated and I pressured myself to the point where it became more about getting the homework done than appreciating what I was doing simply because I loved doing it. I knew it was not going to work out if I was constantly kicking myself so I decided to take a step back to gain my appreciation back, which is a decision that I think worked out well for me. I don’t know if I will ever go back to the subject full-time, but I know that I will always have an enormous spot in my heart for music.
To sum it up, I am a goofy, indecisive wanderer who just wants to travel the world and find the fun in life. As cliché as it sounds, there is nothing more important to me than following my heart. I may not know what I want my career to be, and I may not even know where I will be in a year from now, but I trust myself and I believe firmly in the idea that everything happens for a reason and leads us to where we currently stand. If you find that you have a similar mindset, or you absolutely don’t but you are curious as to how and why I live my life this way, tag along.
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