Meet Courtney, Our Instructor Of The Month!
Meet Courtney, our instructor of the month!
We asked Courtney a few questions and we want to share her inspiring answers with you!
How has your journey with cancer made you who you are today?
I could spend hours explaining the countless ways in which having gotten such a diagnosis at a young age has really touched my life! It was a true turning point for me, and has opened the most amazing doors and led to the most incredible friendships. The nutshell-version is that overcoming this battle awakened in me a desire for two things: 1. To find a way that I could give back and make an impact by using my own talents an passion to help others uncover their full potential, and 2) To inspire and motivate others to become the absolute best version of themselves that they can be, with the time on earth that we are given. Life is short. My passion for people is what drives me to put my feet on the floor each morning and greet the world daily with open arms. I strongly believe that if you are open and give what you’ve got with all your heart, opportunities will find you and you will have the choice – the delight! – in choosing which ones to take advantage of to help you grow into the best version of YOU that you can be. I’m SO excited to say that I’ve finally feel like I’ve discovered what my purpose really is, and that I’m in the process of building my dream business so that I can put my God-given talents to use for the good of others. Stay tuned!
Who inspires you right now?
There are so many people who inspire me, but the one person who has inspired me the most throughout my life and who inspires me right now, is my dad. I’ve always been a daddy’s girl, but it wasn’t until I grew up and lived away that I realized how much he taught me simply by his example of hard work, discipline, and dedication. He is living proof that you can have anything you want in life if you stay committed to the simple, mundane, everyday things that are required in order to grow from point a to point b. Success is not achieved overnight; it’s in the little, day-to-day tasks that we make consistently, over an extended period of time. It’s kind of like working out – you won’t see results overnight, but if you stay consistent and do a little bit every day, you’ll have success in the long run. My dad has taught me everything I know about entrepreneurship, and about perseverance, which I firmly believe is key to success.
How do you deal with stress? What’s your favorite way to unwind/practice self-care?
You know, it’s funny. I never used to “deal” with stress. It’s only in recent years that I’ve come to understand and realize the value of practicing self-care. Prior to being diagnosed with cancer, I’d burn the candle on both ends and would never take time for myself. Since my recovery, I’ve made self-love and self-care much more of a priority on my to-do list. Eating extremely clean and well every day is one way that I show my body the love it needs so that I can pursue excellence in all of my day-to-day activities. When my body is well-nourished, my soul gets nourished too! Regular massage and visits to the chiropractor have also been a long-standing part of my self-care regimen, and daily meditation and prayer is something else I’ve found makes me feel centered and grounded. When I find the weeds of life getting really thick, a hot bath with pink Himalayan salt is the perfect detoxifier and re-balancer!
What is your favorite go-to healthy snack?
I love Mediterranean style food, but I’m gluten free and also have to avoid eggplant (which is the star player of the popular dip Babaganoush) and sesame (which is prevalent in hummus because of the Tahini) because both upset my stomach.
So, I have an awesome substitute that is a cinch to make and tastes delicious!
Zucchini-noush (makes 8 – 10 servings)
- ¼ c. extra virgin olive oil
- 1 large white onion, chopped fine (approx. 2 cups)
- 3 tbsp cumin
- 1 tbsp pink Himalayan salt
- 1/8th cup water
- 5 large zucchini chopped (approx. 10 cups)
- Optional: 1 c. sunflower Tahini (recipe follows)
Add oil to large skillet on medium heat and add onion, cumin, and sea salt. Stir until spices are thoroughly mixed and then add water. Lower heat to lowest setting and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring often.
Add zucchini to the onion and mix well. Take zucchini/onion mixture and spread on a well-oiled baking sheet. Bake at 325 for 40 minutes.
Remove from oven and add to medium mixing bowl. Mix well. The zucchini will break down to a chunk texture. Optional: add 1 c sunflower tahini and mix well.
Serve immediately (its great warm!) or refrigerate up to 5 days.
I like to serve it with Granny Smith Apple Chips (Bare Naked at Whole Foods is my favorite brand!)
- 1 c sunflower seeds
- ¼ c extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ c water
- 1 garlic clove, peeled
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- Dash sea salt
- Optional: Add more water for creamier tahini
Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth, about 3 minutes.
Serve immediately or store and refrigerate up to 5 days
Be sure to grab an Xtend class with Courtney!