Courtney Townley walks her talk
That’s why we chose her as our next Best Kept Self lifestyler and contributing blogger. Also … she’s kind of a badass and we sort of want to be her. Check out her site you’ll see what we mean.
As a seriously well-educated and dynamic fitness/health coach she helps women live a level 10 life that she knows they can achieve.
We knew we loved her when we asked her what one thing she couldn’t live without and her response was, “Honestly, I don’t think there is a “thing” I could live without. I think it would be very difficult for me to live without “movement” in my life.”
So how does she manage her life with so much grace and grit? We asked her to give us her 10 ingredients for living the Best Kept Self lifestyle. Here they are:
If I do not maintain a high level of self-respect for myself, I think it would be impossible for me to be my Best Kept Self. The food I eat to the friends I keep, and everything in between, must go through a self-respect filter before I allow it into my life.
2. Loved Ones.
Loving the people I love the way I want to love them requires that I am in a space where I can be fully present with them and deliver to them the best of myself. My friends and family are also hugely responsible for fueling my fire on the days it needs fueling. They are my anchor and my beacon.
I came into the world a dancer, and that is exactly how I plan on exiting. I have made a career out of teaching others how to move better in healthier bodies and, ultimately in their life. I am a firm believer that movement creates life and stagnation breeds dis-ease, so I keep moving.
I have been able to connect with people all over the world who feed my soul because of the Internet. I get to work with women all over the world, doing work that I love because of the Internet. And, as a gal living in Montana, I still get to buy great shoes, because of the Internet.
I am a better person and the world is better off when I am getting adequate sleep. I pride myself on the fact that I can sleep literally anywhere at anytime. I also think naps are one of the most delicious things in the world.
6. The Great Outdoors.
Nature reminds me how incredibly magical life is and how simple happiness can be. Being outside helps me to decompress and be in the now. Grass between my toes, a creek trickling nearby and a breeze on my cheek is one of the most powerful (and inexpensive) therapies a girl can find.
7. Reservations for ONE.
As a wife, mother, and mentor to a lot of women, I need time alone to rejuvenate and check in that the life I am living is in line with who I want to be. Everyone benefits when I have a few hours or a few days to check out of my responsibilities and check in with myself.
8. Small Mindedness.
I am constantly reminding myself that great things are built with small steps and to pay attention to the small stuff (the words I choose, the thoughts I think, the actions I take). I know that I will never be able to handle the big things if I can’t tend to the small things. So I remind myself, daily to stay awake to the small stuff.
The secret sauce to being my Best Kept Self is a strong dose of Grace. She picks me up when I fall down, urges me on when I want to give up and fortifies me with a deep knowing that on the worst of days “ it is all going to work out”.
How the work to be my Best Kept Self gets done. Grit helps me to overcome my weaknesses and do what I know needs to be done despite my many temptations to negotiate or abandon it.
Don’t forget to connect with Courtney on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GraceGritLlc