My Strength is My Story with Courtney Carver, Soulful Simplicity.
Courtney Carver inspires many around the world to be more with less. She shares how living with less can lead to so much more in her brand new book, Soulful Simplicity.
Courtney Carver: She is a wife of 12 years to Mark and mother to Bailey. Her life’s mission is to help you discover the joy with less and is the creator of Project 333. After being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 2006, simplicity redefined how she lives her life.
“…to get that news; It was really finally the wake-up call that I paid attention to, that I acted on, and that was the catalyst for changing my entire life.” ~ Courtney Carver
Enjoy the multitude of topics discussed including the model industry, being enough, a dating reality show, and insecurity. And always remember, you are beautiful!
- Morning routine
- How can I solve this problem with more?
- Married young
- Single motherhood
- Give more
- Prince Charming
- The Neurologist Call
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Approach to change
- One thing
- Definition of Simplicity
- Just in case
- Regret of letting go
- Storage Container
- How do we really want to live?
- Selling a house
- Quick fix
- Start with 5 minutes
- Hands on your heart
- Who do you serve first?
- Phone & Email
- The drive home
- 21 Day Challenge
- Nagging signs
- FOMO vs. JOMO
- Jonathon Fields
- Stumble with grace
- Project 333
- Health update
“We don’t remove the clutter, reduce the stress, and boycott busyness to have a simple life. We do it to have a life.” ~ Courtney Carver
Quotes and statements within the interview:
“I prefer to learn from other messy humans compared to experts sometimes.”
“I wanted to show up as me.”
“I was really caught up in the more. I always thought the solution was more.”
“I wanted to give her more to ease her pain.”
“I was right on the edge of what I could give.”
“She called me at work and delivered the news over the phone which was horrifying.”
“I wanted to figure out how I could live well with MS.”
“I just thought stress was a part of life.”
“When I’m eating less of them and less sugar, I feel even less stress in my body.”
“All the changes I made lasted whether they were with diet or anything else.”
“I think when we’re so focused on that end goal, we miss all those lessons in between and then we end up right back where we started.”
“Simplicity in my life has been really eliminating distractions and stress, and giving me the space to focus on what’s most important.”
“We have to be willing to let go when things aren’t working any more.”
“Just in case what?”
“Our homes are not storage containers. They’re a place for joy and connections. So let’s make room for more of that.”
“But I think the bigger part at least for me was easing pain.”
“It’s all temporary until you figure out what the pain is and how to soothe it in a more meaningful, permanent way.”
“But if I just wait and take those first few minutes or hours or however long I devote to it during the day to that morning routine, to sitting still, then the rest of the day is so much better even if it is pretty full.”
“Once you start, you’re always gonna be moving from that reaction that you have now to the pain.”
“It was about remembering myself..”
“I was just always looking out for the answers when all I had to do was look in.”
“You cannot serve them in your best possible way unless you are serving yourself first.”
“While I think that I had time for them before, now I have the presence and the time for them.”
“We have to start saying no when our heart says no.”
“Acting in accordance to what we think is important verses what we say is important.”
“White space on your calendar is a beautiful thing.”
“We can’t put our lives in everyone else’s hands by saying yes all the time.”
“I’m still figuring stuff out and I’m still a mess a lot of the times.”
“All of that time you spent trying to prove who you are by what you wore didn’t work. Now I dress for me.”
“…because I’m really more focused on the life that was waiting for me beneath all the stress, beneath all the clutter, beneath everything.”
What has your story gifted you?
- Who I am
“My story gave me the path to know who I am.”
“It brought me back to love.”
Resources mentioned in the episode:
- BOOK: Soulful Simplicity
- CONNECT with Courtney Carver
“One step at a time leads to miles of greatness!”
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Music by Mandisa – Overcomer
Cover Art by Jenny Hamson