Unfading beauty

by Misty Dawn

This is Courtney.

She’s hands down one of the most stunning women I’ve ever had the privilege of meeting, and while beauty is fleeting, Courtney’s goes much deeper than what can be seen with our eyes.

Scripture tells us that it is the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit that is of great worth to God.

{Proverbs 31:30, 1 Peter 3:3-4}

I began {Live Your Passions} with the hope that you and me would begin doing more of what we love; more with the passions given to us by the very creator of passion Himself.

Here’s a little peak into the unfading beauty that is Courtney.

Courtney, what is it that you are

most passionate about?

I am passionate about becoming a better wife, a better mother, and a better Christian.  I am passionate about photography, learning, and about figuring out what it is I’m supposed to be doing with this time I’ve been given.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

“Always remember to treat your gifts as gifts, not as burdens.”  When I’m feeling stressed or overwhelmed, I can very quickly go to a very selfish place where I become cranky, moody, and even start to feel resentful about things in my life.  God has blessed me with so much, and sometimes I have to just stop myself and remember to really look around and see all the “gifts” He has given me.

Life can be brutal.  Where do you find your

inspiration during the darker times?

Photography has not only become a creative outlet, but it has also helped me to see things in a completely new way.  When I pick up my camera and decide that I going to take a picture, I’m forced to think about things I would normally not think about: light, movement of things around me, and my space.  When I am having a tough time in my life, taking pictures really helps center me.  It gives me something to focus on and helps me to see the small beauties that are everywhere around me.

What is the hardest thing about being a mom?

I can only pick one thing?!

Going from one child to two was very, very difficult.  I did not adjust well.  At all.  For me, the stress of managing two little people (their emotions, needs, discipline, and love) can sometimes be overwhelming. I frequently feel like I’m failing as a mom, and for me that feeling of failure is the hardest thing.

What is the most rewarding part?

 My boys, my boys, my boys!  They are the most rewarding part.  My older son asking for a hug and a kiss (and another, and another . . .) before he heads off to preschool.  My baby just recently learning to walk and the look of pride on his face as he toddles toward me, arms outstretched . . . those are my rewards.

If you could leave just one imprint in the heart and

minds of your sons, what would it be?

When my sons grow up, I hope the first thing that comes to their minds when they think about their childhood is a feeling of unconditional love.  My boys are smart, funny, cute and all around awesome!  I hope as they grow up they know, without one second of hesitation, that they are special, that they are loved, and that I am a better person because I was given the gift of being their mother.

Thank you Courtney.

 You truly are an incredible woman, inside and out.

Homework: Consider your passions.  Really consider them.  Write them down.  Carve space into your calendar specifically for your passions.  Life is not going to make the space, you have to do it.