WHO IS COURTNEY?


Hey, there, welcome!

I’m Courtney, and I'm a wife, mother, certified yoga instructor, and writer.

And one could say I took the scenic route to get here...

In my BC life (Read: Before Children), I graduated with a bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Michigan and went on to become a television reporter and producer for WLTX-News 19 (a CBS affiliate) in Columbia, South Carolina, and then an auto show model for Honda and Jaguar. I'm also proud to have served as deputy mayor of my hometown of Westland, Michigan, from 2007-2009.

Now I’m a freelance writer and yoga instructor (I earned my RYT 200 teaching certification in 2011 from Sattva Yoga Center, a Yoga Alliance registered school; and during that time I had the pleasure of substitute teaching for the Wayne-Westland Community School District.) After teaching vinyasa flow yoga at Taylor Yoga in Taylor, Michigan, for nearly two years and hatha yoga for one year for Wayne Memorial High School's Bright Futures Program, I now teach yoga at Detroit Lions Academy and as well as offer private yoga instruction. Finally, I am most proud of the curriculum of "Mommy & Me" yoga classes I designed for children of all ages after seeing how the gift of yoga has enriched my children's lives. (That's my children and me pictured above in modified turtle pose.)

But, honestly, the craziest item on my resume includes the time I literally got paid to drink coffee while shooting a national television commercial for 5-Hour Energy, which you can read about (and see) here.

After graduating with a bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University, my husband, Scottwhom I affectionately refer to on this site as The Hubswas drafted into the National Football League in 1991 and blocked for Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders for nearly seven years as an offensive lineman for the Detroit Lions. He currently serves as the secretary of the Detroit Chapter of the NFL Alumni Association.

Together we are the proud parents of one son, Scotty, Jr., and one daughter, Kennedy. It is Kennedy, in fact—and the 38 years I spent coming to terms with my natural hairwhom I credit for providing the inspiration for my book, MOMMIE STRAIGHTEST: On frizz, frustration, and how my baby girl taught me to finally embrace my naturally curly hair. You can find more about the book here.

You can also catch me elsewhere on sites such as BabyCenterNFL Health Playbook, MamapediaBlogHerScary Mommy, Mamalode, USA Football, Gannett's Observer & Eccentric Newspapersand The Wayne Dispatch. I'm also very grateful to have been a frequent contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series since 2009. 

Thank you very much for visiting.

I realize that there are a million and one things you could be doing with your time right now, so I'm grateful that you're spending it here.

You can find us on Facebook and Instagram, too.

Enjoy your day!



29 comments:

  1. It's so great to be able to get to know you better Courtney! I would've never known all the amazing things you've done throughout life!

    Very beautiful family!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Louida. It's nice to hear that. Trust me, the people I'm around all day -- Scotty and Kennedy -- could care less about what I've accomplished. To them, I'm just a playmate and a milk maid.

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  2. You HAVE done such amazing things, I know this endeavor will be one as well...and the new blog looks great (the hair too!). Congrats!

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  3. Kathryn, that means a lot, coming from an accomplished woman (and phenomenal author) such as yourself -- thank you! I just became a member of your blog, by the way and "liked" your Facebook page!

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  4. Courtney. I'm so impressed that you went from being so completely anonymous to sharing photos, your story, your names, your history, and I just love it. I mean, I loved your other blog too - and you, but seeing your happy beautiful face is just so cool after having been online friends for so many months. I love it. Your new blog is perfect. I'm really really happy for you. Also my husband's gonna be psyched that your husband played in the NFL. And GO BRONCOS!

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  5. Thank you so, so much, Kristi!! I am SO glad you came by to visit. I've missed you. Oh, and, yes, I'm rooting for the Broncos, too. :-)

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  6. Beautiful family and great story! I look forward to following your adventures and you're welcome to come and check out some of mine! www.pinkcandyandstilettos.com

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    1. Hi, and welcome! Thank you for taking the time to comment, and I'll come visit you shortly! I'm glad we've connected.

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  7. Hi there! Courtney I am so glad you stopped by my fan page on the blog hop. I love your blog. Your bio makes me feel like we are BFFs. So glad to connect.

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    1. Awww, MJ! Thanks a bunch! And don't be a stranger...I hope you return for another visit! (I know I'll be popping in on your blog, as I've added it to my "must read" list.) I'm glad our "bloggy" paths have crossed. I can't wait to hear how tomorrow goes for you...

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  8. How cute are you all and what a great story! I cant wait to catch up on your blog. New follower here, Maura from Play Pen; The Irreverent Parents' Guide. Stay well and keep writing. I'll be reading.

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    1. Hi, Maura! Thank you for posting...and thank you for your kind words! I'll be reading your blog as well. I'm so glad our "bloggy paths" have crossed...

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  9. What a wonderful story! Hi Courtney! It is wonderful to have met you and thank you so much for stopping by This Momma's Ramblings! You have a beautiful family! Wow a football player to a chef...that's really neat! Have a great weekend and I look forward to getting to know you better!

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    1. Likewise, Stacey...and thank you for stopping by! Have a beautiful evening.:-)

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  10. Stopping by again. I'm kind of a "lurker" around here, but I love the blog just the same! :)

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    1. Hi, Emily! Welcome!! Thank you so much for saying hello -- I appreciate hearing from you; I do.

      Stop in as often as you like, and please, say hello when you can!

      Have an awesome weekend. :-)

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  11. Lovely family and hair lol....I love football it must be cool to be married to an former NFL player.

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  12. Hi, Takei! Nice to meet you!! I recognize your name because I've seen you on Louida's blog. (She's my girl!!) Thank you for taking the time to visit -- and comment...

    Thank you, also, for the kind words about my family and hair -- I love them both very much. lol

    So you love football, too? We're soul sisters, then, and will get along just fine. lol Yes, I must say, it is pretty cool being married to a former NFL player, and I've got some pretty entertaining stories to show for it, which I'll continue to share on this blog...

    I'm glad our paths have crossed, and I'm looking forward to getting to know you better!

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  13. Loved "meeting" you and your family! You have a beautiful family BTW. I dislike that you're a U of M fan (lol) but I guess I can get over that and come back to read and get to know you!

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    1. Hi, Tatanisha! Likewise...and welcome! Let me take a wild guess...Hmmmmm. You must be Buckeye folk? If yes, well, let's just agree to disagree. We're all mature adults here. ;-)

      But, no, seriously, thank you VERY much for stopping by and reading, and I hope you return and comment again!

      Thank you, also, for the kind words about my family. <3

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  14. This was a cool "get to know". Pity about the calamari though. I love it.

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    1. Hi, Trininista, and welcome! Thank you for the compliment. No need to pity me about the calamari-- I have no problem at all passing on it. You can have it all to yourself! I'll be just fine with my shrimp cocktail and Oysters Rockefeller. ;-)

      Thank you for commenting.

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  15. Holy Crap.....we are neighbors.....sorta!!! I live in Windsor, Canada! And my husband is a HUGE Detroit's Lions fan!! As I am typing this, he is wearing his Detroit Lions Tee. My son has a bunch of t-shirts with the phrase "Future Lions Quater back" printed across! Too Funny....and a small freaking world! :)

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    1. Yes, we are! OMG. What a small world! You're just right over the river! When I was a child, we used to watch Detroit's big firework's display at one of those Windsor high-rises (where one of my dad's clients lived) that was (and still is, of course) right on the water...

      Tell me, as a Canadian, do you say "Aye"? I LOVE when I hear Canadians say that!!

      And I'm always glad to hear from a fellow Lions fan. Don't even get me started on the amount of Lions gear we've got in this house!

      Thanks, Shauna!

      That reminds me. I need to book my pedi...

      So glad you commented. :-)

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    2. Yeah, I say Eh all the time......I can't even help it really!! lol!!

      I can only imagine all the Lions gear you guys have!!

      My grandma lives in one of the high rises on the water......it really is the best place to watch those fireworks!!

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    3. Good Morning! OKay, I'll make this quick because we could go back and forth all day! lol

      I have one more Canadian question for you, and I'm particularly interested in your reply because I have a hunch that you are a bit younger than me: Did you ever watch DeGrassi High? LOVED that show!!!! I used to watch it everyday after school on the Canadian channel (CBC, I think)! I can still remember all the characters and the theme song...

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  16. OMG I went to Michigan too! Small world! I graduated in 2003 (well, ugh, that just sounds like freaking forever ago...). Any chance we were there at the same time?? I was an English major. Still pumped to be in Clash of the Couples with you! ~Julia

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    1. Hey, Julia! Um, excuse me, but 2003 is "Freaking forever ago"? lol

      Way to make a gal feel old.

      Try 1999...which was the year I graduated. (My freshman year began in fall '95). I majored in Communications; co-hosted the news and an evening show on WCBN 88.3 Radio...)

      No, but seriously, thank you for your comment, and I'm glad that "Clash" brought us together in print, my fellow Wolverine. ;-)

      Anyhoo, FYI, I was totally kidding about the "way to make a gal feel old" part: I'm not one to hide or play bashful about my age. I'm 37 and proud of it!

      xo

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