Do you remember this post from last week and how we said we’d be featuring moms from all different walks of life? We chose this lovely gal as our very first feature because she has played such a huge role in the inspiration of this movement or campaign, if you will. She is one of my very dearest friends. When I first met her last year I knew had to become her friend, which is odd, because she is totally opposite of me. Courtney is a no-frills, level-headed, career woman who is not afraid to speak her mind, but she does so in a way that is genuinely kind. She has a contagious energy and more talent in her pinky finger than I could ever dream to have in my whole life. Drive and ambition ooze out of her. I love this girl to pieces and she pours so much into my life.
I told you we were featuring moms from all walks of life. Well…she is technically not a mom yet. Courtney is due with her first baby in April! We chose Courtney as a feature mom for #HugAllTheMoms because we are trying to broaden the view of the first thing that comes to mind with the word ‘mom’. This girl was born to be a momma. Children just flock to her and she has a way with them like a seasoned mom. In fact, as I sit here and write this, my two-year old is over my shoulder saying “Ooooh, I LIKE Courtney.” Courtney a few questions about herself. I’m sure you will love hearing about her!
What is your day job?
I work in public relations for the largest pizza company in the world.
(***sidenote- my kids think she makes pizza all day which makes her way cool in their eyes)
What other activities are you involved in?
I’m very active so participate in a lot of sports like volleyball and golf. I’ve been doing CrossFit for almost 1 year and would probably consider myself addicted to it. Part of that is in thanks to the wonderful people I’ve met like Becca (owner of this blog). My husband (Chad) and I enjoy being outdoors, taking our dog (Wally) for walks or to the park, and just generally doing sporty activities.
What religion, if any, do you and your family practice?
I’m a Christian. I was born into a Christian family, grew up in the church and had the most amazing church-home during my college years in San Diego. I’ll admit that since moving to Dallas, my husband and I haven’t found our church home here yet.
Do you feel like this has shaped the type of mom you are?
Absolutely, it makes me want to be a better mom. It makes me rethink how I respond to certain situations, how I react to what other families are doing, how I act around other kids. On the opposite side of that, becoming a mom makes my drive to find a church home even stronger because I want to make sure my son grows up in the church, knows what it means to be a Christian and can surround himself with a loving community.
If you had twenty-four hours all to yourself, what would you do?
Honestly, I’d probably stay in my pajamas all day, lay on the couch, take a nap, cuddle with my golden retriever and watch all of my guilty pleasure TV shows (Real Housewives, Vanderpump Rules, Million Dollar Listing, Sex and the City, etc.)
If you could have any “job” besides the one you have, what would it be?
In all honesty, I love my job. However, sometimes I think what it would be like to not have to worry about money or a schedule and just live each day as it comes. Not sure what “job listing” that falls under.
What made you want to be a mom?
This is a great question, I’ve always wanted to be a mom. I think part of that comes from I think I’ll be good at it (we’ll see!) but I love helping kids learn and grow and test their limits and see what they can do that they never thought was possible. I’ve coached a lot of sports throughout my life and just being involved in that one part of children’s lives has been so valuable to me and now I can’t wait to start from the very beginning.
Would you say that the majority of moms in your social circle are very much like you, or opposite of you?
I started writing this saying that everyone is exactly like me. But, now that I think about it, I’d say most of them are more the opposite of me. They’re late to most things, dress up more often than I do, they’re creative yet not detail-oriented but are the most amazing people I know. Most of the moms that are my best friends are able to stay at home, or work very limited hours, to spend as much time with their kiddos as possible. While I’m sure I will envy that someday, right now I’m in awe of it. But the most amazing part is that I know if I need something in the middle of the day, I could ask any of them and they wouldn’t hesitate to pile their kids in the car and go on a field trip to my house, or to meet me for lunch. I think that’s why it is so important to have that balance of moms who work in an office and moms who work as stay-at-home moms.
What is the single hardest part about your role as a mom?
I’ll reword this slightly to say what do I think will be the single hardest part about my role as a mom and that is not being able to be at every sporting event, every dance recital, every swim lesson, every bath time, every dinner and every other activity that I’m going to want to be a part of. I’m a very hands on person, I like to be in-the-know, I like to plan and I like to be involved and I know I’m going to have to let go of a lot of that when it comes to raising my children because I’m going to have late night meetings, last minute work trips and conference calls that don’t end when they’re supposed to. I’m going to have to accept that I’m not going to be the perfect PTA mom, classroom mom, host of the mom’s club and that’s going to be hard for me.
Courtney, Darling Unleashed loves you!
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