courtney, court, coco … always a work in progress

hi, i’m courtney! i live in a refurbished cabin on a pond in connecticut on the border of rhode island with my lhasa apso, sir giorgio. i grew up in the small towns of plainfield and brooklyn, ct with my parents and older sister, mel. throughout the years, other family members lived with us helping to mold me into who i am today – my most special aunt, “tia maria,” who had down syndrome and lived with my family for 17 years, and my maternal grandfather, who had dementia. i hold a clinical social work license, and am a graduate of salve regina university in newport, ri (bssw) and barry university in miami shores, fl (msw). by day, i work as a program developer and liaison for a palliative and hospice care provider. i’ve been working in the arena of elder / end-of-life care for over 10 years, and i am a virtual dementia tour® certified trainer with second wind dreams®. by nightfall, i can be found trying out new dining spots, at watering holes around rhode island and the ct shoreline, relaxing at urban sweat, or at club pilates. after recently closing a well-being studio, and still seeking a creative outlet, i decided to refresh this blog as a place to continue to share the lessons of SALT (Self-Awareness, Let’s Talk, LLC) and promote the well-being, water-filled, lifestyle that i so love. welcome aboard!

a few of my favorite things

color? leopard movie? message in a bottle tedtalk? brené brown (actually, brené brown anything) bingeworthy show? parenthood (i think i cried every episode!) netflix? bloodline childhood memory? spending the summers living in mystic on our boat (“mel’s court” named after my sister and me) guilty pleasure? poshmark mindset? curious morning routine? facial steaming while listening to a guided meditation bedtime routine? picking IFS inner active cards and reflecting on and connecting to what parts of me are drawn candle? bergamot & amber from madewell (obsessed!) perfume? i recently changed my perfume after 10+ years of wearing sjp nyc (don’t laugh – it’s amazing!) to ysl mon paris eau de parfum soap? this has to have categories, course … handshore soap co. (especially mermaid kisses)kitchenmurchinson-hume (original fig scent) ; bathmolton brown variety (i’ve spent numerous nights at the liberty hotel in boston on new year’s eve, and was introduced to it there … i always like to keep a bottle by the bath to turn my cabin into a luxury hotel – even if only in my mind!) us city? miami foreign city? paris (naturally, i am 100% french [canadian]) way to relax? spa / sauna hobby? flea market hunting superhero? my dad famous female? jennifer aniston famous male? brian austin green until adam levine came along (sorry david!) blogger? @champagneandmacaroons flower? peony meal? chicken parm (& shrimp scampi – salivating!) snack? popcorn with sour patch kids mixed in drink? another one that needs categories … wine  sauvignon blanc ; hard liquor – tequila ; day drink – ciders of sorts ; nonalcoholic – cranberry and tonic with lime holiday? thanksgiving (food > gifts) brand? free people store? restoration hardware (cue carrie, “hello, i live here …”) for a house & anthropologie for moi local store? grace teacher? my mom (& go figure she’s a teacher!) & mike singer? ray lamontange spotify station? SALT station, obviously (feel free to follow it!) summer mix? yacht rock (on repeat, #sorrynotsorry) time of day? sunset season? autumn self-care routine? weekly therapy (she’s the best, and i’m blessed) daytime activity? beach / boat (summer) ; winery / brewery (fall) ; spa (winter) ; yard sales (spring) exercise? pilates (reformer) creative outlet? this!

SALT coined hashtags to follow

#divedeeplivewell #selfawarenessletstalk #wellbeingbasin #unmappedmermaid #unmappedsaltymariner #saltymarinersclub #thesaltedseahorse #liquidlifelessons