Courtney, Court, Coco …
Always a work in progress.
Hi, I’m Courtney! I live in Northeastern Connecticut (also known as the Quiet Corner) 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).
After closing the SALT well-being studio (which focused on mindfulness and compassionate communication) in the winter of 2019, yet still seeking a creative outlet, I decided to refresh this website as a place to continue to share the lessons of SALT. In the winter of 2021, after ending my 6-year journey in therapy (where I learned and practiced so much of what SALT talks about) I decided to begin offering mindset coaching with a specific focus on what I coin, “Feelings Identification & Needs (FIN) Awareness.” SALT, LLC is ever-evolving, as am I, however the main focus has remained steadfast – FIN Awareness practice. I look forward to sharing this priceless gift, that was shared with me, with the world.
As a social worker, resources are gold! Throughout this site I share some of my favorite resources and suggestions. May they help to cultivate and enhance everyday well-being. SALT’s self-guided study #DIVEDEEPLIVEWELL is a resource containing a collection of “best practices” that I believe when done with regularity and repetition will be helpful over the course of a lifetime. It’s great for anyone who is curious with a desire to live from a more grounded, self-aware, regulated, and connected place. The practices can serve as life preservers for the times when we inevitability find ourselves treading rough waters.
Remember, the deeper we dive into ourselves and our experiences, the more self-aware we become. It is from here that we can better connect with our true self, and others, which can ultimately lead us to a more fulfilling, well-lived life.
My personal greatest treasure along this inward journey has been being mindful of my feelings and needs. I call this practice FIN (Feelings Identification & Needs) Awareness. It is the root of my own self-growth and coaching work. To me, being aware of what we are feeling and needing is the foundation of self-awareness. When we can pinpoint the root reasons for our emotions, actions, and reactions, we can better understand human behavior (our own and that of others), and with understanding can come compassion. And, let’s be real – the world could use some more compassion.
You can follow me along on Instagram, @salt.selfawarenessletstalk, where I share parts of my unmapped life. It’s here where I track my feelings and needs, gaining self-accountability around this transformative practice. Feel free to follow along and tag me in your FIN Awareness posts where you, too, share what’s alive in you.
Professionally, I have worked in the field of end-of-life care for over 12 years, most notably developing programs that utilize non-pharmacological interventions for hospice recipients. From the winter of 2013 through the spring of 2021, I was a Virtual Dementia Tour® Certified Trainer with Second Wind Dreams®. I am the Founder and Owner of Pop Nic Co, LLC – Southern New England’s Original Pop Up Picnic, and Lamothe Properties, LLC. I also proudly serve on the Advisory Board for iVoice Communication.
Personally, I enjoy relaxing by the water, flea market hunts, doing pilates, and spending time with those most important to me.
A few of my favorite things :
color? neutrals movie? message in a bottle tedtalk? brené brown (actually, brené brown anything) bingeworthy show? parenthood (i’ve watched the series a few times and 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 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? for 10+ years i have been wearing sjp nyc (don’t laugh – it’s amazing!) soap? this has to have categories, course … hand – shore soap co. (especially mermaid kisses) ; kitchen – murchinson-hume (original fig scent) ; bath – molton brown variety us city? miami (love the diversity & that it’s a city by the sea) foreign city? paris way to relax? spa / sauna hobby? flea market hunting superhero? my dad famous female? jennifer aniston, 100% famous male? brian austin green blogger? couple/family/lifestyle – @port2palm ; fashion – @sincerelyjules ; personality – @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 retired 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? FIN Awareness daytime activity? beach / boat (summer) ; winery / brewery (fall) ; spa (winter) ; yard sales (spring) exercise? pilates (reformer) or the class creative outlet? this!
SALT coined hashtags to follow :
#divedeeplivewell #selfawarenessletstalk #wellbeingbasin #finawareness