I was the consummate high achiever. From high school to college and law school to opening my own business – oh and getting married and having my daughter, I was always focused on achieving my goals. There was nothing I could not achieve.
But here’s the thing – I didn’t always see myself as a high achiever. Lots of the time I felt I was barely getting by. There was always something more to do, always something that needed improving, something to feel badly about or guilty for.
Despite my success as a lawyer in high demand, on the inside there was always something missing – I used busyness to fill the voids within myself.
This constant state of busyness lead to a total disconnect from my personal life and myself which, eventually, shut me down. When my body decided it had had enough, and no one could diagnose what was wrong, I knew something had to change. Radically.
Today I am still outwardly successful. But internally – that success feels meaningful rather than forced. Because everything about the way I approach work and life has changed.
I’ve been able to created sustainable happiness in my personal life and deep satisfaction in my work – two things I never thought could happen because I was simply too busy.
I’m here to support and coach you in tangible ways that help you move forward in your life – strategically and joyfully. I’m also going to bottom line things for you as I see them – always. And always in a kind way.
Hearing people and guiding them to the answers and solutions they have been seeking is my zone of genius.
For years, I have supported clients and their parents through the legal system as a special education attorney. Some of the most meaningful feedback I received from a legal client was “you saved my child.” I didn’t of course. At least not literally. What I did was fight like an unrelenting bulldog while empowering my clients to get through the process with all the support and compassion I could muster – which is a lot – and not always common in the legal field.
My coaching clients get to the root of what’s causing them to zone out into busyness, anxiety and habits that leave them feeling hollow and disconnected. They face hard truths about themselves (everyone has hard truths – so please don’t think you are the only one), and learn to accept themselves where they are – so they can create a plan (with my help and guidance) to move forward – to feeling more freedom, vitality, confidence and possibility without compromising their success.
None of this is whimsy. A few years ago, I was taken down by chronic, rampant busyness that was masking more than a few feelings of inadequacy, insecurity and fear. A successful attorney, wife and mother, it looked like I was on top of the world. Until my body shut down and I couldn’t eat. No doctor could diagnose what was happening – but to me it slowly became clear. Something had to change. And fast. As I regained my health (and hello, some sanity) and was able to resume work, I knew that the robotic busyness I had “sustained” for so long was the most amazing red flag I could have ever hoped for. It caused a shift in me that was irreversible.
You aren’t here to mess around or waste time or dabble. You know how to work, how to achieve – now you simply want to do it in a more sustainable, life affirming way. You don’t expect me to do the work for you, but you know you need someone to lean on, an expert, objective perspective, and someone who will hold you accountable and call you on your excuses (and we all have excuses, so again, you are not the only one and you will never feel judged working with me).
Step 1. Schedule a complimentary, no-obligation discovery call by sending me a message here.
Step 2. Watch your email for questions from me. Before we hop on the phone, I’d like to know a bit about you and what you’d like to get out of coaching with me.
Step 3. Hit “reply” to that email and answer the questions.
Step 4. At the scheduled time of your call, we will talk! We’ll use the opportunity to make sure we’re the perfect fit before you commit.
Step 5. Then we’ll get started! If you decide to work with me, I’ll tell you the exact steps for getting started. If you decide not to work with me or if we aren’t a perfect fit, I’m happy to share other resources to help you get what you need.
Have questions? Email me!
Inspirational Speaker, Transformational Life and Business Coach
Courtney Spencer coaches high achieving men and women to create freedom and cultivate resilience by coaxing them to uncover the reasons why they are so busy, and helping them master their mindset so they can transform their lives from overly busy (and stressed and anxious) to vibrant and fulfilling.
Her engaging and empathetic style of coaching and speaking creates space for people to acknowledge their struggles and learn important steps to break free from the busy filled stupor life and work can too easily become. Her clients and audiences feel more engaged and motivated after a session or workshop with Courtney because she expertly facilitates breakthroughs that empower people with skills and tools they can use to be happier and more productive at work and at home.
Courtney has been a sought after speaker in the area of special education law for over sixteen years. She has represented children with a wide array of disabilities and has worked diligently to get her clients all the services that they are entitled to under the law. She has argued before the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, has successfully tried due process cases and handled federal appeals, working with families from towns throughout Connecticut. She has worked in both private firms and for the State of Connecticut, always with a concentration in special education law.
She earned her law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law. While there, she interned for Connecticut Legal Services, was the community outreach director for the Public Interest Law Group and interned at the Center for Children’s Advocacy. She was on the Moot Court Board, was a teaching assistant for the Moot Court program and was an associate editor for The Insurance Law Journal. Courtney is admitted to practice law in Connecticut, the District Court of Connecticut, the Second Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. In addition, she is on the Lawyer Well-Being Taskforce of the Connecticut Bar Association. She has additionally completed 104 hours of training in Co-Active Coaching.
As part of her law school program, Courtney also studied at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, where she focused her studies on human rights law.
Courtney is a lifelong resident of Connecticut. In addition to being an attorney she is a wife and mother to one beautiful daughter.
University of Connecticut School of Law, 2000
University of Connecticut, Bachelor of Arts, 1997 – magna cum laude
Courtney holds a coaching certification from ATD. She is also a certified yoga teacher.