I’m supremely excited to share the loveliness that is Courtney Bentley—this week’s Everyday Hero—with you.
Courtney is living it up in Bangkok, Thailand and sharing her wisdom on fitness and nutrition with the locals. She also happens to share it with the world via her website and YouTube channel (just to name a few).
We spent most of our time chatting about travel, culture shock, and the ups and downs of starting a business in a foreign country.
All in all, I walked away from our conversation feeling inspired, upbeat, and utterly impressed by Courtney’s outlook on life.
Where are you from, where are you located now, and what led you there?
Born in Orange County Florida, raised in Orange County, California and now located in Bangkok, Thailand. My husband’s investments have brought us to our new adventure and with it have come challenge, culture shock and huge breakthroughs for myself.
If we really knew you, what would we know?
I am the definition of ADD. I care, I give and then give some more. I love helping other women shine with confidence! I am obsessed with my two Shih-Tzu’s. Give my husband all I can give. Love with all that I am. And am always self-improving.
Where do you find your inspiration?
My inspiration comes from within, and the drive comes from my mindset of “If they can do it, so can I and BETTER.”
What “rules” do you live by?
Let the universe guide you and believe in all that it offers you.
Challenges are meant to be. Overcome them, learn from them, and teach others how to do the same.
What three things, people, or roles have contributed most to your success?
My husband. He lets me be myself, supports me in all my wild antics, and encourages me to do more and become the best ME I can be.
Giving back to my community through hosting a boot camp for charity. I started the boot camp to empower other women who have no choice but to sell their bodies to support their families. I empower women through movement, and now am happy to say I empower women through education. The girls who come out every Sunday in 90°+ weather to sweat it out and give back, these girls keep me going.
My dogs. I know that sounds crazy but my two baby shih-tzus remind me to play, they remind me to laugh, be silly and be childish sometimes. Without my two babies I would be a hot strict mess. Life is best lived with laughter and through joyous events!
What was the worst piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Sit back and let the universe unfold. I believe the universe is in control, but the idea of sitting down and watching the clock tick is not my idea of getting things done.
I have always been open to letting the universe present me with ideas but the effort, hard work and dedication I put towards each and every one of my blessings is what makes me successful.
What women inspire you?
Chalene Johnson, Tracy Anderson, and Jamie Eason. Not only are they celebrity trainers who have broken the glass ceiling, but they stay strong and back their views. All three of these women stick to their beliefs and values and do not let money change their fitness methods.
Many fitness professionals say they back a certain fitness product because of money. If I have to see another Quest Bar campaign I might scream. I am tired of fitness gurus who preach eating clean show that food bars filled with artificial chemicals are the best things to grace the supplement aisle.
What books are sitting on your nightstand or are currently on your must-read list?
I am in a dry spell with reading. Switching roles and becoming Fitness Editor of a local magazine entitled Expat Ladies has eaten at my reading time. Instead of reading books I have been reading magazines to gather ideas and improve my editorial skills. I am looking forward to reading some Gabby Bernstein when I take my next vacation to Phuket in May.
If there’s one thing you could change about the world, what would it be?
Give back. If there is one lesson I learned this year, it is to give back to your community. As human beings it is natural for us to take and take some more, but when you get the chance to give back to someone you barely know, it is life changing. In the past I donated my clothes to Goodwill, texted to donate $10.00 when crisis occurred, but actually giving my time, sweat and money to a cause that I hold dear to my heart has changed me and the way I live my day to day life.
Famous last words:
“Live every moment, Laugh Every Day, Love Beyond Words”
I say this to myself on the daily, living a loving and playful lifestyle is a choice and I do my best to do so on the daily.
That little baby that’s been growing on the inside will be making her way into this world.
(It’s a bit surreal to type that.)
April 27th has always seemed so far away. And now? It’s a mere 25 days away. HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?!
In any case, the point here is to remind you one final time that I am wrapping up all food sensitivity testing on April 11th.
That means you have precisely 3 chances to get on the schedule.
After that, you’re going to have to wait until July, when I return from maternity leave. Please don’t wait until the last minute to schedule. Once these appointments are gone, they are gone. I can’t open up any more days or times.
I want to live in a world where our thoughts, actions, and feelings are in total alignment. Where meditation is prescribed before medication. And where we are seen as a whole person, and not just the sum of our parts.
Sound like the kind of world you want to live in too?
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