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I've wanted 2 things as long as I can remember...to start a retreat center (complete with a giant therapeutic working farm, fine art center, on-site healing practitioners, front porch music, large meeting space for speakers, etc) annnnnnnd romantic LOVE. But not just any love- I want a man that shares my vision and my passion for helping heal the world, and has the courage and ability to take on this crazy thing with me. I am a magical, strong, wild, resilient, resourceful woman that has stood in my own way for too long. I have let people run over me and take advantage of me and I haven't always given myself the gift of expecting the best for myself. I have let a few people convince me I'm not worth it, even when the majority of the people in my life tell me if anyone can do this, it's me! IT'S TIME. It's time I go for what I want, and I'm asking you guys to help. I need prayers and cheerleaders. I've got the instincts, the business plans, the lists...hell, I've even got the 200 acres picked out! I just need the guts, and the belief in myself that if anyone can do this thing, it's me!!!!
Much peace and love to you all :)


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  • Courtney Pernell
    Jenel, Ann, Wendy, Laura- You are beautiful souls! Thank you all for your encouraging and loving words. What a wonderful space to connect so vulnerably and authentically with others. So refreshing. Thank you for taking the time to reach out to me and respond! I hope the very best for all of you

    Wendy Crandall and Laura Dawson-Fend can we connect through email perhaps? I'd love to hear more about both of your retreat center visions!

    Peace be with you - Courtney
  • Jenel Harju
    Courtney,
    I love that you started your comment by saying you are SO READY TO BE A CHEETAH.....that right there says it all. How exciting that you have the clarity around what you want and how you plan to go about getting it. Those are the types of next steps that are soooo worth taking. I know it can be scary but not living your truth is a lot scarier! Sending you love and light and all the blessings you need to take more of those critical next steps for BOTH your aspirations!
  • Jenel Harju
    Courtney,
    I love that you started your comment by saying you are SO READY TO BE A CHEETAH.....that right there says it all. How exciting that you have the clarity around what you want and how you plan to go about getting it. Those are the types of next steps that are soooo worth taking. I know it can be scary but not living your truth is a lot scarier! Sending you love and light and all the blessings you need to take more of those critical next steps for BOTH your aspirations!
  • Ann Riley
    Hi Courtney,

    I read about you and learned about me. Your words " I just need the guts, and the belief in myself" speak to my soul. It sounds like we are in a similar place on our cheetah path. I am also someone who has " stood in my own way for too long." Just like you, I know I am so amazing, but I just can't seem to take that final step and step out of my cage. I am reading Glennon's book Untamed. I feel like the cheetah who has been tamed and taught to live in a small cage. Even though the door to my cage is always open, I have been trained to stay inside. So I pace around the cage and stand at the opening, but always talk myself out of any action and curl back up in the corner because I don't want to disappoint anyone else. Yet I disappoint myself everyday and my life is pouring like water through my hands.

    I can see that I am turning this post into self-help for me instead of sending you the message you deserve. I think we both know that we are ready to do the next right thing. I am inspired by your story and your guts to share with others, and your strength to ask for what you need. Thank you for sharing your healing ways with me through your post. Imagine all the people you will help when you open your retreat center. Think of all the folks out there who need the opportunity and your therapeutic setting in order to start healing. Most of all, think of how you will come alive as you work towards the opening of your center. That is the next right thing. Do it for you...and then everyone else will benefit too. But it starts with you because you deserve it. You're right. " IT'S TIME"
  • Wendy Crandall
    Hi, Courtney!
    Your note here really struck me. This is something I have also dreamed of doing! I started thinking of this nearly 20 years ago. My plan is not nearly as well thought out as yours. I just want a place where people can go to find serenity, reconnect with themselves and with Mother Earth. A place where one can explore their spirituality, feel safe to be who they are, believe what they believe... I envision a big ole farmhouse with lots of rooms, lots of garden and lots of woods....
    I don’t really have any great words of wisdom here, I just wanted you to know you are not alone in your vision. I am sending you heaps of positive energies, prayers and love! May your dream become reality!!! <3
  • Laura Dawson-Fend
    Courtney,

    You are a cheetah! You have always been one and your dream is within your reach. If you have the dream in you there is a way to get it done. I have a similar dream to create a very similar type of therapeutic center to help people heal from trauma using all of the different therapies that we know work. That includes everything you have listed. I am excited to see that others have similar dreams. I am a military spouse and have not worked in a couple years but soon my husband will retire and it will be time to chase my dreams. Perhaps your center can be the model for mine one day. As Glennon tells us all you need to do is the next right thing. Take the first step and then when you know what it is take the next step. You are going to create an amazing center I am sure! Until then know you have a whole community in your corner.

    You can do hard things!
    Laura