Meet the girl behind the blog!

Hello friends! Now that I’ve been at this for a little over a month, I figured I should introduce myself to you guys! I know that if I were you, I’d want to know who the girl behind the screen was and why i should listen to what she has to say!

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For starters, my name is Courtney Heathcock. This is a new name to me and I am still getting used to it. I got married to an amazing man, Brad, a little over two months ago. I am 22 years old, a few months away from turning 23. I am currently residing in the Waxahachie area. I am from Wichita Falls, TX, born and raised, and have lived in Denton, TX for the past 4 years. I am learning my way around Waxahachie slowly, but surely. Brad and I are youth pastors at a church here in Waxahachie, The House of Hope. Although being youth pastors is a full time job, we both have other places of occupation as well. Brad is an athletic coordinator, teacher, and coach in Grand Prairie, TX. I am interning at the Dallas County Jail with a program called Resolana. (I’m sure I’ll be sharing more about this than you’d like to hear, but if you’re curious you can check out my blog   The Beginning of the End: Back to School!) I attend the University of North Texas and I will be graduating in December with a degree in Psychology as well as Social Work. Along with being a youth pastor’s wife, I am also a worship leader. This is the overview of who I am, but I thought I’d make it a little fun! Here are 5 corky, interesting, or unique things about me:

1. I am OBSESSED with corgis!

You know, the dogs! I am in love with them. Brad jokes that I wouldn’t have married him if he didn’t agree to eventually get me a corgi!

2. I LOVE Christmas music! (And Christmas time in general!)

If I’m being honest, I have been listening to it nonstop for the past week and a half. It’s September, I know!

3. I have only lived in 4 places (not counting my dorm room) my whole life.

I never knew this was unique, but as I’ve grown up I’ve learned that it is very uncommon to grow up in one home. I lived in the same house from when I was born to the age 14 and we just moved across town.

4. I love to watch Food Network, but I have never used one of their recipes.

Anyone else with me? I could watch Chopped all day long, but I have never even thought about making any of the recipes. Is that weird?

5. My heart is for ending the epidemic that is Human Trafficking.

I want to educate people about it. I want to rescue women and children from it. I want to teach and equip those who have experienced it to get back on their feet. I want to be a part of ENDING human trafficking in the world, and especially in America.

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Now that we got that out of the way, I want to tell you all my vision behind the blog. The “why” behind starting this page, writing each week, and sharing my heart with you all.

I have always enjoyed writing. I am an external processor to the core, so writing has always been an outlet for getting my feelings out. I used to write letters to my parents when I was mad or upset at them to express how I felt. Yeah, I was a weirdo. This has always been something I always liked to do, but wasn’t ever sure if I was actually any good at it. I started this blog my freshman year of college, I wrote my heart for my campus and the lost people that walk the sidewalks at UNT. Every few months I would post again, but it was never anything consistent.

Blogging has recently become something very normal in our society. Everyone seems to blog and everyone blogs about everything. There are blogs about nutrition, lifestyles, fitness, faith, marriage, fashion, traveling, you name it – there’s a blog for that. So, the idea of pursuing this passion scared me. I never saw myself being as good or as experienced as someone else.

I scroll through social media all the time and I rarely feel like I can relate to anything I scan with my eyes. Their life seems perfect….and theirs…and theirs. The internet is full of a false reality, comparison, negativity, insecurity, and isolation. This is why I finally decided to step up and pursue this dream of mine. I want to create a space where I can be real, open, and honest with my readers. I want to allow them to be exactly who they are and meet them where they’re at. I want to be a constant reminder that you are not alone and that we all go through things and we all have more to learn. I want to use my own life: lessons and experiences to encourage my readers.

I have made a promise to be as open and honest as I can be without overstepping any boundaries. I am very passionate about vulnerability and hold myself to the standard of using my struggles to help others. So, welcome to the place where realness meets this fake internet world. I am so eager to navigate this life with you guys and I promise you can relate to me in SOME way.

I have dealt with heartbreak, loss, moving, college life, parent’s divorce, fighting with parents, being the “crazy” one in high school, finding my identity in relationships, being hurt by friendships, figuring out my identity in God, being newly-wed, being in a long distance relationship, the highs and the lows of life, and the list goes on and on. So, I hope you’ll stick around and keep reading what is on my heart. I know that I am so glad you’re here!

I wanted to take the time to announce something super exciting! The pictures featured on this blog are by the newest member to the blog team: Kaitlin Michele Photography. She is amazing and I am so thankful to have her on my team. You can head on over to my instagram and check her out in my latest post!

So, since I just introduced myself and my vision, head on over to my latest instagram post and introduce yourself! I want to know who YOU are!! (@courtneynicoleheathcock)

I love you guys and thank you so much for being a part of this journey with me!

– Courtney

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