Moments That Light Up My Soul
With Courtney Noël
Who is Courtney Noël?
I am a passionate, unique soul who loves connecting with others and grounding into mother earth. I have been on a journey of self-love, internal growth and healing which has channeled into my business: Healing the Collective. I am a soon to be College grad studying Philosophy and Business Management. Currently, I am a student in Angela Gallo’s training to become a Doula. I also have plans this December to spread my wings and travel the world solo. On the average day, you can find me sitting in a cute café writing in my journal or contemplating my next adventurous endeavor. I enjoy working with plant medicine, holistic healing, hot yoga, nature walks, nourishing Vegan food, ecstatic dance, massage, cosmic birth, doing the intense internal work to become who you truly are, and empowering women to be their most authentic selves. If you would like to hear more about my story, receive guidance through my coaching program, and/or join the healing collective, my business platform is currently on Instagram. @healingcollective_ Love & Light to all!
What are you most passionate about?
I am passionate about the moments that light up my soul. Those instances where time ceases to exist and you feel fueled with purpose. The short minutes where you feel truly alive. I find passion in healing: myself and others. Passion lies within serendipitous encounters with new souls and around corners of unexplored cities. Passion is anything that illuminates the senses: a live musical performance, a sunset on the beach, sensual touch, a familiar smell, a delicious home cooked meal. I am filled with passion when I am connecting with people and mother nature, holding space, hosting events, travelling, learning, healing, engaging in movement, exploring, and expanding my mind, body and soul.
What do you love most about yourself?
I would have to say what I love the most, is how much I love myself. How committed I am to my own journey. How I truly understand what it means to love myself. It’s not necessarily feeling confident all the time, or always being positive. I almost believe it is the exact opposite of that. I feel it is holding yourself in love during the hard times, being patient with your struggles, recognizing your shadow self and committing to loving yourself time and time again. It is a journey of self-love, and something that is constantly in ebb and flow.
What message do you think every woman should hear?
You can do anything you set your mind to. It is extremely cliché, but it is so true. Once you believe that down to your core, watch, your whole world will begin to change.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
When I was debating whether to purchase a ticket to Thailand, I remember I asked my Dad whether or not I should do it. I instantly started listing all the excuses, while reiterating how much I wanted to go see the world. My dad replied, “There is always going to be multiple reasons to say No, so you might as well find your ONE yes, and go for it”. About five minutes later, I had a plane ticket to Thailand with no other logistics figured out, but I felt in my heart that I had done the right thing. Looking back now, I can’t imagine what my life would be like if I lived in fear of all the reasons why I would have said no. Fear of not having enough money, not enough time, not enough support from family, not enough knowledge or experience. When you live in a mindset of lack, there will never be enough resources for the whole. Once I knew what I deserved and envisioned the life I wanted to live, all the logistics started to fall into place.
What is one dream you have?
My dream is to open a retreat center that focuses on holistic healing, permaculture, women’s empowerment, spiritual circles, community, and birth. It would have a Plant based café, a yoga studio, a movement Shala (Where we would host monthly ecstatic dance), a holistic healing center (with naturopathic doctors, herbal tinctures and essential oils), monthly moon sister circles, and a birth center where woman could birth their babies in the most educated, loving, and supported environment. I recognize it is a big dream, but I know if I can dream it, it is tangible. I hope to create a space where people can feel truly seen for who they are, supported and held in community. I think community is something every soul craves, and our society definitely doesn’t have enough of it.
What would you say to 16 year old you?
Dear 16 year old self,
It is okay to not be okay. You are learning. You are growing. Life seems hard right now, and that’s because it is! But you will conquer and overcome all these obstacles, and become much more prepared to take on all of life’s trials. The universe wouldn’t throw anything your way that you couldn’t handle. You are loved, even when you don’t feel it. You are supported by the world around you. You are beautifully and uniquely YOU. No one can ever take that away from you. Figure out what lights you up, and become your own best friend.
Love, your much wiser and experienced self, who is still figuring out this thing called life.
What do you do on a daily basis to grow and move forward?
I have learned that having a morning routine is crucial to my emotional well-being. Not every day, but on the days I am committed I do the majority of these things in no particular order:
-drink tea or lemon water
– cook a plant based breakfast
– listen to an audiobook, or my own recorded affirmations
– glance at my passion planner for the week, set intentions for the day
– do something for my body (yoga, dance, light stretching)
– do something for my mind (meditation, journal writing, voice memos)
– do something for my soul (dry brush with rose oil, check in with my heart, mirror gaze, affirmations)
I admit it, I also spend a good amount of time glued to my phone and even have weeks where I lose my practice… but hey, we are all human and I am constantly trying to improve.
Why do you love to travel?
I love to travel because it gives you the opportunity to completely recreate who you are. It gives you the freedom to be whoever you are in that exact moment. It also open your eyes to the vast world around you. Simultaneously, making you feel the polarities of your existence. I traveled solo in Thailand about a year ago, and I still haven’t found the right words to explain the feelings it instilled within me. All I do know, is that it changed me. It planted a seed within my soul, that has created a ripple effect in how I navigate through life.
What is the favorite thing about where you live?
I live in Eugene, Oregon. On the surface, it is a medium sized college town filled with students, liberals, and hippies. Dive a little bit deeper, and it can be one of the most healing places to rest your soul. I feel like Eugene calls in people that either need to be healed, or can offer healing. It is a tight knit community, full of a bunch of people who are very aligned in their purpose and vision. When you get a bunch of like-minded people in close physical limits, magical things begin to happen. I feel like Eugene is a power house for manifestation. I have lived here for almost five years, and this community has been the most influential part of my journey. I am forever thankful for this place I call home. I guess my favorite thing would be how it has nurtured me through my hard times, pushed me out of my comfort zone, surrounded me in love, and offered me the greatest blessing: a community.
What is your favorite meal?
Yum! Food!! Definitely this Vegan scramble I make most mornings. My favorite combo is some sautéed sweet potatoes, bell peppers, onion, garlic, kale, lemon, mushrooms, soy chorizo, zucchini, carrots, turmeric, and other seasonings. Oh my goodness, it is so good.
More About Courtney
Courtney Noël is a 22 year old free spirit living in Eugene, OR.
Inspired by her journey towards healing, she launched her own business: Healing the Collective. She takes 1:1 clients for Soul Sessions, and soon will be certified as a Doula. A platform to empower women, hold space, build community, and promote self love. In her free time, she enjoys ecstatic dance, cooking plant based meals, live music, road trips, yoga, writing, studying holistic health, and community events. Courtney values emotional transparency, vulnerability, and open communication. She passionately believes in the importance of love, community and healing.