I had the pleasure of meeting the beautiful Courtney Everett at Books and Bagels a cozy little bookstore in Wilmington, DE for The New Moon Journal Reflection. Courtney shared her journal “and…..Thats on Self Love 30-day Guided Journal”
I defined my success by growthCourtney Everett
How did the idea for your business come about?
Originally, my idea started off as a podcast. I wanted to talk about mental health and spirituality within the community. Unfortunately season one of my podcast didn’t do extremely well but that is OK. However, I felt that I was being called to do something else. I was in school for obtaining my master’s in social work. I prayed about it. I wrote down my dreams and aspirations and that’s when I got the idea of conversations with Court as a company that offers services surrounding spirituality and mental health. I still wanted to offer 1:1 sessions so I decided to do life coaching sessions, which is a little different from therapy. I wanted it to be based on healing through conversations. So why not put that into a company that offers a variety of services that reflects that?
How do you build a successful customer base?
I build a successful customer base by being my authentic self. I feel as though if people can relate to you or can connect to you, That’s the start of it. I ensure that they are being heard and that they have a safe space in which to share their thoughts and feelings. No matter how big the crowd is. I find it important to still make that vulnerable connection with my clientele. This makes me stick out from the rest because I am so authentic with what I am saying, and what I am doing. I do everything with intentions, and people can see that people can feel that and they can relate to it. So long as you are yourself, the customers will come.
What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
Seeing others pursue their passion has inspired me. Growing up there weren’t many black women entrepreneurs. It wasn’t until after college did I see many women like myself creating their own businesses. After all, I always wanted to be my own boss. I saw how other women were able to balance their work life, and home life, and still have time to be an entrepreneur. I thought I could do that too, so I did. I wanted to do what I love and that was talk and have conversations with people about healing, spirituality divine femininity, and relationships. I wanted to continue to help others with their internal traumas and wounds. So I decided to create my business Conversations with Court.
Where do you see your brand/business/passion in the next 5 years?
I see myself traveling with my family and hosting large events about healing and spirituality. I want to get back into podcasting and interviewing celebrities and individuals about how they maintain their spirituality and emotional wellness while in the limelight. I want to continue to inspire people to become their higher selves. I also want to do workshops across the world. Really I just want to experience life while pursuing my passion. I want to write more journals and books. Eventually, I want conversations with Court to be a brand that people can relate to, and that people can trust.
How do you define success?
I defined my success by growth. Did I grow from this experience? Did I learn from this experience? Maybe I gained something that I did not have before. That’s how I know I’m successful. it’s not about the money because money will always be there. There’s success in expansion. Even if someone else is a winner of a competition it doesn’t mean I didn’t have a successful event. I may walk home with more connections and more sponsors than when I arrived. Success isn’t determined by the awards you win or by recognition. I have seen many individuals in my lifetime. Be successful, but never get the recognition that they deserve. So I determine my success by my own growth.
Who is your role model?
I wouldn’t necessarily say I have role models. I don’t want to be like anyone but myself. I would say that I have women in which I am inspired by. I’ll come across men and women that inspire me every day and allow me to see a different perspective on things. As a child growing up, I was inspired by Queen Latifah, Eve, and Jill Scott. I was inspired by Queen Latifah because of her breaking barriers in the rap community as a female artist her song, unity is still inspirational to me today. Jill Scott gave me that feeling of unconditional love in what I envisioned a woman to be. Eve inspired me because of her strength and resilience. Of course, I had my grandmother who I thought was everything. When growing up she cooked, she did others’ hair, she took care of the community and the community took care of her. She was an entrepreneur herself. My grandfather and she had a bar in Philly. How could I not be inspired by my grandmother, she was simply amazing. I have my mom who always inspires me. Even others, I meet on a daily basis. I get inspired every day. I am surrounded by inspiration.
How can people contact you?
I am always looking to network and collaborate with others. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me on my website or on any of my social media platforms. Be on the lookout for more Conversations With Court, I am just getting started. I can be reached on my website www.conversationswithcourt.com. There you can book sessions with me and shop in my online store. Follow me on Instagram conversationswithcourt_ for daily videos, updates, and more. Lastly, subscribe to my YouTube channel Conversations With Court.