We had the good fortune of connecting with Courtney Brickner and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Courtney, let’s talk legacy – what do you want yours to be?
I think when I am gone from this world I really want people to remember me as a “Gritty Girl.” I define this term as a female that has COURAGE to try new things, RESILIENCE to bounce back when they don’t work out and the PERSISTENCE to keep going until they do. Throughout my life, I have battled with depression, addiction and imposter syndrome. All have made me feel like I’m not capable of doing one thing or another and that I don’t deserve the good things that have come my way. It has taken many years and a lot of work but now I know one hundred percent that I am completely capable of doing all the things I want and the only limits I’ve encountered have always been the ones I put on myself and were in my head. All my goals might not be achieved at the same time or in the exact time frame that I hope or plan for. Yet I know if I keep having faith in God and myself I will continue to conquer all the obstacles I encounter. I hope people see that in me and feel like they can do the same.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My path did not lead me to a creative career right away. Although I have always loved creating, my jobs just didn’t allow me to let that part of my personality shine. I have had many jobs over the years which included research analyst, administrative assistant, bookkeeper and most recently personal trainer. During all of them I would create and DIY in my free time and that always brought me joy. In 2012 I had been a SAHM for 9 years and was feeling like I wanted to add something to my life outside of my kids. I set a goal of competing in a body building competition and got very into working out. I was proud of myself for reaching the goal and getting third place but then things took a turn. That same year I had a realization that I was an alcoholic and decided to stop drinking. In order to fill the time and take my mind off of alcohol I made the decision to study and get certified to become a personal trainer. I basically just threw myself into that career not really even taking the time to think if that was what I really wanted to do. After doing personal training for seven years I started to feel depressed and unhappy with where I was in life. I knew personal training was not what I wanted to do but I wasn’t sure what was. I also knew I was always happiest when I was creating so I decided to take a huge leap of faith and start The Crafty Brick. I was so scared because I had no idea if people would even buy things I made but I knew I needed to try. I started out designing and selling t-shirts, mugs and tumblers through my Etsy shop and eventually created my own website. Over the past couple years I have evolved into reaching thousands of people a month through my craft tutorial videos on social media and online classes. I get to make things on a daily basis and share them with others that enjoy learning about crafting. I love my job and it’s just icing on the cake that I get to help others tap into their creative side as well.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I think my husband and children have helped me get where I am today. My husband encouraged me to start The Crafty Brick when I was very apprehensive about the whole idea of it. Had he not pushed me to try I would not be have gotten to experience the happiness that I feel now by owning my owning craft business. My children are always watching so being a good role model for them is extremely important to me. Showing them that I can do things afraid, fail and try again allows them to know they can do the same. The path to success/happiness is not a paved road. It’s bumpy, curvy and sometimes all uphill. Knowing that they are watching how I navigate this path pushes me every day.