About Courtney

Meet Courtney

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Hi y’all — I’m Courtney! I have lived in Youngstown since 2004, but I grew up in the New Castle, PA area and it will always be home. I am a proud Steelers fan, and it shall remain that way no matter how many years I live in Ohio! I am a wife, mom, higher education teacher, homeschooler, marathoner, hand-lettering-wanna be, and writer (published in Scary Mommy).

Welcome! You have come to the right place if you like to learn and are okay with the occasional f-bomb and sarcasm.

So, what’s my story? I am one of those lucky people who knew my passion at a very young age: words. I do not remember ever NOT knowing what I wanted to do with my life. I attended YSU right out of high school, and I earned a B.A. in Professional Writing & Editing. Immediately after graduation, I re-enrolled an earned my M.A. in English with a concentration in the Teaching of Writing. I became a part-time college professor in 2009, and luckily, it’s at my alma-mater. I guess it’s just where I am meant to be!

Oh! And I love education so much that I homeschool my children. If you’re teacher, you know that teaching is not just a job; it is a personality.

I began my blog in 2015 during the honeymoon phase of my running journey. I was 27 years old and sick of carrying around baby weight. What I didn’t know is that running is so much more than a workout. It will change your life just the way that it changed mine. I was not athletic at all when I started running; I was not a high school or college athlete. I was just a girl, with NO experience, who was feeling lost and needed a change. Sure, I lost the baby weight — but what I gained will never compare with what I lost. I gained purpose, new skills, and a TON of freaking confidence. Running impacted me so much that I became an RRCA certified running coach AND put on the first ever Youngstown Marathon! When people tell you that you’re crazy, you’re doing something right. ANYONE can be a runner!


CERTIFICATIONS/EDUCATION:

  • Red Cross Adult & Child CPR/FIRST AID/AED [2019]
  • Road Runners Club of America Certified Race Director [2016]
  • Road Runners Club of America Certified Coach [2015]
  • M.A. in English [2010]
  • B.A. in Professional Writing & Editing [2008]