Emotional Smackdown 2013 #chchchanges

If you've ever seen Elf, which I finally have, the best way to describe how I am feeling right now and what I am about to do can be summed up in one scene. You know when Buddy sees the escalator for the first time? He wants to take it, but is really trepidatious about getting on. He allows others to go ahead, he lets people push him back, he paces, and eventually gets on in the most awkward fashion of all time...but he does it. He rides the escalator, even though he looks ridiculous doing it. I'm about to get awkward and ridiculous.

While lunching with two of my oldest and dearest friends, the conversation turned in a very open and honest direction that I wasn't expecting... And I obviously needed to hear it. Since then, I have mulled over the things we discussed and the points that were made. The conclusion I have come to is simple: I have to make changes immediately! Now I know this all seems very cryptic, so allow me to explain. I once read that when you write something down and tell others, you are more likely to be successful in making a change. To quote one of my besties, I'm gonna be real for a second. So, here goes!

It was brought to my attention that I have a tendency to hold back emotionally. I like for everything to stay very surface-level and paint a pretty picture. I rarely, if ever, let others in on the rougher moments. I thought of how I could shoot this point down, when it dawned on me that they were right. If this had been the first time I had ever heard this, I probably would not be taking this so seriously. However, in the past 10 days, I had been told the same thing by two other very important people in my life. I hope they do not feel that I have discounted their input at all. If either of them had not said something first, I may have pushed this aside and filed it away to be reviewed at a much later date. This is clearly an "aha moment"! I have to be...*gulp*...vulnerable. I have to share my thoughts and feelings-- NOT just the positive and happy ones. I'm making this change now... This is happening! And get ready to hear me start using the word "no" on occasion. You may even see me cry. Like last night. Let's not get crazy here... It's not going to be all the time, just when the moment strikes. It's going to be hard, but so worth it.

Then we discussed that I cannot take a compliment... ever. When complimented, I tend to negate it and turn the compliment back to that person with their words. Or I make a self-deprecating joke about the compliment. In researching some ways to combat this nasty habit, I found that this is pretty common amongst women. By doing this, we may put off the vibe that we don't appreciate or really hear and value the kind, thoughtful words someone is saying. I know this is sooooo not the intention of what I am/we are doing, but it's valid. This is not desirable behavior, by any means, which means I have to correct this... stat! To anyone who may be reading this, please know that I truly appreciate your thoughtfulness and the effort you take in paying a compliment. I am so grateful for how amazing and incredible each person in my life is; I am beyond blessed.

The only constant in life is change. Self-improvement and self-awareness are two of the best and biggest changes I could make right now.

I am smack dab in the middle of a major life transition! I celebrated, what was aptly titled by someone I adore more than my shoe collection, my "Best/Worst Day"... my 31st birthday. Don't get me wrong; the Month of Kortni was full of great times with my loves- quality time with family and friends, parties, new boots, presents, etc. It was the best/worst month :) This birthday was actually harder than turning 30 because I had to leave my ward and calling, where I spent the past 4 years with my friends, basically my second family. {For those who may not know, in the LDS church we have young single adult wards (ages 18-30) and mid single adult wards (ages 31-45) aside from the regular family wards.} I also left ADP after 7 fantastic years to get my health back on track and to make a full recovery from the health issues I had been facing. In this short period of time, I have learned so much more about myself and what I have to do to truly be happy with who I am and what I want. I am ready to be a better and more well-rounded person, starting now.

So, there it is. It's not all sunshine, hearts, flowers, and hashtags; it's real and it's my life. I'm up for the challenge and hope if you notice that I'm not doing something that you will call me on it. Seriously! I want and need to make these changes, so don't worry about hurting my feelings. I love you all so much and hope one day I can really convey just how important you are to me! Thank you for your love, support, and friendship. I definitely need it more than you may know.


  1. I admire you Kortni! Love you!

  2. love this kort! and love you! good luck with your life changes!

  3. Love you, Megan! I admire you, as well!!

    Miss Eden, I love you and hope all is well with you! Thank you!!

  4. Oh, how I love you!!!! You're the best!

  5. I love you, Katie!! Excited to see you this week :) xoxo

  6. I don't want to discount our feelings, and I love when people self reflect and improve, but I do think it's important for you to know how treasured your positivity is by everyone, especially me. You are such an inspiration for good, and have a comforting happiness about you. Change is all good, but remember how rare your shine is.

    1. I just love you, Danielle!! I promise not to lose my shine or positivity :) I'll just share more than the good times. #soulsister


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