051: How to Stress Less & Live More – with Courtney Elmer

By February 5, 2019February 11th, 2019The Simplifiers Podcast

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Did you know that 75% of all physician office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints?

In addition, stress is linked to the six leading causes of death, including heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver, and suicide. (This information originated from American Psychological Association.)

I don’t need to convince you that stress is an epidemic that wreaks havoc on your body, your mind, your productivity and your pocketbook. So what are we going to do about it?


My guest today, Courtney Elmer, is going to simplify how to stress less and live more.

Having kicked cancer to the curb at age 25 and had a baby shortly after, I can think of no one else better suited to show us the way.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How to spot the warning signs of stress in your own life, and what to do when you’re about to have a massive wake-up call either physically, mentally, or spiritually
  • What to expect if you ignore the stress signals and do nothing
  • 3 simple things you can do to reduce stress today:
    • focus
    • clarity
    • time
  • What The StressLESS System© is and how you can implement it in your own work and life
  • How to put systems & processes in place to manage all the little details
  • What Courtney thinks to the question… “Can we (truly) have it all, all at once, in life?”

Courtney is a delight and a total Simplifier at heart. If you’re vibing off past episodes where we’ve put self-care at the forefront, such as 037: The 5 Pillars of “Non-Negotiable” Self-Care, or Bonus 032: 1 Simple Way to Overcome the Overwhelm, make a cup of tea and snuggle on down. You’re gonna love our conversation today.


My challenge for you this week:

Think about putting a family vision statement together. What will you dream, define, map, and do?

Share it with me, privately or publicly, by snapping a photo of you doing the thing and tag @thesimplifiers on Instagram for added accountability and support!

Links, books and apps mentioned:

Courtney’s Freebie: Fun Productivity Quiz: Discover your productivity personality

Courtney’s live training webinar Feb 21 2019: The 3 Massive Mistakes Even Smart Mompreneurs Make That Keep Them Stuck, Stressed, and Spinning Their Wheels

Book: One Beautiful Dream: The Rollicking Tale of Family Chaos, Personal Passions, and Saying Yes to Them Both – Jennifer Fulwiler

App: Later – Scheduler for Instagram.

Favorite quotes from this episode:

[20:27] “You already know everything you need to know – it’s within you. The right answers are there in your heart, it’s just a matter of uncovering them.” – Courtney

[29:26] “Dream it, define it, map it, and do it.” – Courtney

[36:39] “If you’re not tracking it, you’re not going to know where you are, where you stand at any given moment… and that’s just smart business sense, but it’s also smart life sense as well.” – Courtney

[38:49] “Perfection on this earth does not exist, but what does exist is your choice to rewrite the story, rewrite the way you’ve been looking at things, and start to go after the life you truly want.” – Courtney

[39:57] “There are certain leaps that you have to make, to get your mind in the right place to understand what’s most important.” – Mary

[47:05] “When you can pull in park for a moment, and then just give gratitude to whatever’s in front of you right now – that is really where happiness starts to come from.” – Courtney

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About Courtney:

Courtney is a Lifestyle Strategist, Speaker, and Stress Expert dedicated to showing overwhelmed mompreneurs how to StressLESS and LiveMORE.

After overcoming cancer at the age of 25, Courtney realized that life is WAY too short to waste any time feeling stressed, overwhelmed, and burnt out. Every woman was put on this earth with power and purpose, and you deserve to have success without the stress.

Courtney specializes in showing working moms how to create order out of chaos, so that they can feel clear, focused, and in control of their life and business – without sacrificing their family along the way.

As the creator and founder of The StressLESS System©️, Courtney’s known for sharing simple, actionable steps to stop feeling so overwhelmed and start running a profitable business while pursuing your God-given purpose.

Courtney is obsessed with barre workouts and dark chocolate, and lives in New Orleans with her husband Alan and their busy little boy AJ.

Courtney’s vote for the perfect guest on The Simplifiers Podcast:

Crystalyn Aucoin – jewelry designer, philanthropist, single mom, has a powerful story around cancer.

Where Courtney hangs out online:

Website: courtneyelmer.com.

Instagram: @courtneyelmer_

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