a note from Courtney.
If you would have told me a year ago, that I'd be talking feather headbands, I never would have believed you.
But here's what I've learned. Headbands make me feel better. After a series of unfortunate events, learning opportunities if you will, I was left feeling pretty down and out, to say the least. But when I put on a headband, albeit a feather headband, a sweatband, or a shoelace tied round my head, for whatever reason, things seemed just a bit more manageable. So I started wearing headbands...everywhere. People began to notice and ask me where I got them, and I didn't even know. And so started the "feather chasing."
Over the last year, I have travelled to many places, meeting, interviewing and eventually collaborating with feather artists from around the world. Everyone has a story, and each feather artist I've met has a unique reason why they work with feathers, and the significance their craft has offered their lives. Stay in the Light is my story.
I've learned that Staying in the Light doesn't necessarily mean being happy all the time. Rather, Stay in the Light is the recognition that from the darkness, comes the light. Never one without the other. It's the courage to face the harder parts of ourselves, or whatever it is that scares you, to do it in style, and to have a great time.
When I'm not "feather chasing" as my friends have come to call it, I can usually be found surfing in California, mentoring young leaders, or strategizing in some wonky progressive capacity. All I can say is, try on a headband and see what happens.
They've been really good to me, a life raft of sorts.