After a shocking cancer diagnosis at the young age of 25, Courtney Elmer learned to slow down, stress less, and live more. The Brave Files.

Stress Less, Live More

With Featured Guest

Courtney Elmer


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After a shocking cancer diagnosis at the young age of 25, Courtney Elmer learned to slow down, stress less, and live more. The Brave Files.

Stress Less, Live More

With Featured Guest

Courtney Elmer


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Top Takeaways From This Episode

  • Life is short. Do the things you love.
  • There is real value in unplugging and being present with the people you love.
  • Authenticity is what sets people apart.

As a newlywed, one typically expects to live a life of joy and excitement. There is a honeymoon, oftentimes a new home, and maybe even talk of children. Generally speaking, it is a blissful time, free of stress, in a couple’s new life together. However, for Courtney Elmer, this certainly wasn’t the case.

An Unexpected Diagnosis

Courtney was always career driven. She hustled and pushed, building a thriving business. In essence, she seemed to lead the ideal life. This was until she returned from her honeymoon and was immediately diagnosed with an aggressive form of thyroid cancer. Shocked and terrified, Courtney underwent surgery and began treatment.

Learning to Stress Less

Forced to slow down during recovery, Courtney realized how much stress she had been under. She consistently worked hard and, it seemed, she had forgotten who she was and what she wanted from life. As a matter of fact, slowing down was a foreign feeling that caused her to experience intense discomfort. It was a total life transformation, and learning to live a different way of life was also a lot of work!

Remission and Motherhood

Thankfully, Courtney went into (and is still in) full remission. During this time, she leaned on the support of her close-knit family. Additionally, Courtney focused on unplugging and reconnecting with the people in her life. She learned life is too short for excessive stress.

Cancer treatment often causes infertility, therefore, Courtney didn’t expect motherhood to be in her cards either. Much to her surprise, she got pregnant ended up giving birth to a beautiful baby boy. While there was great joy during this time, Courtney still felt anxiety about where life would lead her. The uncertainty of motherhood caused new levels of stress and fear.

Learning to Live More

While the unknown is scary, the joys of motherhood allowed Courtney to learn the true value in stressing less in order to live more. Life is about authenticity, connection, and transformation. Courtney knew all too well that every day is a gift and life is too short. Stop working so hard and start taking care of yourself.

More about Courtney

Courtney took transformation to the next level by becoming an Empowerment Speaker and Stress Coach. Her work focuses on helping women get rid of the overwhelm in their lives and businesses. Through this work, she teaches high-achievers how to stress less and live more!

Connect with Courtney

We encourage you to connect with Courtney through her website to learn about her coaching style. Courtney’s work is making a real difference!

You can also connect with Courtney via Facebook or Instagram.

Giving is Good

Courtney supports the Blooming Lily Foundation because she deeply understands the value in life transformation. This organization inspires and empowers young girls in Kenya to dream big. Blooming Lily teaches young women that there is more out there for them if they desire to achieve it. The nonprofit supports various programs and initiatives all focused on the empowerment of young girls who would otherwise never receive such resources.

"What matters most is that I'm doing my best to add value to others' lives"

- Courtney Elmer

Meet your Host, <em style="color:teal">Heather Vickery<em>

Meet your Host, Heather Vickery

Heather Vickery is an award-winning business owner and global leader with over 20 years as an entrepreneur. She leverages her entrepreneurial skills and expertise to coach individuals towards greater personal and professional fulfillment by helping them leverage their fear into intentional bravery. Heather says “When we choose bravely, on purpose, we choose bigger, have bigger successes and it’s contagious” A celebrated public speaker, Heather inspires audiences and empowers attendees with the tools they need to live bold and successful lives through creating balance, time management, mindfulness, as well as countless systems, strategies, and boundaries. She’s the author of Gratitude Journal: Shift Your Focus and Grow Grateful: A Gratitude Journal for Kids and Families. Heather is also the host and executive producer of The Brave Files Podcast.

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