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Meet Courtney Ballard of Self Love Society in Orange County

Today we’d like to introduce you to Courtney Ballard.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Growing up as a competitive cheerleader, looks became a big part of my identity, so at a very young age I decided my body was not good enough and that dieting was the only way to be loved. This “dieting” caused me to develop an eating disorder at the age of 13. From there, my struggle with food and my body began. This struggle lasted for the next 9-10 years of my life. I sought help everywhere I could, because I did not want to live this way. I saw over 30 different counselors, therapists and dietitians, and went to three different treatment centers, but always left hurting, in pain and heartache. It wasn’t until a few different people came into my life; people who had struggled with the same things that I had struggled with and chose to see me for who I really was, not a diagnosis that things started to change. They called out the greatness in me, the love in me, the light in me.

And as I started to find freedom that I hadn’t seen in over ten years I knew I had to give away what I had received. We live in a society that screams thinner is more accepting, the most success is deemed the most worthy, and pretty is how well you can filter yourself. It’s so sad because it is leaving people broken, hurting and lost. The purpose of my work is to steer women back to who they are at the core of their being. Because the truth is no one is lost or broken, we all just need to remember who we were created to be. I have been able to radically change lives and walk women out of toxic relationships with food and body dysmorphia. I have helped many women leave toxic relationships, own their worth and create income out of their passions. Self Love Society is a sisterhood for women to feel seen, known, and heard, because we don’t need a diet, a man or a career to fix what’s in pain internally. We need to be understood, accepted and valued. After ten years of striving, running and aching, I now get to take my pain and serve others, and its been the most beautiful process.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Oh boy, I wish it had been smooth but not at all. I started my coaching and business about a year ago and its been quite a wild ride. Entrepreneurship is far from easy. It requires so much consistent personal growth and dedication. Most people don’t show you the months where income falls low, days where technology stops working and creativity falls to a halt. Good thing for me, I am really good at what I do, but everything about business is new to me. I have had to learn quite a bit along the way; lead generation, sales, marketing, and so much more. I have learned that the main ingredient that causes someone’s business to grow is for their own personal growth to continue and the cool thing about that is my clients grow as I grow, so this process never ends.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Self Love Society story. Tell us more about the business.
My business is called Self Love Society, and I am a self-love mentor. I specialize in helping women who struggle with their relationship with food and their bodies. I also help them become a mentor/coach themselves and help create freedom in this area too. I am known for connecting women to their hearts, helping them reconnect to who they are before they change their behaviors. What’s happening in most diet/fitness settings is that women are finding their identity in the gym, and in having a certain body fat percentage, yet still feel empty and lost.

What sets me apart from others is I don’t create diet plans, meal plans, or anything of the sort. Nothing about my coaching is based upon pre-made plans. It’s all geared toward emotional wholeness, because real change will not happen until we learn how to heal from trauma and connect to who we really are. What I am most proud of is how I’ve been able to help so many women who’ve come my way hopeless and feeling like nothing will ever work and leaving after their time with me fully free and alive in who they are. I’m proud and happy seeing them leave feeling connected to their hearts, in love with their bodies and no longer in bondage to food.

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