We had the good fortune of connecting with Courtney Smith and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Courtney, what role has risk played in your life or career?
For me, risk can be challenging and a little scary. I have found that the risks I’ve taken have yielded more positive outcomes than negative. When I decided to share my keto/lowcarb journey with strangers, I was taking a risk in vulnerability. Being open and transparent with those you are close to is sometimes overwhelming. The thought of sharing my journey with strangers via Instagram was quite daunting, but I knew this risk could possibly inspire others. This started out as an accountability tool, and I now have a platform to share my recipes and encourage others. It has opened quite a few doors for me and I’ve been able to make some really meaningful connections with my followers. I’ve also built some amazing relationships with so many inspirational women in this space.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
In addition to being an Instagram influencer, I have a day job. I work in group insurance, managing life and disability insurance programs for large employer groups. I love what I do because I get to work with such great people both internally and externally. I’m outgoing and an extrovert, so connecting with clients and being apart of the big picture is rewarding. As I’ve climbed the professional ladder, there have been naysayers who did not feel I was qualified, but I used that as motivation to get to the next level. I’ve learned that taking risks both personally and professionally have led to some of my most fulfilling experiences. As I continue to grow into my full potential, I want to take my keto journey to the next level. I have several projects in the works that could reach a broader audience. A cookbook is definitely on the horizon, as I love creating and sharing fun lowcarb recipes.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
One of my favorites spots to go in Houston is A’bouzy. They have great drinks, food, and brunch is always a good time. The atmosphere is fun and I’m a regular there. I also highly recommend checking out Brasserie 19, B&B Butcher for an amazing steak, Community bar for drinks. Catching an Astros game is always a good idea or Top Golf. I’m patiently awaiting the reopening of Tony Mandola’s, as it is a Houston staple!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My Aunt Ava played a huge role in encouraging me to take a risk and share my journey. She knew that I had always struggled with my weight and saw how much dedication it took to lose over 100 pounds on my own. When I started my Instagram, I was nervous and unsure of how it would be received. My aunt said you have no idea how many people you may motivate and inspire. You may end up on Good Morning America one day. She was right! Not only was I featured on GMA, but I’ve gotten such wonderful messages from people who were ready to take control of their health. I also credit Dr. Jason Fung and his book The Obesity Code, as it has truly changed my life.