Today we’d like to introduce you to Courtney Laws.
Hi Courtney, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
I’ve had a passion for travel or as I like to call it, “wandering,” for as long as I can remember. Being from Philly, my first baby step (no pun intended) into travel was a train ride to the Big Apple at the age of 2, my first road trip at age 5 to my beloved grandfather Pootie’s birthplace of Virginia followed by my first flight to Disney World the same year, and my first real passport worthy jet setting adventure was an international trip at age 12 to the Bahamas. By the grace of God, I’ve been living WANDERFULLY and have traveled to 33 states, 34 countries & 5 continents to date by being a budget-conscious traveler who prides myself on #travelmorespendless.
Overall, I really enjoy new experiences as well as crave people connection and diverse cultures (hence the reason I lived in Brooklyn, NY for 8 years). Wandering the world has provided me so much joy but the frequency of it increased when I suffered several losses in a short period. In 2017, I lost the two loves of my life – my grandfather Pootie and my late boyfriend Gabriel – within 6 months of each other, and then 10 months later my dear friend & line sister Tomara received her angel wings as well.
The grief journey totally knocked the wind out of me and I felt like giving up (I went out on disability from work because I literally couldn’t function). It was then that I discovered that physically wandering is only one dimension to wandering – emotionally, mentally & spiritually wandering are elements of life’s journey as well. Throughout the process, I learned to heal through wandering to different places to connect with people, taste the culture, and try holistic healing & therapeutic methods (e.g. meditation, therapy, crystal healing, hiking, aromatherapy, tinctures, etc.) to help me deal with my newly diagnosed depression, anxiety, and PTSD.
As a result of my grief trauma, Wanderful L.A.W.S. was born in 2017 so that I can share my story with others and be a source of inspiration by building a Wanderer Community because I am not the first person nor last person to experience this type of trauma and I want people to know that they are never alone.
The world is our oyster and it is up to us to not only take advantage of what it has to offer but also decide how we will respond to the cards that life deals us. I decided to use travel as my therapy (along with seeing a licensed therapist regularly) as well as relying on wellness practices (which developed into Wanderful Wellness – check out my self-care & healing boxes at https://shop.wanderfullaws.com/products).
For this reason, the mission of Wanderful L.A.W.S. is to Inspire You to WANDER & Do It WELL! My objective is to have Wanderers #TrustTheJourney by embracing a L.A.W.S. lifestyle to LIVE well, ADVENTURE together, WANDERLUST travel, and SOAR to new heights.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
It had been a pretty smooth road until I endured compounded grief beginning in 2017.
I was blessed to grow up with amazing opportunities like going to private school, being involved in a host of extracurricular activities (sports, dance, Girl Scouts, INROADS, etc.), lived in a household with my Mommy & Grandparents who loved & spoiled me dearly, and had the life-changing HBCU experience as a graduate of the illustrious Florida A&M University where we STRIKE, STRIKE & STRIKE AGAIN (in case you didn’t know, us Rattlers go HARD reppin’ FAMU)!
I almost would say life was “perfect” (although I know perfect doesn’t truly exist). I didn’t wake up a day feeling down, unhappy, or battling anxiety, PTSD triggers, and depression. Now, I have to make a conscious effort to cultivate joy and peace in my life. Thank God for His healing hand, resilience, therapy, and a loving supportive circle of family & friends.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
Wanderful L.A.W.S. began as just an info resource of travel & wellness tips.
My new life as an empath and knowing what helped me in my personal healing journey then prompted me to craft comfort boxes primarily catering to sympathy needs. My good friend Carmen was aware of this endeavor and during the pandemic gave me a gentle nudge that a host of other people could benefit from my comfort boxes just to get through the pandemic because everybody was stressed!
And just like that, Wanderful Wellness launched to provide healing resources to help the Wanderer Community cope during the turbulent times of the pandemic and any other trying life circumstances. Wanderful Wellness boxes specifically focus on self-care remedies aimed to help one to nourish so that one can flourish.
Learning to lean on more self-care to soothe as a result of my grief journey, I knew I had to share these practices with the Wander World – so yes, all products are tried and true by yours truly and have helped me heal which is a personal touch I provide to restore joy in one’s journey & helps one soar to new heights.
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𝐼 𝐶𝐻𝑂𝑂𝑆𝐸 𝑀𝐸 is a box full of soothing self-care essentials that support you in your journey to self-care first. Available in 2 vibes for your morning (𝑆𝑈𝑁𝑆𝐻𝐼𝑁𝐸) & evening (𝑀𝑂𝑂𝑁𝐿𝐼𝐺𝐻𝑇) self-care practices.
𝐵𝐿𝐴𝐶𝐾 & 𝑀𝐸𝐿𝐿𝑂𝑊 is a soul care box blessed by black-owned wellness essentials. Despite years of trauma, Black people have continued to shine, thrive, heal & cultivate blissful moments. 𝐵𝐿𝐴𝐶𝐾 & 𝑀𝐸𝐿𝐿𝑂𝑊 will divinely guide you into a mellow mood to become a better you.
Any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general?
Relationship building is so important! It comes pretty naturally to me because I am personable, but I would say to be your most authentic self and you should provide value to the relationship as much as the individual with whom are seeking to network. Time is a commodity so make every encounter impactful & worthwhile.
Mentors are very important. Try to seek one who will help you grow, has a wealth of knowledge, and whom you are comfortable with expressing yourself. Remember, it’s your responsibility to drive the relationship with the mentor (especially if you’re the one who has sought him/her out) so always be prepared and be kind always (just because you should be and you never know who knows who).
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