Courtney Ball

Archive - February 2014

Don’t Hold Back; Be Like Sydney

There are plenty of people around you who will tell you what you can’t do. Don’t be one of them. Your job is to prove them wrong. I know it sounds cliché to suggest that you chase after your dreams, but I’m dead serious about this. If you don’t go after them, no one else will do it for you. Okay. So there’s the direct message I want you...

Things Will Go Wrong

“Now, I’m going to tell you what could be the most important thing to discuss with the bride during wedding planning.” He had my attention. As a young new minister, my first wedding was coming up, and I was clueless. Luckily, the Lead Pastor had officiated at hundreds of wedding ceremonies. Having taken copious notes as he talked me...

Love Over Darkness: How a Beheaded Priest Becomes the Patron Saint of Lovers

Photo by my friend Hannah White; check out her website. Valentine’s Day is upon us, and lest we forget, marketers have made sure to place flowers, hearts, and chocolate wherever our eyes may rest. It’s a time to celebrate romantic love! And as much as I hate the commercialism attached to holidays, I must say that I do still like to celebrate...

Cold Cheeks for Lolo Jones

So, in case you haven’t heard the news, Lolo Jones has joined the U.S. Olympic bobsled team.  There has been some hoopla over whether her popularity rather than performance is what helped her land a spot on the team, but I have a different ax to grind. Back in 2012, my father invited my brothers and I to attend the Drake relays with him in Des...