Live With Less // A New Venture

Hey friends.

There's something I've been dying to share with you all. But it just hasn't been time. At least until now.

Back in July, while I was on a solo road trip from Des Moines, IA to Olathe, KS to see Jen Hatmaker speak, I believe God put an idea in my head. After reading a couple of Jen's books I felt the need to 'do something'. Something to make a difference. It's not abnormal for me to get ideas like this but usually I never execute them because I'm afraid. Afraid that they will fail. But this time I'm not letting fear control me.

Here's my dream that is about to become reality. It's a small dream but hopeful something that will make a difference even if just for a few.

I'm launching an initiative called Live With Less.

LWL exists to inspire others to live with less, give more, and make a difference. 

How you chose to 'live with less' is up to you. I'm on my own journey towards living with less and I know that it will look much different from the people around me but none the less, the goal is to have less so that I can give more. More time. More money. More space. More of my heart.

How will this all flesh out? Through a t-shirt. Kind of.

I asked a friend to design a t-shirt for me that will be sold for $20. A portion of the profit will go towards providing clean drinking water for people around the world.
On our planet 884 million people lack access to clean drinking water and and 3.575 million people die each year from a water related disease. These are statistics I have a hard time wrapping my head around. Mostly because I enjoy an endless amount of water each day and I can't picture what life would look like without it. Can you?

Compassion International provides safe water systems (which they call Water of Life) to families, which provides them with clean, safe drinking water for an entire lifetime. A LIFETIME.

And they only cost $55. For you and I that's equivalent to a pair of shoes or a date night out with your spouse.

So the goal is simple. 

Buy a t-shirt. Help provide clean drinking water and change a life forever. 

The t-shirts will be on sale in about a week but I wanted to give you all a heads up on what was coming. 

Thanks for reading friends! I hope you're as excited about this new venture as I am! 

A website and Etsy store to come soon! 


  1. I am so excited for you! And so proud you are going through with this. I love you!

  2. This is so exciting Courtney! So proud of you for pursuing your dream. I wish I had an extra $100 to send your way. But I'll definitely buy a shirt when they are available! Thanks for doing this:)

  3. I will totally buy a tshirt when they're printed :)

  4. I love this. I'll be at Influence, and can't wait to meet btw because this is EXACTLY mine and my husband's constant goal: to live with less. To give more. To turn from the American dream (all about me me me) and run the other way. Can't wait to get my shirt.

  5. Hey there Courtney - I am an advocate with Compassion International and I wanted to pop in and say thanks all you are doing to help provide clean water to those who need it so badly! I am pinning this to our "In support of Compassion" board at Pinterest to spread the word!

    1. Thank you so much Deanna! That means so much to me! I'm honored to partner with Compassion in what you guys are already doing to help so many people around the world.

  6. This is awesome, Courtney! My family is a huge supporter of Compassion. I will definitely be buying one of these from you when they're available! I'm from West Des Moines...saw you live in IL now, but still giving the Iowa (and DM metro!) shout-out to you. :) My husband is the children's director at our church and at the beginning of this year we co-taught a family class called RedCard ( This shirt so completely goes along with that class and I can't wait to wear it when we teach the class again this coming January. :)

    btw- I read 7 this summer and it completely rocked. I'm quite certain my friends are tired of hearing me talk about it. :)

  7. YOU GOOOOOOOO GIRL!!!! love this love this love this and love you!! Can't wait to sport my shirt!!! Congratulations on what is sure to be a huge awesome project!