About

Courtney Lynn Ottrix


I was born and raised in Cleveland to two amazing parents Greg and Leslie Conwell. I very proudly grew up in Shaker Heights with my 4 siblings Chris, Camille, Carlton and Cameron. I attended Shaker Schools until freshman year of high school where I left to go to Beaumont for two years. I returned to Shaker my junior year and graduated with my childhood friends in 2004. Upon graduation, I left to attend college in Pittsburgh at Duquesne University. In 2008 I returned home to Cleveland and have lived here ever since.

I have loved Cleveland for as long as I can remember however it wasn’t until I became an adult that I learned to fully appreciate it. Not just the cost of living, but the revitalization that I’ve watched and been apart of the last few years. Cleveland has seen a transformation and it’s only getting better. Someone started calling me “Cleveland Courtney”, because I was constantly posting great news and new developments about Cleveland. It was this excitement, passion and love for Cleveland that drove me to start this blog. So I am officially a blogger, covering cool people, cool places and cool events in CLEVELAND!

In my day job, I serve as the Communications Director of Global Cleveland, overseeing all marketing and communications efforts for the non-profit organization whose mission is to attract, welcome and connect international newcomers to economic and social opportunities in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County. Since 2007, I’ve worked as a freelance Production Assistant for ESPN and ABC, primarily in Game Day operations. I’ve had the pleasure of working College Football, College Basketball, the WNBA, Monday Night Football, USA Soccer, Boxing and various sporting events over the past 10 years throughout the country.

In 2013, I Co-Founded Talk and Taste Cleveland with my high school friend Ashley Taylor. This event Networking event targeting young professionals throughout the city, was created to educate, motivate, and inspire young professionals seeking to build a sense of community and network in Cleveland.

In my most important roles, I am the proud, PROUD, proud wife of Bryon Ottrix Sr. and the mother of three boys Bryon Jr., Paul Hobson and Bryce Cameron. I am totally obsessed with my family so you will most certainly hear about them in my post and see them in my pictures. I spend a lot of my time supporting their extracurricular sporting activities as my husband coaches basketball at Glenville High School, has his own AAU Basketball Team (Ginn Elite) and my boys play basketball and football (minus Bryce who’s learning to swim). Without them, I wouldn’t find time to drink wine and work on my blog, so I’m greatly appreciative of their love and support in this venture!

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  • So this is me at work yesterday just fine at #22weekspregnant lol. I received a few messages for which I greatly appreciate the concern, but people work while pregnant all the time. I actually really enjoy working and as many of you know,  it’s hard for me to sit still. I started  freelancing for ESPN/ABC in 2007 so I’ve actually worked for them every pregnancy that I’ve had with all 3 of my boys sooo... during Monday Night Football, College Football/Basketball, NBA games, NBA finals and more. Walking is healthy lol and i do a lot of that on game days. My body will certainly tell me when it’s time to scale back but I’m pretty sure I have a few months in me. Besides that, I have the best work family ever and they go above and beyond to make sure that I’m fine! Tired at times... but good! #LetMeLive #LetMeWorkLOL #WeAreFeelingGreat #WorkingWhilePregnant
  • Who would’ve thought two neighbors in 5th grade, crazy about ropes of thunder would grow up to marry cousins! I’m so happy to have you in my life as a sister/cousin/friend always a call or text away. Here’s to pushing each other to our full potential, reminding each other that self care is first, being great moms, God-fearing, learning wives (LOL) and always being a shoulder to lean on— I just love you @mrs_dboyd 😘  #NewYear #NewSalaries #NewGoals #NewGrowth #bo16thbirthday #BlackGirlMagic #WCW
  • So while my family enjoys dinner out for Little Bryon’s Birthday, I’m home with #BryceCameron and his friends Mickey, Donald and Goofy watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse over and over again 😂 #MomLife #StillSick #INeedToSleepTrainAgain #ThisIsTheOnlyWayHeWillSitStill #DaddyNeedsToGetHome
  • Happy 16th Birthday to our oldest child @1bryon_ !!!! Being a #blendedfamily has worked so well for us, I’m so thankful your mom allowed me to have such a presence in your life! You’ve made my job sooooo easy and I truly love you like my own. It’s been such a pleasure watching you grow up over the years and  I’m excited for all that’s in store for your future. Thanks for being the best big brother to Pauly and finding the patience to play with Bryce- I know you’ll be great to your sister as well. You are an awesome son and I’m so blessed to be your bonus mom! I’m hoping to get better just in time for your party lol #HappyBirthdaySon
  • And at #5monthspregnant turns out baby girl and I are sick with pneumonia not strep throat. I was super scared when I talked to the doctor and I regret not asking more questions (FYI- ALWAYS ask questions). I’ll be calling back tomorrow for sure, but in the meantime we are home resting, taking our meds and  focused on getting better. It’s so hard for me to rest but I’m definitely doing it! Baby girl is moving so it’s bringing me much comfort as I lay here confined to the couch and bed urghhh #IHateBeingSick
  • “I’m just a mom with full hands and a full heart. I’m doing my best and giving my kids my all and my only hope is that every day they know that they are the greatest things that ever happen to me” #MCM #MyBoys #MomLife #WhereWereBrycesNavySocks #WhyIsHeMakingThatFace #SuggestionsOnProductsForHisHair #Blessed #FamilyPictures  #DaughterComingSoon #FamilyFirst

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