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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  • My boys are out here in Vegas playing hard!!! Took some tough L’s both one game away from the championship but still playing for 3rd place. #jamonit #westcoastnationals  #aaubasketball #ginnelite #ginnelitebasketball
  • #transparentwednesday last week we celebrated our anniversary unlike the ones before. We weren’t on a trip alone, we were in Florida with our entire family... thanks to our friends KY and Ted we were able to sneak away at night to celebrate! If you saw my IG story you know we had a ball, I mean partied like two college kids- drinking and singing having a good time! It was what we needed! I believe all couples need trips alone - to reconnect and refresh- and most importantly not focus on the kids but each other! We commit to doing this for our anniversary every year for a week but due to Codi pushed it back. So in the meantime- date nights and any time alone is important to me. This picture is me a little insecure about my body two months post baby, not having a flat stomach or back to my ideal weight... but enjoying my life in the moment with this human being I chose to marry. It’s not hard being a new mom- or mom to 4 but it’s challenging to make sure while you make each day about your kids you also make each day about your partner! Living and learning to balance it the best way I  can... #imtrying #notperfect #momlife #wifelife #happyanniversary #marriedcouple #blacklove #husbandandwife #datenight
  • #MCM all my boys!!!! We had a great week long family vacation in Florida! It was the first time traveling with our entire family of 6 so I encountered for the first time the challenge of flying with 2 under 2, carrying around 2 car seats, a double stroller, a purse, a breast pump, a diaper bag and luggage! Thanks to my @graco #gracoreadytogrow double stroller and my @ergobaby carrier for the assist throughout the airport and trip! It was a challenge but we made it and everyone had a great time! #familyvacation #familyof6 #travelingwithkids #doublestroller
  • Family vacations are the best with friends! Yesterday in the blistering heat lol we took the kids to #ZooMiami
  • Happy 4th Anniversary @crewcamp_bo I always tell everyone my wedding day was the best day of my life and I mean that 1000% but marriage is so much more than the big day!
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For all of you so eager to call it quits and throw in the towel on your relationships because everything isn’t “perfect”...here is some food for thought. Lifelong commitment is not what most people think it is. It's not waking up every morning to make breakfast and eat together. It's not cuddling in bed until both of you fall asleep, peacefully, at night. It's not a clean home filled with laughter and lovemaking, everyday. It's someone who steals all the covers. It's slammed doors and a few harsh words, at times. It’s stubbornly disagreeing and giving each other the silent treatment until your hearts heal...and, then...FORGIVENESS! It’s coming home to the same person, everyday, that you know LOVES and CARES about you in spite of (and because of) who you are. It's laughing about the one time you accidentally did something stupid. It's about dirty laundry and unmade beds. It's about helping each other with the hard work of life! It's about swallowing the nagging words instead of saying them out loud. It's about eating the cheapest and easiest meal you can make and sitting down together at late night to eat because you both had a crazy day. It's when you have an emotional breakdown and your Love lays with you and holds you and tells you everything is going to be okay...and you BELIEVE them. It's about still loving someone even though, sometimes, they make you absolutely insane. Living with the person you love is not perfect... sometimes it's hard; but it's amazing and comforting and one of the BEST things you'll ever experience! .
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So Happy Anniversary @crewcamp_bo  cheers to 4 years of ups, downs and in betweens! #happyanniversary #happyanniversarytous #husbandandwife #blessed #blacklove #boandcowedding #marriage #marriedlife #marriageadvice #realtalk #reallove
  • FAMILY... The Ottrix’s and the Ginn’s! What a great way to spend the 4th of July!

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