Category: Karen

A Measure of Sacrifice is Required

There is no decision we can make that doesn’t come with some sort of balance or sacrifice.    – Simon Sinek What are you willing to give up in order to pursue what you really want? What are you willing to let go of for the sake of your dream? What might you have to leave behind because it’s not helping…

Hey, you – the leader! Know your guiding values!

I came across a document I wrote on January 1, 2008, expounding on my three guiding values. I was immediately curious to read it, wondering if it still resonated within me. The answer? YES!!! Isn’t it incredible that guiding values live inside us regardless of the changes of life, new chapters, same chapters, good times, hard times, in seasons of…

The Winter of Business

“I write probably 80 percent of my stuff over the winter.” -Bob Seger Using the metaphor of seasons, every business – no matter what type – goes through a winter season. Spring is fresh and new. Summer is vibrant and steady. Fall is transition and change. Winter… oh winter… winter is stillness. In winter, the leaves aren’t flourishing on the…

Loss

Loss:  the state or feeling of grief when deprived of someone or something of value.  -New Oxford American Dictionary The loss of a life. The loss of love. The loss of a job. The loss of health. The loss of money. The loss of friendship. The loss of a game. Why is loss so painful? It creates a grief in…

Innovators Spit on Worry and Carry On

What makes us shrink back or hold back? When I’m hanging out with my wisest friends (who are 70 years and older), I notice a common occurrence: they are less affected by circumstances. They carry an acceptance about where they are, who they’re with and what they’re doing in that very moment. All that matters is now. And in that…

Know Your Stressors

Taking inventory of our internal well-being on a regular basis is fundamental to healthy living. When we go through a challenging time, a big change, an unexpected disruption (or a planned one), it’s a good idea to ask ourselves, “Heyyyyy youuuu inside there, how are you doing?” The most important part of stress is this:   Are you handling it…

When Companies Begin to Crumble

So, you want to grow your business?  Great! Whatever you do, pay attention to the internal workings of your company! Overlooking your infrastructure is like biting into a rotten apple. Looks juicy and delicious on the outside, but on the inside, it’s decaying. This mustn’t happen. Yes, I agree that cash flow is of utmost importance and keeps the neon…

I am a Guinea Pig

I can see why people choose not to make high-risk decisions: it’s unpredictable with no guarantees. If I said to you (cyber invisible person), “Eat this roast beef dinner every day and you’ll lose 10 pounds.” You would say, “How do you know?” I would say, “I’m not 100% sure. Looks like all the ingredients for health might be there. …

4 Pillars Of Wisdom For Start Up Companies

If you’re going to start a business, here are four areas to keep track of and be diligent with:  Keep your personal living expenses at an all time low. You’re on a tight-string budget. Accept it. What you used to do, you can’t do – FOR NOW.  It will pass. Only buy discounted deals, go bargain shopping, drive a car…

Confessions of a Woman: I like Aging

Hi my name is Karen and I like aging. Why are we afraid to show our age? Why do we love to hear that we look 10 years younger? (I do, too!) But does it really matter that much? I have wrinkles. The crow’s feet around my eyes continue to increase every year. Perhaps it’s partly due to playing golf…