About Karen

Find Out What Makes Karen So Special!

Karen, what have you achieved in your working life?

I have been in business since I was 18 and have owned and operated 12 different successful businesses.

The challenge of starting up new businesses is very exciting to me. I am driven by the challenge of what is needed to make a business successful, that ability to think outside the square to deliver what your customer wants.

In business you have to develop many different personal qualities to deal with your customers and staff, the various authorities and all the other business challenges. The experience you gain is vast.

You truly have to believe in yourself before you go into business and that self-belief is one of the keys to success and to go with that great marketing skills. If something goes wrong you have to be strong enough to find the answer and ride the problem through.

I am so lucky I have loved my entire working life, I have never thought of it as work. I have got up with excitement and looked forward to what I was going to achieve that day. The only times I would look back with disappointment was when I had underachieved. I love juggling 101 things. I can’t imagine living any other way. My mind is always on overload and if my mind does have any spare time it will be planning some new exciting thing to do.

What do you do to keep your energy levels up?

I have learnt how important exercise is. By keeping fit and active you stay more alert, energised and healthier.

I go swimming several times a week, exercise on gym equipment at home, lift weights go walking and enjoy our beautiful world.

I decided a bike would also be good for me. In my usual ‘I can do anything’ I woke up one morning, after having just purchased the bike and thought ‘okay, this morning I am going to get up and bike a cycling event circuit in the area that I live.’ I had no training and hadn’t been on a bike for years. It was 110 kilometres over some very steep hills. My legs kept cramping and sitting on that small bike seat was very unpleasant. I had to keep standing up on the pedals to try and stretch the cramps out.

I finished several hours later with a very sore bottom and legs that cramped for hours but I felt great and I was on such a high. If I had stopped and thought about how I was going to do it I would have talked myself out of it and missed out on that wonderful feeling of achievement.

What are your favourite past times other than work?

I love cooking and baking and it puts me in a happy mood and I sing along to myself as I work.

I am creative and love designing and making ornaments and decoration. I love sewing. I have made wedding dresses, men’s suits and clothes for myself and my children and I designed and sewed clothes for one of my businesses.

I loved designing and decorating each new business to how I wanted them to look. I would like to learn to paint and draw and that is on my to do list.

I love reading books and I read every night and I am always writing I have pages and pages of script everywhere.

I love people and sharing in their lives and helping and giving where I can.

I love the sea and the mountains and enjoy walking and looking at the beautiful surroundings and what nature has to offer us.

What gave you your fighting spirit?

When I was 18 months old I received my vaccination for polio. Instead of giving me protection from polio it actually gave me the virus. I was left unable to walk.

My father believed that if I weren’t encouraged to use my muscles, I would never walk again. He bought a doll’s pram and stood me behind it and walked me around and around for months, until I walked on my own.

That story has always stuck with me. I know I am responsible for keeping myself moving.

I spent a lot of my early life in plaster and calipers. Doctors seemed to like to outline what I would never be able to do and predict that I would end up in a wheelchair. I always remember that when they were talking I would be saying in my head that won’t be me – I will do it.

I think having polio has helped shape me into the person I am and has given me the edge in strength, determination, positive outlook and self-belief as well as compassion for others. Because I have battled with the effects from polio, I know without a doubt that I can do whatever I want to.

I visually see the starting point and the end result and I know I just have to put all the steps in place along the way to get to the result I want.

One of the other skills I have is a very fast turn around time from problem to solution. When something upsets me I just get over it and get on with what is necessary. I don’t dwell on issues.

What is important to you now?

Writing books has been a very exciting challenge and I loved the experience and the new skills I required in becoming an author.

I have been coaching clients for a number of years and that is very rewarding helping them to achieve their goals and motivating them to live the life they want.

I believe you are responsible for your own life and you have to get out and get what you want, push through your fears and just go for it. There is an answer to everything that comes up.

My clients are very important to me and I get great satisfaction in the challenge of working with each and every one and the requirements they have for their lives. Be it Mums and Dads, grandmas and granddads to high profile business people, celebrity persons and sporting hero’s. I guarantee my commitment to them.

People are far more capable than they think they are. You cannot always control what happens to you, but you can control how you react and respond.

The most liberating thing you can do for yourself is to stretch and grow from experiences, your past is to learn from and to set challenges for yourself. Plan for your future with your goals and dreams and take the necessary action but absolutely live every day as you choose to for yourself, love every minute of it.