Coach Karen

Finding Your Pearls

“Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling 5 balls

in the air…  work, family, health, friends and spirit. …

work is a rubber ball. … But the other four balls …

are made of glass. …”

~ Bryan Dyson

Bryan Dyson Juggle Quote

Stop for a moment and think.
What aspect of your life are you giving highest importance to right now – work, family, health, friends, or spirit?
How does that hinder or help your overall “life balance”?
Are you taking care of yourself first?
Are you letting “work” or a growing “to do” list get in the way of living a health, fulfilled, and satisfying life?
If not, what needs to change to make that happen?
Need support? Let’s chat.

Advice. Life. Empowerment. Ambitions. Self-Esteem. Friendship. Confidence.

Academics / College

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can
use to change the world.”
~ Nelson Mandela

Education is a rich source of opportunity for us to learn more about ourselves
and the world, and be prepared to make a difference.  Academics & College
resources include:

  • Academic Success – practicing study tips, attending summer programs, transitioning to another school
  • Gap Year
  • College Planning – general resources, testing, seeking, applying, visiting, interviewing, choosing (a major), choosing (a college), financing
  • College Success


Improve your academic success through study tips, summer programs, and school transition tips.

Practicing Study Tips

Attending Summer Programs

Transitioning to Another School


Looking for something to do and learn from, but not ready to go to college?  Take a “gap year”!

  • Gap Year: Taking Time Off Before College
  • Gap
  • i-to-i Volunteering – i-to-i offers both teaching and volunteer opportunities abroad.
  • Outward Bound – Offers over 750 safe, adventure-based wilderness courses serving adults, teens, and youth.
  • City Year – Their motto is “Young enough to want to change the world, old enough to do it.” Unites 750 young people (17–24) from diverse economic, racial, and geographical backgrounds for a year of full-time service to their communities.
  • Global Routes – Offers both high school and college programs that place volunteers in teaching and community service positions all over the world.
  • The Leap – The Leap offers gap year placements which combine multiple locations and volunteering project opportunities in a single trip, challenging both mind and body while making a positive difference, and satisfying desires for travel and adventure, all at once.
  • Global Nomadic – Provide a free platform which connects motivated and enthusiastic applicants with projects and organizations specializing in volunteer and internship placements, designed to help build careers, experience and contacts.


Start early on your college planning process.  There are many resources available to help you attend the college that is right for you.

General Resources





Choosing (a Major)

Choosing (a College)



Now that you have been accepted to college, make the most of these academic years by starting out on the right foot with these tips.

quote leftKaren, you are amazing. You've helped me understand so much about myself. Thank you very much.quote right

—YWLP evaluation

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