Coach Karen

Finding Your Pearls


Helps us to see what is there

instead of what isn’t.



Giving Thanks

What are you thankful for? Can you list at least 20 reasons?
In honor of Thanksgiving, I am thankful for at least these 5:
– My HEALTH: A car accident 30 years ago left me with a broken neck. I am thankful for my recovery, and the support I have to stay flexible.
– My FAMILY: I am thankful for my first love coming back into my life nearly 10 years ago. Through our ups and downs, we’ve nurtured our beautifully blended family.
– My FRIENDS: They have provided a hand to celebrate, a shoulder to cry on, an ear to vent to, a silly face to make me smile, a hug when I really needed it, and many wonderful memories. I am blessed to have them in my life.
– My EDUCATION: I am thankful for my drive to never stop learning for it has continued to develop my skills and abilities, and opened doors to opportunities I couldn’t have before imagined.
– My CAREER PASSION: I am thankful for the opportunities over the last 2 decades to have touched the lives of many people, and to have them enrich mine as well. Confucius was right to say “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” I am blessed to be living my passion!
May you also stop to count your blessings. Happy Thanksgiving!

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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