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.

Personal Growth

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

Life is about learning and personal growth.  Whether you are a tween, teen, young adult, adult, or parent of one, the evolution of personal growth can be both gratifying and confusing.  Personal Growth resources include:

  • Events – List of upcoming personal growth events
  • Self-Awareness – developing character, assessing personality preferences, understanding values
  • Confidence & Self-Esteem
  • Motivation & Inspiration
  • Goal Setting – setting goals, creating vision “boards”
  • Leadership Potential – developing leadership potential, attending community service organizations
  • Driving


Being clear about yourself helps you make better life decisions.  Therefore, being self-aware helps to make sure your actions are in alignment with your character, personality preferences, and values.

Assessing Personality Preferences

Understanding Values


Confidence and self-esteem are the ways you think and feel about yourself.  Having a healthy dose of self-esteem and confidence can lead to a more successful and satisfying life.  They can be gained at any time in your life.


Motivation causes us to act, whether it is to eat to reduce hunger or read a book to gain knowledge.  Inspiration is the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially something creative.


Harvard Business School study showed that the top 3% of successful people are successful because they have written, specific goals.  What do you want change in your life?  Setting Goals and using a vision “board” can help you get there.

Setting Goals

Creating Vision “Boards”


Developing leadership during adolescence can enhance self-esteem, prevent risky behavior, and serve as a springboard for successful adulthood.  Here are some ways to development the leadership potential as well as a list of community service organizations specifically design to development leadership potential in girls and young women.

Developing Leadership Potential

Attending Community Service Organizations

  • Girl Scouts —  World’s preeminent organization dedicated solely to girls—all girls—where, in an accepting and nurturing environment, girls build character and skills for success in the real world.
  • Sprites – Began in 1968 as an organization to teach teen girls, grades 7-12, the value of volunteering in their community, while building strong relationships with others.


What does this have to do with “personal growth”?  For many teens, driving is one of the key teen privileges which helps gain a sense of independence from parents and further establish a sense of identity.   With privileges, comes responsibility.  Here are some tips on how to obtain and maintain a driver’s license.

quote leftThanks for your willingness to share your own personal story…doing so humanizes and makes more accessible the process of self-development, and energizes us all to face and engage our own challenges and demons as an ongoing process.quote right

—Hazel Symonette
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