Karen ran on the corporate treadmill until the day the world came tumbling down on her head.
The constant effort of juggling work, family, the big house and cars, and the stress created by all that was taking its toll on her even before tragedy struck when her son Dan (27), suddenly and very unexpectedly died at her back door in July 2011.
Straight after Dan’s funeral, Karen went straight back to her Chief Financial Officer’s role at a Publicly Listed Company, working more, drinking more and eating more. Using all her coping mechanisms to just carry on and succeed at that level.
Karen now knows that Dan’s passing was meant to be her wake up call. So the Universe decided to show her that death comes in many ways ~ death of a loved one, a marriage, a job, a partnership, a pet, your health, your wealth and over 40 different other ways.
Her second loss came 15 months later in the form of a redundancy, when her company merged with another. This was the greatest GIFT, Karen has ever received in her life. This gave her a chance to STOP and take a breath, a Conscious Loving Breath and when she looked in the mirror she did not recognise who stared back.
That is when she started on the Journey to Becoming Her Own Best Friend. She very quickly realised that Dan was travelling with her, guiding her every step of the way. He had obtained all of this wisdom and he was easily sharing it with her.
Guiding her to become a Beyond Loss Mentor, Speaker and Author.
Karen’s first-hand experience assisted in her creating the Beyond Loss programs which demonstrate the correlations between loss and people and profits for both individuals and companies.
Karen not only challenges the status quo by asking “Is there room in the modern workplace to be more human?” she provides tangible solutions that will help them to make the best possible product, offer the best possible customer experience and build the strongest possible company.
Her motto: “Life is too short to be suffering from any kind of loss, unwrap the gift this has brought and then design a life that you live and love.”