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"Thank you, Karen, for all you have helped me learn about myself and the progress you have helped me make in becoming the person I have always wanted to be! I have discovered my strengths, my weaknesses and my hidden desires. You have given me support in creating plans to address the weaknesses affecting my life in negative ways and have helped me to find the resources for attracting what I most desire in my life."


















Portrait of Karen & Rusty

Live Well Coaching葉he end of stuck and the start of passion: direction for your life and work from Coach Karen


I live my message every day: I was trapped in the “rat race” of the corporate world. I found a way out and created my ideal life. I’ve helped others do the exact same thing. I don’t just talk about living a passionate, fulfilled life—I live it every day. And I know you can too. Consider me if you want someone who has “been there, done that” and can show you how!

I combine the “mind” of consulting with the “heart” of coaching. You want a coach who is smart, can “get” you in an instant, and has experienced a lot in life (hopefully saving YOU a few steps!). At the same time, it's important to have a coach you can trust and feel absolutely comfortable working with. I create a safe, relaxed, totally supportive environment so my clients can get the most from their coaching.

I have worked in a variety of industries (banking, property management, telecom, information technology, to name a few), in a variety of capacities (owner, project manager, client manager, to name a few), and in a variety of organizational structures (from solopreneur to Fortune 500). I understand what it’s like to feel like your life is over: over-worked, over-whelmed, and over–committed! I combine my understanding of the hard facts of business with the empowering approach of coaching. You’ll find a safe environment to dream, brainstorm, role-play, or just let your ideas out. We’ll take those rough ideas and find a way to make them work in the “real world.”

I believe in the highest standards of coaching. I am one of only a few coaches in the world certified by both independent American coach certification organizations, the International Coach Federation (ICF) and the International Association of Coaches (IAC). Many coaches are “certified” by the coach training school they attended, but not by independent organizations whose sole purpose is coaching quality. To continually add to my skills, I regularly attend coach training and read on a variety of subjects.

I’m fun to work with! Life is already too serious. I believe that we’re more confident, creative, and motivated when we approach things lightly. My goal during a coaching session is to leave my client energized, inspired, and ready to take on the world.

I’m focused on creating results. My specialty is coaching business professionals who are ready and willing to live an exceptional life, passionately. My clients are people who want to change their lives and are ready to take action.

I guide my clients to create results through the following four steps:

Developing Awareness:
My clients realize that going through the habitual patterns of daily life won’t get them to the life of their dreams. My job is to help you understand what blocks or slows you down, and to assist you to recognize and use your strengths, motivations, and passions. See how it is possible to bring passion and joy into your work and your life! Realize you are a unique, special, and enormously talented individual with gifts to bring to the world.

Exploring Alternatives:
I assist my clients to understand alternatives and possibilities they are unable to see on their own. With creative problem solving, we find new ways of thinking and behaving that enable you to map out an environment and lifestyle more likely to result in personal and professional success. By seeing the wealth of available alternatives, you are more likely to overcome your fears and move toward what is really possible in life.

Taking Action:
All the thinking and planning in the world doesn’t matter if it doesn’t result in action. I give my clients support, encouragement, and accountability to take specific and sustained action. It might be “micro–actions,” very small steps to build momentum in a particularly challenging area. Or it could be a huge leap that you wouldn’t have the courage to take on your own, without strong support and caring. Working with you to evaluate the results of your actions, we can build your momentum and confidence through your successes.

Sustaining the Changes:
It can be so disappointing to begin the process of change, only to later lose momentum and let the progress slip away. I believe this happs not through the "failure" of the person, but through the failure to establish an environment of support and encouragement. We all know we're more likely to follow through with something if we're accountable to someone else, and if the process is easy. Why rely on struggle and willpower when it's so much easier to just set up a powerful, supportive environment?! Together we will set up a "no fail environment" for success. We'll use the way you work best to develop systems and action steps to make follow through easy and sustainable. I'll show you ways to keep your focus and momentum strong!

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I live in the Denver, Colorado area with my wonderful husband of 23 years, Joel, and my “business partner,” Springer Spaniel dog Rusty. I have a passion for nature, so I love hiking in the nearby Rocky Mountains or scuba diving in distant oceans. I also believe in contributing to organizations I believe in, so I am active in Toastmasters, the Denver Coach Federation, and my church.
I combine a variety of disciplines, resources, and perspectives. I have my B.S. and MBA degrees from the University of Colorado, and 30 years of experience in the business world. For several years I worked on international projects, including such diverse locations and cultures as Germany, Hong Kong, and Sweden.
My coaching background includes graduation from CoachU, one of the premier coach training organizations. I also attended training through Coachville, another coaching industry leader. I am a Certified Coach through the International Association of Coaches (IAC) and became a certifying coach for that organization in 2005. I also received an Associate Certified Coach designation through the International Coach Federation (ICF) in 2006. In 2005 I became a Results Coach for Robbins Research International, receiving extensive training in their powerful tools and philosophies.
I bring a variety of tools and approaches to my coaching. 
I am qualified to administer the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and MAPP (Motivational Appraisal of Personal Potential) assessments. I have also received advanced training in PSYCH-K which is a powerful technique for shifting subconsious beliefs. I also use EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and CORE technique to shift negative emotional patterns. I belong to the Colorado Chapter of the National Speakers Association. I read avidly and meet people wherever I go. I bring a wide array of knowledge, concepts, and resources to my clients.

The common thread for me in all of the activities above? A passion for making a difference in peoples’ lives, and in the humanity and quality of the working world.
What does all this mean to you? It means I will bring the very best that I can to our coaching relationship. It means that you can count on me for more than some good questions and reflective listening. You can count on me to provide insightful, clear ideas and resources to help make our coaching fun and effective for you.
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