Hi there.

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I’m told that this is the page where I’m supposed to insert a bio that lists my accomplishments and achievements in a snappy capsule. While I’m happy to share my history, I’m always more interested in the ways others experiences shape their worldviews. So I’d much rather use this space to explore that.

Of course, if you are really interested, I suppose you could Google my name and find out more about the organizations I’ve worked with, the films I’ve made, the radio shows I’ve hosted, and the kinds of talks and workshops I’ve given. (If you look really hard you might even find the open letter I wrote to the Department of Public Safety where I expressed outrage over the ridiculously sneaky speed trap in Waxahachie, Texas.)

Like everyone, there’s a lot of information floating around about me out there. Some of it’s even true. But for me the really fascinating thing is learning more about what people believe. And why. I’m also much more interested in talking about the now, than I am about talking about the past. It’s kind of my obsession, really.

So to get things started, here are a few of the things I believe. At least right now.

1. I believe that being a lesbian is the best thing that ever happened to me because of what it’s taught me about people. And life. And love.

2. I believe that we find our destiny on the other side of challenge and adversity.

3. I believe that most fear is not real and understanding that will set you free.

4. I believe that it takes a lot of courage to be happy. Grumpy is easy. Angry is lazy.

5. I believe that cultivating curiosity and playfulness will help you live longer or help you live better. Or both. Probably both. Definitely both.

6. I believe we are more alike than we are different and looking for the alikeness first is a much better plan than the alternative.

7. I believe that critical thought is sometimes overrated. Especially when compared to critic-less being.

8. I believe that if you combine one part kindness, one part fearless authenticity, one part love and mix it with dash of humor you’ll be on your way to cooking up a higher consciousness that will rock your world. And it’s delicious.

9. I believe that a complete list of what I believe would be too long for this page.

10. I believe in me and I believe in you.

If you believe some of these things too, stick around. Let’s have a conversation. I’m interested in hearing what you believe and why. Really, really interested. So feel free to connect with me on Facebook, Twitter or give me a shout through good ‘ol fashioned email.

Love,
Karen

What Has Work Taught You?

Okay so now that we’ve covered the belief stuff, I feel like telling you more about my work life if you’re interested. The jobs aren’t the important part. The lessons the jobs taught me are.

My first job was driving an ice cream truck. It was a retired postal van with the steering wheel on the right hand side and featured an 8-track tape player connected to a loudspeaker. I soon learned that if I changed the creepy clown, jingly-jangly ice cream tune loop to a Led Zeppelin tape I would sell more ice cream. That worked pretty well and my paychecks got bigger but eventually I got lonely so I started picking up my friends along the route. We sang songs and ate so much ice cream that I usually ended up owing my employer more than I made.

Driving an ice cream truck taught me a valuable lesson. Sometimes profit isn’t as much fun as fun. And cherry popsicles melt faster than grape. True story.
After I was fired from my ice cream job I worked at a drive-through Fotomat back in the days when photos had to be developed and printed. I spent most of my time there combing through the family photos of strangers, making up my own details about the circumstances surrounding each image. That job prepared me for a life as an observer and storyteller.

I was also fired from a waitressing job after three days for refusing to serve ketchup to people who ordered eggs. Lesson learned? There is no accounting for taste and you should always remember that yours is not the only way.

In college I spent a lot of summers as a lifeguard where I learned that the most boring job in the world can turn into the most important in an instant.
After college I worked in Washington D.C. for a short time and learned a lot of things I have since tried to forget.

Most of my adult work life has been spent telling stories as a film and video producer and editor. I’m grateful to have worked with some visionary people with life-changing things to say. And along the way I’ve been fortunate to be honored for my work. It’s nice to be appreciated.

I’ve also edited videos about things like the process of manufacturing coaxial cable and the inner workings of the private label cheese industry. On balance I’d say that once you’ve learned to make single slice cheese interesting, the rest of life is a piece of cake. Or maybe cheese. It all depends upon on how you decide to look at it. And learning that you have a choice in how you look at it is the really the important part.

Today I spend most of my time writing and speaking and coaching and generally having a blast talking to people all over the world about what they believe and why.

It’s very cool. Seriously.