Through keynotes, books, courses, workshops and one-on-one coaching, Karen Walrond's coaching, books, and online destination,Chookooloonks, are all about leadership, self-determination and thriving. Her work is a testament to beauty, positivity, creativity and kindness, a body of irrefutable evidence that there's good in the world, all to help connect with gratitude, strength and joy.
In October 2014, I decided to take a month-long sabbatical from writing my blog. At the time, I was 47 years old, and more than any other time in my adult life, I felt like I was entering a new stage: a time when things were going great, but I also felt ready for new challenges, new adventures. A time of flourishing. A time of thriving. During that sabbatical, I decided to look for blogs and other personal writings authored by people who were similarly situated, and feeling the same way I was feeling. Sadly, I found very few. It turns out there's not a whole lot out there that represents what I'm experiencing -- that this isn't a time of disappearing, but more one fueled by the feeling captured by the indomitable Maya Angelou, who said that her mission in life isn't merely to survive, but "to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour and some style."
And so, I embarked on The Thrive Portrait Project, featuring women who are over the age of 40, and who rage against the idea that they should fade -- who are, in fact, living their lives so "out loud," they're practically roaring. In the process of photographing them with my Hasselblad film camera (a timeless piece of machinery, if ever there was one), I asked them to describe for me what it means to them to thrive.
This project has been so well received, it is being developed into a book, to be published as a follow-up to my bestseller The Beauty of Different, by Bright Sky Press.
How You Can Help:
I'm always looking for inspirational people who are thriving! If you can think of someone who you think is living right out loud, please point them in my direction - they may be featured in my book. And if you know someone who would like a little nudge along their own path of self-discovery, please spread the word about my work - because the world is a better place when we all thrive.